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Boat Tests

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. 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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. 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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... | 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

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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