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The Big Sleeper

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted April 2008

Hatteras 72 MYHatteras Yachts placed ease of operation near the top of its list of design criteria for its 72 Motor Yacht, attempting to make life simpler for both owners and crew...

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XF = Xtra Fish?

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2008

Albemarle 290 XFWhen your testing ground is off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina—the infamously stormy sand spit that has earned the nickname "The Graveyard of the Atlantic"...

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Wayachts 46

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted January 2008

Wayachts 46From the sky, she looks like a giant horseshoe. But with a purported top speed of 36 knots, Wayachts' Italian-built Wave 46 Quarantasei can gallop right along.Beginning...

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Lightweight Heavyweight

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted January 2008

When most people think of Dutch yachtbuilding, they certainly think of high quality, but they also likely recall the names of some of the largest privately owned vessels in the...

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Kindred Spirits

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted December 2007

At most yards the first step in building a yacht involves rolling out fiberglass mat or cutting huge sheets of metal. At Lazzara Yachts, however, it all starts with pasta.From...

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Sharply Dressed

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted December 2007

Marquis 40 SCWisconsin-based Marquis Yachts prides itself on its American-built boats with European style, and the 40 SC seems the epitome of what the company has set out to...

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S Is for Spectacular

By Alan Harper | Posted October 2007

When you pack your bag for a trip to Dubai, it's just as well to include, along with your sunglasses, passport, and gold credit card, some suspension of disbelief. Nothing quite...

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Shark Attack

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted September 2007

Riviera M470If Riviera's new M470 anchored near the hamlet of Amity, you can be sure a mob of frantic swimmers would soon be on the beach. With lines like Jaws, her aspect is...

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Island Pilot 435 Fast Trawler

By George L. Petrie | Posted September 2007

Since its inception, the Island Pilot design team (which hired me as a consultant) has refused to be bound by conventional thinking. The design goals for the original Island Pilot...

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The Big Red One

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted August 2007

Azimut 103SWith each subsequent model in Azimut's sexy, sleek S range, the talented design team of Carlo Galeazzi and Stefano Righini raises the bar. From the bambina, the 43S, to...

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Downeast Darling

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted July 2007

Sabre 52 Salon ExpressAbout 20 years ago, when Maine-based sailboat builder Sabre sought to expand its line, someone might've glanced at the workboats on nearby Casco Bay for...

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Steel Will

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted June 2007

Neil RabinowitzAleutian 92Have boat, will travel—to just about anywhere you choose. That is the raison d'tre for the Aleutian 92, built in Tacoma, Washington. And with a...

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Aussie Rules

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted May 2007

Riviera 4700 Sport YachtAustralia-based Riviera Yachts is known stateside for its line of convertibles, but the builder made a big splash at last year's Fort Lauderdale...

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