"Hot Today" Archive


Friday, July 29, 2016 — Watch these new models from Riviera strut their stuff on the Coral Sea.

The Riviera 575 SUV and 57 EB

We recently teamed up with Riviera Yachts to settle the Pods vs. Straight Shafts, Sport Yacht vs. Flybridge debate. Check out this adrenaline-filled trailer from our test here. ▶


Thursday, July 28, 2016 — Mooring or Less

Moorings

When you think about your next boat, you should probably think about the big picture before you get too crazy. Like, where are you going to tie up your new boat? Sightlines columnist Michael Peters laments the latest trend in the real estate market. See what he’s got to say here. ▶

BONUS BLOG: Last Week, the Republicans...This Week the Democrats


Wednesday, July 27, 2016 — Substance and Style

Absolute 52 Navetta

Boats that bring efficiency over a range of speeds are appealing to today’s coastal cruiser. Those with style and a bit of panache are sure to have their own admirers. The Absolute 52 Navetta will certainly fall into both categories. See what we’re talking about here. ▶

VIDEO BONUS: We just returned from Monfalcone, Italy, where we attended the world premiere of the MCY80, the latest creation from Monte Carlo Yachts.Watch the video here.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016 — Grander Custom Tackle Company taps Jarrett Bay to build their newest battlewagon.

Jarrett Bay 46

From her Steel Gray color scheme to her impressive performance, the newest Jarrett Bay 46, Grander was born to instill fear in the hearts of fish—and fishermen—everywhere. Learn more here. ▶

NEW ELECTRONICS BONUS: Navionics SonarChart Live on Raymarine ▶


Monday, July 25, 2016 — Fishers Island: A cruising gem, hiding in plain sight.

Fishers Island

The Internet would have you believe that Fishers Island is filled with fierce, tourist-hating locals. Senior Editor Dan Harding put that rumor to the test on a recent cruise. Find out if he lived to tell the tale here. ▶


Friday, July 22, 2016 — VIDEO: Testing the Ferretti 550

Ferretti 550

The Ferretti 550 is the company’s first model below 60 feet LOA in six years. We paid a visit to Italy to see what the company did to set this new model apart. See for yourself here. ▶


Thursday, July 21, 2016 — Stay in the Know

Waterfront promo

Updates on Australia boatbuilding, a drink to help you cheer Team USA next month in Rio, the latest tender really flies, a quick trip to Camden, Maine, and more. Get more out of your summer here. ▶

BONUS: Boating and Voting: Capt. Bill at the RNC


Wednesday, July 20, 2016 — Sole Survivor

Boat carpet

New carpeting may not be high on your priority list. But if you look at your boat’s interior it could really help it all come together, and it may be a treat for your feet that won’t hurt your wallet if you follow this advice. See our expert tips here. ▶


Tuesday, July 19, 2016 — Broker Insight: What’s the Brokerage Market for the Viking 61 Convertible?

Viking 61 Convertible

There are some key factors to consider if you’re looking at a used Viking sportfisherman. Have a look at what a broker has to say about this proven model here. ▶


Monday, July 18, 2016 — Report from the Field

Chris-Crafts

Join Senior Editor Dan Harding 'almost live' from the field where he sea trials the entire Chris-Craft fleet at the 2016 Dealer Meeting in Sarasota. Watch the video here. ▶


Friday, July 15, 2016 — Tested: Fountaine Pajot 37

Fountaine Pajot 37

Power cats can change the discussion when it comes to cruising—they seem to change the space equation from the get-go. And Fountaine Pajot has long understood how to make the most of the shift, thanks to the company’s vast experience with sailing cats. Have a closer look here. ▶


Thursday, July 14, 2016 — Hearing and Seeing Your Genset

Genset

Could your generator be dying a quiet death? Maybe, if your hushbox is keeping you from proper troubleshooting insights. Have a look at what Power & Propulsion columnist Richard Thiel thinks. Read his thoughts here. ▶


Wednesday, July 13, 2016 — First Look: Wider 150

Wider 150

Wider is a different kind of boat company: The brainchild of Tilli Antonelli, it started out with a creative solution that allowed large expanses of deck (at anchor) in a sleek performer. Now Wider has turned its imagination to the superyacht set. The result is the groundbreaking Wider 150. Get a closer look here. ▶


Tuesday, July 12, 2016 — Guatemala Is an Angler’s Paradise

Billfish

It’s hard to believe that places like Guatemala still exist today, with big-game fishing opportunities unmatched around the globe. Head for Casa Vieja Lodge and you’ll understand what we’re talking about. Learn more about it here. ▶


Monday, July 11, 2016 — A Better (Virtual) Buoy

Vesper Marine

AIS is a powerful system for helping boats avoid collisions, but that's just scratching the surface of its capability. Case in point: A smart virtual buoy system coming online soon that will protect power lines on the seabed of Long Island Sound. Get the whole story here. ▶

BONUS: Good Instrument News: Garmin gWind Wireless 2 and Raymarine i70s ▶


Friday, July 8, 2016 — Tested: Paul Mann 60

Paul Mann 60

Not everyone is ready to own a custom sportfisherman. But for those who are, the idea of working with some of the most exacting characters in the marine industry is a lifelong dream. Just ask the clients of Paul Mann Custom Boats. We spoke to the owner of the latest Paul Mann 60 as part of our test. See what we found out here. ▶



Wednesday, July 6, 2016 — First Look: Intrepid 410 Evolution

Intrepid 410 Evolution

Outboard power and an express layout combine in this latest speedy (nearly 48 knots) offering from Intrepid Powerboats, and it’s not hard to see why. Learn more about her here. ▶


Tuesday, July 5, 2016 — Mastering a New Challenge

Masters International Angling Tournament

To become a top offshore angler, one must possess a certain skill set and knowledge base that come from years of actively pursuing game fish. Nowhere does it say you have to be a man to do it. See what we mean here. ▶


Monday, July 4, 2016 — What Are the Prettiest Boats?

