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Boat Tests

By Kevin Koenig | Posted June 2011

A Beauty And A BeastAzimut’s newest addition to its s collection is fast, chic, and suffice to say, she’s got a bit of an edge to her.In one of the more memorable lines from the...

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Game OnBeneteau’s newest Fast Trawler proves it’s serious about attracting American cruisers.I first encountered Beneteau’s Swift Trawlers in France last summer. I spent most of...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2011

A Little Flash for the FamilyLooking for performance and posh but need room for kids and grandkids? Fairline’s got it.A few months ago I tested the Fairline Targa 58 (see April...

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The Complete YachtThis boat’s standards list includes dynamic positioning and a Seakeeper gyro-stabilizer. There’s no denying the striking one-of-a-kind appearance of Island Pilot...

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Poetry In MotionViking Yachts puts a new twist on propulsion with a fast, fun super-performer. Now this was going to be interesting! Viking Yachts was making its first foray into...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2011

A trip to the Bahamas shows that this 63-footer has taken fishablity, speed, and comfort to the next level. The expanse of violaceous Gulf Stream water off of Pompano Beach,...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2011

Pure IndulgenceEver wish you could forget about practicality? This boat will make you believe you not only can but should.I studiously avoid comparing boats and cars, feeling that...

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By Alan Harper | Posted April 2011

High Flyer This 64-foot Italian Import offers owners a blend of speed, grace, and class.Set firmly at the midpoint of its flying-bridge range, Azimut’s new 64 bears the hopes of...

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By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Neil ... | Posted April 2011

West Coast CachetCoastal Craft Uses Its Commercial Roots To Build An Exceptional Welded-Aluminum Cruiser.While taking a look at Coastal Craft’s new 400IPS for the first time in...

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Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the SeaVee 430 Sport Express.

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One Man’s PassionHaving built his ultimate battlewagon, this accomplished angler now wants to build one for you.A successful businessman develops an interest in sportfishing that...

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Triple ThreatThis 44-foot hardtop-equipped express is equally at home chasing billfish, dayboating, or cruising.Three out of four live ballyhoo-rigged circle hooks went down as...

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By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Ryan ... | Posted February 2011

Performance Wizard     The latest Sea Ray makes magic on the water thanks to careful engineering and Zeus-inspired maneuverability.   I first caught sight of the...

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By Kevin KoenigPhotos by Fores... | Posted February 2011

American BeautyThe Tiara 4500 Sovran is everything a sportscruiser should be . . . and more.As some of you may have noticed, I’m new here. I came onboard PMY back in July in part...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2011

Aboard Absolute’s newest sport yacht, the compromises are few and well-considered. The first time I heard there was a new boat company called Absolute, I got it. Or I...

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By Capt. Richard ThielPhotos by Jim R... | Posted February 2011

American MasterThe gozzo morphs into a cruising boat that’s been tailored to American tastes.Take one look at the Maestro 65 and you can tell she’s got fishing in her bloodlines....

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By Alan Harper | Posted January 2011

Avant GardeAn award-winning newcomer from France by way of Italy.You may not recognize the name of Carla Demaria, but in Europe she is boatbuilding royalty: 20 years a senior...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted January 2011

At-Sea RoyaltyThis across-the-pond import is the very definition of performance and elegance.I sit on the starboard-side black leather helm seat, one of two on this sleek 52-foot...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted January 2011

At-Sea RoyaltyThis across-the-pond import is the very definition of performance and elegance.I sit on the starboard-side black leather helm seat, one of two on this sleek 52-foot...

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By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Jim R... | Posted January 2011

Super StarSpencer Yachts and Volvo Penta build a custom battlewagon that does it all.I love stuff that’s new and different. And from the hints I’d gotten from the guys who had...

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By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Billy... | Posted December 2010

Wild CatLean on the throttles a little and you get economy. Lean on ‘em a lot and you get a ride you won’t believe.While the Buzzards Bay 34’s ride was no doubt explainable in...

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By Capt. Patrick S...Photos by Fores... | Posted December 2010

Riding the EdgeThis 70-footer was born to run hard and fast, turn on a dime, and chase big fish.A sleek feature line is worth a thousand words.That was my first thought as I gazed...

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By Capt. Bill PikeChris Dorsch | Posted December 2010

Radical Chic   IPS maneuverability, a split-level saloon, and design sensibilities that rock As I pulled my car into the parking lot of Oconto, Wisconsin’s Breakwater...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2010

It’s All About the BoatRiviera builds a boat that makes you forget about pods.Over the last few years I’ve tested quite a few boats that were equipped with pod drives. Some were...

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By Capt. Richard ThielPhotos by Jim R... | Posted November 2010

More BetterHampton’s 650 Endurance is now a turnkey yacht.When a boatbuilder tells you he has revamped a boat, you’re wise to be a little skeptical. And when you show up and the “...

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