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Boatbuilding in Vietnam

Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike travels to Vietnam to check in with prolific boatbuilder Dan Fritz and get the first look at his series of new Globetrotting trawlers.

Modern Boatbuilding

Computer-controlled, fully automated boat factories aren’t the stuff of science fiction anymore. Learn how some builders are incorporating modern technology to change the boatbuilding game … maybe forever.

In Defense of Good Yacht Design

Did our columnist just refer to some boat designs as “butt-ugly junkyard dogs; the kind you wouldn’t want around your family?” Yes, yes he did. Read his argument for leaving naval architecture to the experts here.

Designing the MJM 50z

A boat like the MJM 50z doesn’t just fall from the heavens. It takes a whole lot of design ingenuity and hands-on know-how to build a boat like that. We went behind the scenes to show you exactly what it takes to build a boat.

Sportfisherman Design

In his Sightlines column Michael Peters takes aim at the good-old American sportfisherman and tries to figure out why they’re designed the way they are. He’s got his suspicions that they’re not simply for catching fish. Read here for more.

The New Caterpillar C8.7

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates the new Caterpillar C8.7 and the market and regulatory forces that launched it. With emissions regulations becoming more and more stringent, CAT was forced to link up with an unlikely partner to get their powerplant off the ground: Fiat. Yes, Fiat.

The Future of Boatbuilding

What Will Boats Look Like in the Future?

Technology continues to leap forward and bring boaters along for a wild ride of powerful capabilities, simplified operation, and improved comfort. We thought it may help us all understand where things are headed by trying to see into the future. Capt. Bill Pike talked to folks at Carver Yachts, Raymarine, Northern Lights, and others who are leading the charge, and you may be surprised by what he discovered. Find out more here.

Understanding Hull Design

How do efficient hulls work? Editor-At-Large Capt. Richard Thiel takes a close look at how a hull reacts to the motion of the water from the drawing board to the test tank, and beyond.

Vismara M56 Navetta

Boat Design: Performance-wise the M56 will be constructed for fuel efficiency. Vismara plans on using advanced-composite construction in conjunction with their own proprietary structural layout to reduce displacement by up to 40 percent.

Sessa Marine Fly 40

When synched with four-cylinder common-rail D4s the boat should top out somewhere around 35 mph while maintaining a cruise just under 30 mph.

Northern Marine 85

Northern Marine announced plans to build an 85-foot expedition yacht that will be dubbed Blood Baron. She’ll be powered by twin 600-hp Caterpillars that should imbue her with a top speed of 14 mph and a generous range of around 5,750 miles at 11.5 mph.

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