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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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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2010

Hatteras enhances its GT60 Convertible’s form while maintaining her at-sea performance. Sometimes messing around with something already very good can make it even better. I...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2010

Absolute is turning heads in Europe. Can it do the same in America? If you’re a boatbuilder who’s bent on competing in the United States, you better have two things: a...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted October 2010

Shape ShifterThis highly customizable 40-footer is equally effective as a daytripper, a sportfisherman, or a Bahamas weekender.Would you like your ice maker to make clear ice or...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2010

Wicked ToughFast and supremely seaworthy, this 80-foot battlewagon is the biggest, baddest Bertram ever.The day was certainly getting off to a serene start. The canal behind...

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By Capt. Patrick S...Photos by Billy... | Posted September 2010

Downeast Easy     This Maine-built Cruiser employs IPS to offer duck-and-slip maneuverability and straightaway performance.   The plethora of lobster-pot buoys...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2010

Steadfast AussieA seaworthy cruiser that combines speed and al fresco livability.Because it’s the semi-formal staging area for the annual Sydney-to-Hobart race, the Cruising Yacht...

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By Alan Harper | Posted September 2010

The Domino EffectAn import geared for those with champagne taste and a thirst for performance.It isn’t easy being Riva. There’s all that heritage to live up to: pictures of...

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By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Neil ... | Posted September 2010

Wind in the WillowsIf ever there were a perfect boat to go messing about in, the Nordic Tug 39 is it.I was immediately captivated when I arrived at Wayne Carroll’s Brewerton...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2010

More Than Meets The EyeSometimes it’s not just about the boatYou probably assume that the most interesting part of a boat test is evaluating how she performs. Or maybe observing...

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By Alan Harper | Posted August 2010

Imagination MoverElegant, spacious, and Speedy, the Ferretti 800 opens up a world of at-sea possibilties.When the going gets tough, the secret of success is much the same as it is...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2010

Born to BoogieFormula puts race-bred vitality into its latest family-friendly cruiser.I’m cool with the fact that most of the boats I test drive these days are a bit ponderous....

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By Pete McDonald | Posted July 2010

Flying the FlagThe new 4300 Open has earned its place as the linchpin of Tiara’s open fleet.The wind blew steady from the east and pushed some hefty rollers toward the coast....

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