MONTEREY 385SE

An out­board­pow­ered dual con­sole with a spa­cious lay­out that’s redefin­ing the day­boat con­cept.

Boating - - NEWS -

SSome­times I feel guilty about the way we test power­boats. We warm them up, fire­wall the throt­tles, spin the helm for some hard-over turns, and once we’ve made a few, we steer back over the dou­bled-up wakes to see if the boat can han­dle the rollers with­out rat­tling the screws and fas­ten­ers. It’s not so much “rode hard and put away wet” as it is put away pant­ing.

But the 385SE barely no­ticed our abu­sive han­dling, and when we fin­ished, it was like a horse still too frisky to walk to the pad­dock.

It’s cause to pause when a boat like this can jump up on plane (in about 4.5 sec­onds) and hit a top speed of over 57 mph, but that’s what the three Yamaha F300 out­boards did to this sleek day cruiser.

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