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New Regal 38 XO | Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 | CL Yachts CLA 76

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Regal 38 XO:
Outboard Cabin Cruiser

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Regal 38 XO

Regal offers their new 38 in both outboard and sterndrive configurations. In the OB version we tested with triple F300 Yamahas, the setup left space for a huge lazarette that's big enough to store watertoys, folding chairs and lots more. The push of the 900 horses got the 19,970-lb. (9,058 kg) vessel on plane in 4.7 seconds and pushed her to a top speed of 49.2 mph. Best cruise was at 31.2 mph, at which she got 0.9 mpg, and with a 350-gallon (1,325 L) fuel capacity, that gives her a range of around 268 statute miles. More...

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BENETEAU Oceanis 41.1:
Easy, Dependable Handling Under Power

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Beneteau Oceanis 41.1

Operation under the “iron jib” is sometimes overlooked in cruising sailing yachts like the Oceanis 41.1, but handling under power can make a huge difference in overall enjoyment of the boat. Powered by a single 45-hp Yanmar in-line 4-cylinder diesel with a three-blade folding prop, the Oceanis 41.1 has plenty of power to keep steerage in all reasonable wind and current conditions. The engine pushes the hull at 6.5 knots at 85 percent power in our tests. A powerful bow thruster adds even more controllability at the docks. More...

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CL Yachts CLA 76 Flybridge:
Rugged, Luxury in a Modern Build

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The CLA 76 Flybridge

The CLA 76 Flybridge has the exterior stylistic appeal of a modernistic express cruiser, but she’s loaded with luxury yacht features in her interior. The fully-equipped flying bridge has an outdoor grill, refrigerator, wet bar and dining area, and the overhead includes a sliding sunroof. On the main deck, the galley is forward to port, adjacent to the single-seat starboard helm station. Below, four en suites sleep eight and there are crew quarters at the transom. Since Cheoy Lee builds commercial vessels of all types destined for countries all over the world, its engineers and construction crews are second to none. They’ve seen it all. More...

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Tiara Sport 38 LS:
Seven Marine Outboard Power, 54.6 MPH WOT

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Tiara Sport 38 LS

Tiara, like many boat manufacturers, is taking advantage of the new generation of dependable, high-output outboard motors with new designs built specifically for them. The new Tiara Sport 38 LS is a case in point. We tested her recently with a pair of Seven Marine 527s and found that the performance was impressive. Turning Volvo Penta DuoProp G6 prop sets (Seven Marine is now part of Volvo Penta), the supercharged and intercooled V8s put the 22,000-lb. (10,018 kg) package on plane in 5 seconds flat. Top speed was also strong, topping out at 54.6 mph. Volvo Penta digital technology is also present from the engines to the helm for full systems integration. See the full test here...

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Sailfish 242 CC:
Hardcore Fishing Machine
Welcomes the Family

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Sailfish 242 CC

The Sailfish 242 CC is primarily a solid, well-equipped offshore and nearshore fishing platform. But with optional packages, she becomes a very welcoming family dayboat. The add-on upholstery is not an afterthought, by any means. It’s multi-density foam with heavy-gauge, two-tone vinyl coverings, thick backrests and removable chaise-type backrests that can be fitted just behind the casting platform. A removable table with dedicated storage is also available for this space, and a hideaway Bimini can provide shade. More...

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Boating Tips

Liferails:
A Matter
Of Life and Death

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Strict ABYC standards apply to liferails. We find that most -- but not all -- builders meet the requirement. Every boater should know what they are.

Ever wonder what the label “NMMA Certified to ABYC Standards” actually means? The American Boat and Yacht Council standards are a series of technical parameters for nearly everything on a boat, including features like the safety railings or “liferails.” Here’s a look at the surprisingly complex requirements to meet this standard for a feature most of us take for granted. More...

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