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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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Baia Italia 70

By Alan Harper | Posted November 2007

The Neapolitan shipyard of Baia has always been known for its boats' distinctive styling. Wraparound windscreens and long, convex foredecks were a design signature, which still gives the older boats...

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Savannah 54

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2007

I'm in Ohio, the home state of two dozen NASA astronauts and the official birthplace of aviation, so it's in this spirit that I prepare for liftoff.Standing at the helm with the wheel under my left...

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Monte Fino 76 Custom Motoryacht

By George L. Petrie | Posted November 2007

Most builders update styling periodically to keep models looking fresh. But the revitalized Monte Fino has taken the makeover to a new level. The handsome but somewhat staid look that defined the...

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Aicon 75 Fly

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2007

Aicon 75 FlyA Slice of Sicilian Fly Built in Aicon's Giammoro factory in Messina on the Island of Sicily, the 75 Fly has styling that is distinctly Italian, from her lines to her leather. But her...

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Horizon Vision 68

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2007

Taiwanese builder Horizon recently delivered Hull No. 1 of its Vision 68 series to Seattle. Greg Marshall Designs—the same firm that styled Westport's 130—gave this 68-footer a more-than-...

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Jeanneau 50

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2007

My first reaction on hearing that Jeanneau was introducing a big express to the United States was, "What does a French sailboat builder know about designing cruisers for Americans?" The answer, I...

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Tiara 5800 Sovran

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2007

My day onboard Tiara Yachts' new flagship, the 5800 Sovran, began unusually on two counts. First, thanks to a contest-winning letter that sincerely and super-entertainingly described why he'd like to...

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Maritimo 48

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2007

Maybe it was just the way things looked that morning around the marina at Roche Harbor Resort, a lovely little spot on the northern coast of evergreen-fringed San Juan Island just a short floatplane...

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Sea Ray 47 Sedan Bridge

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted October 2007

Sea Ray 47 Sedan BridgeAlthough the Sea Ray 47 Sedan Bridge has a pair of 578-hp Cummins QSC-600 diesels tucked inside for thrills, the boat appears more dedicated to enclaves for relaxing.Beginning...

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Fairline Phantom 48

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted September 2007

My introduction to serious wheel time at PMY was onboard a Fairline Phantom 43 back in 2000. She was our company boat that year, and I was running numbers with senior editor Capt. Ken Kreisler. Up to...

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Cranchi Mediterranee 43 HT

By George L. Petrie | Posted September 2007

In China this is the year of the pig. But in Sweden it's clearly the year of the IPS, as numerous builders in multiple countries introduce models designed to accommodate Volvo Penta's innovative...

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Mustang 43 Sport Flybridge

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted September 2007

When Americans hear the name Mustang, they often think of the classic car that helped define road cruising in the United States. Remember the Fastback? The Mach 1? The Shelby? The 5.0? These and many...

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Cruisers 360 Express

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2007

Even on a day fraught with showers and thunderstorms, you can't beat driving a sporty express cruiser straight down Tampa Bay with the Sunshine Skyway bridge dead on the nose. There's nothing like...

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Sea Ray 330 Sundancer

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2007

The Sea Ray 330 Sundancer replaces the Sea Ray 320 Sundancer, a six-year veteran to which it bears striking similarities in both design and appearance. Both boats can be ordered with stern drives or...

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Viking Sport Cruisers 58 Flybridge

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2007

While the larger world grapples with thorny issues like disappearing polar ice caps and nuclear proliferation, the boating industry wrestles with its own conundrums, one of which rivals those in...

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Azimut 47

By Alan Harper | Posted August 2007

Ah, the Mediterranean in early June, when every yachtsman feels he has a right to decent weather. And sure enough, when I got there it was warm, with low humidity and calm seas. Perfect conditions...

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Astondoa 53 Open

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2007

Aficionados of large custom yachts may be familiar with the Astondoa marque; founded in 1916, the Spanish yard has been building custom pleasurecraft through three generations of family ownership....

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Marquis Yachts 40 SC

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2007

Marquis Yachts 40 SCThere's no denying the popularity of express cruisers. But in a way, they are fair-weather friends. When conditions get nasty, everyone has to huddle under the hardtop or, worse,...

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