Boat Tests

Azimut 72S

A Beauty And A Beast

Azimut’s newest addition to its s collection is fast, chic, and suffice to say, she’s got a bit of an edge to her.

In one of the more memorable lines from the Cockney crime film Sexy Beast a burly safecracker named Gal barks bluntly into the camera, “Back off, I’m beautiful.” That phrase could very well be stencilled onto every Azimut 72S as the

Swift Trawler 44

Game On

Beneteau’s newest Fast Trawler proves it’s serious about attracting American cruisers.

I first encountered Beneteau’s Swift Trawlers in France last summer. I spent most of my time testing the 34 and concluded that the French builder had done a fine job creating a vessel that while making no pretensions to being the displacement-style cruiser her name implies,

Fairline Squadron 65

A Little Flash for the Family

Looking for performance and posh but need room for kids and grandkids? Fairline’s got it.

A few months ago I tested the Fairline Targa 58 (see April PMY, “Pure Indulgence”), a boat I found to be as exciting and glamorous as she was impractical—at least for most of us. I loved her, and I figured the reason I did was my uniquely American

Island Pilot 535

The Complete Yacht

This boat’s standards list includes dynamic positioning and a Seakeeper gyro-stabilizer.

There’s no denying the striking one-of-a-kind appearance of Island Pilot’s new 535. In fact, to a guy like me, who’s subject to the wiles of seafaring romance and always has been, her profile has got a somewhat cinematic flair. It’s a logical first impression

Viking Yachts 42 Open

Poetry In Motion

Viking Yachts puts a new twist on propulsion with a fast, fun super-performer.

Now this was going to be interesting! Viking Yachts was making its first foray into the realm of pod-propulsion with an express-style sportfishing machine—the 42 Open. I was strolling through the gates at Viking’s Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, charged

Hatteras GT63

A trip to the Bahamas shows that this 63-footer has taken fishablity, speed, and comfort to the next level. The expanse of violaceous Gulf Stream water off of Pompano Beach, Florida’s Hillsboro Inlet captured my eyes. I was sitting at the helm of the Hatteras GT63 convertible with my hands on the wheel...

Azimut 64 Flybridge

High Flyer

This 64-foot Italian Import offers owners a blend of speed, grace, and class.

Set firmly at the midpoint of its flying-bridge range, Azimut’s new 64 bears the hopes of an entire shipyard on its elegant shoulders. This yacht was launched at last fall’s European boat shows and is a crucial component of the Italian boatbuilding giant’s balance sheet. She

Coastal Craft 400IPS

West Coast Cachet

Coastal Craft Uses Its Commercial Roots To Build An Exceptional Welded-Aluminum Cruiser.

While taking a look at Coastal Craft’s new 400IPS for the first time in the midst of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last year, I was struck by two exceptional attributes. First, her welded-aluminum exterior was flawlessly finished, thanks in large

Titan 75

One Man’s Passion

Having built his ultimate battlewagon, this accomplished angler now wants to build one for you.

A successful businessman develops an interest in sportfishing that quickly evolves into an overarching passion—first for big fish and then, naturally enough, for big fishing boats. Soon the businessman becomes so knowledgeable and demanding about what he

Cabo 44 Hardtop Express

Triple Threat

This 44-foot hardtop-equipped express is equally at home chasing billfish, dayboating, or cruising.

Three out of four live ballyhoo-rigged circle hooks went down as three sailfish took to dancing across the waters just offshore of Key Largo, Florida’s Ocean Reef Club. Shortly after the hookup, I developed a strong appreciation for the agility of Cabo’s

Sea Ray 450 Sedan Bridge

Performance Wizard

 

 

The latest Sea Ray makes magic on the water thanks to careful engineering and Zeus-inspired maneuverability.

 

I first caught sight of the new 450 Sedan Bridge as I strolled down the hill to the marina behind Sea Ray’s Merritt Island facility. Even from afar, one particular aspect of the vessel’s stylish persona stood head and shoulders above the

Tiara 4500 Sovran

American Beauty

The Tiara 4500 Sovran is everything a sportscruiser should be . . . and more.

