New Maritimo X60 | Chaparral 297 SSX | Axopar 37 Sun-Top

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Maritimo X60:
Bringing the Outdoors In


Maritimo X60

With three-stage sliding windows that open to 9' (2.7 m) wide, sliding glass doors to the aft deck and two sunroofs overhead, the Maritimo X60's salon and dining area give an al fresco feel when the weather is right, yet can quickly be buttoned up when the A/C or heat is needed. The sunroof has an opaque shade to reduce light when desired, as well as a sliding insect screen. The table is a fold-out that includes a storage compartment in the center, and there’s lots more storage under the seating. The large, fully-equipped galley is just aft, located conveniently to both the salon and the aft deck entertainment areas. More...

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Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht:
Fly Bridge Made for Entertaining


Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

With the helm seatback shifted forward on the flying bridge of the Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht, a U-shaped settee is created with seating on three sides. A fiberglass cocktail table and pedestal come standard and have dedicated storage. When at anchor, three cushions from under the forward seat convert the area to a chaise sun pad for two. A Bimini top comes standard to shade this area when desired. It held rigidly in place in the deployed position, even in 35-knot apparent wind during our test. This Australian build is also available in an express “SUV” version, sans flybridge. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 297 SSX:
Premium-Class Upholstery
in an Upgraded Interior


Chaparral 297 SSX

The updated Chaparral 297 SSX has taller hull sides that provide a deeper cockpit, which families with small children and pets will appreciate. Also, Chaparral has upgraded the interior styling with new upholstery colors and textures. The helm has the look and feel of a luxury automobile with its deep eyebrow and double French-stitched upholstery. Seating is covered in heavy tri-tone vinyl, double French stitched with diamond stitching accents, and the chaise-seating at the bow includes new lumbar supports. The helm and companion seats are buckets with bolsters, and both slide and swivel. More...

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Test Video

Axopar 37 Sun-Top:
Finnish Design, Polish Build,
Impressive Performance


Axopar 37 Sun-Top

The Axopar 37 Sun-Top, a Finnish design built in Poland, has an unusual style that’s sure to be a head-turner in any harbor. She’s a center console primarily designed as a luxury dayboat. She is wedge-shaped and broad (10'10" - 3.3 m) at the stern. This cuts her weight considerably for the genre -- 10,211 lbs. (4,632 kg) as tested with twin Mercury Verado 350s. Not surprisingly, this results in impressive performance. She planed in 4.9 seconds and had a top speed of 57.1 mph. Her double-stepped hull, ax bow, raised forefoot and 20-degree deadrise at the transom produced a smooth ride in our tests, and the standard bow thruster made for easy docking. More...

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Test Video

Premium-Class Pontoon at a Competitive Price


Regency 210 DL3

The distinctive black powder-coat finish on the pontoons and railings not only add eye-appeal to the Regency 210 DL3 but also provide an easy-to-clean surface that will resist corrosion for many years, unlike unfinished aluminum. The grass-cloth vinyl decking, extending even to the bow deck, is a mark of the quality of the brand, as are the plush two-tone upholstery and the LED dock lights inset into the bow. Also note the three-step boarding ladder with a hand rail on the front end of the optional trailer, a big plus for loading the boat when getting ready to head to the water. She’s competitively priced at $42,895 with a Mercury 150 FourStroke, not including the trailer. More...

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Boating Tips

Do You Have Spare Impellers?

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Your boat has pumps all over it and most use impellers -- which can fail for several reasons at any time.

Failure of a water-pump impeller can ruin a planned weekend on the water -- or strand you miles from shore. There are a number of other impellers aboard many boats, all of which can cause problems afloat or expensive repairs. Here are a few basic tips on when -- and how -- to replace the impellers that are most likely to fail on your boat. More...


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