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Release 34

It appears the next single-pod powerboat could be the Release 34, an express walkaround fishing boat. The package consists of a 480-hp Cummins MerCruiser Diesel engine linked to a ZF 2800 Series pod drive, a ZF bow thruster and the ZF Joystick Maneuvering System, according to Jim Turner, owner of Release Boatworks.

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Safe Boat 21: built shark-tough

During a recent Yamaha engine-testing event I got a chance to drive a 21-foot Safe Boat, a rugged center console built for the anglers of the National Geographic Channel show “Shark Men.”

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Pursuit ST 310

Sport utility vehicles may have lost some luster with American drivers, but the production of multifunctional boats seems to be on the rise. Case in point: the new 2011 Pursuit ST 310.

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EdgeWater 158CC: stingy on fuel

With a Yamaha F70, EdgeWater’s 158CC gets 6.5 mpg at 21 mph. That’s nothing short of miserly fuel consumption for a 15-footer that should excel at towing kids on wakeboards and tubes.

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Protector Center Console 25

You have to throttle back a lot of smaller powerboats in rough water, but RIB builder Protector says its Center Console 25 is not one of them.

Its deep-vee fiberglass hull, surrounded by wave-absorbing Hypalon inflation chambers, allows the helmsman to run at a good clip even when the wind and waves kick up, says Ralph Silverman, sales manager for Oakland, Calif.-based Protector USA Inc. “Most people use their boats when it’s sunny and flat out,” he says. “This boat in rough water can perform almost as well as it can in calm water.”

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