BoatTEST Newsletter November 6, 2019Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
Hatteras GT63 Crosses the Atlantic:
Exciting Video of 2x TA Crossing
Here’s the video story of an epic trans-oceanic billfishing voyage in which a Hatteras GT63, fished its way across the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, and then back across the South Atlantic in a nine-month epic expedition. Fuel transfers while underway kept the yachts on the move on the longest crossings. But at 8.3 knots, the twin C32 Caterpillar diesels in the Hatteras burned just 10 gph, giving her a range of over 1400 NM between refuelings. There has never been anything quite like it in a production convertible. See the story here...
Cruisers Yachts 35 Express:
Welcoming Family Weekends Afloat
The Cruisers Yachts 35 Express has a full galley with sea rails, microwave, refrigerator and sink, and the flat screen TV above swivels so that those in the salon or the forward queen berth can watch it when desired. Note the amount of light flooding this space thanks to three overhead hatches plus abundant hullside windows. The queen-sized berth has a padded headboard to allow chaise-like relaxing for reading before bedtime. There’s added seating in a convertible berth in the mid-cabin, as well. More...
Equipped for Fishing & Social Hour
The flip-down transom seat in the Robalo R302 will be one of the most-appreciated features on the boat during long runs to offshore fishing grounds. The location gives the softest ride in the boat, saving the crew from standing up anytime things get bumpy while on plane. It quickly folds out of the way for fishing. And, the seat becomes an asset during social hour back at the docks as well. This version also has an aft-facing seat behind the leaning post, but this area can also be optioned with a second baitwell, sink and rigging station with a slide-out cooler under. Also note the optional hullside door to port, a plus for those who will use this boat for diving. More...
Multi-Mission Deck w/Seats for 10
Deckboats are known mostly for their amazing seating capacity compared to their LOA, and the Tahoe 1950 does not disappoint -- she can haul up to nine guests plus the skipper. She’s also an impressive performer on limited horsepower. We tested her with a 150 Mercury FourStroke, and she got on plane in 3.5 seconds and topped out at 49.6 mph. She’s economical to operate, too, getting 5.9 mpg at 3500 rpm and 27.1 mph. She’s equipped for family tow sports with ski pylon and board storage, and she has a casting platform and livewell up front, with wiring for an optional trolling motor already in place. More...
Renaissance Prowler 42:
Quad 300 Evinrude E-TEC G2s, 66.7 MPH WOT
The Renaissance Prowler 42 features an asymmetrical sponson design that delivers on performance and easy ride at sea thanks to the sharp forward entries, and the 12’ (3.65 m) beam makes her exceptionally stable for her LOA. She proved to be a good match for quad Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s. In company tests turning 15 ¼ x 26 4-bladed props, the high-tech 2-strokes pushed her to a top speed of 66.7 mph at 5700 rpm. Best cruise was at 28.8 mph and 3000 rpm, at which the direct-injected engines burned just 31.3 gph. This sort of speed and range combined with sea-keeping capability is a big plus on long runs to distant fishing locations like the Hudson Canyon or the oil rigs off the Louisiana Delta. More...
Outer Reef 700:
Happy Crew, Happy Cruise
“Happy crew, happy cruise” goes the old mantra for crewed yachts, and the fortunate crew of the Outer Reef 700 should be as happy as quality accommodations can make them. The level of woodworking and fit-and-finish in the crew’s quarters is a match that is found throughout the owner and guest quarters forward. Both the galley and the dinette table have granite tops, the solid teak doors have rounded corners and shaped teak trim and the captain’s quarters has an en suite head. Owner/operators can use this space as another guest cabin – kids will love it – or for storage. More...
Tips for Safe Fueling
It is not difficult to fuel a boat. However, fuel is combustible and generally unstable. It is also corrosive and will cause pollution and issues with the wildlife. The following six tips on boat fueling can help make boating safer. More...
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