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Riviera 70EB

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2010

The best match for Riviera’s new 70? a salty, seasoned, well-travelled owner.After arriving at an Adelaide hotel late the night before, semi-starved and tuckered out from a long trip to Australia, I...

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Horizon Vision 74

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2010

New and ImprovedHow Adding a cockpit made a good yacht better. Much better.Nothing piques the interest of a boat fanatic like a new model. But as all of us know, some “new” models are newer than...

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2010 Hatteras 72 Motor yacht

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted February 2010

Full Beam AheadIn all regards, this 72-footer feels like she's ten feet longer.When I stepped through the push-button-activated, stainless steel saloon doors on the Hatteras 72 for the first time I...

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Boat Test: Viking Sport Cruisers V62

By | Posted January 2010

The evening’s peripherals were perfect. A few lights had begun twinkling along Plymouth’s quaint English shoreline. Great drafts of bracing salt air whooshed across our open Skyhatch, a...

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Prestige 60

By | Posted December 2009

The sea off the coast of Genoa, Italy, glistened in the sun-bathed but crisp mid-October morning. I walked down the dock with the ancient city off to my starboard. At the quay to my port sat 60 feet...

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Family Favorite

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009

I felt slightly flummoxed after boarding VikingSport Cruiser’s new 50 Flybridge in the storiedold harbor of Plymouth, England. Certainly, thesource of my perplexity had nothing to do withthe vessel’s...

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Viking Sport Cruisers 50 Flybridge Yacht

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009

I felt slightly flummoxed after boarding Viking Sport Cruiser’s new 50 Flybridge in the storied old harbor of Plymouth, England. Certainly, the source of my perplexity had nothing to do with...

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Newport 71 SS4

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted October 2009

Waiting for the bridge to Hillsboro Inlet off Pompano Beach, Florida, required about ten minutes of jockeying in a determined cross current. There was little wind, but the approach to this bridge is...

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Hatteras 77 Enclosed Bridge Convertible

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2009

What’s old is new again.How many times have you heard that phrase when news-channel talking heads are referring to music, art, and clothes? (Like when bell bottoms made a comeback? Ugh.) But unlike...

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Altura 840

By Alan Harper | Posted August 2009

The Ferretti Group’s Privilege Days event for owners, high-rollers, and other promising prospects has become an annual fixture in the Italian seaside resort of Cattolica, on the Adriatic coast. At...

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Eastport 32

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted August 2009

Fine dining tables are airily spaced throughout The Boatyard Bar and Grill, which is coated in the endemic red-and-white dcor of a Maryland crab house. Manila lines and painted pastel models of local...

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Pacific Mariner 85

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2009

One of the most interesting sea trials I’ve ever done took place about five years ago on Skagit Bay, not far from LaConner, Washington. The subject, a prototype Pacific Mariner 85 (see “Dream Machine...

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Whistler

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted July 2009

Photo by Billy BlackA fast, coastal Maine-built cruiser with exquisite detailing.Dubbed Whistler, Lyman-Morse’s newest custom build slipped into the St. Georges River in Thomaston, Maine, on a nippy...

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Ted Hood Coastal Explorer 52

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted June 2009

Designing boats for more than 50 years has given Ted Hood a pretty good perspective on what pleases owners. And one of the things he says makes them really happy is discovering new ways to make their...

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Marlow 70E

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2009

A passagemaker that's efficient and environmentally conscious.The first time I went aboard the Marlow Explorer 70E Mark II, she was tied up next to the Rod and Reel Club on Miami’s posh Hibiscus...

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Regulator 34 SS

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2009

The Mid-Atlantic states tend to get a little frosty in late December. In fact, when I pulled into Bluewater Yachting Center in Hampton, Virginia, and parked my car behind the prototype Regulator 34...

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Ocean Alexander 60

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2009

I’m a reasonably social guy, meaning I either host or attend my fair share of civic events, dinner parties, and other lubberly hoorahs. But when it comes to long-distance cruising, I prefer traveling...

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American Tug 49

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted June 2009

It’s up to the Army Corps of Engineers,” explained Kurt Dilworth, vice president of engineering at Tomco Marine in La Conner, Washington, which is about an hour north of Seattle. “They need to dredge...

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Boston Whaler 370 Outrage

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted April 2009

At just over 37 feet, the 370 Outrage is the largest boat Boston Whaler has built in its more than 50-year history. The patented Unibond construction method has been a feature of all of its boats,...

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Jeanneau Prestige 50

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2009

Having sea trialed a fair share of European boats with highly styled but outrageously impractical steering stations, I was a little surprised at the savvy design and comfort of the Prestige 50’s...

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Sunseeker Manhattan 70

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted April 2009

The border between a boat you’re comfortable handling yourself and one that requires a captain is a delicate one. The Manhattan 70 sits right on the cusp, filling a gap between the Manhattan 60 and...

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Sea Ray 540 Sundancer

By Capt. Grant RafterPhotos by Jim R... | Posted March 2009

n the bigger scheme of things, 2005 doesn’t seem like very long ago. But four years in the pleasure-boating industry brings lots of change: an influx of European styling, upgraded electronics, and...

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Rebirth of a Classic

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted February 2009

Photography by BertramSome say don’t mess with a classic, but the folks at Bertram beg to differ. The Miami-based builder of the new 540 convertible has reinvented the classic 54 it launched in 1981...

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Sessa C46

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted January 2009

Design and practicality are often at odds. A feature may look pretty but that doesn't mean it will serve its purpose. The design team at Sessa, headed by Christian Grande, worked hard not to fall...

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The Hidden Tradition

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted January 2009

Although the builder True North has only been around since 1999, its parent company, Pearson Composites, has a heritage that stretches back 48 years. (Sailing enthusiasts will recognize it as the...

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