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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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Hatteras 56 Motor Yacht

By George L. Petrie | Posted March 2008

The fact that the Hatteras 56 is touted by the builder as an "entry-level product...priced at under $2 million" seems rather startling. But that shouldn't suggest she's wanting for features, quality...

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Riviera 45 Open Flybridge

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2008

Sometimes boat tests start problematically. Take my wring-out of Riviera's 45 Open Flybridge. The morning I was to fly down to Stuart, Florida, to jump aboard her at Riviera Yachts' facility, Brett...

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Sea Ray 47 SB

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted January 2008

After hiding my mouth under a respirator and slipping on protective eyewear, I entered the Sea Ray plant in Palm Coast, Florida, where workers were grinding away on a column of vessels that stretched...

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Riva SportRiva 56

By Alan Harper | Posted January 2008

Even after all these years, a new Riva is an event. All that iconic imagery—so carefully cultivated by the Ferretti Group's marketing people—of the 1960's jet set aboard its classic...

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Ovation 52

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2008

I'd say I'm a reasonably humble guy. Now and again I let the cat out of the bag, so to speak, but mostly I manage to restrain my grosser ego-driven tendencies, a state of affairs that makes life a...

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Pershing 72

By Alan Harper | Posted December 2007

The first Pershing I ever drove was the 88. She was big and fast and looked like she'd been designed by George Lucas' props department. But the thing most people remember about her was that she was...

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Hampton 580

By Capt. Richard ThielPhotos by Jim R... | Posted December 2007

I never got the chance to talk to Lane Scelzi, owner of All Wet, the Hampton 580 Pilothouse I tested in early November, but I wish I had. I'd love to have heard him tell me why, among all the many...

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Formula 350 Sun Sport

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2007

My first experiences with dayboating were some of the most pivotal of my life. And at the heart of almost every one was a riveted-aluminum Lone Star skiff outfitted with a 40-hp Evinrude. The ol'...

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