Viking 57 Convertible

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2009

When I first got into the boat-testing biz some 21 years ago, European styling was thought by most American experts of the day to be the greatest import to cross the pond since sliced gelato. Even...

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Cabo Yachts 52 Flybridge

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted June 2009

Laid up in the desert, this boat is built for serious ocean travels.The new Cabo Yachts 52 Flybridge (FB) and last year’s Cabo 52 Express may share the same Divinycell-cored hull and 1,675-hp...

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Nordhavn 75

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2009

There are two ways to explain the Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yachtfisher (EYF). One is that if you want to not only go after really big fish but find them in abundance, you have to venture beyond coastal...

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Tiara 4800 Convertible

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2009

I turned my back to the optional teak helm, and with an unobstructed view of the cockpit, I pictured my angler—complete with his gold Penn VSX16 loaded up with green high-vis line—reeling for his...

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Double Down

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2009

A megayacht fisherman with a reported high-40-knot speed.Would you like a tower station that’s accessed from a retractable internal ladder? Maybe radar arrays and antennas stealthily built into...

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Rampage 34

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2009

It was an iffy spot. There was no sign proclaiming “Live Bait For Sale” and no structure I’d rightfully call a dock. Just an old guy in a big straw hat, a blue work shirt, and jeans (with a red...

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Jarrett Bay 67

By | Posted March 2009

Having enough stowage space while maintaining a luxurious aesthetic was a major concern for everyone involved in the build of Jarrett Bay’s latest beauty Waste Knot. “The owners didn’t want to...

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Viking Convertible 82

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2009

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about big sportfishing boats, it’s this: They’re not just about speed. Still, when I saw “38 kts” pop up on the center 19-inch KEP helm monitor, I was impressed....

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Vicem 63 Sportfisherman

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted February 2009

They make fishing boats, too?That was the question I asked myself when I tested the first Vicem-built sportfisherman four years ago. (Based in Turkey, Vicem has 20-plus years experience in building...

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Viking 50 Convertible

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

A lot can change in seven years. Heck, I went from being a college student to a working professional (yes, this is actually a job) to a daddy in that amount of time, and from having near-black hair...

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Donzi R-80

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted September 2008

If you plan on building an 80-foot sportfisherman that's capable of more than 40 mph, you'd better build her strong. Donzi Yachts believes it's done just that. Bob Roscioli founded the company 22...

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Riviera 38 Open Flybridge

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2008

It was a spectacular morning. The sun was sparkling like diamonds on the Pacific, and a cobalt sky vaulted over the Gold Coast of Australia. Denby Browning, marketing honcho for Riviera Yachts, sat...

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Bertram 540 Convertible

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2008

It's always dicey messing with a classic, especially one as widely revered as the Bertram 54. But Bertram's parent company, the Ferretti Group, is out to establish its own legend, by innovating and...

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Cabo 38 Flybridge

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

The moment was bordering on silly fun. I took over the wheel of the Cabo 38 Flybridge (Hull No. 1) and with minimal input from the ZF electronic controls made her spin like a top. As I throttled the...

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Vicem 63 Sportfish

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted May 2008

Vicem 63 SportfishShe may not have been sporting her optional Bausch-American tuna tower at her Miami boat show debut, but what the Turkish-built Vicem 63 Sportfish lacked in aluminum, she more than...

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Scout 350 Abaco

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted April 2008

The 350 Abaco is the biggest boat Scout has ever built, and because of that you'd assume that the builder would keep it simple—create a vessel with time-tested features that would subtly...

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Albemarle 290XF

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2008

When the first sailfish hit, we were running along the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream. The day was perfect, with the wind northerly, seas averaging six feet or more, and the sun bearing down just...

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Davis 70

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2008

Under a low-hanging, leaden sky and dodging sheets of rain, we'd just finished our performance testing of the Davis 70 in the protected ICW off St. Lucie, Florida. Now we were headed out into the...

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Ocean 58 Super Sport

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2008

The Ocean 58 SS, the replacement for the 57 SS, is the baby of John Leek IV, known around the industry as J4. This is J4's second boat as general manager—his first was the 54 SS—and if he...

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Altima 56

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2008

Who among us has not, after boarding dozens of boats and talking to dozens of salespeople, wished we could just design and build our next boat ourselves so she would be exactly the way we want her?...

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Jarrett Bay 63

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

She first appeared as a dot on the radar. But in an instant, 63 feet of sparkling, metallic orange streaked up behind my tournament team's boat like a rapidly rising sun. This sun was hot, too, with...

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Bertram 700

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2008

You don't have to have the windows.That may be the most important message I can convey to hardcore anglers interested in the Bertram 700. I know a bunch of you are this very moment looking at the...

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VIking 60

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

The wind may have been blowing 25-plus, but the 60 feet of battlewagon beneath my feet easily beat down the blowhard wind, and the four- to six-foot seas topped with a seething chop. This latest...

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Viking 82 Convertible

By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2007

Sometimes bigger is better. A case in point is Viking Yachts' 82 Convertible, eight feet longer and about two feet beamier than the builder's current flagship 74 Convertible. Don't get me wrong, the...

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Ocean 37 Billfish

By George L. Petrie | Posted November 2007

Remember when you could just go into a place and order a cup of coffee? Not anymore. Now it's got to be half-caf, half-decaf cappuccino with extra foam and a sprinkle of shaved chocolate. Or...

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