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Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht

The Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht is completely customizable and runs like an Olympic bobsled.

I blame my father.

He writes with his left hand, and I learned handwriting from watching him. Only problem is, I’m a righty. Thusly, everything I’ve ever produced from a pen has been smudgy chicken-scratch. So imagine what it looks like when I write down

Marquis 42 Sportbridge

Edgy, Edgy, Edgy

 

 

Marquis’ 420 sport bridge offers rad styling, pod propulsion, and all-American construction.

 

There are plenty of skippers who are seriously into making a statement every time they bring a boat into a marina, especially when it’s a marina they’ve never visited before. The statements vary, of course. A Grand Banks owner like myself, for example, loves

Maritimo Aegean 55

No Worries

Maritimo’s Aegean 55 succeeds by leveraging a proven formula and keeping things simple.

Ever since it began building boats back in 2003, Maritimo’s been known for a laser-like focus on efficiency. In the performance realm, this is typified by an insistence on minimizing propshaft angle in the belief that the closer it comes to straight horizontal the

Ferretti 720

New Direction

 

 

Ferretti aims for a wider audience by putting big-yacht features into its smallest “big” model.

 

Few yachting brands are as instantly recognizable, with those stern, straight-edged windows, the creamy gelcoat, strong horizontals, and cantilevered upper decks. Never a high-volume builder, but always an arbiter of engineering and build quality, Ferretti

Maestro 82

The Maestro 82 is maneuverable, Americanized, and as comfortable as a five-star hotel.

We’re gonna try to park this vessel alongside that?!” I asked, pointing at a wobbly little dock a hundred yards astern resting on floats and surrounded by much smaller vessels. Maestro Yachts’ company captain Antonino Pollio grinned lopsidedly at me, apparently

Riviera 53 EFB

A Matter Of Choice

Riviera’s new Enclosed Flybridge lets you pick your power and your point of view.

Some boaters are all about choice—they want options and plenty of them. Others avoid making decisions and are happy to take what’s presented to them.

For those of you in the first category, I have the perfect boat: the Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge. This boat is

Sessa C54

Beating The Heat

The Sessa C54 is an elegant and nimble boat that’ll keep you cool, literally and figuratively.

The Miami heat is unbeatable in June. And I’m not talking about LeBron James and company, as they clearly are capable of faltering in the summertime. I’m talking about the actual temperature in The Magic City in that first, blistering month of summer. As I

Apreamare 64 Fly

Ticket to Paradise

This Italian-made yacht is built for fun in the sun, and she plays the part well.

I distinctly remember going to the zoo when I was a kid and seeing a cheetah in its cage. It had plenty of room, lots of red meat, and a nice warm rock to lounge on. The big cat seemed happy enough. But I wasn’t. It all seemed a little too controlled, a little bit

Pershing 108

Like A Rocket

Pershing lives up to its name with a yacht that flies across the water with guided-missile speed.

Pershings seem to defy the laws of physics. It is normal for one to assume that as things get bigger they also get slower, but no one seems to have told them that. Look back on the Pershings we have tested over the years, ranging from 62 to 115 feet, and

Vicem 78

Turkish Traveler

This 78-footer combines a classic profile, a modern interior, and generous cruising range.

I’ve seen and tested a fair number of cold-molded mahogany Vicems over the years, and almost all featured the Turkish builder’s trademark traditional-looking, rich, mahogany interior. But that image was shattered for me (in a brilliant way) when I stepped

Azimut 72S

A Beauty And A Beast

Azimut’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 Cockney crime film Sexy Beast a burly safecracker named Gal barks bluntly into the camera, “Back off, I’m beautiful.” That phrase could very well be stencilled onto every Azimut 72S as the

Swift Trawler 44

Game On

Beneteau’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 my time testing the 34 and concluded that the French builder had done a fine job creating a vessel that while making no pretensions to being the displacement-style cruiser her name implies,

Fairline Squadron 65

A Little Flash for the Family

Looking 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 PMY, “Pure Indulgence”), a boat I found to be as exciting and glamorous as she was impractical—at least for most of us. I loved her, and I figured the reason I did was my uniquely American

Island Pilot 535

The Complete Yacht

This 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’s new 535. In fact, to a guy like me, who’s subject to the wiles of seafaring romance and always has been, her profile has got a somewhat cinematic flair. It’s a logical first impression

Viking Yachts 42 Open

Poetry In Motion

Viking 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 the realm of pod-propulsion with an express-style sportfishing machine—the 42 Open. I was strolling through the gates at Viking’s Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, charged

Hatteras GT63

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, Florida’s Hillsboro Inlet captured my eyes. I was sitting at the helm of the Hatteras GT63 convertible with my hands on the wheel...

Fairline Targa 58 GT

Pure Indulgence

Ever 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 in the size range that PMY covers, there’s really little commonality; a better comparison might be boats and apartments, or better yet, boats and vacation homes. But I admit that minor

Azimut 64 Flybridge

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 an entire shipyard on its elegant shoulders. This yacht was launched at last fall’s European boat shows and is a crucial component of the Italian boatbuilding giant’s balance sheet. She

Coastal Craft 400IPS

West Coast Cachet

Coastal 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 the midst of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last year, I was struck by two exceptional attributes. First, her welded-aluminum exterior was flawlessly finished, thanks in large

Titan 75

One Man’s Passion

Having built his ultimate battlewagon, this accomplished angler now wants to build one for you.

A successful businessman develops an interest in sportfishing that quickly evolves into an overarching passion—first for big fish and then, naturally enough, for big fishing boats. Soon the businessman becomes so knowledgeable and demanding about what he

Cabo 44 Hardtop Express

Triple Threat

This 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 three sailfish took to dancing across the waters just offshore of Key Largo, Florida’s Ocean Reef Club. Shortly after the hookup, I developed a strong appreciation for the agility of Cabo’s

Sea Ray 450 Sedan Bridge

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 new 450 Sedan Bridge as I strolled down the hill to the marina behind Sea Ray’s Merritt Island facility. Even from afar, one particular aspect of the vessel’s stylish persona stood head and shoulders above the

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