the Lauderdale Yacht Club’s a lovely little facility, just a stone’s throw from the ICW. Going in, the channel narrows considerably after you pivot to starboard at the last day mark, and the darn thing gets narrower still once you start sneaking past the pulpits and swim platforms protruding from the east dock. “Keep her as close to that stuff as possible,” advised Andrea Gaines, captain of our
The Mid-Atlantic states tend to get a little frosty in late December. In fact, when I pulled into Bluewater Yachting Center in Hampton, Virginia, and parked my car behind the prototype Regulator 34 SS (Side Seating) I was gonna sea trial that morning, the dashboard readout on the ol’ rental car marked the ambience outside at 39˚F. And what’s more, the tops of the trees ‘round about were swaying
It wasn’t until I piloted the Altima 45 Euro Sedan up Fort Lauderdale’s New River that I began to appreciate this vessel’s close-quarter-handling characteristics.
For those not familiar with the New River, it’s a heavily trafficked waterway—both by commercial and recreational vessels—about the width of my thumb and as deep as a pothole, with several blind turns, bridges, and other nautical
I’m a reasonably social guy, meaning I either host or attend my fair share of civic events, dinner parties, and other lubberly hoorahs. But when it comes to long-distance cruising, I prefer traveling with a single companion: either my wife, a friend, or a relative. Elbowroom’s part of the deal—even sixty-footers can feel a tad cramped after a week or so, particularly with a passel of yakety-yaks
It’s up to the Army Corps of Engineers,” explained Kurt Dilworth, vice president of engineering at Tomco Marine in La Conner, Washington, which is about an hour north of Seattle. “They need to dredge this channel. The silt just eddies in.”
We were returning against an outbound tide after my sea trial of the 49-foot American Tug, a coastal cruiser and Tomco Marine’s largest vessel to date.
There are two ways to explain the Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yachtfisher (EYF). One is that if you want to not only go after really big fish but find them in abundance, you have to venture beyond coastal waters. You must journey to places that never see a sportfishing boat and are visited only rarely by commercial vessels. The other is that if you’re going to do bluewater voyaging, as in being at sea
When you live in a relatively northern European latitude, as I do in the U.K., it’s often tempting to assume that the grass is browner on the shores of the Mediterranean. But while that might be true in summer, winter is another matter. Italy’s Riviera di Levante is not Florida. The marble peaks that stand sentinel just inland can be thick with ice and snow, lending a dramatic backdrop to Riva’s
If you’re a boatbuilder, one of your most difficult challenges is knowing when to replace a model. After all, designing a new boat is a costly endeavor, to say the least. Way before fiberglass meets resin, you’ll have spent at least a million dollars in design, tooling, and testing. To make sure you get that money back, plus a nice profit, you need to build and sell as many of each model as you
I turned my back to the optional teak helm, and with an unobstructed view of the cockpit, I pictured my angler—complete with his gold Penn VSX16 loaded up with green high-vis line—reeling for his life as I backed the Tiara 4800 Convertible down after an imaginary hot white marlin. I pushed the Glendinning controls into reverse until there was a full-on ocean-meets-transom moment. The standard
Having sea trialed a fair share of European boats with highly styled but outrageously impractical steering stations, I was a little surprised at the savvy design and comfort of the Prestige 50’s upper helm. The benchseat was firm and suitably elevated, with ample room between my knees and the pod-type steering console. The console itself was laid out simply and logically, with an easy-to-see
The border between a boat you’re comfortable handling yourself and one that requires a captain is a delicate one. The Manhattan 70 sits right on the cusp, filling a gap between the Manhattan 60 and the 86 Yacht. As the largest of the Manhattans, the 70 bridges the void by incorporating accommodation elements from the 86 while attempting to keep the at-sea agility of a boat that’s ten feet
Similar, but different; familiar, yet unique. Platinum may be the latest in Benetti’s Golden Bay series (Hull No. 8) but she is, of course, a totally custom build. It is only from the basic elements of her plan and profile that you can tell she is a member of the family. In every other respect she is absolutely her own mistress.
