Ranger 2510 Bay | Intrepid 475 Panacea | Cheoy Lee Bravo 72 - 09/12/2019
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Ranger 2510 Bay:
Tricked-Out w/Evinrude E-TEC G2 300

BOAT NAME
Ranger 2510 Bay

The Ranger 2510 Bay has most of the features that a serious coastal bay angler wants, including a power venting system for the locking rod boxes that's designed to keep humidity and mildew away from the gear. She makes a sporty-looking package with the 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 with color-matched cowling. Performance was strong in our tests, with a top speed of 51.0 mph and time-to-plane of 4.5 seconds. Optimal cruise with the 2-stroke 6-cyinder engine at 3500 rpm was 31.0 mph, where she got 4.03 mpg for a range of over 350 SM. More...

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Azimut Atlantis 51:
Made for Entertaining

BOAT NAME
Azimut Atlantis 51

The Azimut designers managed to fit three staterooms, a full galley and salon/dinette below decks in the Atlantic 51. That way, topsides has been cleared for pure entertaining, with just enough room for driving. She has space for a 10’ (3 m) tender in the transom garage. Twin IPS 800 drives and a standard bow thruster make low speed maneuvering a simple matter. The 47,781-lb. (21,673 kg) package had a top speed of 32.1 knots. More...

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Shurhold Ultimate One Bucket System:
A Smarter 5-Gallon Bucket

BOAT NAME
Shurhold Ultimate One Bucket System

The Shurhold Ultimate One Bucket System is a smarter version of every boater’s must-have 5-gallon bucket. To start, the wire handle is replaced by a soft nylon rope. A padded top forms a seat. It includes a lift-out caddy with supplies and polishes. A soft neoprene ring on the bottom keeps the bucket from sliding and also keeps it upright when a long-handled brush or mop is left inside. More...

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Intrepid 475 Panacea:
Stidd Seats with Shockwave Absorbers

BOAT NAME
Intrepid 475 Panacea

The availability of large outboards is encouraging the development of even larger yacht-class center console boats, including the new Intrepid 475 Panacea, which we tested recently with four of Yamaha’s new V8 425s. She’s fast, as you’d expect with 1700 horsepower on the transom, topping out at 60.7 mph (97.68 kph). Intrepid installed not two but six Stidd captain’s chairs, all heavily padded, with armrests and bolsters. Shockwave S5 marine suspension systems are an available option for these seats, a good choice for those who regularly make extended high-speed runs in open seas. More...

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World Cat 280DC-X:
Fast, Fuel-Efficient Cat w/14" Draft

BOAT NAME
World Cat 280DC-X

With her high bow and the sharp forward entry of the twin hulls, the World Cat 280DC-X is ready to take on lots of rough water while keeping those aboard dry and comfortable. This 8,390-lb. (3,806 kg) boat draws just 14” (35 cm), making her capable of sliding safely up on a beach or exploring backwaters. She is a strong performer that’s powered by twin 200-hp Yamaha 4-strokes. More...

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Cheoy Lee Bravo 72:
Multi-Purpose Oversized Swim Platform

BOAT NAME
Cheoy Lee Bravo 72

The 5’2” (1.57 m) hydraulic swim platform extension that's available on the Cheoy Lee Bravo 72 adds useful space aft, not only forming a sizable teak beach but also a place to carry and launch a tender up to 16’ (4.97 m) long. Mounts on either side provide a base for stanchions and an awning can shade this area completely. All that is needed is a cocktail table and two chairs. A margarita, anyone? More...

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Boating Tips

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

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Wheels on ships were traditionally in a vertical position with the helmsman steering while standing up.

When I first went to sea, ships were always steered by a person standing up at the helm. This was a bit of a throw-back to sailing ship days. I suspect that if you were standing up, you did not fall asleep at the helm. Standing up was designed to keep you awake. The steering wheels were always vertical, and the system worked. Sailboats still use the vertical wheel and standing at the helm in most cases. But us power-boaters have gotten a bit soft and it seems that every boat with an engine now has a seat at the helm. More...


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