My day onboard Tiara Yachts' new flagship, the 5800 Sovran, began unusually on two counts. First, thanks to a contest-winning letter that sincerely and super-entertainingly described why he'd like to take part in a real-deal boat test, Power & Motoryacht reader David Young of Aurora, Canada, was walking down the dock beside me, helping carry the test gear. And second, the 5800 prototype
My first reaction on hearing that Jeanneau was introducing a big express to the United States was, "What does a French sailboat builder know about designing cruisers for Americans?" The answer, I learned, was "quite a lot." For this French builder traces its powerboat roots all the way back to 1956.
The 50 is unabashedly French. Like all Jeanneaus, she's built in an enormous factory in Les
My introduction to serious wheel time at PMY was onboard a Fairline Phantom 43 back in 2000. She was our company boat that year, and I was running numbers with senior editor Capt. Ken Kreisler. Up to this point my boating background had been primarily focused on sportfishermen, and I remember being awed by the 43's high-gloss wood, the volume of her interior, and just how different to me
There were plenty of snickers and a few guffaws back in 2001 when Norberto Ferretti announced to a group of American journalists that he'd built an "aragosta boat." It wasn't enough that here was an Italian builder trying to copy the lobsterboat, a uniquely American creation, but he was doing it under a name, Mochi, that the few of us who'd seen one considered to have all the charm of a
In China this is the year of the pig. But in Sweden it's clearly the year of the IPS, as numerous builders in multiple countries introduce models designed to accommodate Volvo Penta's innovative propulsion system. In this regard Cranchi was no exception, having promoted its first IPS model (the Mediterranee 43 Open) for nearly two years prior to its debut earlier this year. Then recently Cranchi
When Americans hear the name Mustang, they often think of the classic car that helped define road cruising in the United States. Remember the Fastback? The Mach 1? The Shelby? The 5.0? These and many other models vaulted the name to auto-industry-icon status. However, my friends, there is another Mustang. One that is attempting to create a new stateside icon in a different genre: the
Even on a day fraught with showers and thunderstorms, you can't beat driving a sporty express cruiser straight down Tampa Bay with the Sunshine Skyway bridge dead on the nose. There's nothing like the sensation of freedom 40 mph produces as you swoop left and right, dodging sporadic squalls. Or the lift you get from cranking the wheel hard over and the boat banks balletically into a turn, losing
The Sea Ray 330 Sundancer replaces the Sea Ray 320 Sundancer, a six-year veteran to which it bears striking similarities in both design and appearance. Both boats can be ordered with stern drives or V-drives, in either case yielding a roomy interior comprised of forward and midcabin staterooms (the latter under the
Ah, the Mediterranean in early June, when every yachtsman feels he has a right to decent weather. And sure enough, when I got there it was warm, with low humidity and calm seas. Perfect conditions—except for boat testing.
In the new marina at Varazze, 15 miles west of Genoa on the Ligurian coast, Azimut's new service and delivery center was abuzz with activity. The shops all looked
While the larger world grapples with thorny issues like disappearing polar ice caps and nuclear proliferation, the boating industry wrestles with its own conundrums, one of which rivals those in thorniness if not scale: Galley Up Versus Galley Down. Pretty much since the day someone first put a lid on a hull, designers and owners have debated which is the better location for the food-preparation
When I was a kid, I always heard the name Bertram mentioned among boaters. The conversation usually involved someone wanting to buy the now-legendary 31-footer or someone else who had just purchased one. That vessel was—and to many diehards still is—the ultimate in solid-fiberglass, deep-V fishing boats. Aside from the dock talk, I remember the picture of Moppie, the first 31 that was
Aficionados of large custom yachts may be familiar with the Astondoa marque; founded in 1916, the Spanish yard has been building custom pleasurecraft through three generations of family ownership. Steeped in tradition, the builder is known in the United States for its line of motoryachts ranging in length from 66 to 138 feet. But during the past few years, the company has also been building a
The twin-engine Embraer turboprop I was aboard slid and skipped along the flag-stiffening breeze like a boat that was being beaten by breaking seas. The approach to the Bahamas' Marsh Harbour—and the end of this interesting voyage across from West Palm Beach, Florida—was in sight, but it wouldn't be my last tangle with this blowhard of a wind. However, the next time we'd meet, the
Sometimes I wonder how I find my way out of bed in the morning. Here I was looking for Turkish builder Vicem Yachts' latest offering targeted to the American market, the 85 Classic, maybe the largest lobster yacht afloat, and I couldn't find the darn thing. Huh! After giving me the address of a canal-side residence in Fort Lauderdale, Michael Landsberg, president of Vicem's stateside distributor
From the driver's seat of my rental car, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, glimmered like the Emerald City as I neared the drawbridge that connects the barrier island with the mainland. With its well-manicured, cedar-shingle homes and gorgeous beach, the island is indeed a jewel, but as I reached the bridge’s apex, I realized the radiance was the sun's reflection off tuna towers and outriggers
Can a thousand-boat-per-year builder be considered a startup business? The answer is yes and no. Milan, Italy-based and family-owned Sessa Marine has been a household name in the European boating scene since the late 1950's, but it decided to take on the highly competitive American boating market only in the last year or so.
