Boating Mag | RSShttp://www.bizhui.twBoating Mag News FeedWed, 04 Nov 2020 16:30:42 +00001hourly1 Miss November and December: Daniah R.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/videos/miss-november-and-december-daniah-r/Daniah R. is Boating's Icom Cover Girl for November and December, and her photo shoot took place aboard the Monterey 255SS.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/videos/miss-november-and-december-daniah-r/StaffVideosMon, 02 Nov 2020 19:11:29 +0000

Daniah R. is the Icom Cover Girl for November and December. Her cover shoot took place aboard the Monterey 255 SS OB.

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Yamaha 275 SD Boat Testhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/yamaha-275-sd-boat-test/The 275 SD is Yamaha’s biggest jet boat, and it delivers beaucoup power, sophistication, comfort and fun. Boating's top crew of editors sea-trialed and evaluated it so that boaters---boat buyers especially-- can learn the in-depth details about this boat's performance, construction and other features. Is it the right boat for you? Read on.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/yamaha-275-sd-boat-test/Randy VanceBoatsMon, 02 Nov 2020 14:18:41 +0000Yamaha’s 275SD brings to the water a commanding length and a 9-foot beam, plus a dominating 500 hp to rocket across the waves. This twin-engine jet boat resides at the apex of Yamaha product design, featuring systems integration that makes it a pleasure to own, exciting to drive, easy to maintain, and reliable year after year.

Let’s start with the DRiVE system. Yamaha took the process of docking, one of the hardest parts of piloting a jet boat, and made it simple and easy. Paddles on the steering wheel provide the ultimate in precision speed control and the ability to instantly shift from forward to reverse. The paddles fall under your fingertips on the wheel, the right paddle activating forward propulsion to 3,000 rpm, and the left triggering reverse propulsion to 3,000 rpm. With this system, Yamaha capitalized on its jet system’s hyper-maneuverability, but tamed it for precision docking.

LOA: 27'0" | Beam: 9'0" | Draft (max): 1'10" | Displacement (approx.): 5,466 lb. | Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 8'6" | Fuel Capacity: 90 gal. | Max Horsepower: 500 | Available Power: Dual Yamaha 250 hp SVHO supercharged four-stroke inboards/jet drives
LOA: 27'0" | Beam: 9'0" | Draft (max): 1'10" | Displacement (approx.): 5,466 lb. | Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 8'6" | Fuel Capacity: 90 gal. | Max Horsepower: 500 | Available Power: Dual Yamaha 250 hp SVHO supercharged four-stroke inboards/jet drives (Courtesy Yamaha Boats/)

DRiVE is selected on the Connext display panel by pressing the throttle icon on the screen. One touch gives you dual-throttle-lever control. Another touch gives single-lever control of both SVHO supercharged engines. Yet another touch activates the DRiVE paddles on the wheel. You can use paddles while seated, or looking into a ski mirror or over your shoulder, but we discovered you could flip up the seat bolster to make standing room in front of the helm, then turn your back to the wheel, steering into a slip with the paddles.

The Connext panel is a head-up display on the dash that looks like the screen of an Audi. Icons on the touchscreen give access to mapping, engine information, speed-control features for water-sports, lights, electrical-systems control and audio. If you don’t want to reach for the touchscreen, there’s a toggle to the right of the helm that allows you to jog between functions, and select and operate them.

At speed, the 275SD is a wave-crushing blast. We tested it in Florida’s Biscayne Bay and enjoyed a smooth ride in bumpy water. Speed and acceleration were exhilarating—a hallmark of Yamaha jets. Adding to the control is Yamaha’s patented articulating keel. Think of tiny rudders that assist the jet pumps' directional control while also enhancing tracking.

That may be a long-winded discussion about the controls, but they represent the pinnacle of Yamaha’s engineering. Yet the company doesn’t forget comfort and fun.

The Connext panel is a head-up display on the dash that looks like the screen of an Audi.
The Connext panel is a head-up display on the dash that looks like the screen of an Audi. (Courtesy Yamaha Boats/)

The cockpit is surrounded in comfortable seating. An entertainment galley behind the skipper’s seat houses a slide-out cooler and a prep station for snacks. The aft couch is divided in the center, providing a convenient walkway from the cockpit to the transom platform. It’s far more convenient than having to clamber the seats to the platform.

On each side of the walkway are forward-facing seats with movable backrests that convert the platform seats to chaise-style lounges. Bow seating is spacious too, and the forward seats can be configured to give kids a fun, forward-facing ride while keeping them safely inside the boat.

The entire cockpit is shaded by a hardtop that matches the sleek lines of the hull. Side windows on the 275SD are curved, with frames that blend into the fiberglass, eliminating that bolt-on look.

For a comparable jet boat, you’d have to look at Scarab and decide between its 255 or 285 ID ($134,321 with comparable power, tower and trailer). Scarab offers INR (Intelligent Neutral and Reverse), which keeps the boat sitting still in true neutral when properly adjusted for the load and conditions. And it boasts a docking mode, which limits throttle speeds for steadier low-speed maneuvers. It lacks Yamaha’s track-enhancing articulating keel, but makes more aggressive turns at speed.

Bow seating is spacious and comfortable.
Bow seating is spacious and comfortable. (Courtesy Yamaha Boats/)

Yamaha’s patented jet-pump cleanouts on the platform allow the boater to remove ingested weeds from inside the boat—a feature no other jet-driven vessel can boast. Also convenient are the flushing ports for rinsing salt water from the cooling passages in the motor—a feature that makes it easy to perform that life-extending process. Battery switches are easy to access, so the boat can be made completely dormant during storage, sparing the batteries from frustrating parasitic drain. Also making the vessel easier to maintain is the spacious engine compartment that allows unfettered access to the inboard four-stroke engines when needed.

Big crews will want the convenience of a portable head compartment on board, and the 275SD has it. It features stonelike countertops, with a freshwater sink, and a roomy interior lit by an LED light or portlight.

The 275SD is apt to change the way people look at big dayboats. We’ve been around enough of them to know.

High Points

  • DRiVE paddles on the wheel make shifting and throttle control easy for safe docking.
  • Stainless-steel cup holders are LED-backlit.
  • LED courtesy and underwater lights are accessible via the Connext screen.

Low Points

  • Articulating keel requires larger-radius recovery turns for watersports, but adds tracking control for smoother towed sports.

Price: $131,249 (with test power)

Available Power: Jet drives

Yamaha 275SD Certified Test Results
Yamaha 275SD Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engines: Dual Yamaha 250 hp SVHO supercharged four-stroke inboards

Drive/Prop: Jet drives/stainless-steel impellers

Gear Ratio: 1.00:1

Fuel Load: 75 gal

Water on Board: 0 gal.

Crew Weight: 450 lb.

Yamaha Boats - Kennesaw, Georgia; 800-962-7926; yamahaboats.com

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9 Tips for Winterizing Your Boat’s Marine Electronicshttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/nine-tips-for-winterizing-your-boats-marine-electronics/In this article, West Coast and Electronics Editor Jim Hendricks, recognized worldwide for his expertise with marine electronics, offers nine tips for stowing your boat's electronics for the winter, or any long-term storage period.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/nine-tips-for-winterizing-your-boats-marine-electronics/Jim HendricksHow ToWed, 28 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000
Protect your electronics this winter. (Courtesy Raymarine/)

You might not think marine electronics need winterization, but they do. Here are tips from Jim McGowan, marketing manager for FLIR/Raymarine, for preparing your marine electronics for long-term storage this winter.

Remove and Store

If practical, remove your electronics from the boat and store them at home.

Back 'em Up

Save your waypoints, routes and tracks to external media. With multifunction displays, you can back up to a microSD card or sync to an app on your mobile device. Should anything bad happen (such as theft), at least you’ll have your data saved.

Wash and Cover

Use fresh water, mild soap and a microfiber towel to clean and dry electronics left aboard. Then protect each unit with a sun cover. Wash radar scanners, GPS sensors, and thermal cameras too (don’t use a pressure washer) to remove salt and bird droppings before shrink-wrapping.

Lens Advice

If you have a FLIR camera, place it into its “Park” position, which faces the lens surface down to protect it from damage.

Not Too Tight

If you are shrink-wrapping the boat yourself, use care when covering radar and satellite antennas.?If too tight, the wrap can warp open-array antennas or crack dome housings.

Connector Care

Ensure plugs and cables are not exposed to the weather, to protect the pins and contacts from corrosion.?Label the cables as you are removing them for reference next spring.

Transducer Tip

If you have an in-hull transducer that uses a reservoir, check what kind of liquid is inside. It should be propylene glycol (nontoxic antifreeze), but sometimes it ends up just having water inside, which could freeze and split the housing.

Power Down

Turn off circuit breakers to your electronics.?Your boat might also have power to NMEA 2000 networks. Switch it all off to preserve your batteries for next spring.?One exception is your boat’s security system, which needs to stay on to help thwart would-be thieves.

Chillin' Out

Before leaving marine electronics aboard your boat through the winter, check the temperature specification ranges for storage of your particular units. This might differ from the operating temperature, both of which you can find in your owner’s manual or on the manufacturers' websites.

“Raymarine MFDs, instruments and other devices with screens can all remain on board for the winter as long as you are comfortable with your boat’s security situation,” says Jim McGowan, marketing manager for FLIR/Raymarine.?“The cold weather won’t bother them at all.?We do extensive cold-weather testing on our displays, and certify them for storage at temperatures ranging from minus 22 to 158 degrees F.”

Not all marine electronics are rated for storage at such low temperatures. Simrad’s NSS Evo3S multifunction displays, for example, are rated for storage down to 4 degrees F. If you anticipate temperatures dipping below the rated temperature, whichever brand you own, make plans to remove it from your boat before it’s shrink-wrapped for winter.

In addition to temperature considerations, think about suspending any subscriptions you use to receive information through your marine electronics. For example, if you have a subscription to a satellite service such as SiriusXM radio, marine weather or Fish Mapping, you can suspend your account for winter when your boat is not being used.

SiriusXM allows you to reactivate in spring without penalties or fees.?It’s worth checking with SiriusXM or other providers to see what is possible, and perhaps save some money over the long, cold winter.

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Cool Boating Gifts for the 2019 Holiday Seasonhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/cool-boating-gifts-for-the-2019-holiday-season/If there is a boater on your Christmas list--or for any gift giving occasion--you'll want to check out this Holiday Gift Guide. In it, the editors of Boating, the world's foremost powerboat experts, suggest great boating gifts.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/cool-boating-gifts-for-the-2019-holiday-season/Boating Tech TeamGearTue, 27 Oct 2020 17:35:51 +0000It’s that time of year again, the time to endlessly fret about what to get that special person in your life, the person who seemingly has everything. Well, if that special person is a boater, there is always something he will need, or at least want so badly that he’ll jump for joy the moment he tears the wrapping paper. So, here are 35 absolutely fantastic gift ideas to purchase for the nautically obsessed in your family.

More Gifts: We've got a large collection of the top boating gifts! Check out more of our gift guides, here.

Wearables

<strong>Casio Pro Trek Smartwatch</strong><br/>
Connect this <a  rel="nofollow" title="sports and navigation watch">sports and navigation watch</a> to your Android or iPhone device using the Wear OS app, and use Google Assistant to tell your watch to tell your phone to make calls, text peeps, or direct you to the nearest marina. Use the Pro Trek to navigate to your favorite waters or trails, and keep track of your physical exercise and calorie burn. Download the free Fishbrain app for social connectivity to millions of worldwide anglers to log your best fish catches of the day with lures and locations—if you care to give up that secret—and then see where others are catching fish too. Premium service from $9.99 monthly gives access to contoured fishing maps of your favorite waters. $549
<strong>Casio Pro Trek Smartwatch</strong><br/> Connect this <a rel="nofollow" title="sports and navigation watch">sports and navigation watch</a> to your Android or iPhone device using the Wear OS app, and use Google Assistant to tell your watch to tell your phone to make calls, text peeps, or direct you to the nearest marina. Use the Pro Trek to navigate to your favorite waters or trails, and keep track of your physical exercise and calorie burn. Download the free Fishbrain app for social connectivity to millions of worldwide anglers to log your best fish catches of the day with lures and locations—if you care to give up that secret—and then see where others are catching fish too. Premium service from $9.99 monthly gives access to contoured fishing maps of your favorite waters. $549 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Simms Solartech Crewneck</strong><br/>
By now, most boaters know the best way to stay safe in the sun is to wear protective clothing designed to keep out the harsh UV rays. The <a  rel="nofollow" title="Simms">Simms</a> Solartech Crewneck fishing shirt does just that with a UPF 50 rating. The shirt is lightweight and breathable, so you can stay cool and protected while boating or fishing in the hot sun. $59.95
<strong>Simms Solartech Crewneck</strong><br/> By now, most boaters know the best way to stay safe in the sun is to wear protective clothing designed to keep out the harsh UV rays. The <a rel="nofollow" title="Simms">Simms</a> Solartech Crewneck fishing shirt does just that with a UPF 50 rating. The shirt is lightweight and breathable, so you can stay cool and protected while boating or fishing in the hot sun. $59.95 (Courtesy Simms/)<strong>Gill Rock Softshell Jacket</strong><br/>
If you're a boater who likes to stretch your season into late fall and start in early spring, the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gill-Water-Repellent-Softshell-Jacket/dp/B07PXJ53DK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&amp;keywords=Gill+Rock+Softshell+Jacket&amp;qid=1572532642&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=8779e8a08b8e8102a2a5ce77cb6e8c08&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="Gill Rock Softshell Jacket">Gill Rock Softshell Jacket</a> is the perfect fit. It's a water-resistant, thermal-lined, two-layer jacket with an adjustable hem and hood to keep the wind at bay. It's light enough to wear on those almost-perfect boating days that still hold a little chill. $175
<strong>Gill Rock Softshell Jacket</strong><br/> If you're a boater who likes to stretch your season into late fall and start in early spring, the <a rel="nofollow" title="Gill Rock Softshell Jacket">Gill Rock Softshell Jacket</a> is the perfect fit. It's a water-resistant, thermal-lined, two-layer jacket with an adjustable hem and hood to keep the wind at bay. It's light enough to wear on those almost-perfect boating days that still hold a little chill. $175 (Courtesy GIL/)<strong>Kavu River Wrangler Shirt</strong><br/>
Magnum P.I. made the Hawaiian shirt cool in the 1980s, and some would argue that it's never gone out of style. This <a href="https://www.amazon.com/KAVU-River-Wrangler-Fiesta-X-Large/dp/B074D3PNY1/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&amp;keywords=Kavu+River+Wrangler+Shirt&amp;qid=1572532759&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=27acc652f9c71c6dc567e617860eab0d&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="modern take">modern take</a> is made of breathable fabrics with UV protection. Combined with its stylish fish pattern, it's perfect to wear offshore or on the docks. $80
<strong>Kavu River Wrangler Shirt</strong><br/> Magnum P.I. made the Hawaiian shirt cool in the 1980s, and some would argue that it's never gone out of style. This <a rel="nofollow" title="modern take">modern take</a> is made of breathable fabrics with UV protection. Combined with its stylish fish pattern, it's perfect to wear offshore or on the docks. $80 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>OtterBox Yampa 35 Dry Duffle</strong><br/>
Dry bags are a dime a dozen these days, but few offer the versatility and convenience of the Yampa 35 from <a  rel="nofollow" title="OtterBox">OtterBox</a>. Complete with a waterproof zipper, backpack straps, lash points, and a padded exoskeleton shell combined with a rugged base, this holiday gift item is easy to carry and can keep all your gear protected inside. $250
<strong>OtterBox Yampa 35 Dry Duffle</strong><br/> Dry bags are a dime a dozen these days, but few offer the versatility and convenience of the Yampa 35 from <a rel="nofollow" title="OtterBox">OtterBox</a>. Complete with a waterproof zipper, backpack straps, lash points, and a padded exoskeleton shell combined with a rugged base, this holiday gift item is easy to carry and can keep all your gear protected inside. $250 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag</strong><br/>
Sometimes you don't need a giant cooler for a day on the boat. Sometimes you don't want to throw your lunch in the big ice-packed cooler where it's bound to get soggy. In that case, try the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/YETI-Daytrip-Packable-Lunch-Navy/dp/B07SZ98T79/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Yeti+Daytrip+Lunch+Bag&amp;qid=1572533019&amp;sr=8-1-spons&amp;psc=1&amp;spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzN1oyMVI3QVdWSE5XJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTMzODE2MlZHVjhWN0FMSDlDRyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMDYxMTczU01KQUtYNzZBNVROJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=af61af538619820c88a7a821d6ff16b6&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="Yeti Daytrip lunch bag">Yeti Daytrip lunch bag</a>, a small, soft cooler that keeps your lunch fresh for when you're ready to drop anchor and dine on board. $79.99
<strong>Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag</strong><br/> Sometimes you don't need a giant cooler for a day on the boat. Sometimes you don't want to throw your lunch in the big ice-packed cooler where it's bound to get soggy. In that case, try the <a rel="nofollow" title="Yeti Daytrip lunch bag">Yeti Daytrip lunch bag</a>, a small, soft cooler that keeps your lunch fresh for when you're ready to drop anchor and dine on board. $79.99 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Costa Waterwoman Sunglasses</strong><br/>
Few <a  rel="nofollow" title="fashion glasses">fashion glasses</a> offer the face-hugging protection these do, making them ideal for grocery-getting, or a day on the sandbar or beach with the boat. The solid frames are durable but light, and the fit means no sore spots on the nose or ears. Polarized glass 580 lenses block glare from the water or off the dash when driving and resist scratching. Six lens and three frame colors give plenty of wardrobe-matching options. $269
<strong>Costa Waterwoman Sunglasses</strong><br/> Few <a rel="nofollow" title="fashion glasses">fashion glasses</a> offer the face-hugging protection these do, making them ideal for grocery-getting, or a day on the sandbar or beach with the boat. The solid frames are durable but light, and the fit means no sore spots on the nose or ears. Polarized glass 580 lenses block glare from the water or off the dash when driving and resist scratching. Six lens and three frame colors give plenty of wardrobe-matching options. $269 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Costa Del Mar Broadbills</strong><br/>
Costa Del Mar's 528 polarized lenses are some of the best in the business when it comes to cutting down glare on the water and protecting your eyes, and the new large-frame <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Costa-Del-Mar-Sunglasses-580Plastic/dp/B07SPG2PQ1/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&amp;keywords=costa+del+mar+broadbill&amp;qid=1572533226&amp;sr=8-6&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=508c0f72d903bcde2d7ab45a28cd0b3b&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="Broadbill">Broadbill</a> glasses provide plenty of coverage. Don a pair to hit the water in style. $269 for glass lenses
<strong>Costa Del Mar Broadbills</strong><br/> Costa Del Mar's 528 polarized lenses are some of the best in the business when it comes to cutting down glare on the water and protecting your eyes, and the new large-frame <a rel="nofollow" title="Broadbill">Broadbill</a> glasses provide plenty of coverage. Don a pair to hit the water in style. $269 for glass lenses (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Kokatat Dirt Bag Gear Bag</strong><br/>
Designed for stand-up paddlers and kayakers, the Kokatat Dirt Bag Gear Bag can haul all of your boating gear as well, and has separate storage segments to keep everything dry and organized. It comes with a changing mat you can lay on deck to keep your socks dry, and the straps convert to backpack-style when you're ready to hit the dock. $95
<strong>Kokatat Dirt Bag Gear Bag</strong><br/> Designed for stand-up paddlers and kayakers, the Kokatat Dirt Bag Gear Bag can haul all of your boating gear as well, and has separate storage segments to keep everything dry and organized. It comes with a changing mat you can lay on deck to keep your socks dry, and the straps convert to backpack-style when you're ready to hit the dock. $95 (Garrett Cortese/)

