Subscribe to our newsletter

Boat Tests

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 “...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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....

Read Article
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....

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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,...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article
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...

Read Article