Prettiest Boats

In the spirit of Independence Day, everyone has a right to their opinion about what makes a boat pretty. And so do we. Check out our list and see if you agree with our assessment. See the whole list here. ▶


Friday, July 1, 2016 — Grilling Freedom

Revolution Grill

Feeling oppressed by the need to constantly refill your propane tanks? Break away from propane with Kenyon's new Revolution Grill. Get cooking here. ▶


Thursday, June 30, 2016 — Lürssen’s Largest

Lürssen Yacht

German shipbuilder Lürssen builds some very large boats. How does the builder set them apart from one another? That’s a feast for the eyes. See what we mean here. ▶


Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — Boat Test: Regulator 41

Boat Test: Regulator 41

When Regulator Marine decided to vault the 40-foot mark, they did it as only the North Carolina builder can: quad Yamaha outboards, an Armstrong bracket, and a hull ready for virtually any conditions. See the details here. ▶


Tuesday, June 28, 2016 — The Next-Generation SeaLife 2.0

SeaLife 2.0 underwater camera

Looking for a rugged, versatile camera to capture your boating memories? We explain why you should consider the SeaLife 2.0 in this exclusive video. See what we mean here. ▶


Monday, June 27, 2016 — First Impressive

Baglietto 46M Fast

Approaching 30 knots in a 150-footer will always be a thrill, and the Baglietto 46M Fast will make sure you do it in high style. See this new yacht now, and get a taste of what’s coming to Cannes. Learn more about her here. ▶


Friday, June 24, 2016 — Take Your Show on the Road

Fishing Tournament

Sure you catch a few fish. And your cockpit team does the job as well as any you’ve ever seen. Maybe it’s time to put your boat up against the best in the world on the fishing tournament circuit. See how to do it here. ▶


Thursday, June 23, 2016 — A Swedish Sensibility

Delta 400

Check out the Delta 400. This stern drive speedster offers a simple, useful layout with a few surprises. And her profile edges toward salty thanks to a reverse pilothouse windshield. Get all the details here. ▶

BONUS: Learning a single-engine boathandling technique without even trying. Or paying.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016 — Viking 48 Convertible

Viking 48 Convertible

The first Viking 48 Convertible hit the high seas more than 30 years ago, and immediately became the leader of the pack. Thanks to an ongoing evolution of design at Viking, this new version adds cruise-worthiness to the fishbox. Read more here. ▶

BONUS: New Boats Notebook: Update on the Bertram 35


Tuesday, June 21, 2016 — Better Gelcoat Through Chemistry

Gelcoat

Don’t live with dirty, stained gelcoat. Spruce it up easily by choosing the right cleaners and sealants. Learn more here. ▶


Friday, June 17, 2016 — Midnight Special

Bert Glaser

Midnight Express owner Eric Glaser designed a one-of-a-kind 39-foot center console that allowed his paraplegic father to drive a boat once again. Watch the video here. ▶


Thursday, June 16, 2016 — Dial in the Fishing Helm

Fishing Helm

The electronics available today have done nothing short of revolutionizing the way we use our boats to fish. But beyond the fishfinders and chartplotters that help target chosen species, there’s so much more to add to the advantage. See the upgrades here. ▶


Wednesday, June 15, 2016 — Statement Boats

Trawler illustration by John V. Turner

You are what you drive, and, in this case, you are what you dock. At least that’s what our Sightlines columnist, yacht designer Michael Peters, would have you believe. See what he thinks your boat says about you. Read it here. ▶

BONUS: Bolstering your boat’s safety doesn’t have to be expensive.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016 — Azimut 66 Fly

Azimut 66 Fly

She’s a sleek flying-bridge yacht. She’s a four-stateroom (plus crew) motoryacht of a certain size that keeps an eye on performance. She’s got a lot of carbon fiber, but she doesn’t show it off. If each of these statements seems like an oxymoron to you, then you haven’t seen the Azimut 66 Fly yet. Read more here. ▶


Monday, June 13, 2016 — New Boat: Cranchi Sixty Fly

Cranchi Sixty Fly

The Cranchi Sixty Fly has been attracting huge attention on both sides of the pond, and for good reason. Discover why the newest offering from Cranchi won over the crowds at Germany's Boot Düsseldorf and Yachts Miami Beach. Learn More Here ▶

BONUS: Jittery about that haulout? Take the edge off with this simple technique.


Friday, June 10, 2016 — Get a Good Look at the Cheoy Lee 104

Cheoy Lee Global 104 Pilothouse

The first Global 104 Pilothouse sports some unique features intended to bring an owner and his family closer together. Get a glimpse of this family-friendly design here. ▶


Thursday, June 9, 2016 — New Boats Notebook: Back Cove 32

Back Cove 32

Back Cove makes single-diesel cruising boats that appeal to cruisers interested in efficiency. The new Back Cove 32 is sure to excite a whole segment of boaters who know just what they’re looking for. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: Easily Engaged Lock Shore Power Cord


Wednesday, June 8, 2016 — The Next Lap

White Tornado

Senior Editor Daniel Harding Jr. spins a tale about White Tornado, the Bertram race boat that came back from a checkered past to accelerate pulses and electrify the senses. Have a closer look at the project here. ▶


Tuesday, June 7, 2016 — Get an Inside Look at how Palm Beach creates their semi-custom yachts.

