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Boat Tests

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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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2009

Oftentimes when a boatbuilder updates a line, it does so with just a few tweaks and alterations to previous models.Indeed, Benetti did just this with the Classic 121 (previously...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2009

Performance. After spending two days onboard the Grady-White 366 Canyon in some wicked 20-knot-plus winds, I concluded that this word pretty much sums up this mammoth center...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2009

A lot of new boats will have debuted at this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show by the time this issue hits newsstands. Among the plethora of vessels, Horizon Yachts...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2009

The Gulf of Maine was for a long time a haven for smugglers. As a result of its sparsely populated islands, lax border enforcement, and heavy fog, running goods across the...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted October 2009

There’s no replacement for skilledlabor. Anyone who’s ever held a jobdoesn’t need a lecture on the meritsof consistent leadership and the costsassociated with retraining...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009

I’m crankin’ up this test report with somethingthat’s gonna sound a little strange, at least at first.My sea trial of Hampton Yacht’s Endurance 650LRC (Long Range Cruiser) took...

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By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted October 2009

Waiting for the bridge to Hillsboro Inlet off Pompano Beach, Florida, required about ten minutes of jockeying in a determined cross current. There was little wind, but the...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009

I felt slightly flummoxed after boarding VikingSport Cruiser’s new 50 Flybridge in the storiedold harbor of Plymouth, England. Certainly, thesource of my perplexity had nothing to...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009

I felt slightly flummoxed after boarding Viking Sport Cruiser’s new 50 Flybridge in the storied old harbor of Plymouth, England. Certainly, the source of my perplexity had...

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