Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2010

Steadfast AussieA seaworthy cruiser that combines speed and al fresco livability.Because it’s the semi-formal staging area for the annual Sydney-to-Hobart race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s...

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2010 Riva 86 Domino

By Alan Harper | Posted September 2010

The Domino EffectAn import geared for those with champagne taste and a thirst for performance.It isn’t easy being Riva. There’s all that heritage to live up to: pictures of Brigitte Bardot in her...

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Maritimo C47

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2010

More Than Meets The EyeSometimes it’s not just about the boatYou probably assume that the most interesting part of a boat test is evaluating how she performs. Or maybe observing how accommodations...

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Ferretti 800

By Alan Harper | Posted August 2010

Imagination MoverElegant, spacious, and Speedy, the Ferretti 800 opens up a world of at-sea possibilties.When the going gets tough, the secret of success is much the same as it is when the living is...

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Formula 400 Super Sport

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2010

Born to BoogieFormula puts race-bred vitality into its latest family-friendly cruiser.I’m cool with the fact that most of the boats I test drive these days are a bit ponderous. Although most big...

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Tiara 4300 Open

By Pete McDonald | Posted July 2010

Flying the FlagThe new 4300 Open has earned its place as the linchpin of Tiara’s open fleet.The wind blew steady from the east and pushed some hefty rollers toward the coast. Meanwhile, the outgoing...

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Sessa C68

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2010

Bronze BeautySessa builds a sporty, sea-worthy monument to style, panache, and the good lifeWe boat testers at PMY like to tout ourselves as professionals, but sometimes it’s awfully hard to leave...

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Azimut Magellano 74

By Alan Harper | Posted July 2010

The VoyagerAzimut takes a look at the past and steps into the future.When a production boatbuilder sends its latest prototype on a 2,000-mile shakedown cruise right after the boat’s first show, you...

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Absolute 43 Fly

By Pete McDonald | Posted July 2010

Absolute Beauty A stylish pod-driven Italian import designed for the cruising family. Absolute’s first ever flying bridge features a large sunlounge and a settee with a table. Hull-side ports...

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Azimut 53

By Alan Harper | Posted June 2010

Owner's DelightOne look at this boat’s master cabin and you can see why she was named boat of the year.Anyone familiar with the Mediterranean will know from hard-won experience that the weather isn’t...

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By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2010

Home Sweet HomeThe Meridian 541 takes interior furnishings and layout to a uniquely residential level.What I saw at the top of the stairway pegged my practicality meter, but not in a good way. Over...

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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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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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