Marine Electronics

<strong>Raymarine Element 12 HV</strong><br/>
The price of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/3039838011/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Raymarine&amp;ref_=bl_dp_s_web_3039838011&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=4ada5dff34ab442c47fb246add0ec02b&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="multifunction displays">multifunction displays</a> keeps going down while their elementary efficacy goes up. Packaged with the included HV 100 transducer, this system's -Hypervision 1.2 Mhz sonar technology solves the mystery of what's beneath by giving a higher-resolution view of DownVision, SideVision and RealVision 3D than available before. The non-touchscreen offers clarity and brightness, and the touchpad gives easy, functional access to the device, preferred by many professional anglers who don't want interference from wet fingers or ocean spray to limit touchscreen functionality. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity ease operations and firmware updates. $1,899.99
<strong>Raymarine Element 12 HV</strong><br/> The price of <a rel="nofollow" title="multifunction displays">multifunction displays</a> keeps going down while their elementary efficacy goes up. Packaged with the included HV 100 transducer, this system's -Hypervision 1.2 Mhz sonar technology solves the mystery of what's beneath by giving a higher-resolution view of DownVision, SideVision and RealVision 3D than available before. The non-touchscreen offers clarity and brightness, and the touchpad gives easy, functional access to the device, preferred by many professional anglers who don't want interference from wet fingers or ocean spray to limit touchscreen functionality. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity ease operations and firmware updates. $1,899.99 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Aqua-Vu Micro Stealth 4.3 Camera</strong><br/>
Call it your eyes underwater. Did you drop something overboard? Lower <a  rel="nofollow" title="this in the water">this in the water</a> to find it—or fish. Three infrared illuminators reveal fish, gear or anything else you want to see in the darkest water without getting wet. The camera image is displayed on the compact 4.3-inch LCD screen, and the camera cable is marked in 1-foot increments to 50 feet. It runs for six hours on a charge. $229.99
<strong>Aqua-Vu Micro Stealth 4.3 Camera</strong><br/> Call it your eyes underwater. Did you drop something overboard? Lower <a rel="nofollow" title="this in the water">this in the water</a> to find it—or fish. Three infrared illuminators reveal fish, gear or anything else you want to see in the darkest water without getting wet. The camera image is displayed on the compact 4.3-inch LCD screen, and the camera cable is marked in 1-foot increments to 50 feet. It runs for six hours on a charge. $229.99 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Wet Sounds SHIVR 55</strong><br/>
Never has <a  rel="nofollow" title="a cooler been cooler">a cooler been cooler</a>. It not only dishes out refreshments, but its built-in six-speaker, 200-watt Bluetooth lithium-battery-powered sound system also provides entertainment. The bear-proof cooler holds 58 quarts, and comes with a 12-volt and AC adapter charger. A unique pressure-relief valve prevents air lock, and rope handles allow sharing the task of putting the entertainment center in place. $899
<strong>Wet Sounds SHIVR 55</strong><br/> Never has <a rel="nofollow" title="a cooler been cooler">a cooler been cooler</a>. It not only dishes out refreshments, but its built-in six-speaker, 200-watt Bluetooth lithium-battery-powered sound system also provides entertainment. The bear-proof cooler holds 58 quarts, and comes with a 12-volt and AC adapter charger. A unique pressure-relief valve prevents air lock, and rope handles allow sharing the task of putting the entertainment center in place. $899 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Roswell R1 Pro Tower Speakers</strong><br/>
Speakers with LED lights are nothing new, but speakers with color-changing, light-permeable LED housings are only found in the Roswell R1 Pro. If that sounds really cool, it's because it is. The boater on your list can customize the audio and visual experience in countless ways like never before. Some might say sensory overload; we say sensory awesome. $1,899 (sold in pairs)
<strong>Roswell R1 Pro Tower Speakers</strong><br/> Speakers with LED lights are nothing new, but speakers with color-changing, light-permeable LED housings are only found in the Roswell R1 Pro. If that sounds really cool, it's because it is. The boater on your list can customize the audio and visual experience in countless ways like never before. Some might say sensory overload; we say sensory awesome. $1,899 (sold in pairs) (Courtesy Roswell/)<strong>Ancor 12 Function Snap-Around Meter</strong><br/>
The <a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/20139341011/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Ancor&amp;ref_=bl_dp_s_web_20139341011&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=baca8a441a5a09c943f9ad406652b62a&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="Ancor">Ancor</a> 703079 Snap-Around Meter will put a smile on any DIY boater's face. It enables wiring to be checked without having to cut into the wires or disconnect them, and it reads voltage and amperages on both DC and AC systems, plus resistance and capacitance. It features a backlit screen, a flashlight for use in dark compartments, a zeroing function and a carrying case. Range is 600 to 1,000 volts DC, and 6 to 750 volts AC. $199.99
<strong>Ancor 12 Function Snap-Around Meter</strong><br/> The <a rel="nofollow" title="Ancor">Ancor</a> 703079 Snap-Around Meter will put a smile on any DIY boater's face. It enables wiring to be checked without having to cut into the wires or disconnect them, and it reads voltage and amperages on both DC and AC systems, plus resistance and capacitance. It features a backlit screen, a flashlight for use in dark compartments, a zeroing function and a carrying case. Range is 600 to 1,000 volts DC, and 6 to 750 volts AC. $199.99 (Garrett Cortese/)

Boat Cleaning and Maintenance

<strong>Meguiars</strong><br/>
If you own a boat, you're always going to need to clean it. What better way to keep it looking as good as new than with a variety of products from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-M6385-Boat-Owners-Pack/dp/B0752K4M8P/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=2LTGNBBU8SB9M&amp;keywords=meguiars+boat+products&amp;qid=1572534915&amp;sprefix=meguiars+boat+,aps,164&amp;sr=8-6&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=c23646c2fd01a28c486b287905ef9a05&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="Meguiars">Meguiars</a>? Get busy with this gift basket containing -Microfiber Towels (three-pack), Marine/RV Pure Wax 56 (16-ounce bottle), Extreme Marine Vinyl and Rubber Protectant (32-ounce spray bottle), Meguiars Flagship Ultimate Quik Wax (16-ounce spray bottle), Quik Clean 52 Mist and Wipe (16-ounce spray bottle), and All-Purpose Cleaner 58 Marine APC (26-ounce spray bottle). $55
<strong>Meguiars</strong><br/> If you own a boat, you're always going to need to clean it. What better way to keep it looking as good as new than with a variety of products from <a rel="nofollow" title="Meguiars">Meguiars</a>? Get busy with this gift basket containing -Microfiber Towels (three-pack), Marine/RV Pure Wax 56 (16-ounce bottle), Extreme Marine Vinyl and Rubber Protectant (32-ounce spray bottle), Meguiars Flagship Ultimate Quik Wax (16-ounce spray bottle), Quik Clean 52 Mist and Wipe (16-ounce spray bottle), and All-Purpose Cleaner 58 Marine APC (26-ounce spray bottle). $55 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792</strong><br/>
Make sure the boater on your list runs at full power. <a  rel="nofollow" title="Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792">Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792</a> prevents barnacles and other marine plants and animals from growing on boat propellers, rudders, running gear and other underwater metals, ensuring maximum thrust and minimum drag. Ordinary anti-fouling coatings wash right off, but Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier stays put and keeps on protecting. Available in aerosol or brushable liquid. $34.99 (aerosol), $85.99 (quart)
<strong>Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792</strong><br/> Make sure the boater on your list runs at full power. <a rel="nofollow" title="Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792">Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792</a> prevents barnacles and other marine plants and animals from growing on boat propellers, rudders, running gear and other underwater metals, ensuring maximum thrust and minimum drag. Ordinary anti-fouling coatings wash right off, but Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier stays put and keeps on protecting. Available in aerosol or brushable liquid. $34.99 (aerosol), $85.99 (quart) (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Raritan Potty Pack</strong><br/>
<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Raritan-Potty-Kills-Cleans-Potties/dp/B00IO5K1JS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&amp;keywords=Raritan+Potty+Pack&amp;qid=1572536289&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=14319bdc79ab455ded0dec9c3311fca8&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="Raritan C.P.">Raritan C.P.</a> cleans potties and eliminates the worst intake line odors without brushing. As the only bowl cleaner Raritan recommends for Raritan toilets and the only bowl cleaner that can be combined with Raritan K.O.'s bioactive formula, it breaks down and neutralizes odor-causing waste materials instantly, eliminating holding-tank odors. Raritan C.P. and K.O. work for the boater on your list when nothing else will, and neither uses harsh chemicals. $25 for both
<strong>Raritan Potty Pack</strong><br/> <a rel="nofollow" title="Raritan C.P.">Raritan C.P.</a> cleans potties and eliminates the worst intake line odors without brushing. As the only bowl cleaner Raritan recommends for Raritan toilets and the only bowl cleaner that can be combined with Raritan K.O.'s bioactive formula, it breaks down and neutralizes odor-causing waste materials instantly, eliminating holding-tank odors. Raritan C.P. and K.O. work for the boater on your list when nothing else will, and neither uses harsh chemicals. $25 for both (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Oz Radial EZ and Nano</strong><br/>
This seems like wizardry, but when <a  rel="nofollow" title="we left it running">we left it running</a> for its eight-hour rechargeable battery life in our road-weary pickup truck, it filled the cabin with odor-destroying ozone, killing the fast-food smells, and the sweaty running shoe and dirty work-glove smells. Drop it in a boat locker to remove fishy smells, mildew and mold. The Radial EZ ($249.99) is for larger rooms and tougher boat jobs. The Radial Nano ($179.99) certainly did the trick in our truck.
<strong>Oz Radial EZ and Nano</strong><br/> This seems like wizardry, but when <a rel="nofollow" title="we left it running">we left it running</a> for its eight-hour rechargeable battery life in our road-weary pickup truck, it filled the cabin with odor-destroying ozone, killing the fast-food smells, and the sweaty running shoe and dirty work-glove smells. Drop it in a boat locker to remove fishy smells, mildew and mold. The Radial EZ ($249.99) is for larger rooms and tougher boat jobs. The Radial Nano ($179.99) certainly did the trick in our truck. (Garrett Cortese/)

Watersports

<strong>Slingshot Hover Glide Foil Wake Package (v3)</strong><br/>
Gliding over the water is all the rage in water tow sports these days, and the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Slingshot-Sports-Hover-Package-Complete/dp/B07WN3VHGC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&amp;keywords=Slingshot+Hover+Glide+Foil+Wake+Package&amp;qid=1572537270&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=5c38ffee63cdbc8db3f5c55f9a98ba91&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="Slingshot Hover Glide Foil Wake">Slingshot Hover Glide Foil Wake</a> board-and-mast setup can have the boaters on your gift list doing it in no time. They will be able to ride on the water like never before, whether it's behind a watersports boat, pontoon, runabout, center-console or anything in between. If it can go, it can tow a foil. $1,831
<strong>Slingshot Hover Glide Foil Wake Package (v3)</strong><br/> Gliding over the water is all the rage in water tow sports these days, and the <a rel="nofollow" title="Slingshot Hover Glide Foil Wake">Slingshot Hover Glide Foil Wake</a> board-and-mast setup can have the boaters on your gift list doing it in no time. They will be able to ride on the water like never before, whether it's behind a watersports boat, pontoon, runabout, center-console or anything in between. If it can go, it can tow a foil. $1,831 (Courtesy Slingshot Sports/)<strong>WOW Watersports Cooler-Speaker Bundle</strong>? 
Your boater will rule the party cove with this great bundle of a <a  rel="nofollow" title="WOW World of Watersports">WOW World of Watersports</a> Sound Buoy Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker and a WOW Sound Floating Cooler Bundle. This combination from WOW World of Watersports will make the boaters on your list popular at raft-ups and give them convenience while floating in a private anchorage. Valued at $204.98 (speaker $145.99, cooler $59.99)
<strong>WOW Watersports Cooler-Speaker Bundle</strong>? Your boater will rule the party cove with this great bundle of a <a rel="nofollow" title="WOW World of Watersports">WOW World of Watersports</a> Sound Buoy Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker and a WOW Sound Floating Cooler Bundle. This combination from WOW World of Watersports will make the boaters on your list popular at raft-ups and give them convenience while floating in a private anchorage. Valued at $204.98 (speaker $145.99, cooler $59.99) (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>O'Brien Burnside</strong><br/>
While most stand-up paddleboards are constructed out of epoxy, O'Brien has taken a more environmentally friendly approach by making the hull of the Burnside out of bamboo, with a process that creates much less waste to boot. The advantages aren't just for Mother Earth; the 11-foot-2-inch Burnside comes in at just 27.5 pounds, much lighter than other SUPs its size. This allows it to travel faster like a smaller board, but retain the stability of a larger board. $960
<strong>O'Brien Burnside</strong><br/> While most stand-up paddleboards are constructed out of epoxy, O'Brien has taken a more environmentally friendly approach by making the hull of the Burnside out of bamboo, with a process that creates much less waste to boot. The advantages aren't just for Mother Earth; the 11-foot-2-inch Burnside comes in at just 27.5 pounds, much lighter than other SUPs its size. This allows it to travel faster like a smaller board, but retain the stability of a larger board. $960 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Mission Sentry Fender</strong><br/>
Not only are <a  rel="nofollow" title="Mission Sentry Fenders">Mission Sentry Fenders</a> contoured to fit over the rub rail of a boat and provide better protection, but they are also easier to attach and adjust. That makes them a great holiday gift. The adjustable strap system quickly and easily attaches to boat cleats, dock cleats, pilings, and a variety of other items when docking. $60
<strong>Mission Sentry Fender</strong><br/> Not only are <a rel="nofollow" title="Mission Sentry Fenders">Mission Sentry Fenders</a> contoured to fit over the rub rail of a boat and provide better protection, but they are also easier to attach and adjust. That makes them a great holiday gift. The adjustable strap system quickly and easily attaches to boat cleats, dock cleats, pilings, and a variety of other items when docking. $60 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Ronix Super Sonic Space Odyssey Powertail Wakesurf Board</strong><br/>
Wakesurfing is one of the best and easiest ways to get kids into towed watersports. And if you thought your first time riding a boat's wave without a handle was memorable, wait until you see your kids do it. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/18756275011/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Ronix&amp;ref_=bl_dp_s_web_18756275011&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=0aa1ec89b1355006826759a44e138e3d&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="Ronix">Ronix</a> makes some of the best wakesurf boards on the market, and its kids boards are no exception. The larger tail of the SSSOP provides more push for the little shredder on your holiday gift list, which means an easier time riding smaller waves. $330
<strong>Ronix Super Sonic Space Odyssey Powertail Wakesurf Board</strong><br/> Wakesurfing is one of the best and easiest ways to get kids into towed watersports. And if you thought your first time riding a boat's wave without a handle was memorable, wait until you see your kids do it. <a rel="nofollow" title="Ronix">Ronix</a> makes some of the best wakesurf boards on the market, and its kids boards are no exception. The larger tail of the SSSOP provides more push for the little shredder on your holiday gift list, which means an easier time riding smaller waves. $330 (Courtesy Ronix/)

Fishing Gear

<strong>Ocean Born Saltwater Lures</strong><br/>
These <a  rel="nofollow" title="multiaction saltwater lures">multiaction saltwater lures</a> can pop, spit, walk the dog or create a bubble trail—and even swim like a billed minnow. They come in three weights: Floating, Sinking and Super Long Distance. Anglers can fish these?incredibly?versatile lures by popping or ripping on top, walking the dog, or swimming them like a swimbait,?and the SLD model can even be jigged on the bottom. They make great stocking stuffers. Starting at $22
<strong>Ocean Born Saltwater Lures</strong><br/> These <a rel="nofollow" title="multiaction saltwater lures">multiaction saltwater lures</a> can pop, spit, walk the dog or create a bubble trail—and even swim like a billed minnow. They come in three weights: Floating, Sinking and Super Long Distance. Anglers can fish these?incredibly?versatile lures by popping or ripping on top, walking the dog, or swimming them like a swimbait,?and the SLD model can even be jigged on the bottom. They make great stocking stuffers. Starting at $22 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>GoFish Cam</strong><br/>
This <a href="https://www.amazon.com/GoFish-Cam-Wireless-Underwater-Fishing/dp/B0792FYDXF/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&amp;keywords=GoFish+Cam&amp;qid=1572538423&amp;sr=8-3&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=cd686278b6e25b9641f46c5a926044ba&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="waterproof 1080p camera">waterproof 1080p camera</a> at 60 or 30 fps (your choice) clips into your fishing line ahead of your hooks to record what happens when a fish attacks your bait. In dark water, green LEDs illuminate the action. If the bite isn't amazing enough, the camera also remains aligned with the hook as the fish catapults through the air. This is the first self-contained trolling cam we've seen that uses Wi-Fi and an app to control the camera, view the images and share them on social media. $239.99
<strong>GoFish Cam</strong><br/> This <a rel="nofollow" title="waterproof 1080p camera">waterproof 1080p camera</a> at 60 or 30 fps (your choice) clips into your fishing line ahead of your hooks to record what happens when a fish attacks your bait. In dark water, green LEDs illuminate the action. If the bite isn't amazing enough, the camera also remains aligned with the hook as the fish catapults through the air. This is the first self-contained trolling cam we've seen that uses Wi-Fi and an app to control the camera, view the images and share them on social media. $239.99 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Shimano Tekota 500HGA Levelwind Reel</strong><br/>
Levelwind casting reels eliminate the need to manually spool the line, even while fighting a fish or retrieving a lure. <a  rel="nofollow" title="Shimano">Shimano</a> leads the pack in levelwind reels with its Tekota 500HGA. This fully redesigned Tekota offers durability, with improvements that include Coreprotect to increase corrosion resistance, a loud clicker, and a new ergonomic S-Compact body design. $209.99
<strong>Shimano Tekota 500HGA Levelwind Reel</strong><br/> Levelwind casting reels eliminate the need to manually spool the line, even while fighting a fish or retrieving a lure. <a rel="nofollow" title="Shimano">Shimano</a> leads the pack in levelwind reels with its Tekota 500HGA. This fully redesigned Tekota offers durability, with improvements that include Coreprotect to increase corrosion resistance, a loud clicker, and a new ergonomic S-Compact body design. $209.99 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Okuma Tesoro Star Drag Fishing Reel</strong><br/>
Any angler worth his or her salt will love finding an <a  rel="nofollow" title="Okuma">Okuma</a> Tesoro 10S under the tree. This star-drag reel features an alumilite frame, 6.2-to-1 retrieve ratio, helical-cut stainless-steel gears, four ball bearings and one roller bearing. The multidisc carbonite drag will smoothly stop the biggest fish. An ergo-grip handle offers excellent cranking leverage. $319.99
<strong>Okuma Tesoro Star Drag Fishing Reel</strong><br/> Any angler worth his or her salt will love finding an <a rel="nofollow" title="Okuma">Okuma</a> Tesoro 10S under the tree. This star-drag reel features an alumilite frame, 6.2-to-1 retrieve ratio, helical-cut stainless-steel gears, four ball bearings and one roller bearing. The multidisc carbonite drag will smoothly stop the biggest fish. An ergo-grip handle offers excellent cranking leverage. $319.99 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>AFTCO Fillet Knives</strong><br/>
Anglers love new knives, and so <a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/3016390011/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=AFTCO&amp;ref_=bl_dp_s_web_3016390011&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=bon_boating-20&amp;linkId=70b97b4b0b9863eec2fed4a152ccccac&amp;language=en_US" rel="nofollow" title="AFTCO">AFTCO</a>'s 8-, 10- and 12-inch fish fillet knives make perfect gifts for the fishing nut on your list. These knives are built in collaboration with B?ker Germany to deliver premium blade options for fish processing. All feature stainless-steel blades with full-tang construction and an upswept design. The AFTCO gold titanium finish is bonded to the blade for corrosion resistance. Over-molded, slip-free polypropylene handles ensure a secure grip. Starting at $70
<strong>AFTCO Fillet Knives</strong><br/> Anglers love new knives, and so <a rel="nofollow" title="AFTCO">AFTCO</a>'s 8-, 10- and 12-inch fish fillet knives make perfect gifts for the fishing nut on your list. These knives are built in collaboration with B?ker Germany to deliver premium blade options for fish processing. All feature stainless-steel blades with full-tang construction and an upswept design. The AFTCO gold titanium finish is bonded to the blade for corrosion resistance. Over-molded, slip-free polypropylene handles ensure a secure grip. Starting at $70 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Fish Lab Lures</strong><br/>
The Mad Eel, Soft Mack Attack and Hard Mack Attack from Fish Lab make great holiday gifts for anglers. Available in 7- to 8-inch models, the slim-bodied eel bait has as a seductive tail kick and flash. With 5?- to 16-ounce models, the Soft Mack Attack swimbait excels in heavy current or deepwater presentations. The Hard Mack, in 7- to 9-inch versions, offers a classic three-piece swimming action. Starting at $9.99
<strong>Fish Lab Lures</strong><br/> The Mad Eel, Soft Mack Attack and Hard Mack Attack from Fish Lab make great holiday gifts for anglers. Available in 7- to 8-inch models, the slim-bodied eel bait has as a seductive tail kick and flash. With 5?- to 16-ounce models, the Soft Mack Attack swimbait excels in heavy current or deepwater presentations. The Hard Mack, in 7- to 9-inch versions, offers a classic three-piece swimming action. Starting at $9.99 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Saiko Pro Fluorocarbon Leader</strong><br/>
Saiko Pro fluorocarbon leader spools from <a  rel="nofollow" title="AFTCO">AFTCO</a> are great stocking stuffers. The 100 percent fluorocarbon is supple, yet features a hard finish that provides supreme abrasion resistance. Available in 12- to 80-pound-test in both clear and pink. The 100- to 300-pound-test is available only in clear. AFTCO SecureSpool makes leader storage a cinch with no messy, uncoiled and disorganized leader spools. Starting at $12
<strong>Saiko Pro Fluorocarbon Leader</strong><br/> Saiko Pro fluorocarbon leader spools from <a rel="nofollow" title="AFTCO">AFTCO</a> are great stocking stuffers. The 100 percent fluorocarbon is supple, yet features a hard finish that provides supreme abrasion resistance. Available in 12- to 80-pound-test in both clear and pink. The 100- to 300-pound-test is available only in clear. AFTCO SecureSpool makes leader storage a cinch with no messy, uncoiled and disorganized leader spools. Starting at $12 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>Frabill Trophy Haul Landing Net</strong><br/>
The boating angler on your gift list will love a landing net from the <a  rel="nofollow" title="Frabill Trophy Haul">Frabill Trophy Haul</a> series. A handled yoke equalizes pressure to improve balance and remove extra stress when lifting heavy fish, and conservation netting protects fish destined for release. The handle extends for extra length and retracts for stowage. Available in multiple hoop sizes. Starting at $89.99
<strong>Frabill Trophy Haul Landing Net</strong><br/> The boating angler on your gift list will love a landing net from the <a rel="nofollow" title="Frabill Trophy Haul">Frabill Trophy Haul</a> series. A handled yoke equalizes pressure to improve balance and remove extra stress when lifting heavy fish, and conservation netting protects fish destined for release. The handle extends for extra length and retracts for stowage. Available in multiple hoop sizes. Starting at $89.99 (Garrett Cortese/)<strong>G.Loomis IMX-PRO Blue Saltwater Rod</strong><br/>
Any angler on your holiday shopping list will love an <a  rel="nofollow" title="IMX-Pro">IMX-Pro</a> inshore fishing rod from G.Loomis. These rods are designed specifically for Northeast saltwater fishing, be it casting big lures or chunking with circle hooks. Casting rods range from 7 to 7? feet in length in actions spanning from medium to heavy. All feature top-quality components, including lightweight cork grips. Starting at $349
<strong>G.Loomis IMX-PRO Blue Saltwater Rod</strong><br/> Any angler on your holiday shopping list will love an <a rel="nofollow" title="IMX-Pro">IMX-Pro</a> inshore fishing rod from G.Loomis. These rods are designed specifically for Northeast saltwater fishing, be it casting big lures or chunking with circle hooks. Casting rods range from 7 to 7? feet in length in actions spanning from medium to heavy. All feature top-quality components, including lightweight cork grips. Starting at $349 (Garrett Cortese/)]]>
Boat of the Year Finalists for 2020http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/boat-of-the-year-finalists-for-2020/Boating's editors, the world's foremost powerboat experts, award the most prestigious trophy in recreational boating: Boat of the Year. Testing more than 100 boats annually, they narrow the fleet down to the one boat that stands out in its category, more than any other boat stands out in any other category. To do that, the list is whittled down to five finalists--great boats in their own right. Those finalists for 2020 are presented here. Look for the Boat of the Year award winner announcement in January 2021.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/boat-of-the-year-finalists-for-2020/Boating Tech TeamBoatsTue, 27 Oct 2020 15:18:18 +0000After testing scores of new-model boats in 2020, our editors chose what they deem the top five contenders for Boating’s Boat of the Year, the most prestigious award in recreational boating.

