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Beneteau Live Tested Models from BoatTest.com

Gran Turismo

The BENETEAU Gran Turismo 40 recreates the sport cruiser concept. A perfectly proportioned interior and superior performance make her not only eye-catching but a pleasure to drive.
GT40 on waterBENETEAU GRAN TURISMO 40
Equipped with the leading Air Step® technology, the Gran Turismo 46 is the latest generation of a sport cruiser. Boldly designed, she boasts a stylish and clever layout with ample opportunity to personalize.GT46 on water BENETEAU GRAN TURISMO 46
The Gran Turismo 50 stands apart. This sport cruiser’s elegant profile, full-space main deck, and onboard technology will win over connoisseurs of beautiful objects and thrill-seekers alike.
GT50 on waterBENETEAU GRAN TURISMO 50

Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo 5 conveys the premium spirit of the line with great distinction. This iconic model stands apart for the elegance of its textures, the attention to detail and its highly accomplished Italian design. MC5 on water BENETEAU MONTE CARLO 5
When the BENETEAU brand unites its expertise with the greatest Italian designers, it reinvents the motor cruiser concept. The Monte Carlo 5 S stands apart for her boldly sporty profile and a hardtop with an outdoor lounge.MC5s on water BENETEAU MONTE CARLO 5S
Elected boat of the year in the ‘Flybridge up to 60ft’ category at the ‘Motor Boat Awards’, the MC6 has carved itself a niche through style, services and a top quality build. She has all the qualities of a megayacht. MC6 on waterBENETEAU MONTE CARLO 6

Beneteau Swift Trawler

Newest member of the ‘long-distance cruiser’ family, the Swift Trawler 30 is an excellent balance between style and seaworthiness – she’s cut out for the high seas.
SWIFT TRAWLER 30
A safe, comfortable, and ingenious boat designed for the high seas. The many qualities and the size of the Swift Trawler 35 will tempt you to go on a long cruise.
SWIFT TRAWLER 35
The Swift Trawler 44 delivers best in class fuel efficiency, speed, comfort, and stability whether you’re out on the lake, cruising the open ocean, or in the bay. SWIFT TRAWLER 44
Combining comfort, confidence, and capability, the Swift Trawler 47 is the ideal boat for traveling with family. She’ll take you further faster with 580 gallons of fuel. SWIFT TRAWLER 47
The Swift Trawler 50 appeals to all with her easy handling and intelligently-designed fittings; perfect for both romantic and family getaways. SWIFT TRAWLER 50

Beneteau Outboards

Agile, powerful and very habitable, the Antares 23 oozes character. The ideal boat for exploring new shores, she is wonderful for taking a break for a few days, confident that you are completely safe.23 Antares
The ultimate weekender! With an innate sense of detail and comfort, the Antares 27 is an invitation to spend more time at sea. She has everything to make short cruising a great experience..27 Antares
The spacious Flyer 23 SPACEdeck is a joy to drive and to live aboard. Certified to carry 10 passengers, she is ideal for all day-boating programs: bathing, picnicking on board, water sports, or fishing trips.23 SPACEdeck
The 27 Barracuda outboard powerboat is the SUV of the sea. From fishing to diving to cruising, she has been designed, built, and tested to be on a first-name basis with all waters, even in their foulest moods. Barracuda 27

Beneteau Factory

Christopher Hughes tours the BENETEAU factory in France, highlighting the woodworking process. It all begins with the selection of the best materials like beech, oak, teak, and mobi. Learn about how they select their materials & adhere to best practices for sustainability.  Beneteau Wood Factory
Here’s an insider’s view on how BENETEAU builds their hulls & decks. BENETEAU utilizes 3 processes for the manufacturing of its hulls and decks: 1) conventional hand lay-up 2) resin infusing, and 3) injection molding. Have a look at the entire process. Hull & Deck Construction
Boat builders are always working to prevent water intrusion through osmosis. So BENETEAU meticulously tests all materials that comprise their hulls. Look inside BENETEAU’s testing laboratory and learn about their disciplined testing practices. Beneteau Testing Laboratory

