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Boat Tests

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2003

When I stepped aboard the Ferretti 590 in early March, it had been nearly nine years since I'd tested my first Ferretti for PMY's May 1994 issue. While this boat's sleeker,...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2003

When Viking Yachts intro'd the popular 55 Convertible about a half-dozen years ago, I was way more intrigued than I usually am when a manufacturer splashes a new vessel. The size...

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I was standing at Carver’s display at the Miami International Boat Show as a couple of Italians disembarked from the new 59 Marquis. Curious what they might have to say after...

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

I'm not a clotheshorse by any stretch, but I remember when I bought my first "real" suit. This wasn't just an off-the-rack-and-hope-it-looks-good garment—it was tailored to...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted April 2003

Maximizing room and comfort aboard is a daunting task for designers and builders. Big boats obviously have big space to work with, but when you get down around 40 feet, just a few...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2003

The first Riviera 58 I rode was Hull No. 1, last May at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Australia. It caused quite a stir among the locals, there not being a lot of 58-foot...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2003

The real mind-boggler was the finish. It was gorgeous, even a little mystifying, like somebody’d taken ten blocks of modern, high-end Milanese decor, inexplicably refined it into...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2003

As soon as I heard Rinker Boats was about to launch a couple of new Fiesta Vee 342s, one with twin I/Os and the other with V-drive inboards, I was on the case lining up one of...

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By Capt. Patrick S...Robert Holland | Posted March 2003

The Cranchi 33 Endurance, a sleek, blue-hulled express cruiser, generated some talk among attendees at last fall’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for her streamlined...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted February 2003

For those of you unfamiliar with the beginnings of Hatteras Yachts, let me give you the quick skinny on how it all began. As the story goes, on a particularly snotty day in May...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2003

Greatness often occurs at the intersection of synergy and serendipity. Athletes, for example, may achieve greatness only if they are born in the right era, encounter coaches who...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2003

Prior to writing up a boat test, I normally put in a day or so on the phone, bird-dogging details. Are the brand names and engine designations on the specification sheets I’ve...

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By Capt. Patrick S...Photos by Jim R... | Posted January 2003

How do you get a 50,000-pound, Jersey-built, 48-foot convertible clean out of the water? The easy way would be with a TraveLift. But as far as I’m concerned, the real answer is to...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2003

It was a perfect day in Ft. Meyers. The sun was shining, a faint breeze wafted across the marina behind the Chart House Restaurant, and the Silverton 35 Motor Yacht was tied...

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

It was a cold, mid-November, I-should-have-stayed-in-bed morning when my plane took off from New York's Kennedy airport amid mist and fog. I was on my way to Fort Lauderdale to do...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted January 2003

In the waning hours of a mid-November day, several piers of Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas City Marina are all abuzz in preparation for a fishing tournament that will begin the next...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2003

I pinwheeled the Sea Ray 500 Sundancer in a sunny little lagoon, preparing to back the big express cruiser into a concrete-sided slip overhung with a giant, blue TraveLift. A...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted January 2003

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Magnum 80 from Magnum Marine.

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted December 2002

I like the way the English do things. Their speech, mannerisms, and courteous ways, especially with their nautical customs steeped in history as they are, are all done with just...

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By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted December 2002

"You can cut right in there, Ken. There's plenty of water just off the bank," says Peter Fredrickson, Viking's director of marketing, as we navigate the upper regions of the...

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By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2002

For most owners, yachting is a source of relaxation, a getaway from stress and a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. So the very act of owning and operating a yacht...

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