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

What’s old is new again.How many times have you heard that phrase when news-channel talking heads are referring to music, art, and clothes? (Like when bell bottoms made a comeback...

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By Alan Harper | Posted August 2009

The Ferretti Group’s Privilege Days event for owners, high-rollers, and other promising prospects has become an annual fixture in the Italian seaside resort of Cattolica, on the...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted August 2009

Fine dining tables are airily spaced throughout The Boatyard Bar and Grill, which is coated in the endemic red-and-white dcor of a Maryland crab house. Manila lines and painted...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2009

One of the most interesting sea trials I’ve ever done took place about five years ago on Skagit Bay, not far from LaConner, Washington. The subject, a prototype Pacific Mariner 85...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2009

When I first got into the boat-testing biz some 21 years ago, European styling was thought by most American experts of the day to be the greatest import to cross the pond since...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2009

the Lauderdale Yacht Club’s a lovely little facility, just a stone’s throw from the ICW. Going in, the channel narrows considerably after you pivot to starboard at the last day...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2009

The Mid-Atlantic states tend to get a little frosty in late December. In fact, when I pulled into Bluewater Yachting Center in Hampton, Virginia, and parked my car behind the...

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It wasn’t until I piloted the Altima 45 Euro Sedan up Fort Lauderdale’s New River that I began to appreciate this vessel’s close-quarter-handling characteristics.For those not...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2009

I’m a reasonably social guy, meaning I either host or attend my fair share of civic events, dinner parties, and other lubberly hoorahs. But when it comes to long-distance cruising...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted June 2009

It’s up to the Army Corps of Engineers,” explained Kurt Dilworth, vice president of engineering at Tomco Marine in La Conner, Washington, which is about an hour north of Seattle...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2009

There are two ways to explain the Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yachtfisher (EYF). One is that if you want to not only go after really big fish but find them in abundance, you have to...

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By Alan Harper | Posted May 2009

When you live in a relatively northern European latitude, as I do in the U.K., it’s often tempting to assume that the grass is browner on the shores of the Mediterranean. But...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2009

If you’re a boatbuilder, one of your most difficult challenges is knowing when to replace a model. After all, designing a new boat is a costly endeavor, to say the least. Way...

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

I turned my back to the optional teak helm, and with an unobstructed view of the cockpit, I pictured my angler—complete with his gold Penn VSX16 loaded up with green high-vis line...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2009

Having sea trialed a fair share of European boats with highly styled but outrageously impractical steering stations, I was a little surprised at the savvy design and comfort of...

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By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted April 2009

The border between a boat you’re comfortable handling yourself and one that requires a captain is a delicate one. The Manhattan 70 sits right on the cusp, filling a gap between...

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By Alan Harper | Posted April 2009

Similar, but different; familiar, yet unique. Platinum may be the latest in Benetti’s Golden Bay series (Hull No. 8) but she is, of course, a totally custom build. It is only from...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2009

It was an iffy spot. There was no sign proclaiming “Live Bait For Sale” and no structure I’d rightfully call a dock. Just an old guy in a big straw hat, a blue work shirt, and...

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Six-thousand-two-hundred-sixty-two miles. Man, that’s a long time between fill-ups. But that’s the maximum statute-mile range I computed for Cheoy Lee’s new 68 Serenity, a 116,000...

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n the bigger scheme of things, 2005 doesn’t seem like very long ago. But four years in the pleasure-boating industry brings lots of change: an influx of European styling, upgraded...

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By | Posted March 2009

Having enough stowage space while maintaining a luxurious aesthetic was a major concern for everyone involved in the build of Jarrett Bay’s latest beauty Waste Knot. “The owners...

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By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2009

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about big sportfishing boats, it’s this: They’re not just about speed. Still, when I saw “38 kts” pop up on the center 19-inch KEP helm monitor,...

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

They make fishing boats, too?That was the question I asked myself when I tested the first Vicem-built sportfisherman four years ago. (Based in Turkey, Vicem has 20-plus years...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2009

I was prepared to not like the Hamilton waterjet-propelled Huckins Linwood 56 all that much, primarily because some of the waterjet vessels I've driven over the years have evinced...

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

Putting pen to paper, I've often found myself mentioning horizons, the ones I've seen and the ones I hope to. Experiencing endless stretches of sky and water, fireball sunsets...

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