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Vicem 63 Sportfish

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted May 2008 | Add a Comment

Vicem 63 SportfishShe may not have been sporting her optional Bausch-American tuna tower at her Miami boat show debut, but what the Turkish-built Vicem 63 Sportfish lacked in aluminum, she more than made up for in woodwork. Besides teak—found throughout the cockpit and in some motifs in the interior—Ducia and Kyaha

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The Big Sleeper

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

Hatteras 72 MYHatteras Yachts placed ease of operation near the top of its list of design criteria for its 72 Motor Yacht, attempting to make life simpler for both owners and crew. Instead of expanding the deckhouse to fill the 20'2" beam, designers left room for full-length side decks. They allow the crew to stay clear of the

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Caulk the Line

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

There are four chief types of boat adhesive sealants: polyurethane, polyether, polysulfide, and silicone. Knowing which sealant is best for each project and its proper application procedure can be the difference between a seal that lasts and a seal that fails. Choosing the Right SealantPolyurethane is the strongest

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XF = Xtra Fish?

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

Albemarle 290 XFWhen your testing ground is off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina—the infamously stormy sand spit that has earned the nickname "The Graveyard of the Atlantic"—you had better build a strong boat. Through-bolted every six inches with 316L stainless steel rivets, the Albemarle 290XF is just that, featuring a

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Fishing by Satellite

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted February 2008 | Add a Comment

This chart from Offshore Satellite Services shows a break's predicted path.Sea Surface Temperature (SST) charts seem to be exactly what the name implies. But when it comes to the ones tuned for anglers, there's a lot more to them. A variety of companies offer an assortment of SST charts, and the cost ranges from free to more than

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Wayachts 46

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted January 2008 | Add a Comment

Wayachts 46From the sky, she looks like a giant horseshoe. But with a purported top speed of 36 knots, Wayachts' Italian-built Wave 46 Quarantasei can gallop right along.Beginning on two steps that serve as a swim platformAt the centerline helm, which features a standard Raymarine chartplotter and VHF and a

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Mixing Business With Pleasure

By Capt. Grant Rafterphotos by Klaus... | Posted January 2008 | Add a Comment

Lürssen's KismetI nibbled on a pineapple skewer as the rain fell in a hush against the gray hull of Kismet. At 223 feet LOA with a beam of 42 feet and towering 66 feet to the top of her radars, she turned heads from the 17th Street Causeway during last year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. At the behest of

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Troubleshooting 101

By Capt. Grant Rafterillustrations b... | Posted December 2007 | Add a Comment

You've heard the mantra before, but it bears repeating. A diesel engine basically needs just two things: clean fuel and air. If it's missing either, it's dead. That's why troubleshooting a diesel usually involves tracing the air and fuel systems from start to finish, always beginning with the simplest and least-invasive potential cause and ending whenever your expertise reaches its limit.

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Sharply Dressed

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

Marquis 40 SCWisconsin-based Marquis Yachts prides itself on its American-built boats with European style, and the 40 SC seems the epitome of what the company has set out to achieve.The styling is sharp, if a bit futuristic, with everything from the backrest of the bench-style helm chair to the corner moldings on the

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Grady-White Canyon 336

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

Grady-White Canyon 336Less Barebones, More Fish BonesThe striped bass in Albemarle Sound have a new enemy in North Carolina builder Grady-White's new Canyon 336. Built as a fish chaser, the 33-footer has an optional T-top that includes radial outriggers, net stowage, and molded-in fore and aft spreader lights. Aft

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