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Monte Fino 76 Custom Motoryacht

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

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 brand over the past decade has been transformed, creating a svelte charmer that would be the envy of any Italian design studio. Partnering with Humphreys Yacht Design, Monte Fino intends to redesign

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Krogen 55 Expedition Trawler Yacht

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

Updated styling and a gracefully raked bow are two of the more evident features of the Krogen 55-foot Expedition, but they're just icing on the cake. Leveraging 30 years' experience in building bluewater passagemakers, Kadey-Krogen has raised the bar, offering a purebred expedition-style trawler of superior accommodation that boasts a cruising range of more than 3,000 NM.

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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. Her deckhouse side windows are nestled into two elongated ovals that diminish the visual mass of her

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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 speed of about 35 knots. Seeking to appeal to a broad range of customers, the Reefrunner is offered in either a four-stateroom, galley-up or a three-stateroom, galley-down arrangement and an express or

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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 and finish, seaworthiness, and state-of-the-art technology, plus finding a yard with a reputation for service and reliability. These factors, along with an immediate rapport with CEO and

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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 aluminum, she'll meet ABS @ A1 Yachting Service AMS Class and

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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: offer a well-found vessel with distinctive styling and accommodations suited for a cruising couple; deliver

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Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU

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

Grand Banks 41 Heritage EUThe 2005 retirement of the venerable 42 Heritage left a major void in the Grand Banks model line. The classic 42 was a tough act to follow, but with the introduction of the 41 Heritage EU, Grand Banks has outdone itself. Though she's the shortest in the Heritage lineup, she's long on features, including

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The Hard Core Facts

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

Craftsmen apply core-bonding putty to the inner surface of the laminate.It's probably just human nature. Whether the controversy is Ford versus Chevy, Yankees versus Red Sox, or simply "Tastes Great" versus "Less Filling," people love to take sides. Among yacht builders, one of the more impassioned topics of debate is which core

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Viking 60 Convertible

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

Viking 60 ConvertibleNever content to rest on its laurels, Viking Yachts is true to the company mantra: Build a better boat every day. Nowhere is this commitment more evident than in its latest offering, the all-new 60 Convertible. Arguably the best yet from the New Jersey builder, she boasts an advanced hull form, dramatic new

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