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Boat Tests

Sometimes a boat is built around the engines. At least that was the case with the Symbol 75 Flushdeck Motoryacht I recently tested out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Bahia Mar...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2008

I heard an industry spokesperson say something the other day at a press event that seemed a little strange, at least at first. "The competitors for the products we build are not...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2008

The moment was bordering on silly fun. I took over the wheel of the Cabo 38 Flybridge (Hull No. 1) and with minimal input from the ZF electronic controls made her spin like a top...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted May 2008

Alongside the dictionary definition of the word unconventional, one might rightly expect to find an image of the Fjord 40. Quite simply, she looks like no other 40-footer around....

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In David Marlow's hands are two coffee stirrers buttressed at either end with the lids from our large Styrofoam cups. "You see," he explains as he leans his elbows on the granite...

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While casting about for a way to convey my overall impression of San Juan Yachts' new 40 FB (Fly Bridge), I kept coming back to my good buddy Don. Some years ago he and I had...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2008

One of the things I've learned in my years of owning and testing boats is that when you're getting ready to buy a new one, you need to not only ask yourself some hard questions...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted April 2008

The 350 Abaco is the biggest boat Scout has ever built, and because of that you'd assume that the builder would keep it simple—create a vessel with time-tested features that...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2008

When the first sailfish hit, we were running along the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream. The day was perfect, with the wind northerly, seas averaging six feet or more, and the sun...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2008

It's funny the way I first found out about OPS, a deceptively ho-hum-sounding acronym for Regal's new Optimized Performance System. I was sitting in the engine room of the company...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2008

Sitting in a marina full of white fiberglass vessels of varying sizes and shapes was this dark-hulled, silken-looking, 50-foot, triple-IPS-powered express sport cruiser. While the...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2008

I couldn't stop laughing.Craig Muir, Sessa Marine's U.S. general manager and my partner on a recent high-speed romp of a boat test, was laughing, too. Why? Torque. Every time I...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2008

The spot where I found the Nordlund Xpress LT 57 appealed to me about as much as the vessel herself. She was tied alongside a pier on the Hylebos Waterway, just behind Nordlund's...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2008

A lot of boatbuilders struggle to find their groove. They just can't settle on exactly whom they want to appeal to. In fact, they seem to want to be all things to all boaters....

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2008

Under a low-hanging, leaden sky and dodging sheets of rain, we'd just finished our performance testing of the Davis 70 in the protected ICW off St. Lucie, Florida. Now we were...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2008

The Ocean 58 SS, the replacement for the 57 SS, is the baby of John Leek IV, known around the industry as J4. This is J4's second boat as general manager—his first was the...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2008

Who among us has not, after boarding dozens of boats and talking to dozens of salespeople, wished we could just design and build our next boat ourselves so she would be exactly...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted February 2008

She first appeared as a dot on the radar. But in an instant, 63 feet of sparkling, metallic orange streaked up behind my tournament team's boat like a rapidly rising sun. This sun...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2008

Sometimes boat tests start problematically. Take my wring-out of Riviera's 45 Open Flybridge. The morning I was to fly down to Stuart, Florida, to jump aboard her at Riviera...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2008

I'd say I'm a reasonably humble guy. Now and again I let the cat out of the bag, so to speak, but mostly I manage to restrain my grosser ego-driven tendencies, a state of affairs...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted January 2008

The wind may have been blowing 25-plus, but the 60 feet of battlewagon beneath my feet easily beat down the blowhard wind, and the four- to six-foot seas topped with a seething...

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By Alan Harper | Posted January 2008

Even after all these years, a new Riva is an event. All that iconic imagery—so carefully cultivated by the Ferretti Group's marketing people—of the 1960's jet set...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted January 2008

After hiding my mouth under a respirator and slipping on protective eyewear, I entered the Sea Ray plant in Palm Coast, Florida, where workers were grinding away on a column of...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2008

You don't have to have the windows.That may be the most important message I can convey to hardcore anglers interested in the Bertram 700. I know a bunch of you are this very...

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By Alan Harper | Posted December 2007

The first Pershing I ever drove was the 88. She was big and fast and looked like she'd been designed by George Lucas' props department. But the thing most people remember about...

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