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Boat Tests

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Bill Pikephotos by Pamel... | Posted February 2004

What grabbed my attention, for starters, was the hull color—“seafoam green,” Rybovich calls it. Thanks to the unique sense of tropicality it conveys, I had no trouble...

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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. Patrick S... | Posted February 2004

My cellphone rang as I stared at the ocean out the window of my hotel room on Singer Island, Florida, which is about 15 miles north and east of West Palm Beach. Ocean Yachts’...

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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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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

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 Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2004

At every boat show there’s one boat that causes a stir above all others. She may not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea, but she creates a palpable buzz and makes people talk....

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2004

Usually, I know a bit about a test boat before I test her—I’ve either done some preliminary Web-based research, read a brochure or two, or harkened to a little gossip....

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted January 2004

It was blowing a steady 20 knots out of the northeast off of Florida’s dicey Hillsboro Inlet—there’s a sign posted at the drawbridge leading from the ICW to the ocean...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2004

I was delighted. The guy who’d been driving the Cheoy Lee 68-foot Sport Motoryacht while I recorded radar-gun and other data during the sea trial pulled the Twin Disc electronic...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted January 2004

Let me float a nautical conundrum past your bow. Imagine you’re the owner off a 70-something-footer and want to move up to something bigger yet still manageable by a couple. Now...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2004

I’d just finished testing the Pershing 76 and was walking down the dock at Miami’s Bayside Marina when I was approached by a couple who’d just stepped off a rather boxy-looking 50...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted December 2003

The water off Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, Florida, is not a nice place when the wind and seas are up. On the day James Clayton, Cranchi’s stateside rep, and I were to sea...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2003

Maine boatbuilders are by and large not flashy types, so it was no great surprise to lay eyes on the Sabreline 42 Express. I was prepared for the visual delight of the yacht...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2003

Brand loyalty is intriguing. Whatever we’re buying, be it a car, a burger, coffee, or a doughnut, we can develop a fierce loyalty to our preferred marque. I pondered this in the...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2003

Humphrey Bogart should be test-driving this baby, not me. That’s what I was thinking as I watched Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 42 sedately cross Back Creek en route to her slip at...

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By Capt. Richard Thielphotos by Rober... | Posted December 2003

There are a number of reasons why we test boats. Sometimes the readers demand we cover one. Sometimes the builders ask us to. And sometimes a boat just strikes someone’s fancy...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2003

Syracuse, Indiana, might not be as quickly associated with boats as, say, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but on the quiet Syracuse street called West Chicago, the number of boats...

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