Palm Beach Motor Yachts

Known for creating yachts with elegant lines and a high level of fit and finish, we went down under to find out exactly how these stunners are brought to life. Join Power & Motoryacht on an exclusive tour here. ▶

BONUS: How to Troubleshoot Your Boat's Air-Conditioning System


Monday, June 6, 2016 — Hard Choices

Grounded Boat

Running aground is no fun. But there are ways to minimize the damage to your boat and her running gear. Do the right thing and you’ll save time and expense. See how to manage your next grounding here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Azimut 66 Fly.


Friday, June 3, 2016 — Custom Details from Paul Mann

Paul Mann 60

The new Paul Mann 60 proves the difference a custom build can make, and it comes down to this North Carolina builder putting together a boat that will make you happy. Have a look at the ways this build, and Paul Mann himself, set the boat apart from most others. See the details here. ▶


Thursday, June 2, 2016 — 2 New Debuts are Pushed to their Limit

Power & Motoryacht Sea Trial

Power & Motoryacht travelled down under to put the new Riviera 5400 and the Maritimo 61 through the paces in their home waters of the Coral Sea. Click here to see the Riviera in action. And click here to see for an exclusive video of the Maritimo 61.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016 — Tested: Azimut Magellano 76

Azimut Magellano 76

If you like cruising, the Azimut Magellano may be just the boat for you. Why? Because it has possibilities of range, comfort, and even some speed built into a crafty hull design and topped with just the level of amenities we have come to expect from this Italian yacht builder. See what we mean here. ▶

NEW ELECTRONICS BONUS: Garmin GPSMAP 84/8600 Multifunction Displays


Tuesday, May 31, 2016 — Meet the Kadey-Krogen 50 Open

Kadey-Krogen 50 Open

Some would consider Kadey-Krogen a conservative builder, considering the company’s boats are efficient, displacement speed cruisers. So we were surprised when we saw the plans for a new model the 50 Open. See for yourself here. ▶

BONUS: Ties that Bind


Monday, May 30, 2016 — Never Forget

D-Day

On Memorial Day, we hope you’ll take some time with your family and remember those we’ve lost. And if you’re looking for something to read, have a look at this story about cruising the coast of France where the D-Day invasion took place in the summer of 1944. Read our story here. ▶


Friday, May 27, 2016 — New Boats Notebook: Outer Reef Trident 3000

Outer Reef Trident 3000

Trident is Outer Reef’s new brand and it’s full speed ahead on the design front. Jeff Druek is pulling out all the stops for a brand that hits the high points for cruising chops, comfort aboard, and ocean-going good looks. See what we’re talking about here. ▶


Thursday, May 26, 2016 — An Eye for the Line

Boat Designs

Designers walk a tightrope between upholding tradition and breaking new ground, and the good ones have you forgetting what you think is more important. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: SI-TEX Vector Compact GPS Compass


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 — Tested: Fleming 58

Fleming 58

When an able cruiser like the Fleming 58 falls into the viewfinder of Capt. Bill Pike, you just know he’s going find a few things to say. Take a read of his test and think about what you would do with a boat like this. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: Boat Harbour Championship a Grand Slam for Uno Mas!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016 — Talk of the Docks

Waterfront items

Stay up to date on the latest happenings in the boating world. Whether you’re headed for a stay at Marina Jack in Sarasota, Florida, curious to fish for a million bucks, or something else entirely. Check out the new updates here. ▶


Monday, May 23, 2016 — Video Update: Sanctuary Cove Boat Show

Dan Harding at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show

Senior Editor Dan Harding reports via video from the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. See what he has to say here. ▶

BONUS: The Stars of Sanctuary Cove


Friday, May 20, 2016 — Update from Down Under

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

New boats are the name of the game on day one of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in Australia. Senior Editor Dan Harding discovered some stunning new boats, and saw a few familiar faces. Come along for the ride. ▶


Thursday, May 19, 2016 — Breathing Easier

Exhaust System

Inspecting your boat’s exhaust system now might save your engine later. Or your life. Learn more here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Pershing P 5X.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016 — Tested: Sabre 66 Dirigo

Sabre 66 Dirigo

Sabre’s largest, latest model, the 66 Dirigo, has made waves since the Maine boatbuilder released her initial designs. We joined the delivery crew for a leg on her way south to her new owner, to see if she lives up to the hype. See what we found here. ▶


Tuesday, May 17, 2016 — Get a Closer Look at the Vicem 72 Classic Flybridge

Vicem 72 Classic Flybridge

When it comes to fine joinery, it’s hard to beat the tradition of Turkey. Get a better understanding of what sets this boat apart in the market, by zooming in on the details of the Vicem 72 Classic Flybridge here. ▶


Monday, May 16, 2016 — Standing Watch

OnWatch

A new system from Hinckley Yacht Services called OnWatch connects clients’ boats to the service yard and head off problems. If it works, it will mean less downtime and more relaxed, stress-free boating. Get the whole story here. ▶


Friday, May 13, 2016 — Expert Take on Engine Rooms

Engine Rooms

We sent our Power & Propulsion columnist, Capt. Richard Thiel out across the boat show docks to find the best in new-boat engine rooms. Turns out these spaces have a lot to offer. See what he discovered here. ▶


Thursday, May 12, 2016 — New Boat: Axopar 37 T-top

Axopar 37 T-top

The Finnish builder Axopar has an altogether different approach to center consoles. It starts with a slippery running surface, light weight, and a low center of gravity to reduce power needs. And then smart engineering does more with onboard space. Check her out here. ▶


Wednesday, May 11, 2016 — All’s Fair at Fairline

Fairline Targa 53GT

Fairline is staying the course after facing down a financial headsea or two. The future looks bright indeed if the Targa 53GT is any indication, and this luxurious saloon layout is just the start. See what we mean here. ▶


