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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 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

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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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 Alan Harper | Posted December 2004

They named the company after the missile, not the general, and you can see why. In more than 20 years there hasn’t been a Pershing motoryacht that wasn’t fast, sleek, and powerful...

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

In the early 1980’s, Ocean Yachts gave naval architect Dave Martin a task: design a hull that would be seakindly and quick. How quick? The goal was 30 knots on the top end with...

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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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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 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 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 Alan Harper | Posted November 2004

It’s been two years since Paolo Vitelli, head of Azimut-Benetti, absorbed the family-run Gobbi into his empire. The yard was a successful producer of midpriced sports cruisers,...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted November 2004

Whoever coined the phrase, “Good things come in small packages,” would probably have changed his or her mind had they been strolling the docks of Atlantic City’s Trump Marina one...

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

Ben and Valentina Bethell only caught the boating bug seven years ago, but since discovering the lifestyle this cruising couple has learned, embraced, and lived it full throttle....

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By George L. Petrie | Posted October 2004

I found a lot to like about Azimut’s 50 Flybridge. Sightlines from the lower helm are excellent; there’s only a single, narrow mullion in the windshield, and the forward side...

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