For decades, Boating editors have awarded Boat of the Year status to just one boat. It is the boat—often called a “category killer”—that stands out more than any other boat in its niche as determined by extensive on-water testing, comparative analysis, and no shortage of heated debate among our team of boating experts.

Which boat will be the 2020 Boat of the Year? One of these five, that’s for sure. Check the January/February 2021 issue of Boating or look for Boat of the Year updates on the web, social media or e-news, and be among the first to find out.

The G25 Paragon excels in build, technology, style, and watersports performance.
The G25 Paragon excels in build, technology, style, and watersports performance. (Garrett Cortese/)

Nautique G25 Paragon

Looks count! The Nautique G25 Paragon’s hull sides present a striking mix of --three- dimensional facets that smooth out toward the transom, providing the V-drive wake-making machine with a bold, aggressive look, and the implication of motion even while at rest.

Of course, looks do not a Boat of the Year make, but the Paragon also delivers on design, performance and technology. Its updated running surface and intuitive touchscreen system ensure that the Paragon generates some of the industry’s best and most customizable wakes and waves. There are comforts like deep, plush seating with custom stitching that echoes the hull sides, and large, convertible transom lounge chairs.

The showstopper? A first-of-its-kind telescoping tower. The engineering marvel, from Roswell Marine, raises and lowers at the push of a button. It lends the Paragon a distinctive look and attitude, and it also serves beyond just reducing bridge clearance—lower the tower and it provides excellent weather protection. Nautique’s G25 Paragon sets a new standard for watersports boats while boasting features that boats from other categories will surely copy. Read our test at boatingmag.com/nautiqueg25paragon.

Axopar’s 28 Cabin combines expert handling with unique styling.
Axopar’s 28 Cabin combines expert handling with unique styling. (Courtesy Axopar/)

Axopar 28 Cabin

Just seeing the Axopar 28 Cabin at the boat launch opens your eyes to a new type of recreational boat. It looks long and lean, like a carving knife. Every detail on the boat—from the plumb stem to the narrow beam to the reverse raked windshield—is well-thought-out and implemented for an explicit reason. There is nothing on the Axopar that is there just because. The narrow twin-stepped hull and double-chine design allow this boat to take on heavy seas without pounding, and its design and lightweight construction help it achieve incredible economy for its size. Built modularly so you can readily choose different layouts, it’s not just a category-buster, it’s in a category unto itself. Read our test at boatingmag.com/axoparboats28cabin.

The 23 SCCTTX may lure coastal anglers.
The 23 SCCTTX may lure coastal anglers. (Courtesy Bennington Marine/)

Bennington 23 SCCTTX

Pontoon boats have long seen second duty as fishing platforms, with some builders adding fishing features or turning them into fishboats out of the gate. But no builder has done it quite like Bennington. Its 23 SCCTTX takes things to a new level by creating this coastal center--console, complete with overhead?T-top. It looks as fishy as many traditional fiberglass V-hulls, but with the stability at rest that a wide-beam and buoyant pontoon provides. There’s plenty of space for casting and fish-centric amenities to please the hardcore angling crowd. You can argue that it’s a great pontoon boat or a great fishing platform, and that it will survive in either fresh or salt water, and you’d be right. Read our test at boatingmag.com/bennington23sccttx.

The Z2R is a speedy, sexy electric-powered runabout.
The Z2R is a speedy, sexy electric-powered runabout. (Courtesy Zin Boats/)

Zin Z2R

Electric-powered boats have been full of promise for years. Most offer short ranges, low speeds or both—if it’s not a hybrid and really relies on an internal combustion engine. In the Zin Z2R, we discovered a 20-foot runabout that’s quick, and possesses enough endurance to allow its owners to spend a full day on the water before needing to recharge the battery bank. On a charge, we hit 20 mph, and could maintain that speed for over an hour and still retain several hours of displacement speed. The intuitive control and monitoring provided by the Torqeedo management software let the skipper know at a glance how much running time is left, instilling the confidence of a fuel gauge and allaying any range anxiety. Its carbon--fiber high technology and custom-woodwork coolness proved to be added determinants in our Boat of the Year finalist selection process. Read our test at boatingmag.com/zinboatsz2r.

Quad Mercury Racing outboards propel the 38 SC to 95 MPH.
Quad Mercury Racing outboards propel the 38 SC to 95 MPH. (Garrett Cortese/)

Fountain 38 SC

Bringing back high performance to the realm of production boatbuilding, Fountain’s 38 SC allows boaters with a penchant for speed to eschew the more costly custom- built route and take delivery of a 95 mph boat powered by stock 400 hp Mercury Racing outboards. (It may break 100 mph with quad 450Rs.) Oh yeah, it’s a center-console—not a sportboat—that pushes performance beyond what so many other quad-powered center--consoles seem to be striving for. As such, it pushes the boundaries of a hugely popular boat?niche.

While its double- stepped hull, notched transom and hull pad deliver super-high performance and the handing that go-fast boaters crave, the accommodations prove as amenable as one could want for entertaining. Delivering speeds that are faster than most, the value pricing and all the expected amenities won this boat a spot on the finalists dock. Read our test at boatingmag.com/fountain38sc.

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Monterey 255 SS OB Boat Testhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/monterey-255-ss-ob-boat-test/The Monterey 255 SS OB is the latest in luxury runabouts for those with an outboard fascination. Boating's top crew of editors sea-trialed and evaluated it so that boat buyers can learn the in-depth details about this boat's performance, construction and other features.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/monterey-255-ss-ob-boat-test/Randy VanceBoatsTue, 27 Oct 2020 13:45:22 +0000The outboard revolution continues with Monterey’s latest thoroughbred in its stable, the 255 SS OB. The performance of Yamaha’s 4.2-liter V-6 powerplant is the perfect matchup of power, performance and reliability for Monterey’s luxury 255 SS.

LOA: 25'8" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (max): 2'11" | Displacement (approx.): 5,500 lb. | Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 8'0" (with tower) | Fuel Capacity: 65 gal. | Max Horsepower: 350 | Available Power: Single Mercury and Yamaha outboards to 350 hp
LOA: 25'8" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (max): 2'11" | Displacement (approx.): 5,500 lb. | Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 8'0" (with tower) | Fuel Capacity: 65 gal. | Max Horsepower: 350 | Available Power: Single Mercury and Yamaha outboards to 350 hp (Garrett Cortese/)

The 255 SS OB may seem like simply an outboard revision of Monterey’s popular 258 sterndrive, but it’s actually much more than a bolt-on engine in the transom. Hull changes adapt the 255′s center of gravity, lift and stability to enhance the outboard’s performance. We tested the 255 SS in relatively tight quarters on the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs, and the boat not only accelerated well and hit a rewarding top speed, more importantly, it held its midrange power for predictable performance turns. We confidently performed 180-degree turns in the narrow channel, and at speed limits dictated by manatee-avoidance rules, time and again.

Monterey’s reputation for durable construction comes from decades of consistent leadership and a steady workforce in its home town of Williston, Florida. Craftsmanship is improved by experienced workers, and each model comes off the line conforming to the expectations of the owner.

The well-appointed helm offers great visibility.
The well-appointed helm offers great visibility. (Garrett Cortese/)

Monterey doesn’t just focus on performance, though. Style is what contributes to pride in ownership, and Monterey excels there too. The 255 SS is built with a worldly appeal that belies its small-town origin and is exemplified in the international maritime signal flags on the brand plate.

International in appeal, the seating is BMW-firm but Cadillac-comfortable. Upholstery is often overlooked as a predominant element in a boat, but without it, in spite of the 255′s beautiful lines, it would just be another mode of transportation. Monterey’s selection of supple, UV- and mildew-protected upholstery is proof that it recognizes the importance of a well-finished cockpit. Crisp corners and straight stitching bely the cushions' ability to conform to seated crew, enhancing the exciting ride with comfort and security.

Bow seating is deep and surrounded by polished, oval stainless-steel grab rails.
Bow seating is deep and surrounded by polished, oval stainless-steel grab rails. (Garrett Cortese/)

Polyurethane grab rails are stainless-steel-trimmed and handy to any of the 15 passengers the 255 is rated for. Coaming panels feature inset storage compartments (handy for dock lines, sunscreen and towels), stainless-steel cup holders and stereo speakers. You can find these storage areas in the port and starboard cockpit coamings, as well as both sides of the bow?seating.

Bow seating is deep too, and the area is surrounded by polished, oval stainless-steel grab rails. Storage underneath the seats has drainage mats and empties to the bilge should moisture enter. The center bow cushion hides a molded-in compartment that can be used for a cooler or rope locker. The nonskid surface of the bow anchor locker offers secure boarding and also boasts a beach boarding ladder.

The wind dam is easy to overlook because the hinged door nests into the helm console. But when deployed, it seals the cockpit from the elements—a welcome feature in cool-weather boating.

An L-shaped lounge wraps from the portside console to the starboard-side stern boarding door.
An L-shaped lounge wraps from the portside console to the starboard-side stern boarding door. (Garrett Cortese/)

Convertible-seating features in the cockpit offer several combinations of enjoyable luxury. An L-shaped lounge wraps from the portside console to the starboard-side stern boarding door. Three convertible features enhance the vessel’s versatile entertainment qualities. The front passenger seatback can optionally be tilted forward to create an aft-facing recliner lounge. The transom seatback also swings fore and aft. In its primary position, it offers comfortable forward-facing seating for three. Tilt it forward, and it offers those three passengers aft-facing lounge seating. Fold it fully forward, and the area is a large sun pad with just enough incline to the swinging cushion to make it comfortable for sunning on one’s back or belly. Finally, lift the center pad in the sun pad, and it props up to make a dual aft-facing rumble seat ideal for keeping an eye on the sunset or kids swimming off the transom platform.

The transom platform itself bears mentioning. While most boatbuilders bolt one on to a sterndrive version, then hang an outboard on it, Monterey developed an integrated platform to accept the motor without disrupting the beauty of the boat. The top and bottom of the platform are molded into the deck and hull, respectively, and when the deck and hull are joined, the platform is solidly included with connection points so hidden, it flows almost organically from the cockpit.

The aft platform area features comfortable seating and plenty of room.
The aft platform area features comfortable seating and plenty of room. (Garrett Cortese/)

A boarding ladder is hidden under a hatch on the platform, and it’s reachable from the water, adding both convenience and safety. Further, the ladder faces starboard on the side of the platform, keeping bare feet away from the prop when reboarding.

Many runabout and sportboat builders are just catching up to the outboard revolution, and 25-footers are scarce. But Chaparral makes the 250 Suncoast ($97,450 similarly equipped). It handles a crew of 14, and its optional tower folds down electrically. You can have both boats for a lower price point with more basic equipment, but once you go north of $75,000, we’d suggest maxing out the options list.

The head is tucked into the port console.
The head is tucked into the port console. (Garrett Cortese/)

Yes, the outboard revolution in runabouts is real, but with Monterey, it’s the constant evolution that continues to redefine family-fun machines.

High Points

  • Stern boarding ladder faces sideways, away from the outboard, to avoid contact while reboarding.
  • Bow boarding ladder adds a reboarding option for use on the beach or sandbar.
  • Rumble seat on the aft sun pad is comfortable when at anchor.

Low Points

  • Higher fuel capacity would cut trips to the marina for gas, but also cut into belowdecks storage.
  • Storage access on the starboard-bow seatback is eliminated—a departure from other SS models.

Price: $103,844 (base with test power)

Available Power: Outboard

Monterey 255 SS OB Certified Test Results
Monterey 255 SS OB Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engine: 300 hp Yamaha outboard

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series II SDS 15 1/2″ x 17″ pitch 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.75:1

Fuel Load: 50 gal.

Water on Board: 0 gal.

Crew Weight: 450 lb.

Monterey Boats - Williston, Florida; 352-528-2628; montereyboats.com

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Off My Dock: The Boater In The Red Caphttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/off-my-dock-the-boater-in-the-red-cap/A humorous tale of boaters and human misconception.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/off-my-dock-the-boater-in-the-red-cap/Charles PlueddemanHow ToTue, 27 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000
How to become instantly radioactive at the Lake View Inn. (Tim Bower/)

The night I wore my Red Cap into the Lake View Inn, it was not my intention to be disruptive, or to make a statement. I was just trying to cover my hair.

I checked my look in the truck mirror. I guess at my age, vanity is a waste of time, but geez, I looked rough. I’d spent the day on the water alternately sweating and running 60 mph, and my gray locks were not heroically windswept; they were scruffy. Finger-combing didn’t help. I needed a cover. But I’d left my trusty Mercury cap in the boat, and the Red Cap on the truck seat was my only coverage option. Hungry and thirsty, I popped it on.

The bar exhaled through the wood-frame screen door, the enticing sounds of happy conversation and the scent of fried food spilling into the parking lot. I knew the Red Cap would at least earn me the stink eye from bartender Wally, but I was not prepared for the instant reaction of the 20 or so patrons gathered at the bar. Conversation stopped. Heads turned.

I did not pay for this Red Cap. It was handed to me at an event, then tossed in a box when I got home. One day when I needed a fresh cap, it had rotated to the top of the box, and so I put it on. So often you get a new cap and it’s just not right for your head. The crown is either too high or too low, or you adjust the plastic strap on the back, and on this hole it’s too big but the next hole it’s too tight. Those caps go to Goodwill. The Red Cap, though, was a keeper. A perfect fit.

To maintain civility and decorum in the Lake View, Wally enforces a few basic rules. We don’t discuss politics above the county level, and we support local teams and brands. We don’t care if you just moved down from Minneapolis—please don’t wear a Vikings jersey in the Lake View.

“Did your Merc cap blow in the lake?” asked my good friend Chuck Larson when I perched on a bar stool at his elbow.

“I left it in the boat, and I look like?hell.”

“Maybe better to look like hell than to walk in here wearing a Yamaha cap,” Chuck replied, shaking his head.

This is Packer territory, and it’s also Mercury country. My dentist is married to a Mercury engineer. My neighbor has a black Lab named Keef, short for Kiekhaefer. One of my daughters works at Mercury, for crying out loud. By wearing my Red Cap for another brand, I was a blatant violator.

Here’s what’s interesting about the Red Cap. When journalists get a free cap at a media event, we usually put it on. But at that Yamaha event, I noticed nobody wore the free cap. Because it’s red, and from a distance, it looks like it might be that other Red Cap, which is sort of an indictment of the national mood—any red cap these days is almost radioactive.

I tidied up in the men’s room sink and returned to the bar, sans cap. My dentist was waiting next to Chuck, with a fresh Mercury cap in her hand.

“Let’s back the home team,” she said, handing me the cap, “and I won’t mention this to your daughter.” As they say, I’m back in black.

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OXE Diesel Outboardshttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/oxe-diesel-outboards/OXE diesel outboards may offer an alternative to gasoline outboards for some boaters. What power ratings are they available in? What technology do they harness? This article, by the editors of Boating, the world's foremost powerboat experts, answers these questions...and more!http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/oxe-diesel-outboards/Jim HendricksBoatsTue, 27 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000
Outboards from OXE (Swedish for ox) use pulley belts to drive the prop shaft. (Courtesy OXE/)

No company has more diesel outboards than OXE Marine from Sweden, with five horsepower ratings, including 125, 150, 175, 200 and 300 hp.

Each features a horizontally mounted engine, versus the vertically oriented powerheads specially designed for most outboards (Seven Marine being a notable exception).

“A horizontally mounted engine offers inherently better lubrication and, as a result, a longer operating life,” says Pim Pelosi, chief marketing officer for OXE. Though the outboards are available to recreational boaters through a network of US dealers, the company is focusing on commercial fishing, law enforcement, rescue, military and towing, which demand long-term durability and are less price-sensitive.

The 125 to 200 hp models utilize inline four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo-charged diesel engines, while the 300 model sports an inline six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel powerplant from BMW. All come with closed-cooling systems, which help reduce corrosion issues, and electronic power steering. Each model complies with the federal EPA Tier III standards for diesel emissions.

OXE outboards have no lower-unit gears. “Instead, there is a large gear box directly under the engine,” Pelosi explains. Forward and reverse gears are always engaged to help prevent gear breakage when quick shifting, he adds. The engines use a hydraulic clutch. To transfer power to the prop shaft, OXE outboards employ a carbon-fiber pulley belt system that isolates the gear box from shock loading.

The 300 has a 180-amp alternator; other models pump out 130 amps. For comparison, the alternator in Yamaha’s F300 outboard produces a maximum of 70 amps. “The OXE 300 alternator can power hydraulics, pumps, and even an air-conditioning system,” Pelosi points?out.

A key advantage is torque. “The 300 generates 600 foot-pounds of torque,” Pelosi says. “That’s twice the torque of a comparable 300 hp gasoline-powered outboard.”

The OXE engines are also efficient, Pelosi says. “The engines burn 40 percent less fuel than comparable gasoline engines,” he claims.

The retail price? We found a 2020 OXE 300 advertised for $60,822. Compare that to an advertised price of $25,553 for a Yamaha F300. Quite a difference, but Pelosi contends that the OXE will have paid for the difference with fuel savings at the 500-hour point. Given that OXE expects its diesel outboards to offer a life expectancy in the 10,000-hour range, the savings could pile up.