Tuesday, May 10, 2016 — An Eye for the Line

Rockport Marine 44

The third-generation boatbuilders at Rockport Marine combine proven construction methods with an eye for the beauty of past builds to achieve modern luxury. You won’t want to miss the RM44 this team is designing. See and hear all about her in this video. ▶


Monday, May 9, 2016 — Upgrading Your Way to the Future

Arawak's helm

A new helm system can be a game changer for a proven old boat. Just ask the crew at MyBoatWorks, who took a Grand Banks 42 to the next level with a whole new navigation system from Simrad. See how the refit helped make the most of this trusty cruiser here. ▶

SPORTFISHING BONUS: Bringing in the Big Ones


Friday, May 6, 2016 — Exposed

Boating photos

Being on the water is a beautiful thing, though it may sound cliché. Ultimately that's why we're all out there—for a better view. But it takes a special eye to capture those special moments and places in photos. See some of our favorites here. ▶


Thursday, May 5, 2016 — Keep Your Gear High and Dry

Hydraulic Dry Pack

Boats leak. Tenders get wet. And it always seems to rain when you most need to trek into town for provisions. That's why having a quality dry bag like the Sea-to-Summit bag we tested is smart to have aboard. Watch the video here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Azimut 40 Verve.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — Larger Than Life

Sea Ray 400 Fly

Powered by twin Cummins QSB6.7s, Sea Ray’s new 400 Fly is a big 40-footer, its size is deceptive—she looks much larger than her LOA. But how does the V-drives, which free up all that interior space, affect her maneuverability? Find out here. ▶


Tuesday, May 3, 2016 — Ready, Willing, and Able

Nordhavn N96

The salty but luxurious Nordhavn N96 is the newest offering in the line that practically invented the passagemaker. Fully customizable and capable of traveling upwards of 4,000 nautical miles before refueling, she’s sure to satisfy any captain’s wanderlust. Learn more about her here. ▶

BONUS: Mercury & Navico: New VesselView Link and more


Monday, May 2, 2016 — Inside Look: Webb Institute and the Designers of Tomorrow

Webb Institute

Ray Hunt. Jack Hargrave. John Rybovich. Strike up a conversation about iconic yacht designers and you’ll likely hear these names tossed about—and rightfully so. But would you be able to name an up-and-coming designer under the age of 40? 30? What about 20? Who are the designers of tomorrow? We explore the Webb Institute to find out. ▶


Friday, April 29, 2016 — Ready for the World

Azimut Magellano 76

The Azimut Magellano 76 offers a host of features in a cruise-ready package. But it’s her flexible speeds and range that may make the deal too good to pass up. Get a closer look at her here. ▶


Thursday, April 28, 2016 — A GPS Misdirection

American sailors captured by Iranians

Helm electronics must be trusted to be effective tools to help you navigate and keep your boat safe. But what happens if the data is bad to start with? Get a load of what happened when such a problem arose for the U.S. Navy in Iran’s territorial waters. Read the analysis here. ▶


Wednesday, April 27, 2016 — Multiple Choices

Outboard engine illustration by John V. Turner

Putting more outboards on the transom or bracket may result in more speed—but it may not. There’s more to it than counting the horses. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: Cruising info apps and Cuba Ho!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016 — Monte Carlo Yachts Hits the Big(ger) Time

MCY 105

If there was ever a company that showed superyacht style in its builds ranging from 65 to 86 feet, it’s Monte Carlo Yachts. Well the next yacht fulfills all superyacht requirements, starting with LOA. See what we found out when European Editor Alan Harper tested her here. ▶


Monday, April 25, 2016 — What’s in a Name?

Boaty McBoatface

Recent news of an online contest to name a British research ship made our Sightlines columnist Michael Peters think about the monikers he’s bestowed on his boats over the years. The upshot: Originality is hard to come by. Read what he has to say here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Jupiter 34 LX.


Friday, April 22, 2016 — Testing Electronics in the Real World

Electronics

We put the ultimate refit test platform Arawak, a Grand Banks 42 Motor Yacht, through her paces to check out some new electronics. See how it went and what we found out here. ▶


Thursday, April 21, 2016 — The Latest Developments in Solid-State Radar

Solid-State Radar

When three major electronics companies roll out new radar technologies in the space of a month, there’s something going on. Find out what you need to know here. ▶

BONUS (ICYMI): The Prettiest Boats Of All Time


Wednesday, April 20, 2016 — Four to the Floor

Otam 80

The Otam 80 takes all the horsepower you could want and puts it to the water with surface drives. You don't know what this hot combination can do—until you take the wheel. See what happens here. ▶

BONUS: The Story of One Man’s Unquenchable Need for Speed


Tuesday, April 19, 2016 — Make the Most of Your Money

Inboard engine

While you relish the moment your boat comes out of the service yard, running just as she should, you know that bill is headed your way. How do you know you’re getting value for your investment? See how savvy boaters deal with service here. ▶

BONUS: Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod



Friday, April 15, 2016 — Hands-On Video Tested: Garmin EchoMAP CHIRP 74SV

Garmin EchoMAP CHIRP 74SV

Sometimes simple works, as in the case of the Garmin EchoMAP CHIRP 74SV. With it’s intuitive menus, handy charts, and a powerful sounder module built in, this multifunction display punches well above its weight when it comes to usability. Check out our video here. ▶


Thursday, April 14, 2016 — A 1969 Bertram Race Boat Rides Again After a Must-See Restoration

1969 Bertram Race Boat

Once abandoned in a field, this Bertram race boat from 1969 has been given new life by an owner who understood her history and value. You won’t believe the transformation of White Tornado. See the details here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016 — BVI Escape

MarineMax 484

Here’s how one man breaks out of his cruising routine with a bareboat on a MarineMax 484 in the British Virgin Islands. Oh, and he’s done it a few times, so he knows what he’s talking about. Get his take here. ▶

BONUS: GOST Nav-Tracker 3.0 SM


Tuesday, April 12, 2016 — What’s the Brokerage Market for a Cruisers Yachts Express Cruiser?

