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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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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2010

Bronze BeautySessa builds a sporty, sea-worthy monument to style, panache, and the good lifeWe boat testers at PMY like to tout ourselves as professionals, but sometimes it’s...

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By Alan Harper | Posted July 2010

The VoyagerAzimut takes a look at the past and steps into the future.When a production boatbuilder sends its latest prototype on a 2,000-mile shakedown cruise right after the boat...

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By Alan Harper | Posted June 2010

Owner's DelightOne look at this boat’s master cabin and you can see why she was named boat of the year.Anyone familiar with the Mediterranean will know from hard-won experience...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2010

Home Sweet HomeThe Meridian 541 takes interior furnishings and layout to a uniquely residential level.What I saw at the top of the stairway pegged my practicality meter, but not...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2010

Franco-AmericanBeneteau introduces a single-engine cruiser that’s got some American soul.I admit to harboring a prejudice when it comes to single-diesel-engine cruising boats—I...

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By Pete McDonald | Posted May 2010

There are no second acts in American lives.” This famous quote from author F. Scott Fitzgerald buzzed in my head as I arrived at Old Port Marina in North Palm Beach, Florida,...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2010

Heart ThrobHow about an affaire de coeur with a singularly gorgeous cold-molded mahogany beauty?I’m a romantic at heart. And quite frankly, I believe that most true boat lovers...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2010

While Sanibel Marina is one of the prettiest places on earth, it’s also small and a tad cramped. So I wasn’t surprised to see proprietor Mynton Ireland, a crusty old gent who’s...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2010

The best match for Riviera’s new 70? a salty, seasoned, well-travelled owner.After arriving at an Adelaide hotel late the night before, semi-starved and tuckered out from a long...

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By Alan Harper | Posted April 2010

They say it’s not what you know, but who. In the case of Bluegame, it’s a bit of both. The name may be new to most stateside owners, with the first 60 not due to appear until the...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2010

New and ImprovedHow Adding a cockpit made a good yacht better. Much better.Nothing piques the interest of a boat fanatic like a new model. But as all of us know, some “new” models...

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

Bad Weather WarriorThis 83-footer out-Punches Poseidon on a foul test day.The sky was as gray as a battleship, and raindrops the size of marbles fell so hard onto the wooden-plank...

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

One Big, Bad BoatThoroughbred Speed, Cat-like Agility, and Linebacker Brawn Define this Jersey-built Battlewagon.The seas off windy Riviera Beach, Florida, were set in a three- to...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2010

A Blast from the PastBertram's new battlewagon is suffused with the spirit of her ancestors.Nothin' else like it in the world," I yelled as our Bertram 511 prototype swung a...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted February 2010

Full Beam AheadIn all regards, this 72-footer feels like she's ten feet longer.When I stepped through the push-button-activated, stainless steel saloon doors on the Hatteras 72...

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By | Posted January 2010

The evening’s peripherals were perfect. A few lights had begun twinkling along Plymouth’s quaint English shoreline. Great drafts of bracing salt air whooshed across...

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By | Posted December 2009

The sea off the coast of Genoa, Italy, glistened in the sun-bathed but crisp mid-October morning. I walked down the dock with the ancient city off to my starboard. At the quay to...

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