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By Capt. Grant RafterPhotos by Fores... | Posted November 2008

The mold for the 3900 sat on the far side of the plant, a rust-colored shell wrapped in a scaffold, and in it was Hull No. 3 with its balsa core already enshrined in AME 6000 vinylester resin. A few...

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Sea Ray 350 Sundancer

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2008

When I learned that I was going to test the newest Sea Ray Sundancer, the 350, I wasn’t exactly ecstatic. Nothing against the boat, mind you. Sundancers are fine craft. But they can be...

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Pershing 64

By Alan Harper | Posted September 2008

The fuel berth in Palma, Mallorca, seemed unusually popular considering the recent rocketing price of oil. Sailboats drifted about, patiently awaiting their turn. Three or four motoryachts circled...

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Marquis 70 Tri-Deck

By Capt. Richard ThielPhotos by Jim R... | Posted September 2008

I'm not sure exactly when it was—maybe the summer of 2002—but I do remember the conversation as clearly as if it had happened yesterday. Bob Van Grunsven, president of Carver Yachts, was...

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Grand Banks 65 Aleutian

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2008

Not your average boat test. Not by a long shot. Way back in 2001, off the coast of California, I'd sea trialed a raised-pilothouse motoryacht that would set a new course for Grand Banks. Called the...

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Uniesse 65 Motoryacht

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2008

The flags stood at attention. I directed my eyes toward the horizon and gazed at the "buffalo" (big swells) running across the Gulf Stream. It was about this time that I began to appreciate the...

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Maritimo C60 Sports Cabriolet

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2008

The only other time I can remember getting myself into something that sounded this stark-raving mad was a dozen years ago. I'd just finished wringing out a high-performance screamer, and the...

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Hatteras 72

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2008

During a boat test, it's always a pleasure to speak with the owners and to hear about the yacht from their point of view. When those opportunities arise, one of my main goals is to understand why the...

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Ferretti 592

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted August 2008

Italy is renowned for setting the high-water mark in style. From the right slacks to the right hair to the right yacht, it's all got to be impeccable. It was in this atmosphere that I approached the...

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Viking Sport Cruisers 63 Motor Yacht

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted July 2008

Robert Moss really likes boats. He enjoys them so much that he's owned nine new ones since 2004. I met Moss because he kindly let me test his most recent addition, a Viking Sport Cruisers 63 Motor...

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Azimut 58 Flying Bridge

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted July 2008

Italy has hundreds of little museums, most with something worth looking at behind their engraved doors. Sometimes the art is inspiring, sometimes just surprising, but usually adding up to something...

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Cranchi Zaffiro 36

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted July 2008

Zaffiro is Italian for sapphire, a gem known for its strength; sapphire ranks 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (diamond is a 10). The jewel's strength owes much to its density—...

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Apreamare Maestro 65

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted June 2008

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe defined the minimalist art movement of the mid-1900's with the oft-quoted statement "Less is more." Both the quote and the movement have been reworked in numerous...

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Symbol 75

By Capt. Patrick S...photos by Ellio... | Posted June 2008

Sometimes a boat is built around the engines. At least that was the case with the Symbol 75 Flushdeck Motoryacht I recently tested out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Bahia Mar marina. A little more...

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Bluewater Yachts Legacy 65

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2008

I heard an industry spokesperson say something the other day at a press event that seemed a little strange, at least at first. "The competitors for the products we build are not the manufacturers of...

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Cranchi Zaffiro 36

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted June 2008

Making RoomThe space-conscious layout of the Cranchi Zaffiro 36 begins in the cockpit, where the L-shape settee flips forward to allow access to the engine compartment. A molded step and and a hollow...

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Fjord 40 Open

By George L. Petrie | Posted May 2008

Alongside the dictionary definition of the word unconventional, one might rightly expect to find an image of the Fjord 40. Quite simply, she looks like no other 40-footer around. Her styling is about...

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Horizon 68

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2008

One of the things I've learned in my years of owning and testing boats is that when you're getting ready to buy a new one, you need to not only ask yourself some hard questions but answer them...

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Regal 5260 Sport Yacht

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2008

It's funny the way I first found out about OPS, a deceptively ho-hum-sounding acronym for Regal's new Optimized Performance System. I was sitting in the engine room of the company's new flagship, the...

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Meridian 441

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2008

A lot of boatbuilders struggle to find their groove. They just can't settle on exactly whom they want to appeal to. In fact, they seem to want to be all things to all boaters.Meridian appears to be...

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Nordlund Xpress LT 57

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2008

The spot where I found the Nordlund Xpress LT 57 appealed to me about as much as the vessel herself. She was tied alongside a pier on the Hylebos Waterway, just behind Nordlund's custom yacht-...

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Sessa 36 Open

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2008

I couldn't stop laughing.Craig Muir, Sessa Marine's U.S. general manager and my partner on a recent high-speed romp of a boat test, was laughing, too. Why? Torque. Every time I throttled up the three...

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Marquis 50 SC

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2008

Sitting in a marina full of white fiberglass vessels of varying sizes and shapes was this dark-hulled, silken-looking, 50-foot, triple-IPS-powered express sport cruiser. While the Marquis 50 Sport...

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Cheoy Lee Serenity Series 68

By George L. Petrie | Posted April 2008

Even in this era of globalization, few projects can rival the Serenity Series for geographic diversity. Cheoy Lee Shipyards will build the 68, the first model in the series, at its yard in Doumen,...

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Outer Reef 63

By George L. Petrie | Posted April 2008

Adapting to a marketplace that is becoming ever more sensitive to fuel economy, efficiency, and carbon footprint, Outer Reef Yachts is now offering smaller engine options throughout its model lineup...

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