Cruisers 420

We spoke to four brokers who have Cruisers Yachts express cruisers listed on BoatQuest.com, and here’s what they had to say about everything from inventory levels, to engine type, to the value of soft goods, and more. Learn more about a red-hot market and how the boat you want fits into it here. ▶


Monday, April 11, 2016 — Make Boating Great Again

Mantees

Boating should take a back seat to no other sport or pastime. As true as that may be, we may not want our Sightlines columnist, Michael Peters, in the driver’s seat. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: Cruising with Man’s Best Friend


Friday, April 8, 2016 — Expanded Horizons

Horizon FD85

The Horizon FD85 won hearts at the Taiwan International Boat Show. Next stop: the world. Learn more here. ▶

BONUS: Take a photographic tour of this beauty here.


Thursday, April 7, 2016 — Get Hooked on Anglers Journal

Anglers Journal

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the incredible stories that you’ll find in the spring issue of Anglers Journal. See more here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Fountaine Pajot MY 37.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016 — Tested: Bavaria 450 Coupe

Bavaria 450 Coupe

Germany has come to be known for its engineering exports. A company called Bavaria has been building boats for Europe to enjoy for quite some time. And now they’re here. See for yourself. ▶

BONUS: Fighting Unjust Fishing Regulations


Tuesday, April 5, 2016 — VIDEO: Give Yourself an Edge

Cruising on Arawak

Having a good knife on board is hard to beat, as the editors learned first hand while cruising on Arawak, a Grand Banks 42 Motor Yacht. Get the full story here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Grady-White Canyon 271 FS.


Monday, April 4, 2016 — Hatching a Plan

Boat hatch

Boaters who are in the know notice the details. And when a fine finish is your goal, you need to look closely at your boat’s “problem areas.” Those old hatches with the dull finish may jump out at you. Here’s what to do to fix them. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Hinckley Talaria 34R.


Friday, April 1, 2016 — A Swift Delivery

Swift Trawler 50

There’s something to be said for setting the right speed for your needs. On a leisurely cruise, throttle back to take in the sights. But when you need to be someplace… well, Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 50 answers the call. See how here. ▶


Thursday, March 31, 2016 — The Sky's the Limit

Fairline Targa 53GT

Have a closer look at the Fairline Targa 53GT. You won't be disappointed to see what the latest model from this resurgent boatbuilder has in store. Check her out here. ▶

BONUS: (ICYMI) 15 engine rooms you absolutely have to see


Wednesday, March 30, 2016 — Catch up with the newest propulsion systems from the boat shows.

Cat C7 engine

The Miami and Ft. Lauderdale shows saw the introduction of some game-changing engines. Learn what they have to offer here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look of the Azimut Magellano 76.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016 — EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Sabre 66 Dirigo

Sabre 66 Dirigo

Sabre’s largest model, the 66 Dirigo, has been making waves since the Maine builder released its initial designs. Comb through the images from our recent photo shoot and decide for yourself if she lives up to the hype. See it all here. ▶

BONUS: Lighting Redefined ▶


Monday, March 28, 2016 — Big Ideas for the Small Boat

Tender with electronics

Boaters today have a lot of ideas about what their tenders can do. Here’s how to help your little boat exceed expectations. Learn more here. ▶

BONUS: Boat Command: remote vessel monitoring for the app age


Friday, March 25, 2016 — Let There Be Light

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Underwater lights aren’t just for fishing. They can serve many purposes from avoiding debris to improving your love life. See what we mean here. ▶


Thursday, March 24, 2016 — Master’s Degree

Ben Ellison

Senior Managing Editor Dan Harding climbed aboard Gizmo with Senior Electronics Editor Ben Ellison to help him deliver her home to Camden, Maine, and learn a thing or two about electronic navigation along the way. He got a lot more than that as you’ll read here. ▶


Wednesday, March 23, 2016 — Tested: Marlow 66E

Marlow 66E

Capt. Bill Pike takes a ride on the Marlow 66E with David Marlow, and discovers that the mindset of the man is key to the way his boats are conceived and crafted. Read more here. ▶

BONUS: Never Turn Your Back on The Ocean


Tuesday, March 22, 2016 — Step Aboard the Otam 80

Otam 80

If you don’t know Otam, you’re missing out on a combination of speed and luxury that you don’t often see: Usually she’s passing by in a blur of surface-drive horsepower thanks to her four MTU engines. But we’ve got some still images here. Have a look for yourself. ▶

BONUS: Power & Motoryacht Tested: Sirius Signal Distress Light


Monday, March 21, 2016 — Worth a Visit

Palm Beach International Boat Show

The Palm Beach International Boat Show just wrapped up and if you weren’t there you missed a great combination of sublime boats, exciting events, and a terrific vibe that makes this one of the most enjoyable boat shows of the year. Catch a glimpse of what you missed here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Neptunus 650


Friday, March 18, 2016 — Smart Through-Hull Management

Smart Through-Hull Management

Keeping through-hull fittings exercised is a simple way to make sure they work. But that’s only the beginning of what you should be doing. Learn more about these critical components here. ▶


Thursday, March 17, 2016 — Tested: Beneteau Gran Turismo 40

Beneteau Gran Turismo 40

French boatbuilder Beneteau has created the next version of its Air Step Hull. And then the company fills it with all sorts of goodies to help make your time on the water more fun. Have a look at the new GT40 here. ▶

SPORTFISHING BONUS: A Mate For Life


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 — Update from Taiwan

Taiwan Boat Show

Taiwan has a long and rich boatbuilding history, but the island nation is in a transitional period. See how the boat show put the country’s best foot forward as it highlighted efforts to get Taiwan’s people involved in the sport. Read our up-to-the-minute report here. ▶

BONUS: News Flash: C-Map and Navico become sister companies


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 — What’s the Brokerage Market for the Hatteras 6300 RPH?

