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Boat Tests

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 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. 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

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. 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. 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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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 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 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 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. 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 Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2003

"Hey Bill," a guy asked recently, "what makes a test boat good?" The question seemed to have philosophical significance, at least at first, so I waded right in. What the heck?...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted November 2003

When you step through the hefty transom door from the optional swim platform and onto the aggressive diamond nonskid of the Tiara 3200 Open's cockpit sole, you're stepping onto...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted November 2003

As the story goes, Charles Darwin happened upon one of science's most important theories while visiting the Galapagos Islands aboard HMS Beagle. Furthermore, he came up with his...

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

The 30-foot-plus center console sportfisherman market has numerous players: There's Contender, SeaVee, Seacraft, Regulator, Intrepid, Yellowfin, Fountain, Palmetto Custom, and...

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

At first the detail seemed of little import: two ten-inch-long stainless steel rods that were bored-out, flush-fit, and passed through the seamless teak covering boards to port...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2003

It’s important to keep your focus when you’re testing a boat, but I must admit that I found doing that a challenge with the NauticBlue 464 power catamaran. Not because I’m...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2003

What boater doesn't think he knows how to design a boat? You spend time operating and living with boats for a large part of your life, and you believe you've got insight. In fact...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2003

Holy smokes!" I exclaimed while pouring the coal to San Juan's new 48 Motor Yacht, a sleek, blue beauty with the styling machismo of a Maine lobster boat, the fit and finish of a...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2003

Marco Island's a pricey place. High-end homes. High-end condos. High-end mercantile establishments. So as I pulled into Walker's Marine...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2003

I remember the first big, commercial tug I ever saw. Recently transplanted from the farmlands of Northern New York State to the docks of New Orleans, I was flat-out stunned by the...

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By Capt. Ken KreislerPhotos by Jim R... | Posted September 2003

“Fishing stories told here,” read the sign over the counter of Dave and Mary Beth Tillman’s Siskiwit Bay Tackle Store in Cornucopia, Wisconsin. Outside, over the entranceway,...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted September 2003

As luck would have it, our venue for testing the latest addition to the Viking Sport Cruisers line was Atlantic City, New Jersey, with some of the biggest casinos on the East...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2003

It's an unpretentious place, Mayea Boat Works: little more than a bunch of corrugated-steel sheds, barns, and boathouses hunkered by the waters of Michigan's Lake St. Clair. If...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2003

It was an alluring sight—Tiara's Sovran 3600 express cruiser, parked in the shade of Walstrom Marine's vast boathouse in Harbor Springs, Michigan. I talked briefly with a...

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