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by George L. Petrie

Propeller-less Propulsion

By George L. Petrieillustrations b... | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

Ever since the paddlewheel gave way to the screw propeller, there has been little fundamental change in the way that ships and boats are propelled through the water. Over the last century or so, engines and hull forms have evolved substantially, but the means of converting horsepower into thrust has remained pretty much the same: a rotating propeller accelerates the surrounding water in one

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Sol Ambition

By George L. Petrie | Posted October 2006 | Add a Comment

Illustration: Steve DavisThe Island Pilot's DSe's catamaran hulls are long and slender to produce minimum drag.When the first Island Pilot 395 was introduced two years ago, she defied established convention and raised a lot of eyebrows, partly due to her distinctive angular styling, but mainly

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Horizon Yachts Vision 68

By George L. Petrie | Posted October 2006 | Add a Comment

Horizon Yachts Vision 68Although she’s one of the shorter offerings in Horizon’s line of Taiwanese-built motoryachts (which includes models ranging from 62 to more than 130 feet), the new 68 delivers an impressively long list of features and amenities. Her standard equipment includes virtually everything: navigation electronics,

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Outer Reef 80 Raised Pilothouse

By George L. Petrie | Posted October 2006 | Add a Comment

Outer Reef 80 Raised PilothouseSome people think “classic” and “stylish” are at opposite ends of the spectrum, i.e., traditional versus modern. However, some classics never go out of style, like two-seater sports cars and the basic black cocktail dress. Among the ranks of these durable classic styles is the raised-pilothouse

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Viking Custom Yachts Sanlorenzo 88

By George L. Petrie | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

Viking Custom Yachts Sanlorenzo 88Some years ago, as a means of expanding and diversifying its product offerings, New Jersey-based Viking Yachts forged a strategic alliance with England’s Princess Yachts to produce the Viking Sport Cruisers line. Now, as Viking sets its sights on building a line of custom motoryachts, it has

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San Juan 40 Fly Bridge

By George L. Petrie | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

San Juan 40 Fly BridgeIt's abundantly clear that San Juan Yachts has found a look and a style to stay with. Each model, from the 30-foot Express to the 48-foot Fly Bridge, retains the distinctive air of the original San Juan 38. So it’s no surprise that the new 40-foot Fly Bridge adheres to the same proven concept: handsome

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Sunreef 67 Power

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2006 | Add a Comment

Sunreef 67 Power It’s just a question of time. Even the most diehard sailors will eventually be tempted to come over to “the dark side,” forgoing the laborious winching, hauling, and hoisting of sails in favor of simply turning a key and motoring off into the sunset. So it’s to be expected that some sailboat builders might make the

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Hatteras 60 Convertible

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2006 | Add a Comment

Hatteras 60 ConvertibleRemember that old saw that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Fugghedaboutit. Hatteras, one of the most venerable names in sportfishing, has literally reinvented its approach to building sportfishing yachts. In designing their new 60-foot Convertible, Hatteras’ engineers have slashed weight with such a

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Tarquin Trader 70 Motoryacht

By George L. Petrie | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

Tarquin Trader 70 MotoryachtIn typically British understated fashion, Tarquin Boat Company offers its largest model yet: a 70-foot, twin-deck motoryacht that delivers first-rate engineering and systems, voluminous interior spaces, and top-shelf components. Her design places a premium on comfort while offering safety, efficiency,

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Pearson True North 45 Explorer

By George L. Petrie | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

Pearson True North 45 ExplorerIn network television shows, a spin-off seldom measures up to the original. Not true in yacht design, though, at least in the case of True North. Introduced by Pearson Composites in 2001, its distinctive-looking 38 became an instant hit that was encored two years later by an equally well-received

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