A couple of factors have played a part in that decision.
Here at PMY, we're fortunate to enjoy the use of a different boat each summer, which we take out for product testing, entertaining clients, and of course, our leisure. Last summer's Cruisers Yachts 447 Sport Sedan provided my first chance to actually weekend aboard a boat from this
One of our V-drive inboard diesels conked out shortly after we had dropped off our passengers at Pier 66's fuel dock in Fort Lauderdale. The couple, potential owners of our test boat, a Molokai Strait 75 prototype called Hercules, waved gaily from afar as Molokai director/co-owner Jeff Druek belabored the Glendinning electronic engine control on the starboard bridge wing and then
Singer Island, Florida's Sailfish Marina restaurant was in aprs-fish mode when I arrived around 6 p.m. At its outdoor tables and bar, salty types—mixed among snowbirds and coeds—sported Guy Harvey T-shirts and deep tans as they unwound after a day of chasing a reported hot sailfish bite. From a dock hard by the restaurant's entrance, a father and son tossed bread to a school of jacks
Thirty-two feet is a perfect size for a lot of boaters, and with good reason. There is enough length to fit an enclosed head, a comfortable master cabin, a reasonable galley, and a cockpit big enough to relax in. Modest power can yield good performance and fuel economy, and single diesel power even more so. I own a 32-footer, and after having shopped for a lot of bigger vessels, I've concluded
Okay, I'm gonna brazenly reveal my vintage here—I sea trialed the very first Riviera Yacht to arrive in the United States from the Gold Coast of Australia in 1988, back when Supertramp, Billy Ocean, and The Miami Sound Machine were big. The boat was a 38-foot convertible, a sportfishing cruiser with a roomy and comfortable flying bridge, gutsy fiberglass construction, savvy engineering in
More than likely, the color of the hull had something to do with my reaction the morning I stood on the dock admiring Viking's 54 Convertible—if there's anything kickin' around the marine scene today that looks better on a hull side or a transom than Viking's seafoam green, I'll be danged if I know what the heck it is. Add a glossy, snow-white superstructure, a teaky pair of Murray Products
There's nothing like a boat-show breakdown: big guys swinging giant hammers knocking out the massive pins that connect the floating docks and staffers in single-outboard-powered skiffs with bow-mounted cow catchers pushing those docks around so fast it looks like they're backing down on a marlin. Boats are everywhere, heading for home, the next show, and to new owners. This controlled chaos makes
All things happen for a reason, right? After a recent sea trial—actually two sea trials, as I will explain—aboard the PC 62 (previously known as the VG 60), an Italian-built catamaran from Ancona's V.G. Shipyard, I was beginning to see the light behind this oft-used and seldom-understood adage.
My first test started uneventfully. BRB Yachts, the 62's U.S. distributor, had the
You don’t get to ride in a Riva every day. It’s not that they’re scarce, exactly. In the six years since the first of the “new” Rivas, the Aquariva runabout, came out, the company has launched no fewer than eight other new models. But demand appears to be outstripping supply to such a degree that few boats hang around long enough for mere journalists to get a hold of them.
So to turn up at