OXE engines are hefty. The 25-inch version of the 300 tips the scales at 871 pounds, which is nearly 37 percent heavier than the 551-pound Yamaha F300, and 31 percent heavier than the 600-pound Mercury Verado 300. Not all boats can accept so much extra weight, so be mindful if you’re considering one of these Swedish oxen for your pride and joy.

Finally, an OXE will not likely offer the top speed of a comparable gasoline outboard, Pelosi acknowledges, due to the extra weight. “The gas outboard will probably be faster,” he says. But for the buyers of OXE outboards, be they heavy commercial users or long-range cruisers, the benefits of extra torque and greater fuel efficiency far outweigh the quest for speed. To learn more, visit oxemarine.com.

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Fountain 47 Lightning Boat Testhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/fountain-47-lightning-boat-test/The Fountain 47 Lightning is a classic performance boat that's been revived by Iconic Marine Group. Boating's top crew of editors sea-trialed and evaluated it so that you can learn the in-depth details about this boat's performance, construction and other features.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/fountain-47-lightning-boat-test/Charles PlueddemanBoatsMon, 26 Oct 2020 20:53:43 +0000
LOA: 47'3" | Beam: 9'0" | Draft (max): 2'11" | Displacement (approx.): 17,500 lb. | Transom Deadrise: 22 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 5'6" | Max Cabin Headroom: 5'6" | Fuel Capacity: 297 gal. | Freshwater Capacity: 25 gal. | Max Horsepower: 3,100 | Available Power: Twin Mercury Racing sterndrives up to 1,550 hp each (Courtesy Iconic Marine Group/Fountain Powerboats/)

Well, thank goodness Reggie saved the molds. For the first time in more than a decade, a brand-new Fountain 47 Lightning has been launched, and it’s a fire-breathing beauty. Right now, the world could use the excitement a proper speedboat brings to the water, so we are lucky the tooling for this classic model survived the recession-induced closure of Fountain Powerboats and the brand’s revival under the umbrella of the Iconic Marine Group.

A pair of real Fountain aficionados commissioned this $1.2 million boat (including paint and trailer). The owner and his wife, who operate a specialty construction outfit in the New York City area and boat on Long Island Sound, owned a Fountain 35 Lightning and a 38 Lightning before buying a pre-owned 2009-model 47 Lightning—Fountain passion runs deep. In fact, the owner showed me a picture from 1985 of his teenage head poking out of the foredeck hatch of his father’s Fountain 10 Meter.

A single -Garmin 8616 display rests in front of the black-and-chrome wheel.
A single -Garmin 8616 display rests in front of the black-and-chrome wheel. (Courtesy Iconic Marine Group/Fountain Powerboats/)

“We love speed, but we’ve always found the Fountain boats to also be safe and reliable,” says the owner, who was on hand for this boat test but prefers to stay anonymous. “We use our Fountains for family pleasure, and we wanted the new boat to seat seven because my daughter often shows up with an entourage, and it has to have a cabin so my wife can entertain. I wanted the latest technology and the most power available.”

The cockpit features a three-wide seat aft.
The cockpit features a three-wide seat aft. (Courtesy Iconic Marine Group/Fountain Powerboats/)

And so he called Iconic and asked if it would be possible to build a new 47 Lightning. This boat is the result. Introduced in 1997, the 47 Lightning features the twin-step Super Ventilated Positive Lift bottom with twin strakes, a 14-inch-deep notched transom, and a pad at the keel—and this classic Fountain design is unchanged. The hull is hand-laminated with quad-axial fiberglass and vinylester resin. Stringers and bulkheads are high-density Coosa composite. Hull and deck are joined with Crestomer 1152 adhesive and through-bolts, with the seam also glassed. Changes to the deck include a slight update to the windshield landing, a reshaped helm to accommodate glass displays, and a new design for the side-hull intake ports.

The air-conditioned cabin is finished in white fiberglass and vinyl with black accents.
The air-conditioned cabin is finished in white fiberglass and vinyl with black accents. (Courtesy Iconic Marine Group/Fountain Powerboats/)

The cockpit features four high-back seats with dropping bottom cushions, and a three-wide seat aft. The helm is up-to-date—none of the bright colors and anodized aluminum you see on older 47 Lightning models, and no traditional instruments. A single Garmin 8616 display rests in front of the black-and-chrome wheel flanked by a Mercury Vessel-View 502 display and Livorsi digital trim indicators. Mercury Digital Zero Effort controls are topped with Livorsi handles. To keep everyone on board informed, there’s a Garmin 8610 display in front of the port helm seat, and a VesselView 703 display in the back of each of the high-back seats. Audio entertainment is provided by an 800-watt JL Audio eight-speaker system and two 300-watt subwoofers.

A V-berth is located forward.
A V-berth is located forward. (Courtesy Iconic Marine Group/Fountain Powerboats/)

The air-conditioned cabin is finished in white fiberglass and vinyl with black accents, a look that’s clean and classy. There’s a galley counter with sink and Isotherm fridge to port, while the head compartment with shower and sink is below the helm. Facing settees and a V-berth are located forward.

The head compartment with shower and sink is below the helm.
The head compartment with shower and sink is below the helm. (Courtesy Iconic Marine Group/Fountain Powerboats/)

Dual hatches cover the engine bay and its staggered twin Mercury Racing Dual Cal 1350/1550 engines. Expert rigging is evident throughout, and decking makes it easy to move around to inspect systems, which include a 5 kW Westerbeke gasoline-powered genset. LED lights and a pair of Garmin cameras keep an eye on the engine bay when the hatches are closed. Mandatory 91-octane fuel is carried in a pair of 100-gallon outboard tanks. A 97-gallon auxiliary tank can be used for the 112-octane race fuel required for operation at the 1,550 hp calibration.

In this category, Fountain takes on the 140 mph, 50-foot-1-inch Outerlimits SL-50 ($935,00 base price with Mercury Racing 1350/1550 power), which seats seven and notably weighs just 10,500 pounds, thanks to its post-cured E-glass and epoxy lamination schedule. If you prefer another legacy brand, the bespoke 125 mph, 51-foot-5-inch Cigarette Racing 151 ($1.5 million with Mercury Racing 1350 power and custom paint) has a 9-foot-6-inch beam and weighs 14,100 pounds, thanks in part to its carbon-fiber deck that also significantly lowers the boat’s center of gravity.

Running in 1,350 hp mode, Fountain’s factory captain coaxed our Fountain 47 to an average top speed of 117.5 mph on sticky water. The GPS log showed 125 mph runs on the light chop that the builder says favors this hull. Whether cruising at 80 mph or running wide-open, the Fountain feels rock-solid and confident on flat water.

Outboard-powered performance boats run well, but nothing on the water can match the kick in the transom delivered by 2,700 foot-pounds of Mercury Racing sterndrive torque.
Outboard-powered performance boats run well, but nothing on the water can match the kick in the transom delivered by 2,700 foot-pounds of Mercury Racing sterndrive torque. (Courtesy Iconic Marine Group/Fountain Powerboats/)

The owners have not run the boat with its engines set to the more powerful 1,550 hp mode, and admit that the Mercury Racing 1100 engines, which will run on the 89-octane fuel you can find at many Long Island fuel docks, might have been a more rational choice. So would a more basic paint job. Instead, they sent the boat to Visual Imagination in Peculiar, Missouri, and spent $100,000 on an intricate design topped with six hand-finished stages of clear coat. When you get to build your dream boat, dream hard.

High Points

  • Unrelenting Mercury Racing sterndrive power is intoxicating.
  • Fountain hull runs fast with steady, comfortable confidence.
  • It’s new—this power and technology is not available in a pre-owned, pre-recession version of this model.

Low Points

  • The 1350 engines require 91-octane fuel to make peak power.
  • Head compartment is only 4 feet, 7 inches high, and has no port or vent.
  • Heavier—by up to 6,000 pounds—than more-current competitors.

Price: $958,000 (base with test power)

Available Power: Sterndrive

Fountain 47 Lightning Certified Test Results
Fountain 47 Lightning Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engines: Twin staggered Mercury Racing Dual Cal 1550/1350 engines/Mercury Racing M8 outdrives

Prop: Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver 17″ x 34″ 5-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.33:1

Fuel Load: 200 gal.

Crew Weight: 430 lb.

Iconic Marine Group/ Fountain Powerboats - Washington, North Carolina; fountainpowerboats.com

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Axis Wake Research A20 Boat Testhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/axis-wake-research-a20-boat-test/The Axis A20 proved easy for docking, trailering and storing while also throwing consistent wakes and waves. Check out all of the performance data from our test.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/axis-wake-research-a20-boat-test/Garrett CorteseBoatsMon, 26 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000The Axis A20 has long been considered one of the more versatile 20-foot watersports boats. For 2020, it offers some serious upgrades that make it even better.

Smaller boats prove easier to tow and store. With its shorter length, the A20 also handles tight docking and launch-ramp situations better. You’ll save at the pump too, both in the A20 and whatever you use to tow it. Equipped with parent company Malibu’s new Monsoon M5 Di engine, our test boat produced gobs of torque while sipping 6.7 gph at an optimal cruising speed of 23 mph.

LOA: 20'0" | Beam: 8'2" | Draft (max): 2'3" | Displacement: 3,500 lb. | Transom Deadrise: NA | Fuel Capacity: 42 gal. | Ballast: 3,810 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 11/1,551 lb. | Max Horsepower: 430 | Available Power: Single Malibu Monsoon inboard engine up to 430 hp
LOA: 20'0" | Beam: 8'2" | Draft (max): 2'3" | Displacement: 3,500 lb. | Transom Deadrise: NA | Fuel Capacity: 42 gal. | Ballast: 3,810 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 11/1,551 lb. | Max Horsepower: 430 | Available Power: Single Malibu Monsoon inboard engine up to 430 hp (Tom King/)

Thanks to both standard and optional equipment, the A20 can produce a surprisingly solid wakeboard wake and wakesurf wave. Push a couple of buttons, and up to 3,810 pounds of ballast can pump aboard, increasing displacement to shape up wakes. Then engage the optional Power Wedge III, a hydrofoil that can be adjusted to change the shape and characteristics of the wake; at full deployment, it simulates another 1,500 pounds of ballast. For wakesurfing, Malibu’s proprietary Surf Gate tabs are mounted on each side of the transom. These transform the A20′s wake into a surfable wave with plenty of push for riders of all levels. The system allows riders to transfer from one side of the wake to the other.

Inside, the A20 is equipped with soft-touch decking, an added comfort for the 11 crewmembers it can hold. The aft seat of the wraparound configuration slides forward, converting into a rear-facing bench, perfect for watching the action. The bow lounge offers space for two, while Wet Sounds speakers throughout the boat keep all on board entertained.

If you’re looking to get into the V-drive world of big air and endless waves, but don’t want the size of the bigger boats (or the bigger cost and bigger bills), the Axis A20 is a great place to start. Its versatility for its size is top-notch, and it meets many on-water needs and delivers plenty of fun.

High Points

  • Wake Plus hull is designed to sit deeper in the water at slower speeds, maximizing displacement.
  • Wet Sounds audio package comes with six speakers.
  • AW20 watersports tower elevates the tow point; an optional shock package eases raising and lowering the tower.

Low Point

  • Seating capacity is lower than other similarly sized boats in its class.

Toughest Competitor

If you’re shopping around in the 20-foot market, consider the Moomba Mondo, which holds 13 passengers but is 500 pounds heavier.

Price: $71,995 (with test power)

Available Power: V-drive

Axis A20 Certified Test Results
Axis A20 Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engine: Malibu Monsoon M5 Di

Drive/Props: V-Drive/OJ 950 15″ x 13″ 4-blade nibral

Gear Ratio: 1.50:1

Fuel Load: 42 gal.

Crew Weight: 360 lb.

Axis Wake Research - Loudon, Tennessee; 865-458-5478; axiswake.com

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How To Install Humphree Interceptors Trim and Stabilization Systemhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/how-to-install-humphree-interceptors-trim-and-stabilization-system/Interceptors can automatically trim and stabilize your boat while underway. Learn how to install them and tips to make the job easy.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/how-to-install-humphree-interceptors-trim-and-stabilization-system/Jim HendricksHow ToSat, 24 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000
Maximum transom thickness for the standard X300 is 35/32 inches. If you have a thicker transom, order the optional long-shaft kit that fits transoms up to 53 3/64 inches in thickness. (Tim Barker/)

Interceptors from brands such as Humphree and Zipwake offer a number of benefits. Like conventional trim tabs, these systems can trim down the bow and correct for a list while the boat is underway, and do so in a more efficient manner than trim tabs, according to both companies.

Interceptor systems can also dynamically control the pitch and roll of a boat while underway to create a more stable and comfortable ride, thanks to high-tech sensors, integrated microprocessors, and ultra-fast servo actuators that drive the interceptors.

Interceptors utilize composite blades (in a wide range of widths and styles for different sizes and types of boats) that deploy downward from the surface of the transom to create hydrodynamic lift by intercepting water flow under the boat.

Read Next: How To Trim A Boat When Making Turns

This installation can be tricky as a DIY project, especially if access to the inside of the transom is limited. If access is tight or you just don’t feel comfortable with complex projects, you may want to turn this over to a qualified installer. In this two-part series, we install a Humphree X300 interceptor system—which includes a pair of 11 13/16-inch-wide interceptors, each capable of 2 inches of blade travel—on a 27-foot runabout powered with a single sterndrive.

Skill Level: 4 of 5

Finish Time: Approx. 12 hours for Part I

Tools and Supplies

  • Humphree X-Series X300 interceptors; system includes a pair of 1113/16-inch-wide interceptors with servo actuators, a control unit, helm control panel, GPS antenna, wiring and Humphree wrench ($4,000, <a target=_blank>humphree.com</a>)
  • Allen wrenches (4, 5 and 6 mm)
  • Socket wrench (36 mm)
  • Power drill with 9 mm bit
  • Hole saw (60 mm)
  • Spring scale or torque wrench with optional torque adapter (for torque measurement)
  • Threadlocker
  • Straightedge
  • Sander (to create flat mounting surfaces)
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Grease
  • Marine sealant, such as Sikaflex 291
  • Rags to wipe up sealant
  • Marking pencil
Determine the Location
Determine the Location (Tim Barker/)

Each interceptor should be installed to the outside of the transom, with the case flush with the bottom of the transom (when the blade is retracted). Avoid positioning the case across a hard chine where it might protrude below the bottom of the transom. Do not install directly in front of an engine or drive where it might disrupt water flow to a propeller. Before finalizing a location, ensure the area inside the transom is free of cables, wires, hoses or any other items that might interfere with installation of the system.

Prepare the Transom Surfaces
Prepare the Transom Surfaces (Tim Barker/)

Ensure the outer and inner transom surfaces where the interceptors will install are flat. If necessary, sand or grind the surfaces to create flat, parallel planes. If sanding exposes glass fibers, coat the area with resin and let cure. Ensure the shaft sleeve can be installed 90 degrees to the mounting surfaces. If needed, sand or grind the inner wall to create a mounting area that’s parallel to the outer surface. This will ensure a proper fit of the shaft sleeve once it is installed.

Drill Mounting Holes
Drill Mounting Holes (Tim Barker/)

Use the inner plate of the case of the interceptor as a template to mark the hole for each interceptor motor shaft. Use a 60 mm hole saw to cut the hole perpendicular to the mounting surface. Insert the shaft sleeve into the hole, and position the plate in line with the hull bottom. Then mark the holes for the mounting bolts. Remove the plate, and use a 9 mm bit to bore the holes perpendicular to the transom. Chamfer each hole with a countersink bit to help prevent the gelcoat from cracking.

Dry-Fit and Torque Test
Dry-Fit and Torque Test (Tim Barker/)

Use suitable-length M8 A4 stainless-steel bolts to dry-fit the interceptor to the transom with M8 washers and Nyloc M8 nuts on the inside. Pre- install the shaft-sleeve nut, and use the supplied wrench and a spring scale (not supplied) or a torque wrench (with the optional torque adapter) to torque to the specs in the instructions. Check the rotational shaft torque to ensure it does not exceed specifications in the instructions. If it meets spec, deinstall the interceptor and move to the next step.

Final Install
Final Install (Tim Barker/)

Lightly sand the lower inside edge of the interceptor case. Apply a marine sealant to the sanded area. Insert the shaft sleeve into the hole, making sure the O-ring is greased and in position. Apply marine sealant to the mounting holes in the transom, and insert the bolts. Dab threadlocker to the threads, and secure with the washers and Nyloc nuts. Apply marine sealant to the inside of the transom where the shaft-sleeve nut will meet, and torque the nut to spec. Install the second nut, and tighten it to lock the first.


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How To Choose Boat Trailer Bearing Protectorshttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/how-to-choose-boat-trailer-bearing-protectors/There’s no such thing as maintenance-free boat-trailer wheel hubs. Learn about the different types of wheel-bearing lubrication systems, and their maintenance requirements.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/how-to-choose-boat-trailer-bearing-protectors/Kevin FalveyHow ToFri, 23 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000
Bearing Buddy is just one type of bearing protector. Choose the one that’s right for you. (Courtesy Bearing Buddy/)

Your boat trailer’s wheel bearings need lubrication to dissipate heat, stave off corrosion, and keep those wheels a-rolling. There are three general types of wheel-bearing lubrication systems, each with its particular maintenance characteristics. Take care of them right, lest you end up as a roadside attraction.

Oil Bath

Oil-bath wheel hubs feature a threaded end onto which a plastic inspection cap fits. Proponents claim less maintenance versus greased bearings. This entails periodically checking the fluid level and adding hypoid oil. Full oil changes are recommended at 20,000 miles. You still need to perform regular inspections of the wheel bearings themselves, which we recommend at about 12,000 miles or annually—meaning that’s when you’ll be changing the oil in the hub as well.

Oil-bath systems are robust—tractor-trailers use them—but versus grease, they may allow air pockets, which can lead to condensation, and if the cap is damaged, all the oil will drain, and your wheel will stop spinning immediately. Check out liqualube.com for one maker of oil-bath hubs.

Grease Cap/Dust Cap

With this most basic lubrication system, you pack, or fill, the hub with grease by hand. Then you install a friction--fit, flanged cap. C.E. Smith’s 16200A provides a good example (cesmith.com). The cap, larger than the hub, must be driven in with a mallet or a block of wood. The cap should be removed, and the bearings inspected and then repacked with fresh grease every 4,000 miles or on an annual basis.

A hub well-packed with grease isn’t likely to allow air pockets that hold moisture. Also, if the cap falls off, grease won’t stay in the hub forever, but it will stay in place for many miles—hopefully, long enough for you to notice.

Load Rite and Tie Down Engineering both offer proprietary systems wherein the dust caps are fitted with Zerk fittings through which grease is applied. The new grease pushes old grease out through a channel on the inside of the wheel. These claim longer -service intervals.

Spring-Loaded

Bearing Buddy (bearingbuddy.com) is the most widely used spring-loaded bearing protector (other brands exist). These install into the wheel hub with a drive fit like dust caps. A Bearing Buddy contains a spring-loaded plate and a Zerk fitting. The spring presses grease against the bearings. This is poignant because air in wheel hubs—hot from road travel—contracts when immersed in -water at the ramp. This creates a vacuum inside the hub that can suck in water and grit. The spring pressure (3?psi) helps protect the bearings. With Bearing -Buddy protectors, you can go for about 8,000 miles before inspecting the bearings (or -annually). This type of protector also provides a visual indicator: The position of the spring-loaded plate shows the grease level.

Read Next: Maintaining Boat Trailer Wheel Bearing

These types of bearing protectors may not be the right choice for use in conjunction with the proprietary flow-through systems of Load Rite and Tie Down mentioned above. The spring pressure may push grease out the exit channel or rear seal of the hub.

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Pursuit S268 Sport Boat Testhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/pursuit-s268-sport-boat-test/The Pursuit S268 Sport is a boat that Boating's top crew of editors sea-trialed and evaluated so that boaters-boat buyers especially-can learn the in-depth details about this boat's performance, construction and other features. Is it the right boat for you? Read on.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/pursuit-s268-sport-boat-test/Dean Travis ClarkeBoatsThu, 22 Oct 2020 20:05:33 +0000
LOA: 27'4" | Beam: 8'9" | Draft (max): 2'10" | Displacement: 6,770 lb. | Transom Deadrise: 21 degrees | Console Headroom: 6'0" | Fuel Capacity: 139 gal. | Max Horsepower: 400 | Standard Power: Twin 150 hp Yamaha outboards (Courtesy Pursuit Boats/)

Pursuit’s new S268 Sport delivers 5 gallons from a 4-gallon bucket. The S268 Sport boasts a bigger cockpit, bigger helm, 3 inches of additional beam, and 7?more inches of internal volume fore and aft. Additionally, Pursuit added 8?more inches of deck extension on each side of the twin 200 hp Yamaha outboards, making boarding safer and changing a prop easier while the boat is in the water.

