BoatTEST Newsletter October 17, 2019Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
New Review Video
Fusion Apollo RA770 Stereo:
Designed & Engineered Specifically
for Marine Applications
The Fusion Apollo RA770 Marine Entertainment System was designed specifically for recreational boats, and as such fits the specific and unique needs of boaters. It is not a warmed-over car stereo system, but that is just the beginning of Fusion’s remarkable story. It is the first we’ve seen with a color touch screen display, making control intuitive. And, it operates with its own Wi-Fi connectivity, which means the playlist from your smartphone or tablet can go with you on the water and you’ll hear it in full fidelity, unlike with Bluetooth systems. We explain why The “Fusion-Link” app sets up and tunes the system in minutes. Sound can be tuned to each speaker -- add more bass in the cockpit and less in the cabin, for example. The app also allows your phone to act as an added remote stereo control. But this is just the beginning of many features. See Captain Steve’s tour here...
Rinker Q3 OB:
Versatile Stern for Watersports or Seating
The Rinker Q3 OB has a well-designed swim platform that provides more usable space than what is found in many outboard-powered runabouts. There’s an easy pass-through in the center, and the pop-up tow pylon allows quickly putting the boat into tow sports mode -- it’s tall enough to put the tow line well above the outboard cowling. There’s standard storage under the seating platform on either side, or the optional Stow-n-Step padded aft-facing seating when the boat is at anchor. She can seat up to 12, and she has a standard Bimini. More...
Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300:
Re-Engineered Hull Adds Stability
The re-designed Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 has the same blazing performance as the original, but the new ST3 Hull is re-engineered so that the driver sits 1.3" (3.3 cm) lower and the passengers sit 3" (7.6 cm) lower. Combined with a wider hull, this adds greatly to the stability during the tight maneuvers the PWC invites. Trim tabs are also standard, helping to level the load with multiple riders, or to put the bow down to smooth the ride in a chop. The aft seat can be repositioned at the stern and the optional cooler placed just ahead, creating a spot for a little picnic lunch. More...
BENETEAU Gran Turismo 46:
Moveable Waterfront View
For those who enjoy lots of sunshine and broad views while afloat -- and who doesn’t -- the Gran Turismo 46 cockpit is a welcoming vision. Though the interior is fully enclosed from the elements when the top is closed, the visibility is 360-degrees. The arching windows and roofline are a strong design element, and powered side windows are an available option. The aft deck is equally attractive, with a pair of powered reclining seats that can be folded all the way flat to become a sun pad. More...
Triton 206 Allure:
Well-Equipped Upscale Fish-and-Ski
The Triton 206 Allure is a fiberglass fish-and-ski boat that's notable for high walk-through windshields, offering wind and spray protection and a standard Bimini. She comes fully equipped for serious fishing, including a Minn Kota 24-volt Terrova 80 with I-Pilot trolling motor that mounts on the bow on fishing days and stows in one of the locking boxes when skiing and dayboating. Note the height of the gunwales at the bow casting platform, a big safety factor for older anglers as well as for kids compared to nearly flush bass boat casting decks. The Mercury 250 XL Pro XS FourStroke and the tandem trailer with brakes and swing-away tongue are standard in the $53,995 base price. Other outboards from Evinrude and Mercury are optional. More...
Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge:
A Room with a View
Thanks to the 360-degree windows and glass doors, the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge has an open-air feel even when she’s buttoned up and the A/C is running at full blast. When temperatures allow, she can be opened up to let in almost as much air as an open bridge design, with sliding side windows, a flip-up aft window, sliding aft doors and a large sliding sunroof. A feature that captains will love is the climate control at the fingertips on the console, rather than at a remote location. A broad interior stairway from the aft galley makes access to this area easy, and safe, in all weather while underway. More...
Is Auto-Routing Ready for Prime Time
Car navigation has never been so easy since the invention of GPS systems. It’s so simple, just feed in the zip code and the system knows where you are, where you want to go and it comes up with a suitable route. Why not do the same with our chartplotters? Well to start with, there is a considerable difference between navigating on land and navigating at sea. We tested two systems and let you know what we discovered. More...
4-DVD Boating Course
Based on the feedback we've been getting about BoatTEST.com's Video Boating Course, it's clearly not only for beginners but for veteran boaters as well. Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look. It's the most complete boating course available... period. Order your 4-disc box set...
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