Boat Tests

Horizon PC58

Exlusive Power & Motoryacht boat test of the Horizon PC58, a multihull with wide-ranging appeal for both traditionalists and nonconformists. Horizon’s first mass-market multihull is a Cat that monohull boaters can love. The PC58 is the best-balanced power catamaran I’ve driven. The fact that she’s Horizon’s first production multihull makes the success all the more remarkable.

Riviera 61 Flybridge Series II

Riviera broadens the appeal of its 61 Series II beyond her angling origins.

One of the little bits of black magic that’s part of boatbuilding is knowing when to mess with success. That is to say, when you’ve got a well-received boat that’s still selling well, how do you know when it’s time to replace or redesign it? And an even more critical question: How much should you change it? Too much and you may lose the boat’s constituency; too little and you run the risk of it going stale.

Sea Ray 410 Sundancer

Our Executive Editor cuts a rug onboard Sea Ray’s latest sport yacht, the 410 Sundancer, and finds plenty to like—if you’re into fun Boat test of the Sea Ray 410 Sundancer. Back in the day, thanks to what they call bonne chance in southern Louisiana, I crossed trails with a fabulous old Cajun by the name of Justin Wilson. He had a popular cooking show on TV at the time and a bunch of books, cookbooks, and videos on the market. And because we hit it off from the start, he kindly offered to help me with a story I was doing about Louisiana-built boats, Cajun restaurants, and whatever else I could dream up...

Sessa Fly 45

Sessa brings Italian style to the American market with the new Fly 45—a sporty ride that is ready to entertain. Boat test of the Sessa Fly 45.

Azimut 62S Italia

Azimut’s 62S Italia Offers A Refined Layout And Plenty Of Performance.

Azimut marked the 150th anniversary of Italian unification in 2011 by relaunching one of its most popular and successful models. Newly dubbed the Italia in honor of the occasion, the 62S reminded us that she blew our socks off when we tested her in her original guise six years ago. She had everything—looks, performance, comfort, and innovation. In fact, she seemed to us to be pretty near perfect...

MCY 65

Monte Carlo Yachts 65 adds smart options to a complete package.

PMY Boat test of the MCY 65. Monte Carlo Yachts’ Second Model Is Even Better Than The First One Was.

The view from the air was pretty unequivocal: billows of clouds borne on northerly winds, cascading down snow-covered mountains towards the ocean. Offshore, ships battled against the icy gale, burying their bows in huge seas and raising sheets of spray. 

Carver 44 Sojourn

We test two radically roomy, pod-equipped Carver cruisers, one with gas power and the other with diesel.

Coming up with this test report on Carver Yachts’ 44 Sojourn required two separate wringouts. I did the first on Georgia’s Lake Lanier last year, using a model fielded by Carver dealer Singleton Marine Group and outfitted with twin 400-hp Volvo Penta IPS550Gs, the only gasoline-powered pod propulsion package Volvo was selling at the time...

Bonadeo 368 Walkaround

The Bonadeo 368 Walkaround is rough, rugged, and ready...Plenty fast too.

PMY's EXCLUSIVE boat test of the Bonadeo 368 Walkaround. The 368 Walkaround is a true all-purpose boat that also happens to be eminently fishable. Wide-open decks provide plenty of space room to maneuver while a carbon-fiber T-top offers serviceable shelter from the sun.

Viking 66 Convertible

PMY Exclusive Boat Test of the Viking 66 Convertible. Viking’s new 66 Convertible is definitely a work of art and maybe even a masterpiece.

There’s a story, probably apocryphal, that when someone asked Michelangelo how he would create a sculpture of an elephant he replied, “I would take a large piece of stone and take away everything that was not the elephant.” Although a masterpiece of oversimplification, his words point up that genius almost always results from having a clear goal and being able to focus on it to the exclusion of everything else...

Mangusta 105

Few boatbuilders put together a big boat with big-time performance quite like Overmarine. The Mangusta 105 matches a pair of 2,400-hp MTU diesels to water jets to offer impressive speeds with considerable luxury. PMY's independant boat test of the 105-foot Mangusta megayacht. Chasing the Snake: Mangusta builds a boat to kill a cobra. It’s a great story...

Beneteau Flyer GT 38

Warp Factors: The Beneteau Flyer Gran Turismo 38 may transport you futher than you think. Boat test of the Beneteau Flyer Gran Turismo 38.

Sunseeker Manhattan 53

Next Generation

We test the space-age Manhattan 53 within sight of England’s stone-age coast.

This year’s Southampton boat show was breezy and damp, as it often is. If you wanted to guarantee unreliable weather for an outdoor event, you couldn’t do better than to choose the period of the fall equinox, when the predicted path of Atlantic low-pressure systems exactly

Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius

A Good Running Game

The Cruisers 41 Cantius exemplifies traditional American values, and she’s a pleasure to run.

Green Bay, Wisconsin, is a city with a population hovering just above 100,000, though I’d guess that number at least doubled this football season when the New Orleans Saints came to town to play the world-champion Packers in the NFL opener...

Kadey-Krogen 48' AE

To what length will PMY go to test a new full-displacement trawler from Kadey-Krogen?

Oh, about 800 nautical miles!

So how totally cool can one moment afloat be? Our Kadey-Krogen 48 AE (Advanced Ergo-nomics) was purring north on Chesapeake Bay, with the mouth of the Choptank River to starboard and salty breezes wafting through the

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

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