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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2006

Tiara Yachts is gutsy when it comes to technology. The successful, family-owned company was the first in the United States to seriously venture into pod-type propulsion systems...

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By Elizabeth Ginns...Photos by Billy... | Posted October 2006

Just about any boatbuilder will claim its vessel has the "latest(!), innovative(!) technologies" and "represents an entirely new direction." Yet, once you get onboard, you often...

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By Jeffrey Moserphotos by Jerem... | Posted September 2006

Grumman Aerospace was once Long Island, New York's largest employer. Indeed, it was once said that everyone on the island either worked there or knew someone who did. After the...

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By Capt. Patrick S...photos by Kevin... | Posted September 2006

Napkins. They can catch mustard falling off your hot dog in a single swipe and clean a child's ice cream-covered face in no time. But they can also be the backbone of modern...

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By Capt. Richard ThielDavid Shuller | Posted September 2006

If there's one rule of boatbuilding that's been proven time and again, it's stick with what you know. Even if you really do have the best designers and engineers in the world, don...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted September 2006

I'm almost there. My route to Jacques Cartier Park's marina, Rue Wellington Street, avoids Ottawa's business district and allows me to skirt traffic snarls while taking in...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2006

Americans are notorious for buying more than they need. Whether it's cars, houses, or food, we can't resist the urge to supersize. Which is fine as long as we don't confuse desire...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2006

Usually the design of a new sportfishing yacht evolves around the cockpit. Fishing, above all else, is what the yacht is built for. But the design of Viking's new 64 Convertible...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted August 2006

So when the second-largest-ever boat in the line, the 60 Sundancer, premiered earlier this year at the Miami International Boat Show, I expected a near riot on the quays....

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By Alan Harper | Posted August 2006

Things have become a lot more competitive in Piacenza, Italy, since the Azimut-Benetti Group took over the family-run Gobbi shipyard a couple of years ago. Not that they weren't...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2006

As luck would have it, I beheld an unlikely but well-timed prospect while scanning the mouth of Spa Creek from an old dock in Eastport, Maryland, on a recent morning that was...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2006

As I write this, a commuter heading down I-80 in Kearney, Nebraska, may be getting an early-morning eyeful as 47 feet of Italian yacht passes him port to port. The yacht is a...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2006

What made a believer of me was the thunk I heard when a sizable wave from someplace—maybe from one of the big, slab-sided Great Lakes ore carriers that constantly ply the...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted July 2006

I believe in love at first sight. But why are the Italians always involved? To be fair, it's Italian design that holds a special place in my heart, from the sculpted sheet metal...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted July 2006

If the Viking Sport Cruisers' V65 were human, I would say that she welcomed me with open arms. From the moment that I stepped aboard, that she seemed the consummate hostess, a...

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By Alan Harper | Posted July 2006

It's often the little things that make a difference. I'm not suggesting that your decision to buy a $3 million yacht might rest on a particularly cool design of a door handle or...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2006

It had been just about a year since I'd tested my last gasoline-powered boat when I stepped aboard the Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge, and boy, had things changed. Not so much with boats...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted June 2006

There's no doubt about it. Europeans place a high premium on efficiency, vastly more so than consumers on this side of the pond. And not just with regard to fuel economy, but in...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted June 2006

She’s part long-range cruiser, part yacht, and part sportfisherman. And although the Hampton 740 is part of the Shanghai, China-based boatbuilder’s Pilothouse line, she’s a true...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted June 2006

Uniesse is a brand on the move. Though widely known in Europe, this Italian builder hasn’t achieved the same level of recognition on our shores. But that may be about to change....

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2006

The day got off to a rousing start, nutritionally speaking. Photographer Jim Raycroft picked me up at Fort Lauderdale International, and we headed for Billfish Marina by way of...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted June 2006

On Saturday afternoon at last February's Miami International Boat Show, amid the dozens of launches and parties I was obligated to attend, I was having lunch at an oceanside...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2006

I surmise that my prior Formula experience is one shared by many performance-oriented boating enthusiasts: running 50-plus mph while leaning hard against a flipped-up bolster at...

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By Diane M. Byrne | Posted May 2006

Although she wasn't named after Superman, this 121-foot Heesen would make an excellent addition to the resources of the Justice League of America. That's because Man of Steel (...

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By Jeffrey MoserPhotos by Jim R... | Posted May 2006

David Marlow followed a regimented path to success during a multidecade career as a boat designer, eventually retiring to his native Florida hard by Terra Ceia Bay in a restored,...

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