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Yamaha 275SD:
Twin Supercharged Jets,
2.4 Second Time-to-Plane


Yamaha 275SD

The Yamaha 275SD has a 27' (8.23 m) LOA and a 9' (2.74 m) beam, providing far more space than we’re used to seeing in jet-powered boats. Despite all that space and seating, her weight is modest at 5,466 lbs. (2,479 kg) without fuel. Since she’s powered with twin SVHO 1812 CC supercharged jet engines, performance is brisk, to say the least. She got on plane in 2.4 seconds in our tests, far quicker than prop-driven bow riders in class, and top speed was 50.2 mph. She also delivers on style, with sweeping side windows that add eye appeal and provide wind protection for those at the console seats. The hardtop with a sunroof is standard. See our full walk-through here...

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Azimut Verve 40:
More Than Just a Pretty Face


Azimut Verve 40

The Azimut Verve 40 is a modernistic express cruiser that will be a head-turner in any marina, but our test team found that she’s a lot more than a pretty face. We tested her off the beach on a day with 18-knot winds and steep 4-foot (1.2 m) seas, and found her more than ready to take on the bumps. Maintaining full control was not an issue in a head or following sea, and the operator stayed completely dry behind the tall windshield despite lots of spray. Top speed with the triple Mercury Verado 350s is around 40 knots and best cruise was at about 35 knots, where she uses about 70 gph, per the builder’s tests. More...

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Competitively Priced & Equipped to Compete


Nitro Z17

The Z17 is a 17'4" (5.28 m) fully-equipped fiberglass bass boat that could be used for competitive bass fishing on many lakes and rivers, at a price ($24,995) about half that of “full-sized” premium rigs in the 20’ (6.10 m) class. She’s a turn-key rig, with a Minn Kota bow-mount trolling motor, Lowrance sonar, aerated Guardian livewell and factory-matched trailer, all standard. Just add a big screen sonar/GPS up front and she’s ready to compete. Performance is good with the 115 Mercury Pro XS FourStroke, topping out at 51.3 mph -- not fast enough to race the touring pros with their 250s, but plenty fast enough for club and regional tournaments. Two big locking rod boxes and a pair of vertical-storage compartments for Plano tackle boxes are also included. More...

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Donzi 41 GT:
Very Fast OB-Powered Dayboat


Donzi 41 GT

The Donzi 41 GT is a high-performance dayboat that's likely to leave pretty much every other boat far back in its wake. With a double-stepped hull, an operating weight of only 10,405 lbs. (4,720 kg), and pushed by three Mercury 400 R supercharged engines turning 26” (66.04 cm) pitch four-blade props, she’s just as fast as she looks -- with a top speed of 81.0 mph in our tests. She’s also a very comfortable dayboat, with plush bucket seating at the consoles, chaise type seating in the cockpit for four or more, and a convertible settee for four to six belowdecks. She also features a grill, a sink and two refrigerated drawers in the cockpit, and a hide-away head in the cabin. See our test run here...

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Monte Carlo Yachts 96:
Keeping the Professional Crew Happy


Monte Carlo Yachts 96

The fortunate professional captain of the Monte Carlo Yachts 96 not only can choose from two beautifully-equipped helm stations, but also enjoys his or her own ensuite below decks, part of crew quarters for up to six that includes a full galley and dining area as well as a washer and dryer. The pilothouse, seen here, includes a day bed for the off-watch, and the day head is just a few steps away. The powered command seat adjusts fore and aft as well as up and down, and controls for the multiple displays are in reach while seated. More...

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3D Manufacturing
Makes 25' Boat

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Using the world’s largest 3D printer, the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center unveiled the largest boat ever produced by additive manufacturing in Orono, Maine.

With many benefits in sight, the University of Maine produced the world’s largest vessel ever produced using additive printing. Having been in decline for some time now, this could be the answer towards stimulating the states wood-products industry once again. More...


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