Bow seating features optional pivoting backrests and stowage underneath.
Bow seating features optional pivoting backrests and stowage underneath. (Courtesy Pursuit Boats/)

Bow seating with optional pivoting backrests and stowage underneath allows lounging while facing forward. Our test boat came fitted with a standard fiberglass hardtop with powder-coated frame, and a Makrolon polycarbonate windscreen. A tempered-glass windshield with wiper and washer ($2,130) is available.

Headroom in the console measured 6-feet.
Headroom in the console measured 6-feet. (Courtesy Pursuit Boats/)The in-console head -provides a porcelain toilet and freshwater sink.
The in-console head -provides a porcelain toilet and freshwater sink. (Courtesy Pursuit Boats/)

The foldaway transom seat boasts a raised backrest for more comfortable support than is typical. Most boxes and scuppers drain into a centerline bilge tunnel, exiting through the transom, keeping belowdecks clean and dry. The S268 Sport offers an optional removable ski pylon ($3,045), and the cockpit just feels bigger than other similar-size competitors. Pull-out tackle trays grace the side of the console.

The foldaway transom seat boasts a raised backrest.
The foldaway transom seat boasts a raised backrest. (Courtesy Pursuit Boats/)

The S268 Sport’s roll moment in a beam sea proved short and smooth. Anglers will particularly appreciate the 28-gallon livewell with a light and acrylic cover that resides in the port quarter. Also, Pursuit plumbed the fish boxes with diaphragm pumps, rather than the more common macerator pumps, which should result in fewer clogs.

Pursuit’s resin-infusion process for both the hull and the fiberglass stringer system, plus a molded-in knee at the transom, spreads torque and thrust from the engines throughout the length of the boat. Underway, we felt truly connected to this boat.

A 28-gallon livewell with a light and acrylic cover resides in the port corner.
A 28-gallon livewell with a light and acrylic cover resides in the port corner. (Courtesy Pursuit Boats/)

The in-console head provides a porcelain toilet, freshwater sink and dedicated towel stowage. Headroom here taped at 6 feet even.

Robustly built, and with an attention to detail for multi-mission boaters, Pursuit’s S268 Sport will appeal to a wide range of boating styles.

High Points

  • Pivoting bow-lounge backrests and a headrest for the foldaway aft lounge deliver comfortable crew seating.
  • Diaphragm pumps should prove superior to macerator pumps.
  • Resin infusion, a transom knee and more will please those seeking top-construction traits.

Low Points

  • Three grand for a ski pylon? Harrumph!
  • Tackle box built into the console side steals access room when entering the head.

Toughest Competitor

Check out Grady-White’s Canyon 271 (starting at $231,020). It’s about 7 inches wider, a hair shorter in length overall, rated up to 600 hp, and carries 47 more gallons of fuel.

Price: $163,655 (base)

Available Power: Outboard

Pursuit S268 Sport Certified Test Results
Pursuit S268 Sport Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engines: Twin 200 hp Yamaha outboards

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series II 14 1/4″ x 18″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.86:1

Fuel Load: 139 gal.

Water on Board: 20 gal.

Crew Weight: 650 lb.

Pursuit Boats - Fort Pierce, Florida; 772-465-6006; pursuitboats.com

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Marine Electrical Components Comparedhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/marine-electrical-components-compared/Marine electrical connections have to withstand moisture, vibration and temperature swings. Learn how to best keep them protected so your marine electronics live a long, healthy life.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/marine-electrical-components-compared/Randy VanceGearThu, 22 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000If you own a boat long enough, you’ll find yourself contorting your body through cramped compartments and struggling to fish electrical wire through narrow, clogged chases. It is inevitable. So, if you want to delay the agony and you want that repair to last, allow me to give you a few wiring tips.

Fuse Block, Not Spade Connectors

Many boatbuilders add circuit breakers to their wiring systems, and take a power and ground from the battery to a spaded ground block and a spaded terminal panel. That’s ordinarily where your GPS, stereo and other devices will be powered using a female spade connector held onto the male spade by friction to complete the circuit. In most cases, circuit breakers protect the circuits, but the device manufacturer calls for an in-line fuse to protect the device. Many electronics call for a 5-amp fuse per device. A stereo amp can require a 30- to 60-amp fuse. If your boat has many devices going to that spaded panel, each with an in-line fuse, the panel becomes an indecipherable bird’s nest, and troubleshooting fuses is unnecessarily difficult.

There is a worse way to do it. You may see devices run directly to the battery. Or they are piggybacked onto a spaded terminal on a switch for another device. You can get away with a direct-to-battery connection if you only have one, providing you use a fuse, but it’s far less than ideal.

The ideal wiring arrangement replaces the spaded panel with a fuse block. It should have a protective cover and include labels for each terminal. Why? Spade connectors are easily dislodged by the boat’s movement or a gear in motion around the terminal. Worse, if the ground bar is similarly an uncovered spaded panel and they are too close together, some metal object could easily fall across the power and ground terminals, shorting and causing a fire.

Choosing a Fuse Block

Take stock of how many electrical devices you already have, and choose a fuse block that will accommodate them plus allow a few spare terminals. Compartment space available will also influence terminal size.

Three of the six circuits can be switched.
Three of the six circuits can be switched. (Randy Vance/)

Blue Sea S 6-Circuit Blade Fuse Block

  • $27; amazon.com
  • 30 amps max
  • 6 circuits
  • 3 circuits can be switched
  • Tinned copper contacts
  • ATO/ATC fuses
  • Blank labels

Blue Sea is one of the most respected names in marine electrical components. Use the three switched terminals for electronics to boot them up or off with a single toggle. Use the direct terminals for devices such as pumps and lights, or other functions.

This panel combines positive and ground terminals for a direct connection to the battery.
This panel combines positive and ground terminals for a direct connection to the battery. (Randy Vance/)

Blue Sea ST 12-Circuit Fuse Block and Ground Bar

  • $17; <a target=_blank>amazon.com</a>
  • 30 amps max
  • 12 circuits
  • 12 grounds
  • Positive and negative terminal posts
  • Tinned copper contacts
  • ATO/ATC fuses
  • Dozens of printed labels

This panel combines positive and ground terminals for a direct connection to the battery, then 12 positive fused terminals and 12 grounds. This would be ideal for positioning in the helm to collect power lines that demand an in-line fuse in spite of circuit breakers.

This bus bar features a protective cover and insulated cover on the terminal.
This bus bar features a protective cover and insulated cover on the terminal. (Randy Vance/)

Bay Marine Supply Bus Bar

  • $15; amazon.com
  • 12 ground terminals
  • Electrolytic protective grease
  • Tinned copper terminals

Complete with a protective cover and insulated cover on the terminal, this ground bar should be located away from water intrusion and far enough from positive terminals that accidental shorting is unlikely. Electrolytic grease seals the terminals from corrosion, and dipping the connected terminal in the grease also seals the stranded wire from water intrusion.

Terminal Connectors

The American Boat and Yacht Council prefers ringed terminals. Flat-forked spaded terminals are acceptable, but the preferred forks feature bent tips that lessen the likelihood they’ll come off if the terminal screw loosens with time and vibration. I prefer forked terminals over rings because you can install them without removing the terminal screw completely, which risks dropping it in an inaccessible place.

Terminal Size

Terminals are sized to fit one wire, not quite snugly, allowing the wire’s strands to slip into the collar. Once it is crimped, it should take a team of Marines to pull it out. Red (sometimes pink) cover wires are from 22-18 AWG (American wire gauge—bigger numbers are for thinner wires), blue is 16-14 AWG, and yellow is 12-10 AWG. A combo sonar/chart plotter is likely to use a red terminal connector, a stereo amplifier may use a large (or larger) yellow one, and a device such as a bilge pump will likely need a blue 16-14 AWG diameter size.

Forked Spaded Terminal

Spaded flat terminals easily slide under the terminal screw head to be clamped in place. Unfortunately, if the screw loosens even slightly, it can slip off. Terminals that aren’t shrink-protected (bottom right) should be reserved for auto use.

Make sure that your terminal connectors are suitable for marine use.
Make sure that your terminal connectors are suitable for marine use. (Randy Vance/)

Flanged-Fork Spaded Terminals

Bent tips on the flanged or captive fork won’t slip off a loose terminal as easily. This is a dubious benefit because a loose connection can spark repeatedly, but if the terminal pulls completely away, the circuit is fully interrupted. The problem is if it falls against another terminal.

Ringed Terminals

However, the ringed terminal above is acceptable to ABYC standards, if it is covered in shrink tubing. A terminal with a heat-shrink collar is preferred. Hit them with a heat gun, and they will shrink down tight to the wire, protecting the connection from water.

Ratcheted crimpers assure a tight connection.
Ratcheted crimpers assure a tight connection. (Randy Vance/)

Crimpers

You can get one of those wire-stripping/crimping combo tools if you have a strong grip and tons of patience. But by using a two-handed grip, I have failed to make a secure crimp all too frequently, wasting a connector. Use ratcheted crimpers like these to get a tight crimp. The ABYC prefers using brand-matched crimpers and terminals if possible. Slight variations in competitive terminals may create loose connections.

Read Next: Locating Ground Faults (“Current Leaks”) and Short Circuits

Disconnect Terminals

These are male and female, and are ideally used on devices that may be frequently removed or replaced on the boat, such as bilge-pump cartridges.

Shrink tubing can protect from moisture.
Shrink tubing can protect from moisture. (Randy Vance/)

Shrink Tubing

Shrink tubing can be useful for insulating, moisture protection and labeling wire ends. ABYC rules demand all power and ground lines be labeled as to the mechanism they serve within 6 inches of their terminus. You can write on shrink tubing with a fine-point indelible marker, then slip it over the wire and joined terminal, and shrink it in place. This assortment covers many wire types, from fine solid-state internal wires to battery terminals.

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Must-See Boats at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Showhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/must-see-boats-2020-fort-lauderdale-international-boat-show/A number of new boats will be on display at this year's Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. From hardcore fishing boats to family-friendly cruisers, there's something for everyone.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/must-see-boats-2020-fort-lauderdale-international-boat-show/Boating Tech TeamBoatsThu, 22 Oct 2020 14:11:40 +0000The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is alive and well for 2020, with plenty of great boats and yachts to check out from October 28th through November 1st. Here are a few highlights selected by the Boating staff. For more information about these boats and all others on display, visit boatshowmarketplace.com.

The 280 epitomizes today’s trend in dual-console boats.
The 280 epitomizes today’s trend in dual-console boats. (Courtesy Boston Whaler/)

Boston Whaler 280 Vantage

Make sure you climb aboard and check out the 280 Vantage from Boston Whaler while you’re at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Spotlighted in a test in the October issue of Boating Magazine, the 280 epitomizes today’s trend in dual-console boats. It is a do-it-all conveyance featuring angling and cruising amenities, plus Whaler’s legendary unsinkable hull. It offers a summer galley, transom livewell, port-side boarding door, a sizable head compartment and beau coup seating. Twin 300 hp Mercury V-8 outboards propelled the 280 Vantage to more than 55 mph in our test.

The 341 CC bristles with fishing features.
The 341 CC bristles with fishing features. (Courtesy Caymas Boats/)

Caymas 341 CC

Swing by the Caymas Boats exhibit at the show and ask to see the 341 CC. Caymas is a new boat company started by boat-building legend Earl Bentz to create an all-new series of fishing boats. The 341 CC is the latest and largest, and it boasts a Michael Peters-designed Stepped-Vee Ventilated Tunnel (SVVT) hull, and a deck plan to suit the most finicky fishermen. Powered by triple Mercury 300 hp V-8 outboards, the 341 CC achieved a top speed of more 60 mph in our test. In addition to bristling with fishing features, the 341 CC delivers comfort with bow loungers. In the aft cockpit, you can sit on the slide-out cooler cushion and put a couple on the foldaway transom jump seat. For mixed crews, the large console compartment below the helm not only offers a space for changing, but there is also a flushing head and additional storage. To learn more, visit boatingmag.com/story/boats/caymas-341-cc-boat-test.

The Canyon 326 is a supremely appointed center-console boat.
The Canyon 326 is a supremely appointed center-console boat. (Courtesy Grady-White/)

Grady-White Canyon 326

If you have not seen the Grady-White Canyon 326, here’s your chance to check out this supremely appointed center-console model. Features included triple bucket seats with footrests, armrests and flip-up bolsters and an aircraft-quality acrylic windshield. Forward seating options include a lounge on the front of the console and a pair of forward lounges in the cockpit, a double couch folds out of the transom to convert coaming bolsters into seating in a flash. A SureShade deploys over the aft cockpit at the touch of button. Powered by twin Yamaha F300 outboards, the smooth-riding hull of the Canyon 326 achieved a top speed of nearly 49 mph in our test. To learn more, visit boatingmag.com/story/boats/2020-grady-white-canyon-326.

The R246 Cayman packs a lot of fishing amenities and comfort.
The R246 Cayman packs a lot of fishing amenities and comfort. (Courtesy Robalo/)

Robalo R246 Cayman

If you’re into bay boats, drop by the Robalo exhibit and step aboard the R246 Cayman. It packs a lot of fishing amenities and comfort into its 9-foot beam. Dual livewells provide 80 gallons of bait-carrying capacity. There’s space for a 114-quart Igloo beneath the learning post. The R246 also offers comfortable sun lounges with stow-able cushions and backrests at the bow. It also features a forward console seat, dual leaning-post seat, and a double jump seat in the aft cockpit that folds out from the casting platform. With a single 300 hp Yamaha outboard, we achieved a top speed of 48.4 mph in our test. For details, visit boatingmag.com/story/boats/robalo-246-cayman-sd-boat-test.

The 340 DC offers a ton of family and fishing features.
The 340 DC offers a ton of family and fishing features. (Courtesy Everglades/)

Everglades 340 DC

Looking for a big dual-console boat at the show? Be sure to drop by the Everglades exhibit and hop aboard the 340 DC. This brawny boat offers a ton of family and fishing features, including one of the biggest cabins we’ve seen in a dual-console model. It comes with a summer galley abaft the double-wide helm seat, hardtop with integral windshield, and abundant and richly upholstered seating, including twin bow loungers and two fold-out transom seats. On the fishy side, there’s a 24-gallon livewell, a 71-gallon fish box and optional Gemlux carbon-fiber outriggers. Powered by twin Yamaha 425 XTO outboard, the 340 DC achieved a top speed of 54 mph in our test. To learn more, visit boatingmag.com/story/boats/2020-everglades-340dc.

The new 41 will employ a cutting-edge twin step hull.
The new 41 will employ a cutting-edge twin step hull. (Courtesy Solace/)

Solace 41

The Solace 41—the follow-up model to the innovative Solace 345—is scheduled to debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat. While details are a bit sketchy at press time, the initial renderings of the 41 indicate that it will not include the unique transom design of the 345, which received Boating’s 2019 Boat of the Year Award. The 41 will offer triple or quad outboards, both of which negate the walk-through transom design of the 345. The center-console boat will employ a cutting-edge twin step hull and striking Stephen Dougherty design cues, according to Solace. Stop by the Solace exhibit and give 41 a look-see.

Sea Ray will be displaying the outboard model of its SLX 400.
Sea Ray will be displaying the outboard model of its SLX 400. (Courtesy Sea Ray/)

Sea Ray Ray SLX 400

Sea Ray will have a lot to show this year, including the outboard version of the one-time Boat of the Year Winner 400 SLX, the SLX 350 outboard and the unveiling of a new model at the show. Be sure to check out the Sundancers in the Sea Ray slips as well.

The 47 Lightning serves up amazing performance.
The 47 Lightning serves up amazing performance. (Courtesy Fountain/)

Fountain 47 Lightning

Fountain brought new life to a beloved classic go-fast model, bringing performance boating into the 21st century. The 47 Lightning features the same twin stepped hull that made it a fixture on the performance circuit and is paired with twin 1,350 or 1,550 hp Mercury Racing engines. We tested it with the twin 1,350 hp engines, which can propel the boat to speeds approaching 125 mph.

The Leader 12.5 combines a smooth-running hull with a family-centric layout.
The Leader 12.5 combines a smooth-running hull with a family-centric layout. (Courtesy Jeanneau/)

Jeanneau Leader 12.5

This Michael Peter’s designed 40-footer combines a smooth-running hull with a family-centric layout designed to maximize your on-water entertainment. With the standard triple 300-hp Yamaha outboards, this boat is capable of hitting 50 mph. It features a spacious bow cockpit, a main cockpit with a folding side terrace and wraparound seating, plus a well-appointed lower deck for overnighting.

The 43 LE is a luxurious sport boat with a great cabin.
The 43 LE is a luxurious sport boat with a great cabin. (Courtesy Tiara Sport/)

Tiara Sport 43 LE

Tiara Sport, which builds rugged outboard-powered models on par with its Tiara Yachts lineup, is displaying its 43 LE, a luxurious sport boat with a great cabin belowdecks and a cockpit designed to make the most out of any social occasion. Whether you’re running at WOT or lounging at anchor, the 43 LE will exceed expectations.

The 250 Suncoast is a spacious deckboat.
The 250 Suncoast is a spacious deckboat. (Courtesy Chaparral/)

Chaparral 250 Suncoast

The 250 Suncoast is a deckboat with a ton of seating for its size, and ample room in both the main and bow cockpits. It sports a full walkthrough windshield to protect the captain and crew, and the bow seating is deep and secure with handrails always in reach. It’s a great trailerable family boat.

The Calypso 35 mixes a solid ride with luxurious appoinments.
The Calypso 35 mixes a solid ride with luxurious appoinments. (Courtesy Chris-Craft/)

Chris-Craft Calypso 35

Chris-Craft’s new Calypso 35 makes its debut at this year’s show. This center console features a fully-enclosed “pilot house” style windshield at the helm, and triple outboards on the transom.

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Boat Trailer Repair: Installing New Bunkboardshttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/boat-trailer-repair-installing-new-bunkboards/In this installment of Weekend Workbook, West Coast Editor Jim Hendricks, who has been trailering boats for 50 years, describes how to replace boat trailer bunk boards and what materials to use.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/boat-trailer-repair-installing-new-bunkboards/Jim HendricksHow ToTue, 20 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000
Check the trailer bunks each time before you load the boat for broken, boards or loose hardware. Also check for torn carpeting. (Tim Barker/)

Most boat trailers employ bunk boards to cradle the hull during towing and storage. In fact, many boats spend far more time on wood bunks than they do in the water, so these boards should be inspected regularly for excessive wear or broken lumber.

A bunk that snaps or falls off results in a loss of support that affects trailer balance and exposes the hull to the metal cross members, axles, bunk brackets and other structures that can gouge or puncture a boat.

If you see signs of a damaged bunk, replace it as soon as possible. With bunks that are more than a few years old, replace them all at the same time. The process is easy, but you will need to remove the boat from the trailer to take off?the old bunks and install the new ones.

Read Next: How to Rewire Your Boat Trailer

One approach is to first build the replacement bunks, then tow the boat to the launch ramp, pull the boat off the trailer and tie it up as you swap out the old bunks for new ones in the parking lot, if permissible.

Skill Level: 1 out of 5

Finish Time: Approx. 1 hour per bunk

Tools and Supplies

? Common construction lumber to replace old bunks ($9.18 per 8-foot two-by-four, lowes.com)

? Marine bunk carpeting for bunk boards ($64 per 18-foot roll of 18-inch-wide black carpet, etrailer.com)

? 11/2-inch-long-by- 5/16-inch-diameter lag screws and washers (for two-by-four, two-by-six and two-by-eight boards)

? Wood sealant ($11.98 per gallon of Olympic Waterguard, homedepot.com)

? Paintbrush

? Staple gun and 1/2-inch stainless-steel staples

? Heavy-duty shears (to trim bunk carpet)

? Tape measure

? Power drill and 9/64-inch drill bit

? Marine silicone sealant

? Socket wrench set

? Saw (to cut boards to required length)

? Sharpie marker (to mark positions for pilot holes)

Measure, Procure and Cut
Measure, Procure and Cut (Tim Barker/)

Determine if the board is a two-by-four, two-by-six, etc., keeping in mind that a two-by-four measures 1 1/2-by-3 1/2 inches, a two-by-six measures 1 1/2-by-5 1/2 inches, and so forth. Measure the length, and pick up the lumber at a home improvement center, making sure each is as straight and true as possible. I like common redwood, southern yellow pine or Douglas fir construction lumber. Some stores will cut boards to length, or you can trim them square with a Skill power saw or sharp handsaw.

