Boat Reviews/Brochures


Here's a small collection of third-party boat reviews to enhance your boating knowledge before you purchase, or as you shop!

Mainship 400 Trawler Review
Mainship 400 Trawler Review
New Generation Of Mainship Begins With The 400 WHEN I GO TO A BOAT SHOW THESE DAYS THE ASSORTMENT OF CRUISING BOAT choices is staggering. From heavy displacement battlewagons to speedy custom cruisers, the options are endless. Most of the offerings come from smaller yards that produce a couple of yachts a year. Even the revered names in the business create boats one at a time, with annual production numbers that often seriously lag behind customer demand. For the majority of people interested in cruising motorboats, the cost of entry into the trawler lifestyle represents a significant financial investment, and one that requires planning and managed priorities. Despite the gleaming brightwork on custom and high-end yachts that draw crowds and bring smiles, having the boat of one’s dreams is ultimately less important than simply having a good boat. It is foolish pleasure indeed to hold off boating enjoyment because one hasn’t quite got the budget for the ultimate.
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Some answers to questions you've been asking about the LaFitte44 and LaFitte66
Some answers to questions you've been asking about the LaFitte44 and LaFitte66
Robert Perry designed the LaFitte44 and LaFitte66 as his "Ultimate Sailing Yachts" of their size categories. With grace, beauty, speed, seakindliness, and simplicity to suit the demanding seaman within us, and find-crafted luxurious accommodations to suit our aesthetic souls as well. What is the philosophy of the Lafitte44 and LaFitte66? Today, there are many excellent production and custom yachts being built throughout the world. Unfortunately, though, production builders must sometimes skimp on quality in one aspect or another of engineering, construction, accessories, or equipment in order to keep prices within affordable limits.
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Lafitte 44 Review (Nautical Quarterly Summer 1985)
Lafitte 44 Review (Nautical Quarterly Summer 1985)
At last we have had the opportunity to visit some yards in the Far East, one of them the LaFitte facility leased from the Chung Hwa yard in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, Republic of China (R.O.C.). Before going into a detailed description of the Lafitte 44 it seems appropriate to set down some of our opinions and observations concerning the quality of Taiwanese boat building, since an earlier article on Taiwan in Nautical Quarterly 10 is now somewhat dated. The LaFitte 44 is an excellent vehicle for these remarks, since it represents the exact opposite of what many yachtsmen associate with Far East construction
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It's A Top Cat: Review of the Leopard 40 Catamaran (Moorings 4000)
It's A Top Cat: Review of the Leopard 40 Catamaran (Moorings 4000)
By The Cruising Helmsman Caroline Strainig Multihull fans will find much to like about the new Moorings 4000 – and it might even just convert a few monohull devotees too, writes Caroline Strainig. Okay, so I own a monohull, but occasionally, just occasionally, I can be tempted to stray, and I admit that this straying is becoming increasingly common. I’ve now gone from a “no way” to a “maybe” in terms of crossing over when retirement and some more serious cruising are in the offing. Much as devout monohullers hate to admit it, multihulls do have a lot going for them. Their shallow draft enables you to anchor close in, which gives you more protection from the elements and makes it easier to explore. Then there’s the benefit of being able to sail relatively flat. It’s wonderful to make lunch, have a drink or go to the loo without having to hang on like grim death. That’s not to say these boats don’t rock and roll – when seas get up a bit they do pitch and can slam – but the heeling feeling is absent and life is definitely a more upright affair.
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Leopard 40 Review (Yachting Monthly)
Leopard 40 Review (Yachting Monthly)
Leopards can't change their spots, but that's no bad thing since this new Leopard 40 Catamaran offers space, speed and safety says Paul Jeffes. Multihulls are one of the fastest-growing segments of the marine market. Visit any exotic charter location, from the Caribbean to the Seychelles, and you'll find a wide choice of cruising catamarans. Why so popular? They offer incredible living space for families. Two couples sailing together can have the privacy of a hull each, with their own shower and heads.
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82' Monte Fino Cockpit Motoryacht BOAT INTERNATIONAL Review
82' Monte Fino Cockpit Motoryacht BOAT INTERNATIONAL Review
Dag Pike believes that, with its raised pilothouse, the Monte Fino 82 Skylounge will have a worldwide appeal. Italian-looking and built in the Far East, the Monte Fino 82 Cockpit Motoryacht is actually aimed at the American Market, with particular emphasis on easy maintenance. Chris Caswell Reports. Whether you are designing a mousetrap or a yacht, there is no trick to creating a look-alike of an already existing style. The real genius, of course, is to do it better, which is exactly the case with the Monte Fino 82 Cockpit Motoryacht. Italian styling is a phrase so over-used that it has become as passé as "Euro-styling" but, in this case, the yacht seen here is ineffably italian. With melted edges and a steeply raked windshield and bridge, it fairly shouts "Ciao" to the competition.
