BoatTEST Newsletter November 4, 2019
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Redesigned Feature-Rich Premium Jet Boat
The Yamaha 195S is a redesigned feature-rich premium class jet boat in a package that will fit into many garages. Riding on the included single-axle trailer with the tongue folded away, the rig is just 19’5” (5.91 m) long. The big news is her more powerful engine, the 1.8L Yamaha SVHO. Weight including trailer is 3,109 lbs. (1,410 kg), easily within the tow range of mid-size vehicles. The swept aluminum tower with high tow point is standard -- it folds down for trailering. Also standard is the helm’s Connext touch screen with GPS and monitoring of all the boat’s systems. Contoured seating both fore and aft, covered in heavy-gauge multi-tone vinyl, is also new for 2020.
Jupiter Marine 43 SF:
Clean and Functional All-Glass Dash
The Jupiter Marine 43 SF has one of the coolest consoles we’ve seen when loaded up with the three optional 22” (55.8 cm) displays. This is truly a glass dash -- note the complete absence of any buttons or switches. Everything is digital touch-screen controlled systems activated through C-Zone Digital Switching. The flush mounted cover on the starboard side lifts to reveal the joystick and optional bow thruster control for close-in maneuvering. The wheel tilts upward to accommodate a standing driver when desired. The standard hardtop includes an electronics box overhead for VHF and other necessities.
Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht:
Ready for Luxury Cruising or Big Game Fishing
The Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht has the graceful lines of a big convertible sportfish, and she’s more than equipped to take on the bluewater giants when that’s the mission of the day. She also has the range of a long-distance cruiser, inviting exploration of remote (and unfished!) locales. At 8.5 knots, she can travel over 3,300 miles between refueling of the optional 2,774-gallon (10,501 L) tankage. She can also get out there and back fast on tournament days. With the optional twin MAN V12 1900-hp diesels, top speed was 33.7 knots. The test model had three control stations: a main helm on the centerline, port aft flybridge helm, and an optional starboard joystick helm in the cockpit -- which, combined with the Twin Disc joystick system tying in both mains with the bow and stern thrusters, makes docking simple.
Eastward Boats Horizon 3000:
Trawler-Like Range at Trolling Speeds
The Eastward Boats Horizon 3000 came to us with twin 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2s mounted on an Armstrong welded-aluminum bracket. Note the clean, single-tube installation thanks to the all-digital controls of the outboards plus the integral power steering and tilt and trim. The setup also maintains the full transom height of the boat, making her much safer in following seas. Turning 20” (50.8 cm) pitch four-blade props, the engines put this 7,255-lb. (3,291 kg) package on plane in just 3.1 seconds and pushed her to a top speed of 50.6 mph. The direct-injected engines were also easy on fuel, with best cruise at 3000 rpm and 23.3 mph, where her range extends to an impressive 537 miles with the 300-gallon (1,135 L) fuel capacity. At trolling speed of 5.9 mph, she got 4.5 mpg -- extending her range to a trawler-like 1,215 statute miles.
Rinker 270 EX:
Pocket Cruiser Overnights 4
The Rinker 270 EX is one of the few remaining pocket cruisers on the market. Pocket cruisers are small enough to be trailered, but large enough, and well-equipped enough to accommodate four people overnight on week-long coastal cruises. This boat has a solid surface countertop, single-burner stove top, a stainless-steel sink, microwave and a 2-cubic-foot (.056 cu. m) refrigerator. All of the cabinetry is composite teak finish, and the floor of the 2020 model has a wire-brushed hickory hardwood finish. The dinette seats four adults and converts to an overnight berth for two. There’s also a hanging locker here and an optional wall-mount 19” (48.26 cm) flat screen. Optional A/C is available, but the opening hatch offers ventilation as well.
6 Basic Checks That Can Head off Boating Disasters
Keeping a boat’s mechanical and safety equipment in good working order may stave off discomfort at one end of the spectrum, catastrophe at the other. Annual and pre-departure inspections of various systems and parts of the boat will save an owner money and headaches. Here are six quick checks that can save time, trouble and more extended maintenance, as well as keeping you and your crew safe afloat.
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