Seal the Wood
Seal the Wood (Tim Barker/)

Giving the wooden boards a coat or two of water sealant can help extend the useful life of your trailer bunks by minimizing soaked wood and eventual rot, especially since bunk carpeting and other covers tend to trap moisture next to the wood. Use a product such as Olympic Waterguard clear wood sealer, applying two coats over a two-day period to the entire board to ensure coverage and a good seal. Let the sealant on the wood dry completely before moving to the next step, which calls for covering the boards.

Carpet the Wood
Carpet the Wood (Tim Barker/)

Most bunks are covered with marine polyester bunk carpet, available through marine retailers in a variety of widths, roll lengths and colors. This rot- and mildew-resistant covering cushions the hull while also allowing the boat to slide off and on the trailer. Cut the carpet to the length needed to cover the board using a tight gift-wrap fold and stainless- steel 1/2-inch-long staples. Staple only the underside and ends, leaving a smooth, staple-free surface on top where the hull meets the bunks.

Alternate Coverings
Alternate Coverings (Tim Barker/)

Other DIY covering kits available for bunk boards include Gatorbak synthetic covers in a wide range of lengths, widths and colors, some with LED lighting underneath (boatingmag.com/story/how-to/installing-illuminated-boat-trailer-bunks). Kits start at $43.46. EZ Slide pads (ironwoodpacific.com) made from polyethylene in lengths up to 10 feet attach over bare wood or carpeting. Kits start at $29.95. Both of these alternate bunk coverings offer greater durability than carpet.

Install the Bunks
Install the Bunks (Tim Barker/)

With the boat removed from the trailer, remove the fasteners from the old bunk and measure the distance of each mounting hole from the end of the bunk. Measure and mark those spots down the center of the backside of the new bunk, and drill a 9/64-inch pilot hole at each location. Don’t drill through the topside of the bunk. Squeeze silicone sealant into each hole, then lay the bunk in position on the brackets and drive lag screws (size is noted in the list of supplies) into the board to secure the bunk.

Carriage Bolts
Carriage Bolts (Tim Barker/)

You can through-bolt bunk boards with carriage bolts. They must be installed before you put on the bunk carpet. Drill the appropriate- size holes in positions that match the bunk bracket mounting holes, then router a shallow recess on the topside of the bunk. Insert the carriage bolt from the top, and tap the head of the bolt firmly downward with a small hammer to seat the square shoulders of the bolt and ensure the head is below the surface of the wood. Now carpet the board. To install, use a flat washer, lock washer and nut to secure the bunk.

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Safety First at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Showhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/safety-first-at-the-2020-fort-lauderdale-international-boat-show/New safety protocols are in place to keep visitors protected at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/safety-first-at-the-2020-fort-lauderdale-international-boat-show/Pete McDonaldBoatsMon, 19 Oct 2020 19:45:45 +0000In this year of uncertainty due to the pandemic, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is doing everything possible to create a safe show environment for boat enthusiasts and prospective boat buyers. The show, which runs from October 28-November 1, will require attendees to wear facemasks at all times and to follow social distancing guidelines. Here’s how the show will help the public find the best in boating.

In an effort to prevent crowding, the 61st annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will have 13 entrances and six miles of floating docks to hold the latest and greatest boats and yachts. All of the docks have been made wider to allow people more space to social distance and safely navigate the show.

Read Next: Nine Best Boat Show Tips

Excited to get down to the show? To see how to safely enjoy it, watch the provided “Know Before You Go” safety video. For more information on the show, and to purchase tickets, go to FLIBS.com

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Seven Fast Pontoon Boatshttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/seven-fast-pontoon-boats/Who says you can’t go fast in a pontoon boat? Check out our collection of seven of the fastest pontoon boats on the market.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/seven-fast-pontoon-boats/Boating Tech TeamBoatsThu, 15 Oct 2020 19:28:51 +0000Of all the things people love about pontoon boats—like how they’re great for entertaining and packed with creature comforts—performance is not often mentioned at the top of the list. But a modern pontoon boat equipped with a triple-tube package can achieve robust speeds and execute graceful, carving turns like a V-hull. Here are seven pontoons with triple tubes that perform just as well as they entertain.

LOA: 31'6" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max): 1'2" |Dry Weight: 3,500 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 15/3,000 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 100 gal.
LOA: 31'6" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max): 1'2" |Dry Weight: 3,500 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 15/3,000 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 100 gal. (Zach Stovall/)

PlayCraft PowerToon X-Treme 3000

In terms of pure, raw speed, no one else does pontoons like PlayCraft. Thirty years ago, its founder, Jim Dorris, looked at the popularity of performance boats on Lake of the Ozarks and asked: Why can’t we retain the leisure and social atmosphere of a pontoon boat while building it to power comfortably and easily accelerate to 70 mph? Our test of?the X-Treme 3000 on Lake?of the Ozarks answered that question with an exclamation point. Powered by dual Mercury Racing 450 outboards, our test boat hit a top speed of 78.1 mph, giving it the chops to take on—and pass—many traditional boats labeled as go-fasts.

Of course, performance is more than top-end speed. The twin Mercs popped us up on top and cruised at 30?mph in 5.2 seconds. Thanks to the electronic throttles and power steering, the triple-tube PowerToon banked comfortably into tight turns, held its line at speeds in excess of 40, and accomplished it all effortlessly.

Designing a boat for speed mandates considering aerodynamics as well as hydrodynamics. A nod to aerodynamics appears in the?wedge-shaped bow and the sleek Bimini top. One of the originators of pontoon lifting strakes, PlayCraft employs them on three tubes to get on top of the water, reducing drag and increasing speed all while retaining the soft ride of a?pontoon.

The raised helm station provides a clear view above the crew.
The raised helm station provides a clear view above the crew. (Zach Stovall/)

In the comfort department, furnishings on board, from the deck to the shoulder cushions, are upholstered in UV-protected vinyl. Color combinations are virtually unlimited, and owners can even match them to their favorite football team. Exterior colors are offered in a broad spectrum too. Color-matched, powder-coated tubes and rails are for durable good looks.

The fiberglass-molded helm station is raised, giving a clear view above the crew. The captain’s chair swivels and reclines, and the armrests automatically adjust to the correct, comfortable angle. There are three boarding options: the wide bow deck, a wheelchair-width portside gate, and the stern platform. An extra-long boarding ladder integrated into the pontoon is patented and exclusive to PlayCraft.

PlayCraft	PowerToon X-Treme 3000 Certified Test Results
PlayCraft PowerToon X-Treme 3000 Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engines: Twin Mercury Racing 450 hp V-8 supercharged

Drive/Props: Outboard/Bravo FS 24″ 4-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.60:1

Fuel Load: 25 gal.

Crew Weight: 400 lb.

Price: $229,000

PlayCraft Boats - Richland, Missouri; 573-765-3265; playcraftboats.com

LOA: 27'3" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max): 2'9" | Dry Weight: 4,154 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 15/1,700 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 50 gal.
LOA: 27'3" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max): 2'9" | Dry Weight: 4,154 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 15/1,700 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 50 gal. (Bill Doster/)

Bennington 25 QX Fastback

Even sitting at the dock, the 25 QX Fastback exudes pontoon performance. The molded fiberglass bow rakes sharply toward the water. Fiberglass-cladded rails are sharply faceted and completely devoid of the slightest hint of traditional fencing. Spanning the twin consoles, a low-profile, steeply raked walk-through windshield is deeply tinted, adding an air of mystery to the passengers behind. At the stern, side panels finish in a mix of bright stainless steel and wire mesh. Add a swept-forward overhead arch, a 350 hp Yamaha outboard color-matched to the new-for-2020 Monaco Blue exterior, and a blacked-out trio of top rail, pontoon skirt and deck rail, and the 25 QX looks ready to?rumble.

On the water, it didn’t disappoint. Bennington equipped our test model with the ESP Performance Package, one of the most dramatic pontoon configurations on the market. The central tube is a sizable 32 inches in diameter and elliptical in shape. Flanked by 25-inch outer pontoons, it produces handling similar to a V-hull. With our Yamaha 350 test motor, the craft powered onto plane in 4.4 seconds, reached 30 mph in 7.1, and topped out at nearly 48 mph.

An optional Simrad GO9 GPS touchscreen display eliminates any gauge cluster.
An optional Simrad GO9 GPS touchscreen display eliminates any gauge cluster. (Bill Doster/)

In the Bennington model lineup, the letter “Q” denotes luxury. Evidence on this boat abounds. The interior’s clean graphite palette perfectly complemented the blue exterior. Forward, twin wraparound benches line the sides, turning into a full wraparound bench if you add the gate filler seat. The graphite theme continues at the helm, offset by complementary wood-grain accents. Chrome-clad rocker switches are neatly arrayed across the bottom of the dash. Above, an optional Simrad GO9 GPS touchscreen display eliminates any gauge cluster.

To port, a co-captain’s chair is perched behind the port console, the latter featuring granitelike counter space and an optional stainless-steel sink with faucet. Aft, Bennington’s Quad Bench mixes seating capacity with lounge space, featuring twin couches that wrap toward a central gate, and forward-facing backrests should occupants want to stretch. Off the sizable swim platform, additional cup holders, a stereo and an oversize stainless-steel boarding ladder await.

Bennington 25 QX Fastback Certified Test Results
Bennington 25 QX Fastback Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engine: Yamaha 350

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series XL 16 1/4″ x 15″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.73:1

Fuel Load: 45 gal.

Crew Weight: 360 lb.

Price: $140,030 (with test power, Elliptical Sport Package)

Bennington Pontoon Boats - Elkhart, Indiana; 888-906-2628; benningtonmarine.com

LOA: 27'11" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max) 2'8" | Dry Weight:	5,111 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity:	13/3,337 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 63 gal.
LOA: 27'11" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max) 2'8" | Dry Weight: 5,111 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 13/3,337 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 63 gal. (Bill Doster/)

Harris Crowne 270 SL TE

The Harris Crowne 270 SL TE is a boat that can’t drive 55. In fact, it can go faster. Powered by twin Mercury 400 outboards, this boat hopped onto plane in a mere 3.6 seconds, reaching 30 mph in less than 7 seconds more before topping out at 61.2?mph. The key attribute? The Crowne’s triple 27-inch pontoons with strakes designed specifically for twin-engine performance.

The Crowne 270 SL TE has a look that goes beyond the sedate pontoon. Key to its look is the replacement of the traditional pontoon fence enclosures with sleek, curvy fiberglass. Four fiberglass modules occupy the four corners of the deck outline, the forward pair curving aggressively toward the water. Those modules incorporate the Crowne’s outer walls as well as seat bases. The result is a boat that fits in at both a sandbar party and yacht-club cocktail hour.

Step through the stainless-steel bow gate and parallel benches flank the walkway. Harris angles the seat bottom’s profile to provide a more open, spacious feel, topping off the backrests with comfy pillow tops and accenting the lumbar region with diamond-pattern stitching. Finished stowage with drains is found below.

A central Medallion Glass Dash touchscreen is standard-issue.
A central Medallion Glass Dash touchscreen is standard-issue. (Bill Doster/)

At the helm, the captain is greeted with billet dash accents, a stainless-steel spoke wheel, and an attractive vinyl wrap with accent stitching. A central Medallion Glass Dash touchscreen is standard-issue; a second touchscreen control to starboard replaces traditional switches. On our test boat, both were complemented by an additional Simrad display. Aft, an L-shaped bench includes an optional rear-facing lounger with powered flip-flop backrest. Its linear actuated motor was nearly silent and allowed almost unlimited stages of recline for both forward or aft-facing seating.

Fast is fun, but the optional Mercury Joystick Piloting system made handling this boat a simple pleasure. The intuitive joystick control allowed us to literally make kid’s play of docking, effortlessly maneuvering the Crowne around a tight marina in the stiffest of crosswinds.

Harris Crowne 270 SL TE Certified Test Results
Harris Crowne 270 SL TE Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engines: Twin Mercury 400 Verado

Drive/Props: Outboard/Mercury Revolution 4 14 5/8″ x 21″ 4-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.75:1

Fuel Load: 58 gal.

Crew Weight: 350 lb.

Price: $306,000

Harris Boats - Fort Wayne, Indiana; 260-432-4555; harrisboats.com

LOA: 25'7" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max): NA | Dry Weight: 2,715 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 13/1,813 lb. | Fuel Capacity:	50 gal.
LOA: 25'7" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max): NA | Dry Weight: 2,715 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 13/1,813 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 50 gal. (Zach Stovall/)

Lowe SS 250 WS

How does it feel to take the helm of the Lowe SS 250 WS? At speed, the SS 250 WS presses you back against the lush living room of upholstery surrounding the crew. In turns, the power steering gives smooth control, and Mercury’s dynamic throttle easily maintains torque by feeding in throttle to keep the boat turning smoothly instead of dumping speed and wallowing through the turn. In straightaways, each nudge of the throttle returns rewarding acceleration up to a top speed of 51.6 mph.

The performance that comes from the 300 hp Mercury, the added buoyancy of a third pontoon, and the reduced drag from strakes that lift the tubes to the surface of the water optimize horsepower and increase the fun. Triple pontoons, 25 inches in diameter, are made of 0.08-gauge aluminum, and a protective keel guards the leading edge from impact. Also provided by triple tubes is buoyancy to ride clear of rough wakes.

Enhancing comfort on board this speedster are dual acrylic and fiberglass consoles complete with a beam-to-beam windshield that protects you from wind while its low-profile design adds to the boat’s sleek appearance. Also benefitting from the power are watersports enthusiasts who might enjoy skiing, wakeboarding or tubing at the end of a rope secured to the optional pylon.

Optional reclining chairs are available for the captain and mate.
Optional reclining chairs are available for the captain and mate. (Zach Stovall/)

Style points at the helm include optional reclining chairs for the captain and mate. Armrests automatically adjust for comfort. Lounge seating surrounds the area forward of the windshield, but the low-profile design of the windshield keeps captain and crew in touch. The elevation of both consoles also enhances the view forward.

Aft seating is divided at the center stern boarding gate. A standard acrylic cocktail table was upgraded on our test boat with a clear acrylic table, with stainless-steel cup holders and wineglass holders for four. Three boarding gates, including a portside wheelchair-accessible gate, offer plenty of boarding options and also ease docking duties. Lowe’s durable construction, reliable power and knack for creating luxury on the water make performance, fun and comfort givens on the SS 250 WS.

Lowe SS 250 WS Certified Test Results
Lowe SS 250 WS Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engine: Mercury 300 hp FourStroke V-8

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Enertia 14.7″ x 16″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.75:1

Fuel Load: 20 gal.

Crew Weight: 200 lb.

Price: $53,287

Lowe Boats - Lebanon, Missouri; 800-641-4372; loweboats.com

LOA: 26'4"| Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max):	1'2" | Dry Weight: 3,885 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 4/1,935 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 43 gal.
LOA: 26'4"| Beam: 8'6" | Draft (Max): 1'2" | Dry Weight: 3,885 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 4/1,935 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 43 gal. (Bill Doster/)

Manitou 25 Legacy SL

Like nearly all Manitou models we’ve tested over the years, the 25 Legacy SL featured an ultra-smooth ride and a sporty, inside lean through the corners that’s more akin to a traditional V-hull. Chalk it up to the builder’s patented V-Toon technology. Twin 25-inch pontoons flank a central 27-inch pontoon, dropped lower than the outer tubes. Taking into account the central tube’s added girth, the effect lowers the bottom of the center pontoon a full 5? inches and mimics a V-hull’s shape. Add the wide, positive-angle lifting strakes of Manitou’s Sport Handling Package (SHP) on all three tubes, Teleflex SeaStar Power Assist steering, and a performance transom design, and the result is a boat that powers instantly onto plane, banks sweetly into turns and, with our test boat’s 300 hp Evinrude G3, tops out at over 48?mph. (Manitou now offers Mercury outboard power.)

Manitou carries the performance feel below up to the look and feel of the helm above. Here, a standard 7-inch Garmin touchscreen display is surrounded in the brand’s trademark billet aluminum, an accent that carries over to the retaining gate for a padded mobile-phone tray, the propellerlike spokes of the tilt steering wheel and, in more functional fashion, the billet transom. Elsewhere, an optional matte-black powder coat provides a pleasant contrast, coloring the stylish supports for the minimalist glass windscreen, traditional pontoon fencing and Bimini hardware.

A standard 7-inch Garmin touchscreen display is surrounded in the brand’s trademark billet aluminum.
A standard 7-inch Garmin touchscreen display is surrounded in the brand’s trademark billet aluminum. (Bill Doster/)

While both handling and styling scream performance, the Legacy’s interior is all luxury. Forward, parallel lounges, one 5 feet, 4 inches and the other 5 feet, 10 inches, feature generous thigh bolsters, and artistic, quiltlike stitching in the lumbar region. That same stitch pattern is found in the twin captain’s chairs (each with its own flip-up bolster) and on the interior panels of the aft SL lounge. The latter can be set up as a forward-facing bench with rear playpen, forward or aft-facing recliner, or just one giant 6-foot-8-inch-by-5-foot-2-inch sun bed. Eight cup holders surround the perimeter.

Manitou 25 Legacy SL Certified Test Results
Manitou 25 Legacy SL Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engine: Evinrude G2 300

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Evinrude Rebel 15 1/2″ x 16″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.85:1

Fuel Load: 43 gal.

Crew Weight: 360 lb.

Price: $94,700

Manitou Pontoon Boats - Lansing, Michigan; 517-322-3822; manitoupontoonboats.com

LOA: 23'10" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft: 1'8" | Dry Weight: 2,100 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity:	12/1,650 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 60 gal.
LOA: 23'10" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft: 1'8" | Dry Weight: 2,100 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 12/1,650 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 60 gal. (Bill Doster/)

Sylvan L-3 DLZ

Sylvan rigged the L-3 DLZ with performance in mind, and boy, does it fly. With the 250 hp Evinrude G2 for power, it leaped from a standing start to 30 mph in just 6 seconds. Top speed was nearly 45 mph at just under 6,000 rpm. Sound levels, however, didn’t get elevated until after about 4,000 rpm; at most economical cruise speed (21 mph, 3,500 rpm, 3.2?mpg), we recorded just 72?decibels—quiet enough for conversation. While we tested the boat with an Evinrude, we expect similar results with the available Yamaha, Mercury, Honda and Suzuki power choices.

This Sylvan is an excellent multipurpose rig, and it’s stylish, with new exterior fencing and décor for 2020. For cruising and partying, a set of short lounges in the bow face each other and will fit a couple of people each. The new Ultra Soft vinyl upholstery proved comfortable and supportive, with recessed roto-cast plastic bases underneath.

Deep insets—aka toe-kicks—allow more room in the cockpit, and don’t cut into underseat storage too much. Storage abounds on the DLZ; the optional SPX Package with optional in-floor storage and teak-weave floor covering gives a modern look and easy cleanup when the day is over.

A simple dash layout features Evinrude’s combination electronic instruments.
A simple dash layout features Evinrude’s combination electronic instruments. (Bill Doster/)

Amidships, the driver’s console is not raised and features a low, sculpted Lexan windscreen. A simple dash layout features Evinrude’s combination electronic instruments, which have a classic analog look, but offer every engine parameter one needs in LCD digital presentation. A Humminbird Helix 5 LCD graph fits well in the dash center. A Kicker stereo and cellphone-storage pocket complete the helm. Dual captain and co-captain chairs provide a stable navigation station for the skipper and mate.

Read Next: Essential Traits of the Best Pontoon Boats

Behind the cockpit is a nicely done multiposition couch lounger, which can be converted from a forward-facing two-person couch to a rear-facing lounge with a multiposition backrest. Pretty neat.

Abaft, a stainless-steel perimeter fence keeps everyone safe while underway and provides easy access to the stern deck for watersports. A ski tow and boarding ladder add utility and clean style to the stern.

Sylvan L-3 DLZ Certified Test Results
Sylvan L-3 DLZ Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engine: Evinrude E-Tec G2 two-stroke 250 hp

Drive/Prop: Outboard/15.25″ x 17″ BRP Evinrude Rebel 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.85:1

Fuel Load: 25 gal.

Crew Weight: 400 lb.

