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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2006

How many express cruisers have you seen lately that can lay claim to a bright, open, well-ventilated interior? Although we’re living in an age that touts innovative marine design...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted March 2006

I am a voracious reader, but occasionally I find it tricky to decipher the meaning behind certain works. In his book Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut made it easy for me: He states the...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted February 2006

The prior night’s downpour had eased to a thick, humid mist as I made my way down the dock behind the Hall of Fame Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but even in the morning’s...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted February 2006

Center-console boats will always be objects of my affection. As teenagers my friends and I spent large chunks of our summer vacations cruising, fishing, and looking for trouble on...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2006

The difference between testing a new Viking and other convertibles is the same as the difference between following the New York Yankees and most any other baseball team. The...

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

I’m going to take her from the tower, okay?” I enthusiastically inquired with Cabo Yachts’ international sales manager Steve Boerma. I’m a certified tuna-tower nut, although I don...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2006

A week or so before I did the wring out of Buddy Davis’ new B...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2006

Next time you're hanging at the ol' waterfront watering hole and feel like stirring things up, drop this on your buddies: "Power...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted January 2006

The Brunswick Boat Group builds more pleasureboats than anyone else in the world. Twenty builders produce myriad types of vessels, from Keys-friendly skiffs to 100-foot...

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

The boat’s ensign looks starch-stiff. It’s blowing 20-plus knots, and white-tipped four- to six-footers roll in steady sets. From the flying bridge 20-plus feet above the frothing...

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

After testing Carver's new 42 Super Sport powered by Volvo Penta's Inboard Performance system (IPS), I was slackjaw. They'd harmonized like The Beach Boys on "Pet Sounds."I've...

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By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted January 2006

When you think of Chris-Craft, you likely think of a classic beauty; a jaw-dropping, solid-mahogany runabout that’s reminiscent of a bygone era. Indeed, during the 1950...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2006

Ocean Yachts mounts a big, standard Shakespeare VHF antenna on the starboard flying bridge cowling of the new 42 Super Sport, and when folded down to accommodate bridges and other...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted December 2005

I have grown used to waiting for ladies. It no longer bothers me that my female friends take a bit longer to get ready than I do. Heck, I'll even go out on a limb and say that...

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By | Posted December 2005

The morning I passed over the Spa Creek Bridge and entered Annapolis, Maryland, I was greeted with a sign that read “Annapolis: America’s Sailing Capital.” I snickered and...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2005

Now and again, you've got to push the ol' envelope. You've got to take a vessel you're testing offshore in edgy weather and really slam her around. Of course, under such...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2005

I crossed the equator the first time onboard the oceangoing tug Betty Wood, and, barring a few initiation pranks by guys who were already card-carrying members of the "Royal Order...

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By Diane M. Byrne | Posted December 2005

Increasingly over the past several years, builders of custom yachts worldwide have been adding semicustom series to their offerings. It's a move that's paid off handsomely for...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2005

Brisbane, Australia's Moreton Bay is foaming with short-spaced three- to five-footers and a brisk spring breeze. The just-launched Warren S87 speeds across the water at 25 knots...

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By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted December 2005

It was a picture-perfect Sunshine State day, the mid-September morning I arrived in Melbourne to test the Sea Ray 38 Sundancer. Bright blue sky, puffy white clouds, sun beating...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted November 2005

It was a lifelong passion for yachting that led the Scaburri brothers, who had no experience as boatbuilders, to start a boatbuilding company in Bergamo, Italy, in 1987. It was...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted November 2005

As I made my way through downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, to the Harborside Yacht Center, I expected the Carver 43 Motor Yacht to look unlike any Carver I'd ever seen. I'd been told...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2005

I was sitting on my boat at my hometown marina in Freeport, New York, when a voice called out from down the dock, "Hey kid, you gotta see dis" in a distinctly Brooklynese tone. It...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2005

Stern drives—you either love 'em or hate 'em. It seems there's no middle ground. Those who love 'em cite the I/O's superior handling, performance, and space-efficiency...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2005

With any luck, my wife won't read the following test of the Cruisers 385 Express Motoryacht, a speedy, extraordinarily comfortable aft-cabin cruiser that'll debut at the Miami...

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