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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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 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 Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2003

My brother-in-law Eric kept asking me, "Patrick, I like the Sea Ray 28-foot Sundancer. What do you think?" He'd been looking at boats for about a year, and this was going to be...

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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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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted July 2003

Kemah, Texas, is tucked up inside the western shore of Galveston Bay. "Breeze on into Kemah," read the banners as you enter this waterfront town, which bills itself as the Gateway...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted July 2003

To be accepted in the Brooklyn neighborhood where I grew up, you had to prove yourself in the schoolyard, usually by playing basketball and baseball. So when Bobby Harris moved in...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted July 2003

What are the odds? As I walked into the Fairline dealer's office at Total Marine in Norwalk, Connecticut, customers had just placed a deposit on the Targa 52 that I was there to...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2003

From the cushy comfort of the helm chair on the flying bridge of Silverton's 48 Convertible, I eyeballed conditions to the east with anticipation. Things looked pretty sporty out...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2003

The quay at Santa Margherita Ligure is a beautiful place, and on this particular morning it seemed just a little more beautiful than usual. In addition to the warmth of the...

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

If you mention the name Hinckley around your local marina, most boaters may respond (add your local accent here), "Aren't they that sailboat company that started building those...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2003

Sidling up to the fuel dock at Miami Beach Marina is a fairly easy chore, unless you happen to be driving a great big motoryacht with a gorgeous dark-blue fiberglass hull, a...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2003

I was a little leery at first. A friend of mine had seen an unusual and noteworthy flying-bridge motoryacht at the 2003 Miami International Boat Show, a boat I'd somehow missed...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted May 2003

My April 1 trip to West Palm Beach to test the McKinna 58 was going to offer an added bonus, a brief respite from the bitter cold winter that still gripped the Northeast. Alas, I...

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