Hatteras 6300 RPH

We spoke to three brokers who each had Hatteras motoryachts listed on BoatQuest.com. Here’s what they each had to say about a proven cruiser that was ahead of her time in comfort and performance. Here’s what they had to say. ▶


Monday, March 14, 2016 — What Happens to Forgotten Old Boats?

Forgotten boat

Our yacht designer like our Sightlines columnist Michael Peters takes a pause to look at what happens to old boats. This is an interesting perspective from someone who has made his living thinking about creating new boats all the time. See what he has to say here. ▶

VIDEO BONUS: Dan Harding reports from the Taiwan International Boat Show


Friday, March 11, 2016 — Get to Know Your GPS

Glass helm

The voodoo that GPS does is pretty simple, actually. Understanding why it fails means you’ll be ready when it happens. Have a closer look at this key navigation device here. ▶


Thursday, March 10, 2016 — Update from Taiwan

Taiwan International Boat Show

Join Senior Managing Editor Dan Harding as he scopes out what's new and what's happening at the Taiwan International Boat Show, where boatbuilding has been big business for a long time. If your boat, or your next boat, is made in Taiwan, you may be interested to see what's going on here. ▶

BONUS: New NMEA 2000 stereos


Wednesday, March 9, 2016 — Tested: Everglades 435

Everglades 435

Florida-built center consoles are not all the same. Some claim pure speed, while some claim rough-water performance. Everglades is ready for action with its new 435. See why here. ▶

BONUS: Overboard During Shark Week


Tuesday, March 8, 2016 — Comfort and Clear Views on the Bavaria 450 Coupe

Bavaria 450 Coupe

The Bavaria 450 Coupe sheds new light on life on the water, engineered with the crew—and their views—in mind at every turn. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: Forgive Me


Monday, March 7, 2016 — Law of the Letter

Boat names

Naming your boat is a personal experience and a great way to express yourself. Learn the best ways to share it with the world here. ▶

BONUS: Reflecting on the Arawak Adventure


Friday, March 4, 2016 — The Way to Charter the BVI

the BVI

We took a crewed charter through the BVI on a Moorings 514 PC. And we may have figured out the secret to real relaxation. See how we did it here. ▶


Thursday, March 3, 2016 — Live from the field:

fishing boat

Day 2 of the “Arawak Adventure” introduces the editors to some special people and the true meaning of southern hospitality. Read more here. ▶


Wednesday, March 2, 2016 — Tested: Azimut 72 Fly

Azimut 72 Fly

A 72-foot, four-stateroom motoryacht that tops 33 knots? Meet the Azimut 72 Fly, and learn what it means to travel in Italian style. Get the full lowdown here. ▶


Tuesday, March 1, 2016 — The Electric Bill

Electricity

You probably don’t even think about the cost of electrical power on your boat. But fuel and maintenance costs for engines and gensets can add up. Get expert advice and get more efficient here. ▶


Monday, February 29, 2016 — Come aboard the MCY 105

MCY 105

The MCY 105, the new flagship for Monte Carlo Yachts, takes the boatbuilder into the superyacht realm, where it has always seemed to belong. See what we mean here. ▶


Friday, February 26, 2016 — Lessons from the El Faro Tragedy

The El Faro Tragedy

When the cargo ship sank near the eye of the hurricane, many questions were raised. Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike shares his thoughts here. ▶


Thursday, February 25, 2016 — The Pleasure Dome

satellite-TV dome on 42 Grand Banks Arawak

The idea of making things look good as they function well is behind the whole philosophy of boatkeeping. The new Intellian i5 satellite-TV antenna shows the company understands that. Get all the details here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Mares 45 Yacht Fish.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016 — Tested: Horizon V80

Horizon V80

Gather together, everyone, and check out the Horizon V80. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of room. See what we’re talking about here. ▶

BONUS: Cruising With Capt. Creel


Tuesday, February 23, 2016 — Where to Cruise

Crusing map

We put together a list of some of our favorite under-the-radar cruising grounds in the western hemisphere. Did your favorite one make the grade? Learn more here. ▶

BONUS: Sea Woooo!


Monday, February 22, 2016 — Jello and Shoeboxes

Bertram 35 mold

When you think back to the way boatbuilders used to put boats together during the 1960s, ’70s, and ‘80s, you’ll realize how far we’ve come. See what Sightlines Columnist Michael Peters thinks of the evolution of boatbuilding techniques. ▶

BONUS: PMY Tested: Bird Repellents


Friday, February 19, 2016 — Showing Off in Miami

2016 Miami boat shows

If you made it to the boat show, we can show you a few things you may have missed. If you didn’t come to Miami at all, you’ll want to check out everything you missed—and there was a lot going on. See what we saw here. ▶

VIDEO BONUS: ICYMI Three editors share hot takes at the show.


