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Boat Tests

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

I tested a Cruisers 455 Express Motoryacht last year, and the most striking area of that boat was her enormous full-beam aft master stateroom. It wasn’t just the standard queen-...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted July 2004

Innovation is vital to the success of almost any product. Consider how the ubiquitous sport-utility vehicle has evolved, morphing from an overgrown station wagon with four-wheel...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted July 2004

I find it ironic that Viking Sport Cruisers owners typically take delivery of their yachts in Atlantic City rather than at Viking’s headquarters located a few miles north in New...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted June 2004

Hold on to your grabrails, friends, this could have been the boat test from hell.It began back in March as I boarded the Hampton 680 Pilothouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2004

While driving from Florence to the Adriatic port of Cesenatico, Italy, some weeks ago, I spent a fair amount of time thinking about and anticipating my upcoming sea trial of the...

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

The Long Island, New York, marina where I keep my boat has many slips occupied by Carvers. Some are sedans and others are motoryachts, but all have something in common: owners who...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2004

Okay. I’ll admit I struggle with a tendency to exaggerate...sometimes. And I’ll admit that when a couple of New York-based PMY editors telephoned me here in Florida a few weeks...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2004

I’m a sucker for this kind of thing, really: Two midsize powercats, on loan to PMY from NauticBlue Power Yacht Vacations, an offshoot of The Moorings, the worldwide charter outfit...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted May 2004

Be careful what you wish for. This timeless adage struck me as I recalled the remark I had made a few days earlier, when Shannon McCoy, marketing director for MarineMax, asked me...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2004

It was one of those days. Beyond the bow of our test boat—a three-stateroom, two-head version of Viking Sport Cruisers’ V58 Express Yacht—the entire seascape was awash...

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

My college friend, Phil, owned a 1966 Chevelle SS that he tricked out with all the bells and whistles, including a worked-over 427-cid block, a nitrous-oxide tank, and a pumped-up...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted May 2004

To those who argue, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd,” I say, “What’s wrong with a crowd?” Particularly if the threesome is the trio of 440-hp Yanmars that power the Fountain 48...

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By Alan Harper | Posted April 2004

In the land of the frozen Norse, yards pride themselves on building boats that take the rough with the smooth. They have to. Per capita boat ownership in Scandinavia is the...

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By Capt. Patrick S...Gary John Norman | Posted April 2004

Thirty-six-plus years ago, a man was searching for a boat on which he and his son could fish blue water. The man, who did most of his fishing out of Florida, talked to three...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2004

About 18 months ago I received a call from Mike Murawski, Carver’s vice president of sales and marketing, asking if I’d be interested in taking a first look at a “major new...

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By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2004

Back in the early 1970’s Mary Johnstone raced 470 class sailboats in the “trapeze” position, often cantilevering herself completely outboard from a masthead wire...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2004

With a vague foreboding, I stepped aboard Regal’s Commodore 3560, which was docked in the little marina across the street from the Renaissance-Vinoy hotel in St. Petersburg,...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2004

There’s a dictum in gambling: Don’t change tactics when you’re on a roll. It works when you’re trying to win money, and it works in boatbuilding, too—at least judging from the Sea...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2004

These days nothing ever seems to go the way I imagine. For example, when I strolled into the Seattle office of Holiday Marine Sales looking for Leif Bentzen, I was expecting a...

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

The Luhrs Marine Group’s goals for its 41 Convertible were simple: The boat had to be built to accommodate the offshore angler, but she also needed enough creature comforts so...

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

My friend Tom is dealing with a wonderful dilemma. He’s an avid offshore angler and express-boat aficionado looking to move up to his next vessel, but he also likes to cruise with...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted February 2004

What do you do when you’re at the top of your game and want to take it to the next level? Professional athletes spend more hours exercising and training, while accomplished...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2004

What a day it was. Sun beaming down. Gulf Stream so inky blue it was almost purple. Kenny Chesney on the Clarion drawlin’, “No shoes, no shirt, no problem.” And me kicked back at...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted February 2004

Hey Jose, can you get this kite over some?” Josh Brown calls up to Capt. Jose Mullian on the bridge. Down in the cockpit Brown’s eyes are glued to the lone kite flying 100 yards...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted February 2004

Aussies, by and large, are a tough lot, so it comes as no surprise that the yachts they build are just as tough. A day aboard the new Riviera 51 confirmed that expectation for me...

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