Price: $76,235

Sylvan Marine - New Paris, Indiana; 574-831-2950; sylvanmarine.com

LOA: 24'8" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft: 1'8" | Dry Weight: 2,471 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 	14/2,590 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 60 gal.
LOA: 24'8" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft: 1'8" | Dry Weight: 2,471 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 14/2,590 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 60 gal. (Bill Doster/)

Starcraft CX 25 DL Bar

This Starcraft CX 25 DL Bar provides an excellent example of what a triple-tube package can do for you. With a Yamaha F250 outboard bolted to the stout transom bracket, it rockets to 30?mph in a cat-quick 6.7 seconds, and tops out just under 44 mph. The best economy we recorded comes at a nice 21.6 mph clip, turning 3,500 rpm and burning 5.9 gph—that’s nearly 3.7 mpg. This 'toon rolls through turns with finesse and sure-footedness. It’s a nice ride, to be sure.

With the do-everything CX 25 DL Bar, Starcraft takes its entertaining as seriously as it does the performance, developing a convertible bar-turned-lounge arrangement on the aft deck of this new single-engine 25-footer—and boy, does it turn heads. Raft up to the fleet at the cove or island, lower the bar, then recline and tan yourself awhile. When the sun drops below the yardarm (a phrase denoting cocktail hour aboard boats the world over), convert the arrangement into the entertainment bar and watch as crowds of friends and family belly up to it. It’s impossible not to notice this cool arrangement, just as it’s impossible not to thoroughly enjoy it.

The foredeck layout is conventional, with two inward-facing lounge couches that feature nice curved sections in the bow. The diamond-pleated, tufted-top upholstery is plush; it feels great to sink in and feel the comfort in the wind. And it’s a bit windy because the console offers just a low, sculpted Lexan screen for the driver.

Behind the windscreen is a fully outfitted dash console.
Behind the windscreen is a fully outfitted dash console. (Bill Doster/)

Behind the windscreen is a fully outfitted dash console, with Starcraft electronic instruments that sport a classic analog appearance. The optional blackout perimeter rails add a sleek touch to this performance cruiser, but as mentioned, the real magic is abaft: Once your crew gets a look at that convertible bar/lounge setup, they’ll think of nothing else for a while.

But this craft is fit for watersports as well. Besides the amidships party pit with removable table and the out-back bar setup, there’s a spacious aft deck for swimming, hanging out, or diving in with a tube or wakeboard. It’s got the performance chops to make it all a blast.

Starcraft CX 25 DL Bar Certified Test Results
Starcraft CX 25 DL Bar Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engine: Evinrude G2 300

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Evinrude Rebel 15 1/2″ x 16″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.85:1

Fuel Load: 43 gal.

Crew Weight: 360 lb.

Price: $94,700

Manitou Pontoon Boats - Lansing, Michigan; 517-322-3822; manitoupontoonboats.com

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Princecraft Boats Announces New MAX Modelshttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/princecraft-boats-announces-new-max-models/Princecraft provides a new opportunity for consumers to enjoy maximum value on three of the company’s popular fishing boat models.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/princecraft-boats-announces-new-max-models/StaffBoatsThu, 15 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000
The Sport 172 MAX is equipped with a Mercury 90 EXLPT and a galvanized trailer for an MSRP of $28,499 USD. Other engine choices are offered for the Sport 172 MAX: the Mercury 115 EXLPT and 115 EXLPT PRO-XS. (Courtesy Princecraft Boats/)

Princeville (Québec) CANADA (October, 2020) – Princecraft Boats has announced the global launch of the all-new MAX models; an opportunity for consumers to enjoy maximum value on three of the company’s popular fishing boat models: the Sport 172 MAX, Holiday 162 DLX SC MAX andHoliday 162 DLX WS MAX. Each of these models will have standard features normally offered as an option. This is the best way to get the MAXimum value for one price.

The Holiday? 162 DLX SC & WS are equipped with a Mercury 60 ELPT CT and a galvanized trailer. Pricing for each is: WS Version – MSRP: $18,299 USD; SC Version – MSRP: $17,599 USD.
The Holiday? 162 DLX SC & WS are equipped with a Mercury 60 ELPT CT and a galvanized trailer. Pricing for each is: WS Version – MSRP: $18,299 USD; SC Version – MSRP: $17,599 USD. (Courtesy Princecraft Boats/)

Read Next: Our Princecraft Boats Boat Tests

“Our MAX models are going to be really successful for new boaters! A great opportunity for new boaters to experience the MAX value for a smaller price,” said Rodier Grondin, Princecraft President. “The MAX concept is introduced to consumer with a unique look and a lot of features. It is pretty simple, you don’t need to take long long to pick the options, the boat is already loaded with interesting standard features.”

The Sport 172 MAX and Holiday? 162 DLX SC & WS models are packed with standard features.
The Sport 172 MAX and Holiday? 162 DLX SC & WS models are packed with standard features. (Courtesy Princecraft Boats/)

About Princecraft Boats Inc.

Since 1954, Princecraft Boats Inc., headquartered in Princeville, Quebec, Canada, creates unparalleled experiences on the water for fishing and boating enthusiasts with “professionally rigged and ready” packages of aluminum fishing boats, pontoon boats, and deck boats. Its commitment is borne out of a deeply rooted heritage of unmatched craftsmanship, incomparable performance, and the promise of years of trouble-free boating. More fishermen, families, and dealers than ever join the Princecraft family and create some of the best moments of their lives.

For more information, visit:?princecraft.com.

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Board Racks Buying Tipshttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/board-racks-buying-tips/Easily store your watersports equipment with the right board racks. Find out what to look for when shopping for board racks.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/board-racks-buying-tips/Jeff HemmelGearWed, 14 Oct 2020 20:02:56 +0000
Roswell Marine’s Triton board rack uses clamping rods instead of straps to secure boards. (Courtesy Roswell Marine/)

Watersports towers provide obvious performance benefits. Tower-attached board racks offer more practical dividends. “You need somewhere to safely store your equipment and keep it out of the way when you’re not using it,” explains Roswell -Marine’s chief of design Darrick Wilson. “Board racks do that for you, but not all are created equal.” What to look for? Here are six key areas to consider.

Board Type

Most board racks resemble an -elongated letter E, with twin padded cradles. Select a specific style based on the type of boards you use most often. Wakeboards are relatively thin, whereas wakesurf boards can be both thicker and wider. A universal fit is accommodating, but the board can have more play. Racks sized for specific board types will be the most secure but may limit what you can bring.

Construction

Racks are typically formed from polished or anodized billet aluminum, designed to -prevent corrosion. Board contact surfaces should be lined with foam, often in a higher density where the bottom edge of the board settles into the cradle, and a softer density along the sides to protect a board’s more -vulnerable top and bottom surfaces. Mounting hardware should be stainless steel.

Fixed vs. Swivel

Fixed-position racks are the most affordable option, but a swiveling rack is more -convenient in real-world use, allowing for easier loading and unloading from the safety of the cockpit, rather than standing atop the gunwale and reaching out around the -tower. Swiveling racks also eliminate the worry of damage at the dock or when rafting up, and decrease the overall width when towing or trying to fit into a narrow boathouse. Basic swivel mechanisms release via a removable safety pin; more advanced mechanisms include magnetic or spring-loaded pins that are an integral part of the design. One more alternative is a -removable rack that can be detached from the base.

Cords vs. Clamps vs. Telescoping Arms

Bungee cords remain the most cost-effective way to secure a board—wrapping up and over its top edge before securing back to the rack—but they allow some play and may stretch over time. Strapless alternatives are convenient and provide a more -secure hold, but they are more -expensive. Options include levered clamps that trap the top of the board against the rack’s bottom surface, and telescoping arms that secure a vertically cradled board by its top rail.

Tower Attachment

Mounting points integrated into the tower itself offer the most secure, movement-free attachment. Universal clamps, however, accommodate towers of varying tube diameters, as well as offer flexibility in the mounting location and angle to position the rack where the owner finds most convenient or out of the driver’s vision. Universal mounts are also the best solution for adding new racks to older tower designs.

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2021 Jeanneau Leader 12.5http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/2021-jeanneau-leader-125/The brand-new Jeanneau Leader 12.5 is a power cruiser that was built to look as good as it performs.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/2021-jeanneau-leader-125/Boating Tech TeamBoatsWed, 14 Oct 2020 13:20:49 +0000

The brand-new Jeanneau Leader 12.5 is a power cruiser that was built to look as good as it performs, and perform it does with three 300-horsepower Yamaha outboards. It’s also built to entertain –– this boat is equipped with a refrigerator, a sink above it, a live well, a grill, an ice maker plus plenty of storage. For comfort, there’s a wraparound lounge up against the transom, which can recline to give you a sun pad. Go down below deck, and this boat continues to exceed expectations.

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2020 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show: Must-See Electronicshttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/2020-fort-lauderdale-boat-show-must-see-electronics/A collection of some of the cool high-technology products for navigation, fishing, onboard entertainment, security, communications, and more.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/2020-fort-lauderdale-boat-show-must-see-electronics/Jim HendricksGearMon, 19 Oct 2020 18:23:13 +0000
The 2020 show is going on as planned with new safety protocols in place. (Courtesy Informa/)

This year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1) will go on. Promoters of this big, south Florida event have announced COVID-conscious health safety standards, including requirements for screening of show-goers, appropriate face masks, physical distancing, no-contact registration, enhanced cleaning and more. To review all of the safety standards and find out more about the show, visit flibs.com.

For those who attend, the show will feature a wide range of exhibitors, including the leading brands in marine electronics, most of the concentrated the marine electronics tent at the Bahia Mar venue, but also at marine electronics retailers with booths at the show. You’ll see some of the cool high-technology products for navigation, fishing, onboard entertainment, security, communications, and more. Let’s take a look at a dozen of the hottest marine electronics to check out at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Garmin Fantom 254/256 Radar
Garmin Fantom 254/256 Radar (Courtesy Garmin/)

Be sure to stop by Garmin’s booth to see the new Fantom 245/256 open-array solid-state marine radars. Available in 4- and 6-foot arrays, they feature 250 watts of pulse compression power for a 96-nautical-mile range. Garmin’s signature MotionScope technology can detect and highlight moving targets in different colors, helping users avoid potential collisions, find flocks of birds and track weather. New features include scan-to-scan averaging and improved MARPA with Automatic Acquisition. Suggested retail prices are $9,999 and $10,499 for the 4-foot and 6-foot models, respectively; garmin.com.

Siren Marine 3 Pro 3
Siren Marine 3 Pro 3 (Courtesy Siren Marine/)

Make it a point to see the new Siren 3 Pro at the show. Siren Marine has led the field of boat telematics, and is now a partner with CZone, the leader in marine digital-switching. These systems enable a skipper to control a wide range of onboard systems using the Siren Marine mobile app on a smartphone or tablet from your home, office or car while en route to the marina. A boater can connect via cellular service and/or satellite. Adding a small satellite antenna to the system allows boat owners to connect from virtually anywhere on Earth. A Siren 3 Pro starts at $749, plus service fees starting at $15 per month; sirenmarine.com.

Raymarine Axiom+
Raymarine Axiom+ (Courtesy Raymarine/)

Swing by the FLIR/Raymarine booth to see the new Axiom+ multifunction displays and LightHouse electronic cartography. Available in 7-, 9-, and 12-inch display models, Axiom+ features quad-core processors and bright IPS displays. HydroTough nano-coated screens enable touch control in all conditions. There are four built-in sonar channels – including RealVision 3D. The new LightHouse electronic charts are derived from official hydrographic sources – the same data used by maritime professionals. Axiom+ models start at $749, LightHouse charts start at $79; raymarine.com.

Furuno NavNet TZtouch3
Furuno NavNet TZtouch3 (Courtesy Furuno/)

The third generation of NavNet multifunction displays—the TZtouch3 series—will be on display at the Furuno booth and retailer exhibits. They’re available in a 12-inch hybrid with IPS touch screen and Furuno’s RotoKey and dedicated buttons (TZT12F), and in 16- and 19-inch glass IPS touch displays (TZT16F and TZT19F, respectively). Each has a quad-core processor with a built-in dual-channel 1 kW TruEcho chirp fish finder, as well as a 50/200 kHz fish finder. They can network with Furuno’s new Deep Impact DI-FFAMP amplifier, an add-on option that increases power to 2 or even 3 kW. Starting at $3,095; furunousa.com.

Simrad NSO evo3S
Simrad NSO evo3S (Courtesy Simrad/)

Drop in at the Simrad exhibit and ask about the NSO evo3 multifunction displays. This navigation system from Simrad connects with premium network modules and other Simrad accessories to create a vessel-wide system. The high-definition, low-profile glass touchscreen display can be viewed from any angle, even through polarized sunglasses. It supports up to a six-panel, split-screen layout. An iMX6 quad-core processor offers fast updates. Available in 16-, 19- and 24-inch screens, the system includes wireless connectivity for updates and notifications. Starting at $6,999 for a 16-inch display only; simrad-yachting.com.

Spot Gen4 Device
Spot Gen4 Device (Courtesy Spot/)

While roaming the show, look for the new Spot Gen4 device. It offers more tracking features, enhanced mapping interface, greater water resistance and a sleek new ergonomic design. It is engineered to provides an affordable communication with friends, family and other boaters, as well as the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) using GPS location and satellite connectivity powered by Globalstar. It also offers the longest battery life in the product category, according to the company. There are unlimited shared views with an easy interface to share a location. $149.99; findmespot.com

Icom M85 Handheld VHF Radio
Icom M85 Handheld VHF Radio (Courtesy Icom/)

Stop by the Icom booth and check out the compact, touch and versatile M85 handheld radio. It is built to mil-spec and IP67 waterproof standards for the most inhospitable environments. It offers 5 watts of maximum power VHF and up to 100 programmable channels for land mobile use at 2 watts power. (Proper licensing is required to operate within land mobile frequencies.) Its AquaQuake function prevents a water-logged speaker. It also features weather channels, priority scan and favorite channels function for quick access to often-used channels. $299.99; westmarine.com

Fusion Apollo WB670 Hideaway System
Fusion Apollo WB670 Hideaway System (Courtesy Fusion/)

Swing by the Fusion booth to see and listen to the Fusion Apollo WB670 hideaway system and ERX400 wired remote eliminate the need for a stereo source unit on the dash. The WB670 inherits the key audio features of the Apollo RA670, including digital signal processing, and can be mounted in a variety of locations like behind the helm or inside of a center console. It can be controlled through a compatible multifunction display (MFD) via NMEA 2000 or Ethernet, or with the ERX400 wired remote. With a 2.7-inch color display, its slim profile is ideal for spots where mounting depth is limited. $449.99 for the WB670, $229.99 for the ERX400; fusionentertainment.com

Kicker KMC5 Premium Marine Media Center
Kicker KMC5 Premium Marine Media Center (Courtesy Kicker/)

Check out the new Premium Marine Media Center at one of the electronics retailers exhibiting at the show. The Kicker Premium Marine Media Center is a 240-watt source unit for boats that features a color, non-glare LCD screen, RCA output for front and rear subwoofer and a second zone, Bluetooth, four sets of RCA output for easy expansion, AUX RCA input, USB charging, thumb-drive playback and camera/video input with a trigger wire or push button. The video comes in handy as a back-up camera or for watching your skiers or riders. The Premium Marine Media Center is NMEA-2000 compatible and offers an AM/FM/weather-band and is Sirius XM compatible. To locate a Kicker retailer at the show, call Jason Jones at CPS at 954-993-4094. $549; kicker.com

JL Marine Audio Starter Kit
JL Marine Audio Starter Kit (Courtesy JL Marine Audio/)

If you’re looking for a stereo system for a smaller center console or bay boat, check out the JL Marine Audio Starter Kit at the show. It is designed for boaters looking to add a quality two-speaker stereo or upgrade an older stock system. The kit features a MediaMaster MM-50 marine source unit with a 2.8-inch, full-color LCD display with Bluetooth and NMEA-2000 connectivity, and a 100-watt amplifier. The kit also includes a pair of 6.5-inch JL Marine Audio coaxial speakers designed for harsh marine with white sport grilles and an AM/FM hide-away antenna. $629.99, jlaudio.com

Si-Tex Wireless Radar
Si-Tex Wireless Radar (Courtesy Si-Tex/)

Stop at the Si-Tex Marine Electronics book and ask about the Wi-Fi radar networking system, designed to pair with its NavPro series multifunction displays. The Si-Tex MDS-12 digital marine radar connects wirelessly with the Si-Tex 9-inch NavPro 900 and 12-inch NavPro 1200 multi-function displays (MFDs). This eliminates the hassle of snaking a thick cable between the radar and a MFD. The 24-inch dome radar offers 4kW of power and a 36-nautical-mile range. The NavPro series features Si-Tex’s hybrid touch control, a 10Hz GPS receiver, the latest C-Map 4D cartography and a choice of black-box or integrated chirp sonar with a wide range of frequency options. $1,599 (MFD sold separately); si-tex.com


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Boat Telematicshttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/boat-telematics/Siren Marine provides a solution for both monitoring and controlling your boat from afar. Check it out.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/boat-telematics/Jim HendricksGearThu, 01 Oct 2020 17:44:34 +0000
The Siren Marine system can control a wide range of onboard systems. (Courtesy Siren Marine/)

With digital-switching technology for boats, marine accessories connect to a powered control module rather than directly to a conventional switch. The module, in turn, can be networked via NMEA 2000 with multiple user-interface systems.

This lets you use a multifunction display to control systems. Yet another benefit is remote control from a distance. Leading the way in boat telematics is Siren Marine, which has worked to interface its mobile-connectivity module with digital-switching systems from technology partner CZone. After a boat is equipped with the Siren/CZone telematics, a skipper can control a wide range of onboard systems using the Siren Marine mobile app on a smartphone or tablet from his home, office or car.

Adding a small satellite antenna allows boat owners to connect from virtually anywhere.
Adding a small satellite antenna allows boat owners to connect from virtually anywhere. (Courtesy Siren Marine/)

“Once connected, the app auto-populates with the same CZone digital-switching screen you see on an MFD,” says Daniel Harper, founder and CEO of Siren Marine. “This system, for example, can turn on the fridge, and cabin and spreader lights before you arrive at the dock.”

It connects via cell service and/or satellite, Harper says. Adding a small satellite antenna allows boat owners to connect from virtually anywhere.

Digital switching is offered almost exclusively as a factory installation on new boats. “The amount of work in converting a boat to digital switching doesn’t lend itself to the aftermarket,” says David Marynov, marketing manager for Power Products, parent company of CZone. The Siren Marine system, on the other hand, is well-suited to aftermarket installations. A telematics-capable Siren Marine system starts at $699, plus service fees starting at $180 per year.

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2020 Monterey 215SShttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/2020-monterey-215ss/The Monterey 215SS delivers in all the right ways, from performance and style to quality fit and finish. Whether you want to enjoy cruising with your family or enjoying watersports with your friends, the 215SS comes equipped to handle it all.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/2020-monterey-215ss/Boating Tech TeamBoatsTue, 29 Sep 2020 17:04:05 +0000

Monterey’s new 215SS is the outboard version of their very popular 218 stern drive. When it comes to style and features, Monterey knows their business –– they’ve been building quality boats for decades. The 215SS is ideally equipped for watersports thanks to the optional wakeboard tower, and it has an integrated bimini to shade the cockpit. Since this boat is an outboard model, it brings some unique features like the large sun pad in the back that also boasts large amounts of storage underneath.

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Best Marine Electronics of 2020http://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/best-marine-electronics-of-2020/This year's best marine electronics are named by the National Marine Electronics Association.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/best-marine-electronics-of-2020/StaffGearTue, 29 Sep 2020 16:58:06 +0000
Icom won the VHF radio category for its M605 model. (Courtesy Icom America, Inc./)

SEVERNA PARK, MD-Manufacturers scored big at the 2020 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Business Meeting held on September 26, following the NMEA Virtual Education Week held last week. A total of 19 products received the top award, and the NMEA Manufacturer of the Year was named.

“On behalf of the NMEA Board of Directors, staff, and membership, we congratulate all 2020 award winners,” said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA President & Executive Director. “The member voting count exceeded our expectations. This certainly sends the message to the market that manufacturers have focused on producing top quality products for the boating public, even during a pandemic. NMEA members, installers, and manufacturers have surely kept their eye on the ball.”

The 2020 Product of Excellence Awards nominees were extensively vetted by staff and committee. The awards bring global recognition and extensive media coverage for NMEA manufacturer members. The 2020 NMEA Product of Excellence Awards included one new category: Marine Specialty.

2020 Product of Excellence Awards

NMEA members selected the winners of the annual Product of Excellence Awards through an online voting process. Awards were given in 17 categories. Here are the 2020 recipients.

