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Devil in a Blue Dress
Exclusive: With a top speed exceeding 50 mph, the baia Azzurra 63 will tempt you into taking a test drive.
By Jeffrey Moser
Photography by Jeffery Salter
Respecting Our Reefs, First Impressions, and more
Fiberglass Is Obsolete!
Third Time's a Charge, A Word With...Laird Hamilton, and more
Gadgets and Gizmos
Kids aboard? Get this gear
Around the Yard
Clarifying the confusion over A/C refrigerants, plus Q&A and PMY Tries...Edson Powerknob
Saberline 34 Hard Top Express and Trinity's Unbridled
Nordavn 64, plus Azimut 43
Get ready to get OctoPlexed, plus Q&A, Mastervolt Mass GI Isolation Transformer, Magellan Wireless Security System, Xantrex 400R Power Pack, and KVH TracVision M3
Revolution or Evolution? plus Down the Ways
There is such as thing as too much technology
Boat Test Resource
An at-a-glance summary of the boats we’ve tested the last several months
Early-Bird Maintenance By Jeffrey Moser
Before you jump into our annual maintenance section, find out what a groundhog knows about boats.
Invasion of the Microbes By
Think filter changes will protect you from bad fuel? Think again.
The Sweet Smell of Success
By Mike Smith
Turn your stinkin’ ship into a daisy-fresh delight by following this sage advice.
Head Cases By Mike Smith
How “The Prime Directive” can keep your MSD operational.
Water on Tap By Paul W. Esterle
Keeping drinking water drinkable is a full-time job. Here are some shortcuts.
By Eileen Murphy
Everyone’s got an opinion on how to wash a boat, including us. So we went straight to a professional cleaning service for the best advice.
Lucky 13 by Diane M. Byrne
Think your yard will do everything your boat needs for spring launch?
We bet it’ll overlook these 13 items.
Under the Tuscan Sun By Alan Harper
Exclusive: An intriguing main-deck layout made the Azimut 85 the talk of a recent boat show.
Horizon Chaser By Capt. Patrick Sciacca
Exclusive: The second-generation 47 convertible proves the guys at Riviera are never satisfied.
Light Show By Capt. Bill Pike
What’s a “Window Express”? Regal’s newest—and brightest—cruiser.
Downeast, Kiwi Style By Jeffrey Moser
What kind of a powerboat do you get from a sailboat builder? A pretty darn good one, if it’s the New Zealand-built Oyster LD43.
Into the Abyss By Alan Harper
See what it’s like to ride a RIB in the world’s strongest tidal current.