Launched last fall, she made her first public
It was an iffy spot. There was no sign proclaiming “Live Bait For Sale” and no structure I’d rightfully call a dock. Just an old guy in a big straw hat, a blue work shirt, and jeans (with a red bandana hanging out) standing on a patch of dirt and waving me in off the ICW. “Okay to tie up?” I yelled from the upper station of our Rampage 34 IPS prototype. Considering the buff little beauty’s
Man, that’s a long time between fill-ups. But that’s the maximum statute-mile range I computed for Cheoy Lee’s new 68 Serenity, a 116,000-pound full-displacement trawler that dares you to single up all lines and chase that sunset. I computed her range based on the boat’s standard 2,350 gallons of diesel and a 1000-rpm speed of 7.7 mph (2.96 mpg).
n the bigger scheme of things, 2005 doesn’t seem like very long ago. But four years in the pleasure-boating industry brings lots of change: an influx of European styling, upgraded electronics, and most importantly, the introduction and meteoric rise of pod drives. With all the advances piling up, it’s not that big of a surprise that Sea Ray decided to replace its 52 Sundancer. After all, it had
Having enough stowage space while maintaining a luxurious aesthetic was a major concern for everyone involved in the build of Jarrett Bay’s latest beauty Waste Knot. “The owners didn’t want to restock for months at a time, so we accommodated that,” explained project manager Gary Davis as we worked our way through the boat at her home port near Beaufort, North Carolina, opening every scuttle and
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about big sportfishing boats, it’s this: They’re not just about speed. Still, when I saw “38 kts” pop up on the center 19-inch KEP helm monitor, I was impressed. Maybe that’s because it felt more like 20 knots up on the Viking 82’s flying bridge, some 17 feet off the water. Or maybe it was the utter effortlessness with which the big convertible made that number.
They make fishing boats, too?
That was the question I asked myself when I tested the first Vicem-built sportfisherman four years ago. (Based in Turkey, Vicem has 20-plus years experience in building custom cold-molded Downeast-style vessels.) At the time she was named the S&J Violator 54 ( see “Building a Contender,” March 2005). Now called the Vicem 54, she is a lightweight (44,000 pounds
I was prepared to not like the Hamilton waterjet-propelled Huckins Linwood 56 all that much, primarily because some of the waterjet vessels I've driven over the years have evinced a few dicey handling characteristics. You know, stuff like wandering off course at low (and sometimes high) speeds and turning simple docking situations into unwholesomely entertaining events, complete with spectators.
Putting pen to paper, I've often found myself mentioning horizons, the ones I've seen and the ones I hope to. Experiencing endless stretches of sky and water, fireball sunsets that melt into the sea, and graylight sunrises that seem to appear from the deepest bluewater depths are a few of the things that comprise the moments boaters can never get enough of.
Such smile-inducing thoughts
Design and practicality are often at odds. A feature may look pretty but that doesn't mean it will serve its purpose. The design team at Sessa, headed by Christian Grande, worked hard not to fall prey to this age-old binary, trying throughout the creation process of the new C46 to brace function with form. And although at first glance, it seemed that some styling may have superceded pragmatism,
Imagine spending a whole string of sunny summer days cruising along like Huckleberry Finn, leapfrogging from anchorage to anchorage on solar-generated electric power alone, without ever having to crank an engine or spend a dime on fuel. Or better yet, imagine being able to cruise along in full-electric mode as circumstances permit, while reserving the option of cranking up an onboard diesel
The first thing I noticed about Sea Ray's so-called "Green Boat" was her conventional appearance. Sure, there was something atop the bimini—a Sharp solar collector—but the gizmo was inconspicuous. And the hull sides were a perky willow green, with racy, black waterline stripes proclaiming: HYBRID. But otherwise, our test boat du jour looked like a regular ol' off-the-shelf 240 Sundancer.
Of all the boats I've ever tested, only a few were really new. That's not surprising. Boatbuilders are, after all, a cautious lot, and for many reasons—mostly financial—they're often unwilling to risk doing anything really different. But the Mochi Craft Long Range 23 I tested in Italy can fairly be called not just new but revolutionary. It's the first of a line of long-range, expedition-style
When a boatbuilder replaces its best-selling model, it must ensure that her replacement not only incorporates all of the positive features of her predecessor, but surpasses them. Grand Banks has worked for three years to make sure it did just that when the newest boat in its Heritage Series, the 41EU, replaced the 42. The improvements were based on a worldwide effort, with plans, parts, and