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Boat Tests

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

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. 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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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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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. Bill Pike | Posted October 2005

What a gorgeous, New England day it was and what a pretty blue-hulled, China-built 40-footer docked there behind Eastern Yacht Sales, Albin Marine's dealership in Hingham,...

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By | Posted October 2005

First impressions are often the standard by which we measure things. While we may change our minds, it's usually our gut reaction that endures. The initial reaction I had upon...

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By Capt. Richard ThielPhotos by Jim R... | Posted October 2005

The convertible market is brutal—ask any of the established builders who compete in it. It's tough enough to succeed when you're a recognized name, but when you're an...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2005

Truthfully, I was a tad amazed by the formal introduction of Aicon's 72 in Taormina, Sicily. While the big, muscular performance cruiser's exterior was pretty much...

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By Capt. Patrick S...Photos by Craig... | Posted October 2005

I drove over the two-lane bridge to Somers Point, New Jersey, a quaint, 16-square-mile waterfront town just seven miles south of Atlantic City, and thought that I'd gone back in...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted October 2005

I like stories about individuals who through determination and fortitude not only pursue a vision but also achieve it. Take Paolo Vitelli, the president of Azimut-Benetti. In 1969...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2005

Once in a while, I forget what boating’s really about. I get all tangled up in a particular vessel’s construction, say, or her engineering. I crawl around on all fours for hours,...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2005

My time aboard the Viking Sport Cruisers 67 Motor Yacht took place on the same long weekend I also boarded and tested the Viking V70 Express Yacht, which turned out to be our July...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted September 2005

Cavileer Boatworks is named after 18th-century boatbuilder John Cavileer, whose boats—built in Lower Bank, New Jersey, the current home of Cavileer Boatworks—were...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted September 2005

Recently, I’ve had a string of bad luck with South Florida weather. The past few times I’ve been on the water there, the skies have opened up, the seas turned snotty, and I’ve...

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

When someone calls to tell me he wants me to see a new boat that’s really different, it’s hard not to be skeptical. "Different" is a continuum; a change in nomenclature or even...

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By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2005

It’s hard for a newcomer to make a mark in an arena dominated by key players who have been around for years. This is particularly true in boatbuilding, where some of the most...

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

It's all in the details.After testing boats for more than five years, I've found it's that philosophy that makes the difference between okay, good, and exceptional vessels. And...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2005

Over the course of 35 years, Silverton has established a reputation for offering extraordinary spaciousness and livability per foot of boat length. Occasionally, however, it's...

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