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  1. Cobra 270 Pythron Deck Boat - Merc 565 - Bravo XR

    Written By Bob Brown
    Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
    Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)

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    One of the most encouraging indicators that the custom performance boat industry is showing signs of economic recovery from its deepest slump of the last fifty years is the willingness of manufacturers to develop fresh tooling and introduce new models. The...
  2. Advantage 27 X-flight - Merc 565 - Bravo XR

    Written By Bob Brown
    Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
    Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)

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    If you think all performance deckboats are pretty much alike, you obviously aren't acquainted with the Advantage Boats X-Flight model line. Although the 27, 29 and 34 all qualify for serious deckboat consideration, they...
  3. Hallett 285 Party Cruiser - Merc 520 - Bravo XR

    Written By Bob Brown
    Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
    Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)

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    Although best known for its classic line of vee-bottom models, Hallett hasn't neglected the popular performance deckboat market. More than a decade ago it debuted its 285 Party Cruiser, a well proportioned air-entrapment family boat...
  4. Eliminator 28 Fun Deck - Ilmor 625 - Bravo XR

    Written By Bob Brown
    Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
    Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)

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    When Eliminator Boats founder and owner Bob Leach comments "we're building the best boats today in our 45 year history," that says a lot. Looking back at the past five decades of the high performance custom boat industry, Eliminator legitimately has the...
  5. Nordic 26 Deckboat - Merc 565 - Bravo XR - BOAT TEST

    Written By Bob Brown
    Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
    Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)

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    Who doesn't remember that unmistakable new car feel and smell when you first drive it off the dealers lot and you're cruising down the highway with a big smile on your face? Well, get ready to smile again if you're fortunate enough to be the owner of a new...
  6. Hallett Boats 290-S - Merc 540 - Bravo XR - BOAT TEST

    Written By Bob Brown
    Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
    Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)

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    "Live the Legend" sets the bar pretty high for a performance boat builder, but Hallett has been doing it for nearly six decades. In particular, their 240 and 270 models became family sportboat icons in the industry, achieving legendary status...
  7. Howard 288 - Merc 600-Bravo XR - BOAT TEST

    Written By Bob Brown
    Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
    Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)

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    Fifty years ago Howard Custom Boats was all about setting drag boat speed records. Company founder/owner Howard Brown drove his 18' flatbottom SK hull, "How 'Bout That", through NDBA's quarter mile timing traps at an unheard of 137.82 miles an hour. A...
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