BoatTEST Newsletter October 9, 2019Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
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Evinrude E-TEC G2 140 HP:
New 3-Cylinder 140 is Easy on Fuel
The new Evinrude E-TEC G2 140 is an all-new 3-cylinder design that weighs in at just 390 lbs. (176.90 kg), making it right-sized for a wide variety of small aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, dayboats and pontoon boats. Trolling is a likely use for a boat like this one for 40% to 60% of its engine hours. At 1000 rpm on a Tidewater 198 Adventure, she went 4.6 mph and got 13 mpg -- meaning anglers can troll all day and still have plenty of fuel left to get back to the docks. Top speed was 41.8 mph and best cruise was at 24.3, at which she got 5.8 mpg. These are fuel consumption numbers that are very hard to match. See the full test here...
Neptunus 650 Express:
Yacht Amenities in an Express Design
Designers of the Neptunus 650 Express have managed to maintain a distinctive low-profile look to the exterior, while still providing a surprising 7’8” (2.38 m) overhead height in the salon. A large sliding sunroof makes this area even more open and airy. There’s no step up when entering from the aft deck, but large floor drains channel rain or shipped water overboard, helping along with many other features to maintain her CE “A” rating. Note the cockpit grill to starboard, and the wet bar plus aft command station to port for easy docking. More...
Premium Build in a 60-MPH
Bluewater Fishing Machine
Offshore anglers who are downsizing from larger diesel battlewagons to the Everglades 435CC will appreciate available touches like the teak ladderback premium seats at the helm, just like on the helm of a goldplater. They’ll also like the 60 mph speeds available with the quad Yamaha 425 outboards, which would leave any traditional sportfisher far behind on tournament day. She gives up nothing in fishing features, either. There are two lighted 60-gallon (227 L) baitwells in the transom, the largest bait capacity we’ve seen in a production build. The huge transom fishbox can be optioned with a freezer plate, and a reinforced fitting in the cockpit deck can anchor either a teak rocket launcher or a swiveling fighting chair. See the full details here...
Performance & Eye Appeal
at a Competitive Price
The Yamaha EXR is a full-featured PWC. But at a base price of $9,399, she is priced well below many of the company’s other models. She features bold styling and colors, has seating for three, and includes some of Yamaha’s premium features -- including a hull molded of NanoXcel 2 composite, which saves some 60 lbs. (27 kg) over a fiberglass hull. She has the RiDE system for quick stops and easy control around the docks, and a center mounted digital display with speed readout, hour meter, fuel level and other basic functions. Empty weight is 540 lbs. (245 kg) and top speed in company tests was 54 mph. More...
A Good Balance All Around
The well-lighted engine room of the Prestige 630 has 6’3” (1.91 m) headroom and easy access for daily checks of the twin Volvo Penta IPS950 diesels. The engines have separate fuel and electrical systems, so problems with one will not impact the other. The engines are positioned well forward to better balance the yacht, connected by jackshafts to the IPS drives further aft. This area is surrounded in sound insulation to keep noise out of the living areas. We recorded just 78 dBa at the helm at WOT and 28.5 knots. More...
Formula 270 Bowrider:
Quality Features from Bow to Stern
One of the marks of quality distinguishing premium-level boats is the design, materials and sewing used in their upholstery. This is where a top-shelf boat like the Formula 270 Bowrider shines, with plush, multi-density deep foam seating, contoured backrests, heavy-gauge multi-tone vinyl coverings and rolled and piped trim. Another mark of quality is the highly polished stainless-steel windshield frame, rather than aluminum, and the heavy-gauge stainless-steel tower, which not only anchors the Bimini but is more than strong enough to act as an elevated tow point for board sports. This is a premium boat for people who want the best, and can afford it. More...
Expect the Unexpected
Trying to be safe at sea is mainly a question of trying to think about things that could go wrong and anticipating them so that there is already a solution in place. Hopefully, the boat builder and designer have done their jobs and produced a reliable boat. In many cases, you will have two engines so that if one fails you can at least get home on the other one. More...
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