BoatTEST Newsletter October 31, 2019Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
BENETEAU Monte Carlo 6:
Efficiency in the Master Suite
The amidships master suite of the Monte Carlo 6 spans the full 16’2” (4.93 m) of the beam. It has an interesting design in the bath facility, with the head forward (to the left in this photo), the standup shower aft, and the sink in the center. The arrangement allows more effective use of the necessaries when getting ready for a night on the town. The mirror above the vessel sink slides left or right to allow opening the porthole when desired. There are two hanging lockers here as well. More...
Tower Option in a Premium Bluewater CC
The optional half-tower on the Everglades 335CC is a huge plus for those who will use this premium-class center console for serious bluewater fishing action, giving the captain a far greater view of the surrounding sea when looking for birds, bait or breaking gamefish. It also makes navigating into a harbor guarded by unmarked coral heads much easier. The tower includes that all-important shade to keep the captain and a companion out of the direct rays of the sun much of the time. The tower and hardtop are well integrated into the console -- no exposed piping to stub toes or snag lines. She’s ready to get to the fish fast -- top speed with the twin Yamaha 425 XTOs was 54.7 mph. More...
Carver C52 Command Bridge:
Easy Handling for the Owner/Operator
By now, most yachtsmen are familiar with the joystick control system made instantly popular with the introduction of Volvo Penta's IPS drive systems, but joystick control is now available on yachts with other power systems, including the Cummins-powered Carver C52 Command Bridge. Our test team found her notably easy to handle around the docks with twin Cummins 600-hp QSCs with V-drive and straight shafts. In fact, her large 29 x 35 four blade props made handling simple even without making use of the joysticks at either helm, or the included bow thruster. See the full test here...
Chaparral 230 SunCoast:
Loaded w/Premium Features, Priced Right
The Chaparral 230 SunCoast has many upscale features that mark her as a quality build, yet she’s still priced within reach of many families at around $56,000 with the base 200-hp Yamaha outboard. The deckboat design provides quality seating for 12 adults, and the 20-degree deadrise is a good compromise between an easy ride and quick planing as well as beam stability at rest. Premium—but standard--features include LED lighting throughout as well as LED dock lights, an upscale stereo system, Sunbrella Bimini top, tri-tone upholstery, easy access articulating hinges on the swing-up bow cushions, pop-up bow cleats and running light, stainless steel bow ladder and lots more. More...
Sirena Yachts 64:
Full Featured Bow Deck Ready for a Soirée
The bow deck of the Sirena Yachts 64 takes full advantage of her 19'3" (5.86 m) beam to form a fully-equipped entertaining area rather than just a forward sun lounge, as we see on many yachts these days. The large sun pad forward features backrests that can be raised to turn this area into broad chaise-type seating, while the second large lounge has fixed backrests. A large table can be fitted between the two seating areas for al fresco dining up front. Note the high bulwarks and railings, making this area far more secure for use while underway than some in-class. Since she’s designed for long range cruising, there’s also a huge amount of storage found in the seat bases here as well as in every available void throughout. More...
Cheoy Lee Global 104:
Tri-Level Pilothouse w/Luxury Materials
With a yacht like the Cheoy Lee Global 104, buyers approach the same level of expansive space, convenience and luxury in materials and finishes that might be found in the finest homes ashore. The amidships galley includes an expedition-sized refrigerator/freezer, full-sized oven and cook top, full-sized double sink and beautiful granite countertops, plus a dinette area for seven or more that might serve for family breakfast, or as a crew mess. Note the flat screen TV, and the great view for the chef via the large window. Of course, this is not the main dining facility aboard—a beautifully-finished table for 10 is just aft in the main dining area. More...
Motor Yachts in High
Running before a big following sea has the reputation of being the seaman’s nightmare, conjuring up visions of broaching, capsizing or being swamped. Much of this fear stems from sailing boats, where running before a sea may be the only action left under extreme conditions. There is no doubt that following seas have their dangers, but if you understand what these dangers might be, and you have a boat with good control they can be compensated for and the dangers minimized. More...
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