Sea Ray Live Tested Models from BoatTest.com

The SPX line from Sea Ray focuses on a new level of affordability, but ensures that the build doesn’t lose sight of the Sea Ray heritage. The 19 SPX is the smallest in this new lineup and the “Select” version we tested had the optional package that added luxury to the mix. Now, those just starting out, or restricted in size by lake limits or towing weight, don’t have to compromise on. Entry-level no longer means bare bones, and this boat proves it. But to us, the real attraction is in the ability to customize to the heart’s content, starting with choosing between outboard or sterndrive power.SEA RAY SPX 190
The SPX line from Sea Ray focuses on a new level of affordability, but ensures that the build doesn’t lose sight of the Sea Ray heritage. The 19 SPX is the smallest in this new lineup and the “Select” version we tested had the optional package that added luxury to the mix. Now, those just starting out, or restricted in size by lake limits or towing weight, don’t have to compromise on. Entry-level no longer means bare bones, and this boat proves it. But to us, the real attraction is in the ability to customize to the heart’s content, starting with choosing between outboard or sterndrive power.SEA RAY SPX 210
The Sea Ray SLX-W 230 is a luxurious family bowrider that can become a towsports machine with the push of a button on the dash-mounted touchscreen. She comes standard with three ballast tanks and the Dynamic Running Surface with Wake-Shaping tabs that turn the boat into a serious towing platform. An unusual option on a boat this size is the Mercury JPI system, combining the main propeller with an electric bow and stern thruster for precision handling not only around the dock but for retrieving those in the water.SEA RAY SLX-W 230
Sea Ray did a customer feedback study and discovered, not surprisingly, that boaters were looking for more… more space, more seating, and more luxury in an open bow day boat. It responded with the SDX 270 (formerly known as the 270 Sundeck). By narrowing the gunwales, along with a few other design features, it created a spacious boat that can seat 15 people underway in luxurious seating that rivals the luxury of the company’s SLX line. Available in both sterndrive and outboard versions, we recently tested the sterndrive version and here’s what we found…SEA RAY SDX 270
With luxurious seating for up to 15, the Sea Ray SLX 280 has lots of room to party. Upscale options include a hydraulically-actuated swim platform and an articulating Bimini/watersports tower and the Dynamic Display “glass cockpit” on the dash, among many others. Leather-wrapped grab-rails are standard, as is plush, diamond-stitched and embroidered upholstery. Scissor-style hinges keep all larger seat pads in place and provide hands-free access to the large storage compartments below.SEA RAY SLX 280
Few things can be more appealing for day cruising than a big deckboat. Not all of us can make the time for overnights and those cabins become nothing more than wasted space. For those who could use that space for other things, enter the Sea Ray SDX 290 (formerly known as the 290 Sundeck). It’s all about maximizing space for either holding people or entertaining them.SEA RAY SDX 290
The Sea Ray SLX 310 features many amenities as standard that are options on other brands, including a watersports tower that folds down electrically, a wet bar and a head compartment with sink with running water and a VacuFlush toilet. The cockpit entertainment area includes a sink and hard-surface worktop and can be upgraded with an electric grill and refrigerator. The dash is unique, with automotive-style Dynamic Display that provides all information for operational systems as well as navigation on 12” and 7” touchscreensSEA RAY SLX 310
Sea Ray’s SLX 310 Outboard bowrider is built for entertaining friends and family, watersports of all sorts, while coving and cruising. This dayboat is a versatile vessel with standard options that include an electrically actuated power tower, digital dash, wet bar, and a day head. With room for up to 17 on board, she is made for spending an afternoon catching waves or rays, fishing or exploringSEA RAY SLX 310 OB
The Sea Ray SLX 350 OB includes a hardtop with optional sliding sunroof and joystick steering as standard features. She’s built to handle triple outboards up to 1050 horsepower total, ensuring exciting performance. A small cabin is tucked under the starboard console, while a head with VacuFlush toilet is hidden in the port console. A mini galley encourages entertainment in the aft cockpit.SEA RAY SLX 350 OB
The Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe is the largest boat in Sea Ray’s Sport Cruiser line. It successfully makes the leap from open runabout to a smaller coastal cruiser with entertainment amenities, and can overnight a family of four to six people. The Sundancer 350 Coupe has a protected helm, with solid windshield and side windows that connect to the hardtop. Along with protection from the elements, enhanced visibility, and climate control, the Sundancer 350 Coupe is all the boat many people need.Sundancer 350 Coupe

The boat tests themselves are conducted independently by BoatTEST.com’s staff of U.S.C.G.-licensed Captains and the opinions expressed in the editorial are those of the captains and have been edited and approved by BoatTEST.com. Test numbers shown are recorded by BoatTEST.com’s technical team and are NOT supplied by the manufacturers.