Boat Tests

Carver C52 Command Bridge

Our Boat Test of the Carver C52 Command Bridge. When you lay eyes on the Carver C52 Command Bridge you will see the kind of interior volume that helped this builder make its name. And then you’ll be wondering when you can take one for a test drive, as we were. See what we found out here.

Pursuit S 408

Our Boat Test of the Pursuit S 408. Take a big center console, a little cabin, and more features and performance than you can shake a tickle stick at, and you’re ready to head to the islands for some fishing, diving, and cruising.

Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX

Our Boat Test of the Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX. The 44 Eastbay SX from Grand Banks features a wish list of modern boatbuilding materials, top-notch ancillaries, a precisely positioned LCG, and superb handling under rough and ready conditions.

Cranchi 60 ST

Our Boat Test of the Cranchi 60 ST. When a boat brings that Mediterranean flair to everything it can do, it increases the cool factor. The Cranchi 60 ST does just that, but it also brings a livable layout and a surprising amount of onboard space.

Reliant 40 Commuter

Our boat test of the Reliant 40 Commuter. Many boaters will look at the blue hull and white deckhouse and think “Huh, another Down East brand to look at…” But Reliant is different: First, the 40 has a sharply raked windshield. And a narrow beam makes for efficient speed—think commuter, rather than lobster. Have a closer look here.

Sealine C330

Our Boat Test of the Sealine C330. Sealine has seen a resurgence under its new ownership group and the C330 is a great example of what some smart ideas can mean for those interested in a pocket cruiser. From an asymmetrical design to some big-boat attention to detail, this build may surprise you with its versatility.

Ferretti 550

Our Boat Test of the Ferretti 550. There’s one little issue with the Ferretti 550: Owners may never want to upgrade.

Cheoy Lee 104

Our Boat Test of the Cheoy Lee 104. Built by a family, for a family, the Cheoy Lee 104 takes at-sea-comfort to the next level.

Absolute Navetta 52

Our Boat Test of the Absolute Navetta 52. Boats that bring efficiency over a range of speeds are appealing to today’s coastal cruiser. Those with style and a bit of panache are sure to have their own admirers. The Absolute 52 Navetta will certainly fall into both categories. See what we’re talking about here.

Fountaine Pajot 37

Our Boat Test of the Fountaine Pajot 37. Power cats can change the discussion when it comes to cruising—they seem to change the space equation from the get-go. And Fountaine Pajot has long understood how to make the most of the shift, thanks to the company’s vast experience with sailing cats. Have a closer look here.

Paul Mann 60

Our Boat Test of the Paul Mann 60. Not everyone is ready to own a custom sportfisherman. But for those who are, the idea of working with some of the most exacting characters in the marine industry is a lifelong dream. Just ask the clients of Paul Mann Custom Boats. We spoke to the owner of the latest Paul Mann 60 as part of our test.

Regulator 41

Our Boat Test of the Regulator 41 Center Console. When Regulator Marine decided to vault the 40-foot mark, they did it as only the North Carolina builder can: quad Yamaha outboards, an Armstrong bracket, and a hull ready for virtually any conditions. See the details here.

Delta 400

Our Boat Test of the Delta 400. This stern drive speedster offers a simple, useful layout with a few surprises. And her profile edges toward salty thanks to a reverse pilothouse windshield. Get all the details here.

Fleming 58

Our Boat Test of the Fleming 58. When an able cruiser like the Fleming 58 falls into the viewfinder of Capt. Bill Pike, you just know he’s going find a few things to say. Take a read of his test and think about what you would do with a boat like this.

Sabre 66 Dirigo

Our Boat Test of the Sabre 66. Sabre’s largest, latest model, the 66 Dirigo, has made waves since the Maine boatbuilder released her initial designs. We joined the delivery crew for a leg on her way south to her new owner, to see if she lives up to the hype.

Fairline Targa 53GT

Our Boat Test of the Fairline Targa 53GT. Fairline is staying the course after facing down a financial headsea or two. The future looks bright indeed if the Targa 53GT is any indication, and this luxurious saloon layout is just the start.

Sea Ray 400 Fly

Our Boat Test of the Sea Ray 400 Fly. Sea Ray has a world-class reputation for building sporty express boats. Capt. Richard Thiel tests the new 400 Fly to see if the new design unravels or cements the legacy.

Monte Carlo Yachts 105

Our Boat Test of the MCY 105. If there was ever a company that showed superyacht style in its builds ranging from 65 to 86 feet, it’s Monte Carlo Yachts. Well the next yacht fulfills all superyacht requirements, starting with LOA. See what we found out when European Editor Alan Harper tested her here.

Otam 80

Our Boat Test of the Otam 80. 

The Otam 80 takes all the horsepower you could want and puts it to the water with surface drives. You don't know what this hot combination can do—until you take the wheel. See what happens here.

Bavaria 450 Coupe

Germany has come to be known for its engineering exports. A company called Bavaria has been building boats for Europe to enjoy for quite some time. And now they’re here. See for yourself.

Marlow Yachts 66E

Our Boat Test of the Marlow Yachts 66E. The Marlow Yachts 66E is a fine, seaworthy vessel. But the detailing and engineering that are generally hallmarks of the Marlow brand push her well beyond such stalwart adjectives.

Beneteau Gran Turismo 40

Our Boat Test of the Beneteau GT40. 

French boatbuilder Beneteau seems to understand the lifespan of its models. And when they hit the reset button on one like this, be ready to be impressed. See what we mean here.

Everglades 435

Our Boat Test of the Everglades 435. 

Florida-built center consoles are not all the same. Some claim pure speed, while some claim rough-water performance. Everglades is ready for action with its new 435. See why here.