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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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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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