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by Capt. Grant Rafter

Design: Nordhavn 120

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2010 | Add a Comment

The Greatest EscapeWith its biggest boat to date, Nordhavn stays true to its oceangoing heritage.A Ready to relax? Head for the alfresco Jacuzzi tub. B A foredeck davit lets you launch tenders to either side. C For European boarding, use the passerelle, which is hidden under the

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A Rybovich Family Portrait

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2010 | Add a Comment

The CornerstonesIt takes an entire family to totally transform a sport.Photography courtesy of RybovichA Rybovich family portrait: Emil, Tommy, Johnny, and Pop.A 27-year-old carpenter sifted the Florida sands through his toes and stared out past the incoming surf. He’d

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Just Launched: Fairline 65 Squadron

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2010 | Add a Comment

British Sea PowerThe builder's reputation for seaworthy boats continues with its latest cruiser.Although you may not glean it from the company's glamorous advertisements, the British builder Fairline claims the foundation of its brand is much more than just luxury. It's about building a vessel that can also travel safely through

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Night Eyes

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted January 2010 | Add a Comment

Eat all the carrots you want. Your eyes still can’t match the power of thermal imaging.Need proof of how well FLIR’s infrared technology works? Compare the views of the same bridge abutment (above): on the left as viewed with the naked eye, on the right using infrared technology.We’ve all brought a flashlight up on

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Cakewalk from Derecktor shipyards

By Capt. Grant RafterPhotos by Billy... | Posted November 2009 | Add a Comment

America OvercomingThe biggest build from an American shipyard in 80 years represents more than just another new yacht.Photos by Billy BlackPiece by piece, the workers at Derecktor’s shipyard in Bridgeport, Connecticut put together what may turn out to be the most important vessel

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Horizon Vision 74

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2009 | Add a Comment

A greener, long-range cruiser that is available turnkey.A lot of new boats will have debuted at this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show by the time this issue hits newsstands. Among the plethora of vessels, Horizon Yachts' first Vision 74 CMY to arrive stateside stands out, due primarily to the sheer amount of

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Back to Basics

By Capt. Grant RafterPhotos by Jeffe... | Posted October 2009 | Add a Comment

Fort Lauderdale's International Yacht Training offers a true hands-on dieselengine course with small class sizes.Instructor Hartley MacDonald lectures to his students during an in-class segment (the author is at right). The course is five days long.The Applied

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Shark Attack Tournament

By Capt. Grant RafterSteven James | Posted October 2009 | Add a Comment

For most attendees, The Monster Shark Tournament is just a day of great fishing. For others, the sight of the hanging sharks is a call to protest.A fish hanging by its tail on a weigh-in stand is acommon sight at any big-game tournament, asare photographers snapping shots of thewinner. But when tournament workers wavetheir

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Trick Your Ride

By Capt. Patrick S...Capt. Grant RafterCatherine PearsonCapt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009 | Add a Comment

Everyone dreams about buying that new boat. Historically, PMY readers have traded up every three years. But for a lot of us, that usual step up is going to have to be deferred for a few months. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to put up with the same old boat. Take a look around, and you’ll see that there’s plenty of room for improvement onboard.In this section PMY’s editors offer 14

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Maritimo 73 Motoryacht

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted October 2009 | Add a Comment

Biggest Yet: This Australian builder set out to create a boat that would showcase its plans for the future. Did it succeed? The launch of a new flagship is always a telling moment for a boatbuilder. That's because she's always more than just a boat. She should be the largest, best-equipped, best-designed, and most stylish vessel

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