Thursday, February 18, 2016 — Tested: Nordhavn 52

Nordhavn 52

For cruisers who are in it for the long haul, the Nordhavn 52 is built to last. Get the lowdown on what sets this cruising boat apart from the crowd in our full test here. ▶

BONUS: Clean and Green


Wednesday, February 17, 2016 — Technology Improves Marinized Gasoline Engines

Volvo Penta V8-300C

If you’re a cruiser with a boat of a certain size, you haven’t looked at gasoline-fueled power for a long time. But the engines are making significant leaps soon. See what we’re talking about here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Delta 400


Tuesday, February 16, 2016 — Broker Insight: What’s the Brokerage Market for the Westport 112?

Westport 112

We spoke to a pair of brokers about what they see in the Westport 112 they have listed, to get a sense of what these superyachts have going for them. See what we discovered here. ▶


Monday, February 15, 2016 — The Way to Get Weather

Theyr’s GRIBview iPad

Everyone loves a good storm story when everyone’s safe on dry land. But learning to avoid bad weather means making the most of available data. Some of it is even free! See how to get the best setup here. ▶

SPORTFISHING BONUS: Hero or Zero


Friday, February 12, 2016 — Wish You Were Here—The Boats Are Beautiful

2016 Miami Boat Show

Yachts Miami Beach and the Miami Boat Show are in full swing in Miami right now. Join us for a closer look at some of the boats, gear, and goings-on we are seeing on the docks. Check out a close look here. ▶

VIDEO: A look at the beautiful Chris Craft Corsair 28. ▶

VIDEO: A look at the bad-ass 53 Suenos. ▶

A look at the show through Capt. Bill Pike’s eyes. ▶

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we’re posting and streaming live from both of the Miami shows!


Thursday, February 11, 2016 — The Tradition of American Boatbuilding Innovation

The Maine Boatbuilders Show

It’s good to remember where America’s strengths lay—our boatbuilding may not be as specific as that of some countries have. But Sightlines columnist Michael Peters shares his take on what our country does best. Get his take here. ▶

ICYMI: How to Buy the Best Boat at the Miami Show


Wednesday, February 10, 2016 — Tested: Elandra 53 Sport Yacht

Elandra 53 Sport Yacht

See what happens when some experienced Australian boatbuilders start a new brand of sport yacht. Or just get a load of the Elandra 53. Either way, your eyes will open. See why here. ▶

BONUS: ICYMI—Top Chef Tom Colicchio’s Perfect Day in Miami


Tuesday, February 9, 2016 — The BBC Is Back, Plus Two Cuba Events

The Bahamas Billfish Championship

The Bahamas Billfish Championship will return to form with four exciting tournaments this spring. And the BBC also brings you a new pair of marlin contests in Cuba—the Gamefish Grande Tournament. Check out the details here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Prestige 680.


Monday, February 8, 2016 — Check Out the Proven Westport 112

Westport 112

The Westport 112 has managed to stay new and fresh by doing certain things very well—and she’s made in America too. Have a closer look at the details of this All-American superyacht. ▶

BONUS: Lowrance & Simrad StructureScan 3D, hello interferometry


Friday, February 5, 2016 — Countdown to Miami

Miami Show

If you plan on going to Miami for the boat shows—or even if you don’t—it’s good to know what’s going on. Our panel of experts weigh in on what to look for at the Miami shows. See what they had to say here. ▶


Thursday, February 4, 2016 — Think About Selling the Way the Pros Do

Selling a boat

Selling a boat may have more to do with timing and location than the boat itself. Put your boat’s best foot forward by following the simple steps outlined here. ▶

BONUS: Solar panels—especially foldable ones—aren’t just for sailors anymore.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016 — Tested: Tiara Q44

Tiara Q44

Who better to take you through the capabilities (substantial) and amenities (plenty to go around) of Tiara’s new Q44 than Leon Slikkers of Tiara Yachts. Join Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike as he joins Slikkers and his team on the Great Lakes. See what happened here. ▶

BONUS: SL Fridge Optimizer, smart new product from a new company


Tuesday, February 2, 2016 — Marlow 66E: Get a closer look

Marlow 66E

Marlow Yachts make the most of each hull with constant improvements, design that is well thought out, and beginnings in a philosophy that serves their cruising owners well. See what we’re talking about here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Riviera 57.


Monday, February 1, 2016 — Assess Your Engine Room

Capt. Richard Thiel in an engine room

Take a good hard look at your engine room. Editor at Large (and former diesel mechanic) Richard Thiel shows you how to look at your engine room, and what to look for on your next boat. See what he has to say here. ▶

BONUS: Memory Lane


Sunday, January 31, 2016 — Gold Fever

Illustration by Andy Warner

When the idea of finding sunken treasure entered the agile mind of a problem-solving phenom, there’s no telling what will happen next. Our excerpt of Gary Kinder’s Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea will introduce you to the tale. Enjoy the engrossing story here. ▶


Saturday, January 30, 2016 — Tested: Viking 80

Viking 80

The builder decided to take the Viking 80 in a different direction, one that fits in very well with what we look for in a fishing-ready performer. See what we found out when we put her through her paces here. ▶


Friday, January 29, 2016 — Update from the Enormous Boot Düsseldorf Boat Show

Boot Düsseldorf

If you’ve never attended  Boot Düsseldorf, the huge boat show going on now in Germany, then you’re missing out on a great opportunity to see much of what Europe’s boatbuilders have to offer. And it’s all held indoors, in a gigantic fairground comprising 17 exhibit halls. Get a look at what we’ve seen here. ▶


Thursday, January 28, 2016 — Expansive Horizon

Horizon V80

Wait till you see the Horizon V80. This boat somehow puts comfort above all else, and it comes across in such a way that you may think you’re on a much larger yacht. See what we mean here. ▶

