Boat Tests

Mikelson 59/63 LRSF

If there's one rule of boatbuilding that's been proven time and again, it's stick with what you know. Even if you really do have the best designers and engineers in the world, don't try to build fishing boats if your forte is aft-cabin cruisers.

Based on that premise, the guys from Mikelson must have rocks in their heads. Over the past 23 years they've created a tidy little franchise

Kadey-Krogen Krogen 44

As luck would have it, I beheld an unlikely but well-timed prospect while scanning the mouth of Spa Creek from an old dock in Eastport, Maryland, on a recent morning that was suffused with warm summer light. Off to the west my test boat, a Krogen 44 Classic named Travellers, floated dreamily in a mooring field, with the waterfront of Annapolis behind her. To the east another Krogen,

Sea Ray 60 Sundancer

So when the second-largest-ever boat in the line, the 60 Sundancer, premiered earlier this year at the Miami International Boat Show, I expected a near riot on the quays. Fortunately there was plenty of room for a dozen at a time to tour a vessel that's the essence of a successful three-decade run.

Take the 41/2-foot-wide standard hydraulic swim platform, well-suited for a PWC or RIB. "We

Cranchi Mediterranee 47 HT

As I write this, a commuter heading down I-80 in Kearney, Nebraska, may be getting an early-morning eyeful as 47 feet of Italian yacht passes him port to port. The yacht is a Cranchi Mediterranee 47 HT whose odyssey started in a lamination room back at the builder's Lake Como, Italy, headquarters several months ago and will end with Warren and Gail Dent taking possession of her in Seattle. And

Atlantis 39

Things have become a lot more competitive in Piacenza, Italy, since the Azimut-Benetti Group took over the family-run Gobbi shipyard a couple of years ago. Not that they weren't already in pretty good shape: Azimut always said that in addition to Gobbi's sports cruiser know-how, one of the yard's main attractions was its professionalism. It's just that while Gobbi was content to be successful in

Viking 64 Convertible

Usually the design of a new sportfishing yacht evolves around the cockpit. Fishing, above all else, is what the yacht is built for. But the design of Viking's new 64 Convertible was motivated by another equally significant factor: the imminent availability of the new, highly anticipated MTU 16V 2000 M93 diesel engine. Rated at 2,400 hp, the muscular MTU offers promise of substantially higher

Carver 55 Marquis

What made a believer of me was the thunk I heard when a sizable wave from someplace—maybe from one of the big, slab-sided Great Lakes ore carriers that constantly ply the cold, grayish waters of Wisconsin’s Green Bay—slammed the port bow like a sledgehammer.

I mean: Thunk!

“Jeeze,” I exclaimed, directing a speculative grin at Randy Peterson, who was sitting next to me in

Ferretti 630

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 whether the flecks of color in a granite worktop happen to match your socks, but it never ceases to surprise me how something seemingly unimportant can color my entire impression of a boat.

With Ferretti's new 630,

Mochi Craft 44 Dolphin

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 of fire-breathing Ferraris and Lamborghinis to the hip home furnishings of Cassina that would transform my apartment into the ideal set for a Stanley Kubrick film. And I admire the bold lines and gorgeous accommodations

Viking Sport Cruisers V65 Express

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 perfect venue for socializing with family, friends, or business associates. With her versatile open layout and stylish, understated, but elegant decor, she's suited to any occasion, be it a casual day of fun in the sun or a

Jefferson 82 Starship Pilothouse

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 Lester's Diner on State Road 84, a decent place to grab a fast breakfast and talk over your plans for the day.

"What we're lookin' at," I said, once I'd ordered two eggs scrambled, pancakes, bacon, sausage, home

Elling E3

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 relation to space utilization as well. But with fuel prices on the rise and little prospect for relief any time soon, it's time to take a closer look at the European approach to yachting. A case in point is the new Elling

Uniesse 58

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. Adopting a fundamentally different marketing strategy, Uniesse has eliminated its network of broker/dealer representatives in favor of factory-direct sales. This is designed not only to make pricing more competitive by

Hampton 740 Pilothouse

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 yachtfisherman.

I recently sea trialed the 740 off Marina Del Ray, California, and the first evidence I saw of this was in her teak-sole cockpit, a six-foot extension Hampton added to its popular

Pershing 56

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 bistro when a commotion erupted nearby. Two couples were standing, bickering, and pointing towards the ocean. It seemed they couldn't agree on what kind of boat was racing across the horizon. My curiosity was piqued, but

Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge

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, but rather with gasoline. See, that very day, oil had hit $70 a barrel for the first time, causing ripples in financial markets and, more relevant to my endeavor, making three- and maybe four-dollar-a-gallon gasoline

Marlow Prowler Open 375

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, cracker-style home. But he couldn't stop thinking about hull design, spending hours tinkering in his workshop followed by towing scale models of his design behind his Boston Whaler. Eventually, no longer content as a

Davis 52 Express

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 operating officer for Davis Yachts (as well as for Davis' parent company, Egg Harbor Yachts), and he's a direct, no-nonsense kind of guy, especially when it comes to explaining exactly how his company designs and

Formula 45

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 the helm of a sleek, low-profile, high-speed cruiser in a driving, skin-stinging rain. Oh, that didn't happen to you? Well, that was my day on the water back in the fall of 2001 when I ran the Formula 370 Super Sport.

Fairline Squadron 66

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 time we step aboard, we take along our notebooks, measuring tapes, inclinometers, dB meters—and yes, our baggage, which we try our best to ignore.

My wring-out of the Fairline 66 Squadron was like

Azimut 62S

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 cruisers and motoryachts, was followed pretty quickly by the surface-drive-equipped

Cruisers 447 Sport Sedan

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 can say with certainty that over the next five months, the sign-up sheet will be full and her engine-hour meters will put up some big numbers.

The first thing I noticed about the 447 was her

Heesen Man of Steel

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 (named for her owner's business interests in the steel industry) not only made it through a delivery from Holland to the Canary Islands in weather that was, to say the least, awful, but also did a transatlantic

Vicem 67 Flybridge

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 were just offshore in the Sea of Marmara at this time, the prayers coming from the loudspeakers would certainly float over the onion-shape minarets of the city’s numerous mosques to reach your ears. Looking towards the

Grand Banks 59 Aleutian RP

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 privileged, meteorologically speaking, every time the tropical breezes stir. Stepping up into the cockpit of a new Grand Banks 59 Aleutian RP (Raised Pilothouse) with test gear in hand, I caught a pungent whiff of the

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