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Boat Tests

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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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 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 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 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 Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2005

"Would that all boat tests were thus," I marveled to myself as the Comp Air 7 Turboprop swung a pirouette in front of me and then stopped on the tarmac of Flightline's terminal on...

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By Alan Harper | Posted August 2005

When Norberto Ferretti unveiled the Mochi 51 Dolphin at the 2003 Cannes Boat Show, he mockingly referred to her as a "langoustine boat" —in other words, a lobster boat with...

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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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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 Capt. Patrick S... | Posted July 2005

In the spring of 2001, I spent two days fishing and testing the Grady-White 330 Express on a tempestuous ocean off Ocracoke, North Carolina. Grady's then-flagship boat ran...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2005

Grand Banks dealer Jay Bettis is a tall, lean fellow. And, although he's one of Seabrook, Texas' tried-and-true old-timers, with a waterfront operation that's been going strong...

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By Jeffrey Moser | Posted July 2005

Entering Black Pearl Marine's Marco Island, Florida, office, I knew straight away I was dealing with serious anglers. Although he's a salesman, Capt. Steve Sprigg was...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2005

If there's such a thing as an old hippie hideout, it's Santa Cruz, California. A port town surfing the edge of Monterey Bay, a few miles south of 'Frisco, Santa Cruz seems loaded...

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Get there from anywhere.That's the mission of the stout-looking, passagemaking Buccaneer 95. To prove its point, the builder took this full-displacement, steel-hull vessel from...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2005

About ten years ago, I received a call from Tom Carroll, then executive vice president of Viking Yachts, telling me the builder partnered with U.K. builder Princess Yachts to...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2005

It was breezy. Here and there, I could see wind gusts ruffling what little open water there was at Fort Lauderdale's boat-chocked Billfish Marina. On the plus side of the close-...

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By Alan Harper | Posted June 2005

At the 2002 Genoa Boat Show, I walked up to the foredeck of the first of the new Apreamare 16ms and found a sofa. So I sat down. I imagined a pretty girl lying on one of the...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2005

I was sitting in David Marlow's pine-paneled office a year ago, looking out the window. It's a beautiful, park-like place, Marlow Marine, with royal palms, one of the oldest...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted May 2005

"My friends from the Bahamas, they say that the devil lives here, man," says Jose, also known around the docks of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Vanilla due to his light skin color. He...

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