  • Marine VHF-ICOM M605
  • Radar-Furuno DRS4DNXT Solid-State Doppler
  • Satellite Communications Antenna-KVH TracPhone V3-HTS
  • Multi-Function Display-Garmin GPSMAP 8616xsv
  • Multimedia Entertainment-Fusion Apollo RA770
  • NMEA 2000 Sensor-Furuno SCX20 High Precision Satellite Compass
  • Autopilot-Garmin Reactor 40 with SmartPump v2
  • Satellite TV Antenna-KVH TracVision UHD7
  • Fishfinder-Furuno DFF3D Multi-Beam 3D
  • Marine Camera-FLIR M364C
  • AIS-Vesper XB8000 smartAIS
  • Marine PC Software-Nobeltec TZ Professional V 4.1
  • Remote Monitoring-GOST Apparition SM GPS XVR
  • Wi-Fi/Cellular Device-KVH TracPhone LTE-1 (tie)Wi-Fi/Cellular Device-Wave Wi-Fi Tidal Wave AC + Cellular (tie)
  • Marine Apps-Utility-Garmin ActiveCaptain
  • Commercial-Furuno FAR2228BB 25kW IMO Radar
  • Marine Specialty-Maretron N2KBuilder - NMEA2000? Network Design Software (tie)
  • Marine Specialty-Furuno “Deep Impact” DI-FFAMP High-Power CHIRP Amplifier (tie)
NMEA announced winners of Excellence Awards.
NMEA announced winners of Excellence Awards. (Courtesy National Marine Electronics Association/)

Manufacturer of the Year Award

NMEA members also voted on a particular manufacturer who had demonstrated superior support of their products to all who install and service them in the field. NMEA and the membership congratulate Garmin on winning this award.

NMEA normally awards a Best New Product Award and an NMEA Technology Award based on in-person judging at the Annual NMEA Conference and Expo. “Because of the pandemic these awards could not be awarded this year,” said Reedenauer. “NMEA plans to reinstate these awards in 2021 when the NMEA Conference and Expo is scheduled to be held as a live, in-person event in Anaheim, California.”

The NMEA Awards are coordinated by a committee consisting of: Brian Kane, Chief Technology Officer, GOST; Todd Tally, General Manager, Atlantic Marine Electronics; Chris Labozza, Executive Vice President, Precision Marine Center; Paul Comyns, Vice President of Global Marketing, Intellian; Bruce Cole, Manager and Advertising Director, Marine Electronics Journal; and Mark Reedenauer, President and Executive Director of the NMEA.

NMEA congratulates all 2020 winners and looks forward to an expanded awards program in 2021 when the NMEA Conference and Expo is scheduled to be held as a live, in-person event in Anaheim, California. For details, watch www.nmea.org

About the NMEA

Founded in 1957, the NMEA has led the way in establishing technical standards for data exchange in marine electronics, with the widely accepted NMEA 0183 data protocol, NMEA 2000? and certification standards for marine electronics technicians. NMEA standards and programs focus on ensuring that the boating consumer is provided with reliable products and professional service. For more information, visit the NMEA website at www.NMEA.org or call (410) 975-9425.

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World’s Largest Boat Show Set For January 2021http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/worlds-largest-boat-show-set-for-january-2021/boot Düsseldorf implementing numerous health protocols to keep show visitors safe in January 2021.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/worlds-largest-boat-show-set-for-january-2021/StaffBoatsTue, 29 Sep 2020 15:48:32 +0000
The boat show known as boot Düsseldorf, often called the Dusseldorf boat show in North America, is the world's largest boating and watersports show. (Courtesy boot Dusseldorf/)

"As the world’s largest platform for water sports, boot Düsseldorf is aware of its responsibility for the industry. boot, to held from January 23 – 31, 2021 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, will set the course for a successful water sports year and a positive future. We are confident that we can all master this together and are pleased to be able to offer you the place in Düsseldorf to do so. In 17 exhibition halls, we will organize a somewhat different looking, but no less inspiring boot in accordance with the applicable hygiene and infection protection regulations. The CARAVAN SALON 2020 trade fair, which just ended, has demonstrated impressively how trade fairs in Düsseldorf can still be successful in these times and how exhibitors can achieve considerable economic results even with the new rules. We are delighted with the results, because it has shown that trade fairs are still indispensable marketing instruments for both the caravanning industry and the water sports sector, " stated Wolfram Diener, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

Exhibitor Registration at 2019 Level

The planning for boot 2021 is on course and the current exhibitor registration numbers are, overall, the same as they were in 2019. Almost all of the boat and yacht manufacturers that were on board in 2020 are back for 2021. Apart from a few exceptions, most suppliers have also confirmed that they will be participating in boot. Petros Michelidakis, Project Director of boot, commented: “Overall, booking numbers for boot are excellent and we have even have halls where almost every square foot has been booked, such as the luxury yacht halls 5 and 6. Sectors that have been hit hard by the crisis, such as tourism, have not yet returned to their previous levels. However, we are discussing matters actively with these regions and travel agents in order to make participating in the trade fair possible for them.” The boot team also registered a good number of registrations from suppliers of houseboat vacations and the charter sector for both sailing and motorboats. Both vacation forms are considered as very safe and enjoy increasing popularity.Hygiene and infection protection concept in Düsseldorf that has been approved by the authorities.

Messe Düsseldorf has already developed a comprehensive hygiene and infection protection concept for the CARAVAN SALON trade fair in close consultation with the authorities and in coordination with the state government. "This is constantly adapted to meet the latest demands. “The visitors at CARAVAN SALON highly approved these measures. They felt safe with us, knew that they were in good hands and could enjoy visiting the vehicles in a relaxed atmosphere,” explained Wolfram Diener. The trade fair’s PROTaction campaign provides exhibitors with clear and detailed information about the measures at?http://bit.ly/PROTactionEN

Stage Program and Hands-On Activities Will Take Place

According to Petros Michelidakis: “The most important statement for all of us at this point in time is: boot 2021 Düsseldorf will take place from January 23 to 31. Exhibitors, employees, stand builders, visitors and media representatives can currently find answers to questions about hygiene measures currently on the boot website. Everyone who is at the fairgrounds at the time of stand construction, the duration of the trade fair and the dismantling of the event will be registered. The popular program on the stages and the participatory activities such as surfing, diving, SUP or paddling will take place in compliance with the hygiene and distance rules. Scanners will record the data of the online tickets to track potential chains of infection.”

Social distancing protocols, hygiene, ventilation and more will be addressed to assure confidence and safety, according to organizers.
Social distancing protocols, hygiene, ventilation and more will be addressed to assure confidence and safety, according to organizers. (Courtesy boot Dusseldorf/)

The boot Team is Here to Help

"We ask that our exhibitors also use scanners. They can use these to simplify the registration process and they are low-cost and subsidized. Our boot team is here to provide advice and practical tips on how exhibitors can successfully implement the hygiene concept at their stands. The support and solidarity within the water sports industry is our biggest motivation, " added Petros Michelidakis.

Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA e.V.): Entry for trade fair visitors and exhibitors is possibleThe Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA e.V.) stated that entry to Germany is generally possible for trade fair participants. There are no travel restrictions for visitors from EU member states and from countries that are on the list of permitted countries. Trade fair participants from all other countries (such as the US) can also enter Germany, as they are considered business travelers with justified reasons for travel. Trade fair participants from these countries must provide proof of their participation in the trade fair when entering Germany. Employees of exhibiting companies must present a confirmation of their participation in the trade fair from the trade fair organizer. Visitors to the trade fair must present their admission ticket to the event and additionally an appointment for a business meeting with at least one exhibitor on site at trade e fair. For up-to-date information on entry regulations for exhibitors and visitors from Europe and overseas to Germany:?auma.de/en/exhibit/legal-matters/entry-requirements?(Source: AUMA e.V.).

About boot Düsseldorf

boot Düsseldorf will present yachts, boats, boards, diving equipment, watersports destinations and charter companies in halls 1 to 17 of the Düsseldorf fairgrounds from January 23 – 31, 2021. Action areas such as the wave “THE WAVE”, the 213 feet long flatwater pool on which the new trend sport “Wing-Surfing” is one of the attractions, the newly built diving tower with panoramic view and the popular canoeing course invite visitor to participate also next year - this time at a safe distance.

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at boot 2021, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America; Telephone: (312) 781-5180; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Visit?boot.com?and?mdna.com

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For hotel and travel information, contact TTI Travel, Inc. at (866) 674-3476; Fax: (212) 674-3477; E-mail: info@ttitravel.net; www.ttitravel.net

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Bonnier, MRAA Partner to Promote Certified Dealershttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/bonnier-mraa-partner-to-promote-certified-dealers/The MRAA has announced a partnership with Bonnier Corporation in order to promote the Marine Industry Certified Dealership program and the retailers who are Certified.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/bonnier-mraa-partner-to-promote-certified-dealers/StaffBoatsWed, 23 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has announced a partnership with Bonnier Corporation, one of the largest consumer-facing, special-interest publishing groups in America, in order to promote the Marine Industry Certified Dealership program and the retailers who are Certified.

With this year’s influx of boat buyers, especially new boat buyers, saturating the market, it has become more important than ever to promote and explain the importance of working with a Certified Dealer.

“Our Certified Dealers put in a lot of work to become Certified, and much of that effort is focused on the customer experience. We’re entering into this partnership with Bonnier to tell consumers all about Certified Dealers and how Certified Dealers can serve them,” says Liz Keener, MRAA Certification Manager, “Our hope is that as consumers see these marketing efforts, they’ll make a larger effort to seek Certified Dealers when they’re ready to buy.”

Readers of Boating and Salt Water Sportsman will experience marketing campaigns through various channels, including print magazines, websites, email sends and social media platforms.

“Bonnier is committed to growing participation in boating and the enjoyment of the boating lifestyle.? Nothing is more important than having a great dealer get you started in boating and guide you along the way,” says Glenn Sandridge, Vice President and Managing Director at Bonnier Corporation.? “Choosing an MRAA Certified Dealer is the best way to ensure you are choosing a trained professional partner to maximize you and your family’s fun on the water.”

The MRAA continues to build and evolve the Certification program to help boat dealers establish efficient and effective processes that lead to an exceptional retail experience for everyone. Certification offers dealers the blueprint to developing a world-class business.

This partnership and the promotion of the Certified Dealer program will run through 2021 and 2022.

About the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

At the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, we believe that for the marine industry to thrive, the retail organizations that interact with the boaters in their community must thrive. With that in mind, MRAA works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by uniting those retailers, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice. For more information, visit MRAA.com or contact us at 763-315-8043.

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Off My Dock: The Covid Circlehttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/off-my-dock-the-covid-circle/A campfire enhances social distancing and the telling of old stories.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/how-to/off-my-dock-the-covid-circle/Charles PlueddemanHow ToSat, 19 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000
A campfire inspires storytelling. (Tim Bower/)

The Lake View Inn is surviving the COVID-19 thing, as are its loyal customers. Wally has the business advantage of owning the building and living in the apartment upstairs, and after the first month of closure, he was allowed to sell takeout food. That period of social isolation also highlighted how much time we were actually spending at the Lake View. So, maybe the break was good for our health in more ways than one.

But beer and stimulating conversation are essential North Woods life forces, and Friday evenings found us gathering in the Lake View parking lot to pick up a takeout fish fry, which led to some lingering conversation, which eventually turned into our “COVID circle”: five trucks parked in a ring in the far corner of the parking lot with five friends seated on facing tailgates, eating perch from white foam boxes and catching up on the week past—stories of fish caught and propellers bent and such. Social distancing is rigorously observed because three of us live with registered nurses who enforce the rules with some militancy.

One evening, my good friend Chuck Larson opined that sitting in a circle would be more enjoyable if we were around a campfire, and by the next week, Wally had placed an iron ring and a stack of split oak on the grass. A campfire inspires storytelling, and with Chuck’s prompting, I recounted the tall tale my scoutmaster father used to tell our Troop 28 around a fire at the lake.

“I was about your age, and fishing by myself right off the point,” my dad would start, pointing out toward the lake. He felt a powerful tug on his line, and his rod bowed to the water. “I knew that I had hooked a mighty muskie!” he exclaimed, a fish so powerful it snapped his rod. In a move straight out of Hemingway, he snatched the line and wrapped it around his bare hand, determined to fight the fish. But the boy was no match for this muskellunge. It dived for the bottom, and pulled my dad right over the side and down, down, down into the cold water until he blacked out.

“I came to, right here on the beach, and I was naked,” he continued, “and standing over me was a beautiful American Indian girl.” This made the boys very uncomfortable. He realized that he had somehow been transported back in time; it was the same lake but hundreds of years ago. The Potawatomi nursed him back to health—there were many details about the lodge and eating pemmican—and my dad resigned himself to this new reality. A year passed, and one day he was on the lake fishing with a hand line from a birch bark canoe…

“And the same muskie pulls him overboard!” exclaimed Chuck, who was totally into the story by now, “and he wakes up naked on the beach again, only this time the neighbor girl finds him.” Groans all around the circle.

“I heard a guy from Illinois caught that fish in 1996,” Wally said with a wink. “It had two hooks in its mouth, and one was carved out of bone.”

Read Next: More Off My Dock Columns

Chuck was incredulous. “Why is it always someone from Illinois catching the trophy!”

Wally kept a straight face. “Have another beer, Chuck. You’ll get over it.”

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Mercury Racing 360 APX Outboardhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/mercury-racing-360-apx-outboard/In this article, a new, " racing competition," outboard is introduced by Mercury Racing. Learn how the new APX series of racing competition outboards differ from consumer outboards.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/gear/mercury-racing-360-apx-outboard/Kevin FalveyGearFri, 18 Sep 2020 21:09:45 +0000
A specialized gearcase and midsection help make this a racing competition outboard. (Courtesy Mercury Racing/)

Mercury Marine’s 4.6 liter V8 outboard platform is like a tree with many branches. From the root V8 Four Stroke engine, many varieties of outboard spring to cover the many niches of marine propulsion: from luxury-performance Verado, to the commercial Sea Pro lineup, to the Pro XS tournament bass engine.

And of course, Mercury Racing, the branch from which the new APEX 360 outboard comes from.

Mercury Racing, a separate division of Mercury Marine, builds the R series of outboards for performance-oriented consumers, plus performance sterndrives, as well as manufacturing refined propellers, developing special lubricants and creating a host of parts and accessories that serve performance boaters. It is about the only player in the high-performance propulsion and parts and accessories space. The new APEX 360, stylized as APX on the cowl, confirms that. Just as there is no other marine engine maker like Mercury Racing there is no other outboard like this one on the market.

“This is a, ‘racing competition,’ engine,” asserts, Stuart Halley, Mercury Racing General Manager. That is to distinguish Apex series outboards from Mercury Racing’s high-performance consumer offerings. So, what’s the diff?

The 360 APX is specifically intended to power Formula One tunnel boats on the UIM F1 H2O World Championship. It is only available to qualified race teams. Warranty? There is none. It also boasts a 12-inch midsection, ideal for tunnel boats, but not so much for a center console or runabout. It is rated at 360 propshaft horsepower, redlines at 7000 rpm and the 12-inch midsection features integral trim and lift.

Full specs and model details for Mercury Racing 360 APX Outboard ?

The 360 APX is normally aspirated, retains its double overhead cam/four-valve architecture and the compression ratio is increased from 10:1 to 11:1. The powerhead is fitted with a short-runner intake manifold mated to a cold-air induction system vented through the cowl. The engine calibration is modified to take full advantage of the powerhead modifications. The 360 APX uses a 24-volt starter for faster dock-side starting in competition. The above water exhaust provides unrestricted flow, but also ensures race fans hear race noise. Additionally, it produces 90% lower emissions than current two-stroke racing engines. It is notable that Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) President, Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, believes this engine shows the race organizations commitment to lowered emissions. Halley posits that between the engines efficiency, and its ability to burn premium pump gas instead of race fuel, it will markedly lower race teams fuel bills.

The 12-inch midsection is all-new and designed specifically for Formula 1 tunnel boat applications, with a structural wet sump driveshaft housing and integrated power trim and power lift with remote pumps. An overdrive spur gearset between the crankshaft and the gearcase increases the input shaft speed to the gearcase to match that of the current 9600-RPM two-stroke race engine, and produces the left-hand propeller rotation desired for Formula 1 circuit racing. The overdrive gears accommodate multiple gear ratios, so teams can select the ratio that best fits each particular race.

Another special feature is the above water exhaust that ensures race fans get the sound of a racing outboard.
Another special feature is the above water exhaust that ensures race fans get the sound of a racing outboard. (Courtesy Mercury Racing/)

Halley let on that Apex is a reference to a where a driver in circuit racing is usually looking---to the apex of the turn. That it serves as a double-entendre in branding the 360 APX as at the pinnacle of mission-specific design makes it an apt moniker for this new racing competition outboard. First in a series, it slated to be available late fall of 2020.

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Caymas 341 CC Boat Testhttp://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/caymas-341-cc-boat-test/The Caymas 341 CC mixes spirited performance with loads of fishability. Boating's top crew of editors sea-trialed and evaluated it so that boaters can learn the in-depth details about this boat's performance, construction and other features. Is it the right boat for you? Read on.http://www.bizhui.tw/story/boats/caymas-341-cc-boat-test/Randy VanceBoatsFri, 18 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000
LOA: 33'6" | Beam: 10'0" | Draft: 2'3" | Displacement: 9,500 lb. (with power) | Transom Deadrise: 24 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 8'1" | Fuel Capacity: 345 gal. | Max Horsepower: 1,200 | Available Power: Dual or triple Yamaha, Mercury or Suzuki outboards to 1,200 hp total (Courtesy Caymas Boats/)

Champion boat racer and accomplished boatbuilder Earl Bentz reunited his Triton team to bring an all-new series of fishing boats to American anglers. The 341 CC is Caymas' latest and largest, and it boasts a Michael Peters-designed Stepped-Vee Ventilated Tunnel (SVVT) hull, and a deck plan to suit the most finicky fishermen.

The 341 CC made over 60 mph with triple Mercury 300 hp V-8 FourStrokes. The throaty engines offer relentless acceleration, and fuel economy that allows nearly 400 miles of offshore?range.

It’s not surprising that the Caymas 341 CC is a performer, but it comes by its fishability honestly too. Both Benz and Falk are avid offshore anglers.

The helm is outfitted with a plethora of modern electronics.
The helm is outfitted with a plethora of modern electronics. (Courtesy Caymas Boats/)

A 70-gallon livewell centered on the transom is fed by dual pumps in a sea chest, keeping the livewell pressurized so bait rides securely in rough seas.

Caymas traded a transom walk-through with a convenient inboard swinging gunwale door for easy boarding, or landing tuna, swordfish and wahoo.

Rod holders are well-placed on the transom, gunwales and foredeck, and locking stowage under port and starboard gunwales provides a secure hideaway for two pairs of tuna sticks. Four more lock up in the console below in additional racks.

Tackle stowage is found in gunwale cabinets that tilt out, and two doors in the leaning post reveal two utility-box racks. Slide-out boards give stowable workspace, and a large cooler slides out below on rails for easy, convenient access.

The aft cockpit features a foldaway transom jump seat.
The aft cockpit features a foldaway transom jump seat. (Courtesy Caymas Boats/)

Caymas' 341 CC also delivers features such as a double lounge contoured for guests to relax in comfort, and two foldaway seats at the bow offer seating for four more crewmembers while allowing passage to the anchor windlass and fender locker.

In the aft cockpit, you can sit on the slide-out cooler cushion and put a couple on the foldaway transom jump seat. For mixed crews, the large console compartment below the helm not only offers a space for changing, but there is also a flushing head and additional storage.

The 341 CC is efficient, fast and smooth-riding.
The 341 CC is efficient, fast and smooth-riding. (Courtesy Caymas Boats/)

High Points

  • Ample rocket launchers and rod holders for stowage and trolling.
  • Comfortable seating throughout stows quickly for fish-fighting.
  • Michael Peters hull design is proven to be efficient, fast and smooth-riding.

Low Points

  • We would like to see some teak brightwork on board to enhance style.
  • Three-wide console restricts passage fore and aft, but adds comfort behind the helm.

Toughest Competitor

The Regulator 31 ($349,995 with twin Yamaha 300 hp outboards) sounds shorter, but it employs an engine bracket on the transom, adding to its running length, and allows the entire hull length to commit to fishing amenities. The 31 is beamier too, by 4 inches, adding enjoyable real estate to its dimensions.

Price: $451,150 (as tested)

Available Power: Outboard

Caymas 341 CC Certified Test Results
Caymas 341 CC Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

How We Tested

Engines: Triple Mercury 300 hp FourStrokes

Drive/Props: Outboards/Enertia 16″ x 21″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.85:1

Fuel Load: 70 gal.

Crew Weight: 400 lb.

Caymas Boats - Ashland, Tennessee; 888-422-9627; caymasboats.com

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