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Tiara 3600 Open

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2004

Not long after I’d topped off our 400-gallon composite fuel tank, I noticed the slip where I was supposed to dock our Tiara 3600 Open stern-to was configured a little differently. Instead of being...

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Viking Sport Cruisers 50 Flybridge

By George L. Petrie | Posted July 2004

I find it ironic that Viking Sport Cruisers owners typically take delivery of their yachts in Atlantic City rather than at Viking’s headquarters located a few miles north in New Gretna, New Jersey....

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Doral Alegria Sport Yacht

By George L. Petrie | Posted July 2004

Innovation is vital to the success of almost any product. Consider how the ubiquitous sport-utility vehicle has evolved, morphing from an overgrown station wagon with four-wheel drive into a plethora...

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Carver 560 Voyager

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted June 2004

The Long Island, New York, marina where I keep my boat has many slips occupied by Carvers. Some are sedans and others are motoryachts, but all have something in common: owners who desire all the...

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Hampton 680 Pilothouse

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted June 2004

Hold on to your grabrails, friends, this could have been the boat test from hell.It began back in March as I boarded the Hampton 680 Pilothouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to help deliver her to the...

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Baia Aqua 54

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2004

My college friend, Phil, owned a 1966 Chevelle SS that he tricked out with all the bells and whistles, including a worked-over 427-cid block, a nitrous-oxide tank, and a pumped-up transmission. One...

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Fountain 48 Express Cruiser

By George L. Petrie | Posted May 2004

To those who argue, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd,” I say, “What’s wrong with a crowd?” Particularly if the threesome is the trio of 440-hp Yanmars that power the Fountain 48 Express Cruiser....

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Viking Sport Cruisers V58

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2004

It was one of those days. Beyond the bow of our test boat—a three-stateroom, two-head version of Viking Sport Cruisers’ V58 Express Yacht—the entire seascape was awash with big, hooligan...

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Pershing 50 Express Cruiser

By George L. Petrie | Posted May 2004

Be careful what you wish for. This timeless adage struck me as I recalled the remark I had made a few days earlier, when Shannon McCoy, marketing director for MarineMax, asked me what the plan was...

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Windy 58 Zephyros

By Alan Harper | Posted April 2004

In the land of the frozen Norse, yards pride themselves on building boats that take the rough with the smooth. They have to. Per capita boat ownership in Scandinavia is the highest in the world, and...

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Carver 65 Marquis

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2004

About 18 months ago I received a call from Mike Murawski, Carver’s vice president of sales and marketing, asking if I’d be interested in taking a first look at a “major new project.” Over the years I...

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Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2004

There’s a dictum in gambling: Don’t change tactics when you’re on a roll. It works when you’re trying to win money, and it works in boatbuilding, too—at least judging from the Sea Ray 550 Sedan...

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Regal Commodore 3560

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2004

With a vague foreboding, I stepped aboard Regal’s Commodore 3560, which was docked in the little marina across the street from the Renaissance-Vinoy hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Even from a...

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Kaitos 76

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2004

At every boat show there’s one boat that causes a stir above all others. She may not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea, but she creates a palpable buzz and makes people talk. At last September’s...

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Pershing 76

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2004

I’d just finished testing the Pershing 76 and was walking down the dock at Miami’s Bayside Marina when I was approached by a couple who’d just stepped off a rather boxy-looking 50-some-foot...

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Cheoy Lee 68 Sport Motoryacht

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2004

I was delighted. The guy who’d been driving the Cheoy Lee 68-foot Sport Motoryacht while I recorded radar-gun and other data during the sea trial pulled the Twin Disc electronic engine controls into...

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Sunseeker Predator 68

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted January 2004

It was blowing a steady 20 knots out of the northeast off of Florida’s dicey Hillsboro Inlet—there’s a sign posted at the drawbridge leading from the ICW to the ocean warning that local...

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Cranchi Endurance 41

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted December 2003

The water off Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, Florida, is not a nice place when the wind and seas are up. On the day James Clayton, Cranchi’s stateside rep, and I were to sea trail the Endurance 41...

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Neptunus 62 Flybridge

By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2003

Brand loyalty is intriguing. Whatever we’re buying, be it a car, a burger, coffee, or a doughnut, we can develop a fierce loyalty to our preferred marque. I pondered this in the wee hours of the...

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Sabreline 42 Express

By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2003

Maine boatbuilders are by and large not flashy types, so it was no great surprise to lay eyes on the Sabreline 42 Express. I was prepared for the visual delight of the yacht’s ruggedly handsome...

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Rinker Fiesta Vee 390

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2003

Syracuse, Indiana, might not be as quickly associated with boats as, say, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but on the quiet Syracuse street called West Chicago, the number of boats produced last year almost...

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Tiara 3200 Open

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted November 2003

When you step through the hefty transom door from the optional swim platform and onto the aggressive diamond nonskid of the Tiara 3200 Open's cockpit sole, you're stepping onto history. How so, you...

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Meridian 459 Cockpit

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2003

"Hey Bill," a guy asked recently, "what makes a test boat good?" The question seemed to have philosophical significance, at least at first, so I waded right in. What the heck?Aesthetics got dispensed...

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Sea Ray 420 Sedan Bridge

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted November 2003

As the story goes, Charles Darwin happened upon one of science's most important theories while visiting the Galapagos Islands aboard HMS Beagle. Furthermore, he came up with his treatise on natural...

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Mikelson M440 LRC

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2003

What boater doesn't think he knows how to design a boat? You spend time operating and living with boats for a large part of your life, and you believe you've got insight. In fact, you're sure you...

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