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Boat Tests

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2005

The day began plainly enough. I met for coffee with Sunseeker's Hannah Braithwaite-Smith at the British builder's Pompano Beach outpost, Sunseeker USA. We started with the usual...

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

A shift has taken place. Perhaps it's due to saturation of the big-convertible market, or maybe there's a growing need for midsize sportfishermen, but a lot of builders have taken...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2005

You may not believe this, but testing a fully custom, $2.65-million sportfisherman was hard work. Not so much the part where I walked around the Sculley 64 and took notes. Nor the...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted April 2005

Like so many industries these days, yacht building in China has entered a new era. While cheap labor and beneficial exchange rates have kept prices low, quality has improved...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2005

It was a grand feeling, standing in the sky lounge of Horizon's 78 Motor Yacht. I could faintly hear the big, 1,500-hp MAN diesels I'd just cranked, idling in the engine room,...

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

What the heck is a "Euro-style" yacht? Oh, I've seen the term used in an endless array of boat tests and reviews (I've used it myself here and there). I think if...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2005

Success often breeds repetition. When something works well, it's human nature not to reinvent it. Arguably, the Sea Ray Sundancer series is the most successful franchise in...

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By Alan Harper | Posted March 2005

Some years ago I wrote a piece for a British magazine about a Royal Navy frigate. A state-of-the-art anti-submarine warship, she displaced around 4,800 tons and carried me from...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2005

We were getting ready to record our first acceleration run when Formula’s executive vice president Grant Porter, who was seated at the helm, exclaimed, “Bill, look!” I knew why he...

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By Chris Casey | Posted March 2005

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Pursuit 3480 Damn. Would you look at that?" PMY senior editor Capt. Patrick Sciacca was on his haunches, head between the props...

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

She didn't look like a cat, but I quickly concluded that her ability to jump, run, and land on her feet were signs of a nimble and acrobatic feline. No, I didn't come across a...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2005

If you're a regular reader of PMY boat tests, you're familiar with a disclaimer we too often use that goes something like, "Since the conditions were dead-calm on test day, I...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2005

Paul Mann and I were just finishing up with a helicopter photo shoot when the Icom IC-602 VHF on the flying bridge crackled to life. "Just hooked up a bigeye...200 pounds or more...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted February 2005

What do you do if you're no longer an entry-level boater and are now looking for a small convertible? Or if you're an express-cruiser owner ready for something different? Or maybe...

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

I'd just returned from fishing the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Maryland, when I got a call to test a new 54-foot, custom cold-molded sportfisherman. After having spent a week...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2005

For me, stepping aboard a Nordhavn is like going to school—I always learn a few things. Maybe that’s because, due to the constraints of this job, I’m not a bluewater cruiser...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2005

Docking’s a big deal to me, mostly because back when my wife and I were living in Connecticut and I was struggling to learn how to dock midrange cruisers, parking the darn things...

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By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Neil ... | Posted January 2005

Okay. Let’s get a couple of things out of the way right off the bat. First, you’re likely to wonder a little when you check the specifications for the Pacific Mariner 85...

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

Some boatbuilders concentrate on perfecting a boat’s performance, while others are all about creating an eye-catching interior design. There are those that focus on giving a...

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

If you ask ten boaters to write a list of what makes up a great boat, chances are you will get ten lists with few common factors. Moreover, those shared elements will likely...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2004

When I first asked designer/builder Walt Schulz what his motivation was in designing the radically different hull form for the new Shannon 38 SRD, his answer was disarmingly...

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By Diane M. Byrne | Posted December 2004

I’m all for skin treatments like facials, but I’d rather have them courtesy of relaxing experiences at a spa than the continuous pelting of horizontal rain at the helm.Actually,...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2004

When I was a young boy, I loved going to the circus and seeing the clowns. One of my favorite memories was seeing a dozen of them pile out of a tiny little car that seemed no...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2004

Automotively speaking, I’m just a tad different. My way of getting to a specific address in a town or city in a car, for example, continues to hew closely to one I glommed onto...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2004

Shhh...I’m listening intently as the standard twin 440-hp Yanmar diesels on the Krogen Express 52 run up from idle to WOT. You know what I hear? Only the 52’s sharp entry slicing...

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