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Got to Go To Rotto - An Experience on the Riviera 36
Got to Go To Rotto - An Experience on the Riviera 36
‘Rotto’ is the local slang term for the island, a picturesque reef nine nautical miles off Fremantle, near Perth Western Australia. It’s been a Mecca for boat owners for many years, with skippers heading out on weekends to moor in the over than 20 reef-bound bays found around the island’s shores. In fact, Ken Sims, of Western Australian Riviera dealer Beacon Marine, says that on fine weekends the bays ‘fairly bristle’ with boats of all sizes, ranging from trailer boats to fifty-footers.
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Riviera At Work - In Southern Gamefish Tournament
Riviera At Work - In Southern Gamefish Tournament
For Tasmanian-based Riviera skippers Ron O’Connor (Riviera 43’ ‘Royale II’) and Greg Plunkett (Riviera 36’ ‘The Specialist’) the St. Helens Gamefishing tournament staged over the last weekend of February will remain memorable for different reasons. Ron O’Connor and his crew will recall the marlin they lost; Greg Plunkett and his team will forever remember the tough fight they were given by a 56kg (124lbs) Mako.
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2008 Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge Brochure
2008 Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge Brochure
While the 411 Sedan has the appearance and manageability of a true sedan bridge, this sleek, responsive yacht is much more. Within her stylish lines lie spacious master and guest staterooms, each with island berths, innerspring pillowtop mattresses and extensive storage space. In addition, her dedicated dinette converts to a comfortable double bed, her galley contains all the features for gourmet food preparation under way, and her impressive, wide-open salon incorporates comfortable seating and a well-appointed entertainment center.
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2005 Meridian 459 Cockpit Motor Yacht Brochure
2005 Meridian 459 Cockpit Motor Yacht Brochure
The 459 Cockpit Motoryacht’s innovative design allows her owners to fully enjoy life on the water. This attractive yacht’s highlight is her full-beam master suite, which boasts private access to the cockpit through large sliding glass doors as well as separate en-suite head and shower compartments. The impressive guest accommodations, located forward, also incorporate private head facilities. With fresh breezes and plenty of natural light through large salon windows, the 459’s welcoming interior is well-suited for live-aboard cruising, while the large bridge and aft decks – now available with Flexiteek decking – extend the yacht’s living spaces for the big cruise as well as for al fresco entertaining in style. Now, that’s cruising with flair!
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44' HUNTER 44 DECK SALON BROCHURE
44' HUNTER 44 DECK SALON BROCHURE
The Hunter 44 is offered in two distinct configurations - an aft cockpit cruiser and a raised deck salon. Each model has the space and accomodations usually found only in much larger boats along with the type of performance typically associated with class racing. Noted Hunter designer, Glenn Henderson, took his sportboat heritage and combined it with the Hunter interior designers to provide a truly versatile cruising boat. This hull has a special "bow hollow" just aft of the stem, which provides a longer waterline to increase speed.The aft underbody features a "stern reflex" giving a flatter edit, adding stability and decreasing the wake and turbulence - all providing better performance. Your choice of fin or shoal keel can match your sailing location and performance needs.
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2004 Chaparral Signature Cruisers Brochure (350, 330, 310, 290, 270, 260, 240)
2004 Chaparral Signature Cruisers Brochure (350, 330, 310, 290, 270, 260, 240)
You've never seen a line of cruisers quite like our new 2004 Chaparral Signature Series. From our flagship 350 to the value-minded 240, our 2004 fleet is sure to include a cruiser that's custom designed to your exact needs. Shopping for a cruiser but confused in a sea of claims and counterclaims? We can help. Get out your checklist and compare feature for feature. We not only invite the scrutiny, we welcome it. At first glance you'll notice a difference in style, workmanship and appointments. The Chaparral Advantage will be crystal clear. When you get to the bottomline, it's important to remember that our Signature cruisers are often equipped with standard equipment that rivals only offer as costly upgrades.
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2009 Formula 45 Yacht Brochure
2009 Formula 45 Yacht Brochure
The 45’s classic Formula design lines emanate an overall grace and beauty that immediately attracts attention and admiration. Well beyond state of the art, the very best materials and components are assembled with expert craftsmanship to produce this distinctively fine yacht. Measuring 48´ 2 ˝ overall with a 13´ 11˝ beam, the 45 Yacht design is equally suited to day cruising with family and friends, enjoying several days on the water or extended cruising. The coupe-top design effectively protects the forward cockpit from extreme weather conditions, yet affords ample ventilation through the expansive motorized sunroof. Fresh air also enters through the center walk-thru door and adjustable side vents. The tinted, totally integrated curved windshield reveals a panoramic vista in the absence of forward bracing, an unprecedented feature in this yacht class. (Formula Boats)
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2004 Carver Voyager 460 GS Brochure
2004 Carver Voyager 460 GS Brochure
After a full day of cruising, you and your family will undoubtedly appreciate the exceptionally well-appointed environment of the 460 Voyager. Here, you'll find the kind of amenities you would expect aboard a Carver yacht: comfort, abundant space, and the level of quality craftsmanship that typifies their luxurious interiors. The 460 Voyager GS Incorporates an incredibly spacious Grand Salon. 
