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Boat Tests

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 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 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 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 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

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 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

The first time I saw a Vicem was more than a year ago, but that brief encounter made a lasting impression. I was on a trawler with friends making a leisurely trip along the coast...

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By Alan Harper | Posted October 2004

In the week of my visit, the range of tide at St. Helier, the principal port on the pretty island of Jersey, was about 24 feet. An unsettling moonscape of jagged rocks would...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2004

I love drivin’ boats. Always have. Particularly when they’re even a little bit like the new 300 Express from Cruisers Yachts. Not that the 300’s a guts-and-glory go-fast, with...

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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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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2004

Although this is a test of Meridian’s new 368 Motoryacht, it’s impossible to talk about the boat without talking about the company that builds her. In fact, you could say this...

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

How much difference can one foot make? In football it could mean getting in the end zone for six points vs. falling short for a goose egg, or missing the uprights on a field goal...

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By Alan Harper | Posted September 2004

If a magazine is only as good as its current issue, then maybe a boatbuilder should only be judged by its latest launch. And if that’s true, Camper & Nicholsons (C&N)...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2004

When Sea Ray invited me to do a ride-along boat test on its new 500 Sedan Bridge, the guys said they were leaving from the marina behind the Sanibel Resort at five o’clock...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2004

I had three questions in mind when I pulled into the parking lot behind the venerable, white-clapboard house that serves as the Hinckley sales office in Southwest Harbor, Maine....

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2004

Back in the 1960’s, some West Coast brokers discovered that if they built boats in Taiwan, where the labor rate was a fraction of what it was in the United States, they could...

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By Alan Harper | Posted August 2004

Okay, let’s talk about those windows first—the square ones in the topsides. They’re real, and they work: You can actually see out of them. They’re clever, too, because while...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2004

I was at the helm of a midrange motoryacht, idling into St. Augustine Inlet some while back, when a rather large vessel dead ahead spoke to me. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not...

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By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2004

It’s a long-held (and long-proven) belief that Americans like their toys big: cars, boats, you name it. It’s not just an American male trait, either: Despite my 5’2” frame, I...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2004

Not long after I’d topped off our 400-gallon composite fuel tank, I noticed the slip where I was supposed to dock our Tiara 3600 Open stern-to was configured a little differently...

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By Alan Harper | Posted July 2004

It was an unusual situation, but this is a highly unusual boat. We’d run the numbers and logged the speed, fuel, trim, and decibel readings and now were at the fun part of the...

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