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Marquis Yachts 40 SC

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

Marquis Yachts 40 SCThere's no denying the popularity of express cruisers. But in a way, they are fair-weather friends. When conditions get nasty, everyone has to huddle under the hardtop or, worse, retire to a cave-like saloon on the lower deck. It's really only when the weather is nice that it's fun to be out on the open, airy

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Moonen 97 Motoryacht

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

Illustration: Bruce AldersonMoonen 97 MotoryachtBuilding just three or four yachts each year, Moonen Shipyards exemplifies the best of the Dutch yacht-building ethic. It's one of a diminishing number of builders producing fully custom yachts under 100 feet, and it's worth noting that managing

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Horizon 95 Raised Pilothouse M/Y

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

Horizon 95 Raised Pilothouse M/YDon't be misled by the sleek, swept-back lines of her sporty profile; the Horizon 95 delivers interior space on a grand scale wrapped in a lithe, well-proportioned exterior. Foregoing the utility of full walkaround side decks, this yacht's owners opted for a wide-body saloon that extends full beam

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Christensen 160

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

Christensen 160The popular wisdom is, if you find something you like, stick with it. Customers of Christensen Shipyards seem to follow this axiom. The first of its new 160-foot Custom Series is the tenth Christensen to be sold to a repeat buyer. Moving up from a 145, the owner will no doubt enjoy the 6,500 square feet of interior

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Marlow Explorer 86 Cockpit M/Y

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

Marlow Explorer 86 Cockpit M/YAlthough it's been less than a year since Marlow Yachts introduced its first 82-foot Cockpit Motoryacht, the top-flight Asian builder is already well into construction of an 86-foot version that will become the company's new flagship. While it may seem like an additional four feet is not such a big

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Cheoy Lee 78 Sport Motoryacht

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

Cheoy Lee 78 Sport MotoryachtSometimes less is more, especially if doing less means doing it better. A case in point is the layout of Cheoy Lee’s 78 Sport Motoryacht. Rather than maximizing the number of guest staterooms, the savvy builder opted for just three. But each one is so generously proportioned that it's like every

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Ocean 58 Super Sport

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

Illustration: Bruce AldersonOcean 58 Super SportWhen introducing the 57 Super Sport five years ago, the big news at Ocean Yachts was her innovative hull configuration. In the pursuit of better efficiency and course tracking and a gentler ride in rough seas, naval architect David Martin configured

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Couach 3000 Fly

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

Couach 3000 FlyFor more than 100 years, Couach Yachts has been building custom luxury yachts, combining traditional European workmanship, state-of-the-art composite technology, and chic French design. The 3000 Fly is a sporty-looking 100-footer that offers express-cruiser speed with motoryacht comfort. Powered by a pair of

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Regal 5260 Commodore Express

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

Regal 5260 Commodore ExpressWith the introduction of the 52-foot express cruiser, Regal Marine is not just ushering in a new flagship, it’s offering a level of customization that it says is without precedent in a production yacht of this size. The versatile design will give buyers a choice of four interior layouts, two cockpit

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Viking Sanlorenzo SD92

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

Viking Sanlorenzo SD92It was just last year that the Sanlorenzo 88 debuted, the first in a line of custom yachts offered through an alliance between New Jersey-based Viking Yachts and Sanlorenzo, located in Viareggio, Italy. This fall the second model, the SD92, is slated to debut. Unlike the 88, which has a hard-chine planing

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