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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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Viking Sport Cruisers 75

By George L. Petrie | Posted September 2003

As luck would have it, our venue for testing the latest addition to the Viking Sport Cruisers line was Atlantic City, New Jersey, with some of the biggest casinos on the East Coast dotting the...

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Formula 47

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2003

Marco Island's a pricey place. High-end homes. High-end condos. High-end mercantile establishments. So as I pulled into Walker's Marine...

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Mays-Craft 42 Sport Cruiser

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2003

It's an unpretentious place, Mayea Boat Works: little more than a bunch of corrugated-steel sheds, barns, and boathouses hunkered by the waters of Michigan's Lake St. Clair. If you were in a hurry...

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Tiara Sovran 3600

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2003

It was an alluring sight—Tiara's Sovran 3600 express cruiser, parked in the shade of Walstrom Marine's vast boathouse in Harbor Springs, Michigan. I talked briefly with a couple of guys in the...

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Sea Ray 420 Sundancer

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

My brother-in-law Eric kept asking me, "Patrick, I like the Sea Ray 28-foot Sundancer. What do you think?" He'd been looking at boats for about a year, and this was going to be his first. I knew he...

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Ocean 57 Odyssey

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted July 2003

Kemah, Texas, is tucked up inside the western shore of Galveston Bay. "Breeze on into Kemah," read the banners as you enter this waterfront town, which bills itself as the Gateway to the Bay. The...

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Fairline Targa 52

By George L. Petrie | Posted July 2003

What are the odds? As I walked into the Fairline dealer's office at Total Marine in Norwalk, Connecticut, customers had just placed a deposit on the Targa 52 that I was there to test. In the midst of...

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Silverton 48 Convertible

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2003

From the cushy comfort of the helm chair on the flying bridge of Silverton's 48 Convertible, I eyeballed conditions to the east with anticipation. Things looked pretty sporty out there beyond the St...

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Rodman 565 Cruiser

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted July 2003

To be accepted in the Brooklyn neighborhood where I grew up, you had to prove yourself in the schoolyard, usually by playing basketball and baseball. So when Bobby Harris moved in, we kids were all...

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Marlow Explorer 72

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2003

Sidling up to the fuel dock at Miami Beach Marina is a fairly easy chore, unless you happen to be driving a great big motoryacht with a gorgeous dark-blue fiberglass hull, a displacement pushing 50...

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SeaVana 60

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2003

I was a little leery at first. A friend of mine had seen an unusual and noteworthy flying-bridge motoryacht at the 2003 Miami International Boat Show, a boat I'd somehow missed while strolling the...

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Hinckley T44 FB

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

If you mention the name Hinckley around your local marina, most boaters may respond (add your local accent here), "Aren't they that sailboat company that started building those diesel-powered jet-...

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Azimut 62

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2003

The quay at Santa Margherita Ligure is a beautiful place, and on this particular morning it seemed just a little more beautiful than usual. In addition to the warmth of the Italian sunlight on my...

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Ferretti 590

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2003

When I stepped aboard the Ferretti 590 in early March, it had been nearly nine years since I'd tested my first Ferretti for PMY's May 1994 issue. While this boat's sleeker, curvaceous exterior stood...

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McKinna 58 Motoryacht

By George L. Petrie | Posted May 2003

My April 1 trip to West Palm Beach to test the McKinna 58 was going to offer an added bonus, a brief respite from the bitter cold winter that still gripped the Northeast. Alas, I should have known...

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Meridian 408

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted April 2003

Maximizing room and comfort aboard is a daunting task for designers and builders. Big boats obviously have big space to work with, but when you get down around 40 feet, just a few feet—and in...

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Carver 59 Marquis

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2003

I was standing at Carver’s display at the Miami International Boat Show as a couple of Italians disembarked from the new 59 Marquis. Curious what they might have to say after touring what the builder...

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Riva Rivarama

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2003

The real mind-boggler was the finish. It was gorgeous, even a little mystifying, like somebody’d taken ten blocks of modern, high-end Milanese decor, inexplicably refined it into the essence of all...

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Riviera 58

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2003

The first Riviera 58 I rode was Hull No. 1, last May at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Australia. It caused quite a stir among the locals, there not being a lot of 58-foot enclosed-bridge...

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Rinker Fiesta Vee 342

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2003

As soon as I heard Rinker Boats was about to launch a couple of new Fiesta Vee 342s, one with twin I/Os and the other with V-drive inboards, I was on the case lining up one of each for an all-day,...

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