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Boat Tests

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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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 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 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. 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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