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WESTPORT 112 RAISED PILOTHOUSE MOTORYACHT REVIEW - YACHTS INTERNATIONAL - March 2004
WESTPORT 112 RAISED PILOTHOUSE MOTORYACHT REVIEW - YACHTS INTERNATIONAL - March 2004
They said 'no,'" said Buz Divosta, who wanted to upgrade his Westport 112' halfway through its build stage. His changes weren't monolithic - no modifications to the hull mold - but they were nevertheless significant. For example, on his 112' Betty Jane he wanted a hard top over the flybridge, widened aft deck doors and a saloon without a bar.
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Westport Yachts Profile - Boats International, USA - August, 2002
Westport Yachts Profile - Boats International, USA - August, 2002
Over the past 30 years, this Pacific Northwest builder has evolved from building commercial fishing boats to become the largest luxury yacht builder in North America. Boat International USA visits their facilities in Washington. We'll keep on running," says Daryl Wakefield, when asked how he plans to stay ahead of the competition. And, as president of the largest boat builder in North America, he is certainly fit. Wakefield joined the Pacific Northwest builder in 2000, and he has a mission: secure Westport Shipyard as not only the largest builder on the continent, but also the best, and he is well on his way to succeeding.
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Striker - By Name and By Nature (Rivera Yachts)
Striker - By Name and By Nature (Rivera Yachts)
For the crew of the New Zealand-owned Riviera 48’ ‘Striker’, the fabulous Bay of Islands will long be fondly remembered. In just one recent season, ‘Striker’, under renowned Kiwi gameboat skipper Bruce Smith, raised an incredible 157 marlin, one black, a score of ‘stripies’ and a pending women’s world record for a striped marlin caught on 15 kg tackle. Prominent New Zealand journalist, Mark Kitteridge, has fished often with Smith, and rates the skipper as ‘a committed professional’. With more than 25 years’ experience, from ‘deckie’ to skipper, Smith, Kitteridge says, has plenty to admire in his makeup. “I respect his unfailing vigilance and patience the most,” Kitteridge said. “Every moment he’s at the helm he is always keeping an eye out for any sign of fish, both in the gear and the surrounding waters.
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Own a Riviera and Open Up a Whole New World
Own a Riviera and Open Up a Whole New World
At Riviera Marine, we kind of guessed our owners do indeed experience ‘a whole new world’, however it’s nice to have it confirmed. The statement came from Melbourne couple John and Trish Owen, skipper and first mate respectively of the Riviera 36’, ‘Kariba’. A 1995 build, ‘Kariba’ was purchased through Melbourne Riviera dealership, Jackson International Yachts. It is powered by dual 315 horsepower Cummins Diesels and since being bought by John and Trish has had some additional electronics, a Eutectic freezer and a holding tank installed. Now for the real ‘meat’ of this tale - when John and Trish bought ‘Kariba’ she had registered 80 engine hours.
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Regal Commodore 4160 Review - Lakeland Boating (August 2000)
Regal Commodore 4160 Review - Lakeland Boating (August 2000)
Regal’s newest and biggest express cruiser combines fine lines with great performance and then adds all the little things a boater wants, right where a boater wants them. The 41-foot Commodore has a beam of 14 feet and features two separate staterooms, twin Cummins 370-hp diesel engines and all the amenities anyone could want. List price for the new one we tested out of Oselka Marina in New Buffalo, Michigan was $386,873; Oselka featured a special show price of $318,453. When you pay that much for an express cruiser, you expect great looks and outstanding performance and this boat exceeds expectations on both counts. As Mark Oselka, the  marina’s sales manager, pulled the 4160 onto a blustery Lake Michigan from the Galien River, the three of us in the camera boat couldn’t help but remark on the boat’s fine lines-so sleek that we were surprised later to see all the living space belowdecks. This boat’s beauty is more than skin deep; its innovative interior design is also stunning.
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Regal 4160 Review: FASHION FORECAST: Guess who’s the fairest of them all.
Regal 4160 Review: FASHION FORECAST: Guess who’s the fairest of them all.
Whoever said "looks aren’t everything" didn’t own an express cruiser. On these boats image, plus performance, is the point. Were it not, most cruising boaters would be ambling along in aft cabins. The challenge for manufacturers of an express cruiser is to provide that special look without sacrificing the cruising and entertaining accommodations that boxier boats of similar LOA more easily provide. Regal’s new flagship, the 4160, meets that challenge.
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