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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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Cruisers 400 Express

By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2004

When I was a young boy, I loved going to the circus and seeing the clowns. One of my favorite memories was seeing a dozen of them pile out of a tiny little car that seemed no bigger than a golf cart...

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Maxum 3700 SY

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted December 2004

I’m all for skin treatments like facials, but I’d rather have them courtesy of relaxing experiences at a spa than the continuous pelting of horizontal rain at the helm.Actually, it felt more like I...

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Atlantis 55

By Alan Harper | Posted November 2004

It’s been two years since Paolo Vitelli, head of Azimut-Benetti, absorbed the family-run Gobbi into his empire. The yard was a successful producer of midpriced sports cruisers, known for its advanced...

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Fairline Targa 62

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

Ben and Valentina Bethell only caught the boating bug seven years ago, but since discovering the lifestyle this cruising couple has learned, embraced, and lived it full throttle. After relocating...

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Sealine T60

By Alan Harper | Posted October 2004

In the week of my visit, the range of tide at St. Helier, the principal port on the pretty island of Jersey, was about 24 feet. An unsettling moonscape of jagged rocks would appear slowly, twice a...

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Azimut 50 Flybridge

By George L. Petrie | Posted October 2004

I found a lot to like about Azimut’s 50 Flybridge. Sightlines from the lower helm are excellent; there’s only a single, narrow mullion in the windshield, and the forward side windows are at eye-level...

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Cruisers 300 Express

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2004

I love drivin’ boats. Always have. Particularly when they’re even a little bit like the new 300 Express from Cruisers Yachts. Not that the 300’s a guts-and-glory go-fast, with engines high-strung and...

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Hinckley SC42

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2004

I had three questions in mind when I pulled into the parking lot behind the venerable, white-clapboard house that serves as the Hinckley sales office in Southwest Harbor, Maine. First, why was...

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Sea Ray 500 Sedan Bridge

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2004

When Sea Ray invited me to do a ride-along boat test on its new 500 Sedan Bridge, the guys said they were leaving from the marina behind the Sanibel Resort at five o’clock in the morning. So I...

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Camper & Nicholsons 42 Endeavour

By Alan Harper | Posted September 2004

If a magazine is only as good as its current issue, then maybe a boatbuilder should only be judged by its latest launch. And if that’s true, Camper & Nicholsons (C&N) looks to be in pretty...

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Meridian 368

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2004

Although this is a test of Meridian’s new 368 Motoryacht, it’s impossible to talk about the boat without talking about the company that builds her. In fact, you could say this article is as much a...

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Azimut 68S

By Alan Harper | Posted August 2004

Okay, let’s talk about those windows first—the square ones in the topsides. They’re real, and they work: You can actually see out of them. They’re clever, too, because while the area of each...

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Ocean Alexander 64 Pilothouse

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2004

Back in the 1960’s, some West Coast brokers discovered that if they built boats in Taiwan, where the labor rate was a fraction of what it was in the United States, they could undercut domestic...

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Alaskan 65

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2004

I was at the helm of a midrange motoryacht, idling into St. Augustine Inlet some while back, when a rather large vessel dead ahead spoke to me. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying the vessel came...

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Cruisers 500 Express

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

I tested a Cruisers 455 Express Motoryacht last year, and the most striking area of that boat was her enormous full-beam aft master stateroom. It wasn’t just the standard queen-size berth, vanity,...

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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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