As some of you may have noticed, I’m new here. I came onboard PMY back in July in part to help write some of our boat test columns, and have been apprenticing for the good

Absolute 64

Aboard Absolute’s newest sport yacht, the compromises are few and well-considered.

The first time I heard there was a new boat company called Absolute, I got it. Or I thought I did. Unfortunately I’d conflated the name with that of the vodka, failing to notice the elided “e”. (I don’t drink vodka.) Still, the mental images of slim, sleek, jet-setters

Maestro 65

American Master

The gozzo morphs into a cruising boat that’s been tailored to American tastes.

Take one look at the Maestro 65 and you can tell she’s got fishing in her bloodlines. No? You don’t see it? Okay, I have to admit, I didn’t see it either at first. But believe it or not, she does.

The 65 is one of three Maestros from the Italian builder Apreamare,

Monte Carlo Yachts 76

Avant Garde

An award-winning newcomer from France by way of Italy.

You may not recognize the name of Carla Demaria, but in Europe she is boatbuilding royalty: 20 years a senior manager with Azimut-Benetti, driving force behind the Atlantis brand, and now tasked by Beneteau, the world’s largest boatbuilder, with creating a brand-new line of luxury

Princess Yachts

At-Sea Royalty

This across-the-pond import is the very definition of performance and elegance.

I sit on the starboard-side black leather helm seat, one of two on this sleek 52-foot express cruiser from British-builder Princess, and gaze at Lake Worth’s buoy-dotted route in front of me. The view reminds me of a giant slalom course where skiers take their performance

Princess Yachts V52

At-Sea Royalty

This across-the-pond import is the very definition of performance and elegance.

I sit on the starboard-side black leather helm seat, one of two on this sleek 52-foot express cruiser from British-builder Princess, and gaze at Lake Worth’s buoy-dotted route in front of me. The view reminds me of a giant slalom course where skiers take their performance

Spencer 70 Enclosed Bridge

Super Star

Spencer Yachts and Volvo Penta build a custom battlewagon that does it all.

I love stuff that’s new and different. And from the hints I’d gotten from the guys who had designed and built her, the triple-IPS Spencer 70 Enclosed Bridge was going to be unlike any custom sportfisherman I’d ever sea-trialed. Not only did she showcase the very first

Buzzards Bay 34

Wild Cat

Lean on the throttles a little and you get economy. Lean on ‘em a lot and you get a ride you won’t believe.

While the Buzzards Bay 34’s ride was no doubt explainable in terms of naval architecture, it retained a certain ineffability nevertheless. I mean, here we were—Buzzards Bay honcho Russell Hunt and yours truly—slicing blithely through a half-crazy

Viking 70 Convertible

Riding the Edge

This 70-footer was born to run hard and fast, turn on a dime, and chase big fish.

A sleek feature line is worth a thousand words.

That was my first thought as I gazed at the superstructure of the Viking 70 Convertible lying quayside in Riviera Beach, Florida. Like all Vikings, she had a sleek and aggressive look, but the razor-sharp feature line

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius

Radical Chic

 

IPS maneuverability, a split-level saloon, and design sensibilities that rock

As I pulled my car into the parking lot of Oconto, Wisconsin’s Breakwater Park, I certainly wasn’t expecting to be amazed by my test boat du jour’s appearance. After all, I’d seen a few pre-production drawings of the new Cruisers 48 Cantius Sports Coupe last year, and although

Riviera 43 Open Flybridge

It’s All About the Boat

Riviera builds a boat that makes you forget about pods.

Over the last few years I’ve tested quite a few boats that were equipped with pod drives. Some were more successful than others, but in every case I found it impossible not to focus on the pod system and how it dictated both the boat’s performance and accommodations. Whether they were IPS

Hampton 650 Endurance

More Better

Hampton’s 650 Endurance is now a turnkey yacht.

When a boatbuilder tells you he has revamped a boat, you’re wise to be a little skeptical. And when you show up and the “new” boat looks pretty much like the old one, you have reason for outright suspicion.

That’s exactly how I felt when I saw Hampton Yachts’ 650 Endurance in August. Hampton CEO Jeff

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