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A New Standard

A few years ago, Tom Murphy was pretty sure he wanted absolutely nothing to do with Hargrave Custom Yachts.

A few months ago, having spent two years working with Murphy, Hargrave Custom Yachts was pretty sure it never wanted to deal with another yacht owner like him again.

Funny, then, how

Piece(s) de Resistance

Who among us isn’t keenly interested in acquiring something new or different? When it comes to the amenities aboard your yacht, this can translate to something as simple as taking the latest home trend or a familiar object from land-based life and incorporating it—with a twist, of course—into offshore living.

And that’s happening with increasing frequency

San Juan 40 Fly Bridge

San Juan 40 Fly Bridge

It's abundantly clear that San Juan Yachts has found a look and a style to stay with. Each model, from the 30-foot Express to the 48-foot Fly Bridge, retains the distinctive air of the original San Juan 38. So it’s no surprise that the new 40-foot Fly Bridge adheres to the same proven concept: handsome

The Great Global Game

It can be difficult to think of a luxury yacht charter as a business proposition. Top-deck Jacuzzis, gourmet food and wine, and pristine stretches of beaches, after all, are the kinds of things you seek out when you hope to leave the concept of “market share” behind.

Yet for the countless people who work in the worldwide charter marketplace, every weeklong booking is in fact a small piece

Big Bills, Little Bills

The fish is peeling line off my heavy-duty Penn International 70VS like a Japanese bullet train hell-bent to make one station stop—freedom. Fighting 22 pounds of drag at strike, the unseen and unknown fish has to slow down. It has to! I’ve stopped giant tuna on gear like this. I lean back, and the 5’6” stand-up rod makes an inverted U as my Braid belt and harness support me. The fish is

Does This Stuff Really Work?

When I first came up with the notion of modifying a modern recreational vessel so I could do a side-by-side performance comparison between plain ol’ diesel fuel and the environmentally friendly, vegetable-based stuff getting so much press these days, the idea didn’t seem that complicated. I mean, how tough could it be? All I had to do was find a boat, install a temporary bladder-type tank in her

Airmar PC WeatherStation

It’s astounding how many sensors are packed into that 23/4-inch-diameter housing: ultrasonic wind, GPS, compass, accelerometer (pitch and roll), thermometer, barometer, and humidity. That means, among other things, that Airmar’s WeatherStation can separate apparent wind activity from boat motion and, thus, deliver true wind speed and direction to most any

Maretron Weather Station

Maretron’s $699 Weather Station is as ambitious as Airmar’s but itself only senses wind—again ultrasonically, which means both accurately and without moving parts—plus temperature, pressure, and humidity. That’s because it uses the NMEA 2000 protocol, which is far better than 0183 at combining and distributing data. Hence a 2000-compliant display

Mustang Survival PFD

Let's start with the automatic-inflating PFD. The one from Mustang Survival, approved for commercial use, is top-notch. We tested it in the Hudson River and can confirm that it is comfortable, inflates almost instantly upon submersion, and provides heavy-duty buoyancy. If you were unconscious, it would have no trouble keeping your head above water; in fact we

Sterns Children's PFD

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West Marine's "Comfort Series" line, fits around your waist like a fanny pack; you barely notice it's there. Inflated, it provides 22.5 pounds of buoyancy, which makes it a U.S. Coast

West Marine Belt Pack PFD

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West Marine's "Comfort Series" line, fits around your waist like a fanny pack; you barely notice it's there. Inflated, it provides 22.5 pounds of buoyancy, which makes it a U.S. Coast

Garmin 3210, 478, and G2 Cards

Garmin offers so many plotters these days! The 32xx series—in 05, 06, and 10 models, i.e. screen sizes—is an update to the top-of-the-line networked 30xx series, still in production, the major difference being that all U.S. charts, in the new BlueChart G2 format, are now built right in. Shown is a $2,667 3210, which is running an optional G2 chart card that adds

Casa de Campo

The Casa de Campo Yacht Club takes center stage in the 356-slip marina.

Several years ago I was introduced to Casa de Campo, through word of mouth from a friend who owned property there. He couldn’t stop talking about the lovely grounds, but he was particularly effusive about how he’d take his boats, a 121-foot custom yacht and a

Some Like It Hot

To many surveyors and their clients, the moisture meter is the ne plus ultra of laminate-testing tools, a technical leap and a half beyond whacking the boat with a soft-faced hammer. But not for long...

Dismissing Disability

Despite his disability, Capt. Jim has no trouble getting on and off his boat, thanks to this gangplank with ropes and struts.

You're at the broker's sales dock, looking at a glistening yacht thinking, "You know, this boat has me written all over it." Without a second thought, you race up the boarding steps and clamber aboard. Yes!

VictorEous Return

V is for Vic Edelbrock's excellent ride.

Vic Edelbrock's 66th birthday was, to say the least, memorable. He and his wife Nancy were out in Catalina Island, California, that day in August 2002, when she handed him a rolled-up sheet of paper swathed in a big red, white, and blue bow. When he unwrapped it, he discovered a

Sunreef 67 Power

Sunreef 67 Power

It’s just a question of time. Even the most diehard sailors will eventually be tempted to come over to “the dark side,” forgoing the laborious winching, hauling, and hoisting of sails in favor of simply turning a key and motoring off into the sunset. So it’s to be expected that some sailboat builders might make the

Hatteras 60 Convertible

Hatteras 60 Convertible

Remember that old saw that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Fugghedaboutit. Hatteras, one of the most venerable names in sportfishing, has literally reinvented its approach to building sportfishing yachts. In designing their new 60-foot Convertible, Hatteras’ engineers have slashed weight with such a

Better the Second Time Around

The Huckins Fairform Flyer draws its lineage from WWII.

It’s been said that you never really know how much you love something until it’s gone, and that love can make a person do crazy things…

If you’ve ever taken delivery of a new boat, you may have experienced conflicting emotions. Sure, it was exciting to take delivery, but

Navionics NavPlanner

If Navionics charts come on standard CF and SD memory card formats, why do you need the special card reader shown to view them on a PC? The answer—that Microsoft operating systems would not provide the expected file security—supposedly played a large part in NavPlanner’s much-delayed release and its $129 price tag. But Navionics itself has to take

Northstar Radar Unit

Brunswick New Technologies Marine Electronics (BNTME), is calling its new Northstar and Navman radar units "the industry’s first High Definition (HD) Digital Radar solution." Five available scanners, ranging from a 2-kW, 18-inch radome to a 25-kW, 84-inch open array, will work with either the 6100i or 8000i multifunction displays (and the smaller units will also

Olympus Stylus 720 SW

This is one tough camera. I dunked it into the harbor, even took some snapshots of the muck, rinsed it under the tap, and it’s still snapping fine. Olympus’ $399 Stylus 720 SW has a 3x zoom lens and can take digital photos as large as seven megapixels. It offers no less than 28 shooting modes, ranging from standards like “portrait” to more esoteric situations

Port Network WiFi

Port Network’s approach to maximized marine WiFi is to minimize coax loss, packing a high-powered radio and 5.5-dB antenna into a waterproof box for deployment on deck whenever you anchor or tie up. Both power and signal run through a no-loss 25-foot Ethernet cable. While the $349 MWB-200 will usually find the best available WiFi signal automatically, complete

After the Fall

Editorial deadlines are a funny thing. As I write this, it's hovering around 90 degrees outside, and everyone is getting ready for July 4th. However, the topic of this story reminds me that as sure as death and taxes, winter is on the horizon. And for those of us in the colder climes, that not only means months of no boating, it also means storing our boats, and