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Hatteras 64

By | Posted October 2005

First impressions are often the standard by which we measure things. While we may change our minds, it's usually our gut reaction that endures. The initial reaction I had upon stepping through the...

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Aicon 72

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2005

Truthfully, I was a tad amazed by the formal introduction of Aicon's 72 in Taormina, Sicily. While the big, muscular performance cruiser's exterior was pretty much finished, her interior was...

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Fairline Targa 47

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2005

Once in a while, I forget what boating’s really about. I get all tangled up in a particular vessel’s construction, say, or her engineering. I crawl around on all fours for hours, exploring engine...

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Viking Sport Cruisers 67 Motoryacht

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2005

My time aboard the Viking Sport Cruisers 67 Motor Yacht took place on the same long weekend I also boarded and tested the Viking V70 Express Yacht, which turned out to be our July cover boat. The...

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Cruisers 477 Sport Sedan

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted September 2005

When someone calls to tell me he wants me to see a new boat that’s really different, it’s hard not to be skeptical. "Different" is a continuum; a change in nomenclature or even color may be all that’...

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Birchwood 350

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2005

It’s hard for a newcomer to make a mark in an arena dominated by key players who have been around for years. This is particularly true in boatbuilding, where some of the most successful players are...

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Silverton 43 Sport Bridge

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2005

Over the course of 35 years, Silverton has established a reputation for offering extraordinary spaciousness and livability per foot of boat length. Occasionally, however, it's been opined that...

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Mochi Maxidolphin 74

By Alan Harper | Posted August 2005

When Norberto Ferretti unveiled the Mochi 51 Dolphin at the 2003 Cannes Boat Show, he mockingly referred to her as a "langoustine boat" —in other words, a lobster boat with a Mediterranean...

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Grand Banks 70 Aleutian CP

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2005

Grand Banks dealer Jay Bettis is a tall, lean fellow. And, although he's one of Seabrook, Texas' tried-and-true old-timers, with a waterfront operation that's been going strong since 1973, he's about...

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Apreamare 16m

By Alan Harper | Posted June 2005

At the 2002 Genoa Boat Show, I walked up to the foredeck of the first of the new Apreamare 16ms and found a sofa. So I sat down. I imagined a pretty girl lying on one of the sunpads there, pictured...

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Jefferson 52 Pilothouse SE

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2005

It was breezy. Here and there, I could see wind gusts ruffling what little open water there was at Fort Lauderdale's boat-chocked Billfish Marina. On the plus side of the close-quarters maneuvering...

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Viking Sport Cruisers V70 Express

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2005

About ten years ago, I received a call from Tom Carroll, then executive vice president of Viking Yachts, telling me the builder partnered with U.K. builder Princess Yachts to import a line of...

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Carver 33 Super Sport

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2005

When I was told last year that Carver was going to build an entry-level, inboard-powered, flying-bridge cruiser, I wondered. In the 1990's it offered just such a boat, a 32-foot convertible with twin...

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Hunt Surfhunter 33

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2005

Pedigree is important in animate objects such as racehorses, show dogs, and maybe NASCAR drivers, but does it mean anything for boats—or, more specific, hull forms? Is there such a thing as...

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Marlow Marine Prowler 375

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2005

I was sitting in David Marlow's pine-paneled office a year ago, looking out the window. It's a beautiful, park-like place, Marlow Marine, with royal palms, one of the oldest buttonwood trees on...

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Rinker Fiesta Vee 360

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2005

There was virtually no wind on test day, so rather than make the trip out to the open Atlantic to wring out our Rinker Fiesta Vee 360, I went with a stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway not far from...

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Hampton 540 Sedan

By George L. Petrie | Posted April 2005

Like so many industries these days, yacht building in China has entered a new era. While cheap labor and beneficial exchange rates have kept prices low, quality has improved markedly over the past...

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Aicon 64

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2005

What the heck is a "Euro-style" yacht? Oh, I've seen the term used in an endless array of boat tests and reviews (I've used it myself here and there). I think if a craft has some...

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Sea Ray 48 Sundancer

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2005

Success often breeds repetition. When something works well, it's human nature not to reinvent it. Arguably, the Sea Ray Sundancer series is the most successful franchise in boating, so when it came...

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Formula 48

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2005

We were getting ready to record our first acceleration run when Formula’s executive vice president Grant Porter, who was seated at the helm, exclaimed, “Bill, look!” I knew why he was so excited...

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Horizon 78

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2005

It was a grand feeling, standing in the sky lounge of Horizon's 78 Motor Yacht. I could faintly hear the big, 1,500-hp MAN diesels I'd just cranked, idling in the engine room, seemingly miles away....

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Meridian 341 Sedan Bridge

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2005

Docking’s a big deal to me, mostly because back when my wife and I were living in Connecticut and I was struggling to learn how to dock midrange cruisers, parking the darn things scared the livin’...

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Silverton 38 Sport Bridge

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted January 2005

Some boatbuilders concentrate on perfecting a boat’s performance, while others are all about creating an eye-catching interior design. There are those that focus on giving a smooth ride, and even...

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Azimut 75

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted January 2005

If you ask ten boaters to write a list of what makes up a great boat, chances are you will get ten lists with few common factors. Moreover, those shared elements will likely differ in importance. For...

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Pershing 62

By Alan Harper | Posted December 2004

They named the company after the missile, not the general, and you can see why. In more than 20 years there hasn’t been a Pershing motoryacht that wasn’t fast, sleek, and powerful, and the 62 upholds...

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