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Aicon 75 Fly

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2007 | Add a Comment

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 | Add a Comment

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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S Is for Spectacular

By Alan Harper | Posted October 2007 | Add a Comment

When you pack your bag for a trip to Dubai, it's just as well to include, along with your sunglasses, passport, and gold credit card, some suspension of disbelief. Nothing quite prepares you for the...

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Engineering Tradition

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted October 2007 | Add a Comment

At the Sparkman...

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Trinity Yachts' Mine Games

By George L. Petrie | Posted October 2007 | Add a Comment

One of the major challenges in yacht design is creating a look that is distinctive but not outlandish. With its 164-foot trideck Mine Games, Trinity Yachts seems to have hit just the right balance....

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Outer Reef Reefrunner 70

By George L. Petrie | Posted October 2007 | Add a Comment

Known for traditional pilothouse motoryachts, Ocean Reef Yachts has gone sleek and sexy with the Reefrunner 70, a Downeast-style cruiser expected to have a top speed around 40 knots and a cruise...

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Sea Ray 47 Sedan Bridge

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted October 2007 | Add a Comment

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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The End of Rock and Roll

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2007 | Add a Comment

If you could eliminate one thing from boating, what would it be—other than cost? If you said rough water, you'd not be alone. Uncomfortable gyrations have been the bane of seafarers ever since...

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The River Rats of Ramadi

By John Cantlie | Posted September 2007 | Add a Comment

For coalition forces Ramadi is the most dangerous city in Iraq. The capital of sprawling Al Anbar province in western Iraq, the city lies 65 miles west of Baghdad. Ramadi is the focal point of the...

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Heesen 55-Meter

By George L. Petrie | Posted September 2007 | Add a Comment

Not just the largest motoryacht to date for Heesen Yachts, this 55-meter (180-footer) is one of the most technologically advanced projects ever undertaken by the Dutch builder. Built entirely of...

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Burger Boat Company's Liberty

By George L. Petrie | Posted September 2007 | Add a Comment

Like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, the "need for speed" was a high priority for the owners of a custom 101-foot motoryacht being built at Burger Boat Company. But other priorities included world-class fit...

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Shark Attack

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted September 2007 | Add a Comment

Riviera M470If Riviera's new M470 anchored near the hamlet of Amity, you can be sure a mob of frantic swimmers would soon be on the beach. With lines like Jaws, her aspect is aggressive—even...

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Island Pilot 435 Fast Trawler

By George L. Petrie | Posted September 2007 | Add a Comment

Since its inception, the Island Pilot design team (which hired me as a consultant) has refused to be bound by conventional thinking. The design goals for the original Island Pilot 395 were simple:...

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