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Boat Tests

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 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 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. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2006

When a PMY editor tests a boat, he or she is supposed to approach it with an open, unbiased mind. Of course, this is impossible. Being human, we can't avoid preconceptions. Every...

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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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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2006

As we were getting ready to take the new Davis 52 Express out for some testing in the sporty Atlantic, Bob Weidhaas said something that knocked my socks off. Weidhaas is the chief...

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By Alan Harper | Posted May 2006

Azimut has been working hard filling the gaps in its red range. The famous Azimut 68S, which seemed such a radical departure for a builder of safe, sensible, white flying-bridge...

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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 Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2006

This summer is going to rock for the PMY staff. Why? Because this year's company boat is the Cruisers 447 Sport Sedan. After spending a full day onboard the latest Office Ours, I...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted April 2006

Let’s be frank. Notwithstanding an attractive, nicely appointed interior, there’s nothing frou-frou about the Albemarle 360 XF (Express Fisherman). Everything about...

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By Jeffrey MoserPhotos by Jeffe... | Posted April 2006

Every afternoon at just before sunset in Tuzla, Turkey, a small town approximately 15 miles outside of Istanbul, loudspeakers summon Muslims to Magrib, or sunset prayer. If you...

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By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted April 2006

I’m told it was a picture-perfect, Indian summer morning in mid-November when Jerry and Diane Lynch launched their new 38 Wilbur/Duffy Lonrach—the perfect day for a boat...

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

The Southern California-based Manroe family hit February’s Miami International Boat Show to see 18-year-old Kyle receive The Billfish Foundation’s Junior Angler Award. When you...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2006

There’s nothing half as exciting as being aboard a big, beautiful cruising boat in South Florida in the springtime with the sun coming up when it’s still cold up north. You feel...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted March 2006

Kiwis welcome a good challenge. Take New Zealander Edmund Hillary. After hundreds of others had failed and some had died trying, Hillary, along with his guide Tenzing Norgay, was...

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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 Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2006

In the summer of 2001, I logged 1,000 quite-happy miles onboard PMY’s company boat, Office Ours. She was a sleek-looking 40-foot convertible from Queensland, Australia-based...

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By Alan Harper | Posted March 2006

There was snow on the peaks. In northern Italy they always say you can spend the morning on the beach and go skiing in the afternoon, although in my experience even the balmy...

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