BoatTEST Newsletter October 7, 2019Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
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Scarab 255 ID:
Twin Jet Rocket-Sled
With two supercharged 250-hp Rotax JPS jet systems in the engine box, you’d expect the Scarab 255 ID to deliver on performance and she does not disappoint. Hole shot times were 1.9 seconds, which would leave behind pretty much everything in class as well as most high-performance PWCs. She passed 30 mph in 4.2 seconds. Note that this is not a stripped down, lightweight boat. As tested, she weighed over 4,400 lbs. (2,010 kg) and she has seats for 13. Top speed was 54.2 mph. With steerable thrust buckets, she's easy to handle at lower speeds and closed-loop cooling keeps the engines corrosion-free. More...
Fine Cabinetry & Impressive Fit-and-Finish
The pilothouse helm of the Fleming 58 says it all. This yacht is crafted on a level that every builder aspires to, but few reach. If it doesn’t move, it’s made of teak. Not veneer but solid, satin-finished, matched-grain teak that with minimal care will look as good in 20 years as it does today. The teak trim extends even to the overheads, the console edging, and the windshield mullions. The pilothouse also includes an elevated L-shaped settee and table, just aft, where guests can keep the owner/operator company. The day head is just a few steps behind. More...
Boston Whaler 285 Conquest:
Designed and Engineered for Comfort
Boston Whaler designs and builds their own helm chairs -- among many other features. The thought and quality seen in these seats are just a hint of the engineering and design throughout the 285 Conquest, as well as all other boats in their lineup. The seat back is fully vented to prevent sweating, and the thick multi-density foam cushioning should make long runs easy on the captain. (A fully-enclosed pilothouse is also available.) The bolster is standard, as are flip-up armrests. The large forward windshield and available side windows running all the way to the hardtop create a pilothouse level of wind and spray protection in the helm area. More...
Flying Bridge Made to Party
The Aquila 44 is all about welcoming multiple families and friends aboard for weekend cruising, with plenty of elbow room for everyone thanks to her 21'6" (6.56 m) beam. The large flying bridge will no doubt be one of the most popular locations aboard, and the captain is not left out of the conversation. The center console helm is the center of a large conversation-pit seating area. A grill is just aft, plus another seating area that has a dining table for six. This entire area is completely shaded by the optional hardtop, which has built-in LED mood lighting so the party can continue after sundown. Another plus is the stairway leading from the front of the flying bridge to the bow, so the skipper can assist with anchoring or docking when operating shorthanded. More...
NITRO ZV19 Sport:
Ready for Trailering & Rough Water
The ZV19 Sport is a fiberglass fish-and-ski boat that's more or less in the mold of a high-freeboard welded aluminum dual console. She's ready to take on rough water better than a low slung model built on a bass boat design. The high windshields will help keep those at the consoles dry. She's built to live on a trailer, and Nitro includes a good one designed to fit the boat precisely. With a tandem axle, electric brakes and 14" (35.56 cm) wheels, the trailer can easily handle the 4,500 lb. (2,041 kg) package weight. The Galvashield coating protects against chips much better than paint. Note the boarding ladder at the bow, an unusual feature but a big plus in a high-bow boat like this one. More...
Keep Your Boat Safe from the Bad Guys
Here's a tongue-in-cheek look at a subject which has left a bad taste in many boaters' mouths: boat theft. An unprotected boat on a trailer is an easy target for thieves out to score some quick cash. Take a look at these reminders for keeping your rig safe, and maybe your boat won't be next. More...
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Based on the feedback we've been getting about BoatTEST.com's Video Boating Course, it's clearly not only for beginners but for veteran boaters as well. Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look. It's the most complete boating course available... period. Order your 4-disc box set...
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