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Boat Tests

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. 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 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. Ken Kreisler | 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. 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. 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. 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 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 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. 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 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. 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

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

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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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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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2003

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. 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. 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. 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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