BONUS: ICYMI The Ten Commandments of Troubleshooting


Wednesday, January 27, 2016 — Converting the Convertible

Viking 80

If you're watching the boatbuilding industry as we do, then you will have seen the rise of innovation—these days you can’t succeed if you continue to do the same old thing. Case in point, the new Viking 80. This is a boat that takes the convertible design in a new direction. See the details up close here. ▶

BONUS: One Crafty Cat


Tuesday, January 26, 2016 — Stopping Onboard Fires Fast

Boat on fire

An onboard fire is a nightmare for every boater--smoke, heat, and with toxic fumes to boot--that can become an abandon-ship situation. What kind of fire extinguishers should you have to protect your boat and loved ones? Find out here. ▶

BONUS: Electric Boats: Steyr HDS+, LTS Marine, Torqeedo, windmills & more


Monday, January 25, 2016 — Cruising with a Crew

Moorings 514 PC

A crewed charter on the Moorings 514 PC was just the ticket for Deputy Editor Jason Wood and his family to escape. Get a look at what they saw on their island-hopping itinerary through the British Virgin Islands here. ▶


Friday, January 22, 2016 — Tested: MJM 50z

MJM 50z

There are those who will tell you displacement speed is the most fuel-efficient way to travel. But back-of-the-envelope calculations may show you that the MJM 50z is the solution for the way you cruise. See what we mean here. ▶


Thursday, January 21, 2016 — Check the Specs

Engine Spec Sheets

There’s a ton of data contained on the spec sheets created by the engine manufacturers. But only certain parts of it are relevant to the needs of the boater. Learn how to find what you should know here. ▶

BONUS: ICYMI: The Prettiest Boats Of All Time


Wednesday, January 20, 2016 — Beyond the Fishfinder

Marine electronics for fishing

Pro anglers use every tool in their arsenal to improve their catch rate. Learn how they look at their helm to make the most of their fishing time. See their expert tips here. ▶

BONUS: Keeping Hope Afloat


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 — BoatQuest.com Quiz: Are You a "Good Man on a Boat?"

Sailors

In the short story One Trip Across, Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Eddy was a good man on a boat once, before he got to be a rummy, but he isn't any good now.” Every skipper knows what it means to have a “good man” on a boat with him, whether the shipmate is actually a man, a woman, or a precocious kid. It's just a relief to share the voyage with someone who “gets it,” and can be trusted to manage tasks and lighten the load. What kind of shipmate are you? Find out by taking our 8-question quiz here. ▶


Monday, January 18, 2016 — The Thermal Detective

infrared sensors

Find potential problems in the very structure of your boat with the help of thermal imaging. Click here to find out what you need to know. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Southport 33 FE center console.


Friday, January 15, 2016 — Leaders of the Industry

Marine leaders

There are plenty of great ideas out there to improve boating for us all. But the people who really innovate are the ones who take those ideas and make them real, and have a palpable impact on the on-the-water experience. These are the leaders of the industry. Learn more here. ▶


Thursday, January 14, 2016 — Production Values

top production boats

ICYMI How much do you love your boat? We may love it too. Have a look at our list of the 90 top production boats of all time, and see if your favorites made the list here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016 — Behind the Scenes: Derecktor Shipyard

The megayacht Sorcha

An impromptu walk-through of Derecktor Shipyards’ Ft. Lauderdale location proves that the yard is a boat nut’s field of dreams. See more here. ▶

BONUS: Help for those poor Powerball winners ▶


Tuesday, January 12, 2016 — Tested: Riva Florida 88

Riva Florida 88

European Editor Alan Harper tests the fast, glamorous Riva 88 and finds a yacht that’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with. Find out why here. ▶


Monday, January 11, 2016 — Banana Boat

Grand Banks 32

Here’s the tale of a dedicated boat nut who nearly lost his mind trying to buy a boat that was a long, long way from home. Click here to see his story. ▶

BONUS: After a high-speed, nighttime boat accident, one lucky captain is thankful just to be alive.


Friday, January 8, 2016 — Tested: Pearl 65

Pearl 65

The Pearl 65 is a cruiser with a lot to like. With a smooth-riding hull and mouthwatering amenities, the Pearl 65 really does make the world your oyster. Read our full test of her here. ▶


Thursday, January 7, 2016 — Azimut 72 Fly

Azimut 72 Fly

The Azimut 72 Fly is a sleek all-purpose cruiser that has a focus on getting the whole family excited about being on the water. Plus she has some cool onboard features that warrant a very close look. Fortunately you can do that by checking her out here. ▶

BONUS: Raymarine Quantum, solid-state CHIRP pulse compression radar in radome form!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016 — The Man from Nantucket

Nantucket's Great Point Light

Nantucket is one of America’s best cruising grounds, with a unique charm that’s all its own. Perhaps that’s why the author of this article can’t stop himself from going back again and again. Ride along with him on one of his recent trips to the island by clicking here. ▶

BONUS: FLIR Ocean Scout 640 Handheld Thermal-Imaging Camera


Tuesday, January 5, 2016 — Get Hooked on the Winter Issue of Anglers Journal

Anglers Journal

Here is an exclusive sneak peek at the winter issue of Anglers Journal, which lands on newsstands January 5th. See more here. ▶

BONUS: Our first look at the Viking 80 EB


Monday, January 4, 2016 — The Need for Speed

White Tornado

There’s nothing like a really fast boat. And the thrills they can bestow may just be the ticket to being young again. See what we mean by clicking here. ▶

BONUS: Fish or Cut Bait


Friday, January 1, 2016 — (ICYMI) 50 skills every boater needs to know

boating skills

How many of these essential boating skills do you know? Click here to put yourself to the test. ▶


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