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Norseman 535 Sailboat Information
Norseman 535 Sailboat Information
The Norseman 535, designed by Gary Grant, is the largest and newest in the Norseman line of performance cruisers built to the ABS specifications by the Shing Sheng yard in Taiwan. It is testimony to the versatility of the boat that the first hull was ordered by an Australian couple who plan to sail their Spirit of Australia trans-Atlantic to Europe, then double back through the Panama Canal and ride the South Pacific trade winds to Sydney, where they will enter the competitive Sydney-Hobart race. Her canoe-shaped underbody has a skeg-hung rudder and a long fin keel with internal lead ballast and choice of two draft options. She has a 43-percent ballast/ displacement ratio, a displacement/ length ratio of 180 and a sail area/displacement ratio of 17.7. Thus, she should be both stiff and swift in a variety of wind conditions and capable of 200-mile daily runs.
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Bertram 43 Convertible Review - Boat Test #504
Bertram 43 Convertible Review - Boat Test #504
The newest big-water fisherman from Brand B... It was Bimini in late February, with total sun, temperature in the high 70s, the standard crystalline Bahamian water, and there I was wheeling about in Bertram's newest, the 43 Convertible. I grudgingly admit, this wasn't the worst assignment I've had. The 43 Convertible is the third in the "new design" series which started with the 37 and 50 Convertibles (Bertram 37 tested September 1986; 50 tested September 1987). If you're keeping score, the 43 is the replacement for the 42. Dead rise angle is 17.5 degrees (the 50 is 16.4). The big differences between new 43 and old 42 are greater beam and wider, flatter chines. These changes are designed to retain the Bertram soft reentry while giving more stability in the trough and keeping the boat drier. I believe the goals have been achieved.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - Editor Goes Sailboat Shopping - Rick Booth
Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - Editor Goes Sailboat Shopping - Rick Booth
"If you're in the market for an impeccably mannered lady under $100,000, check the Pacific Seacraft 31." - Rick Booth, Editor Offshore Magazine Over the years, editor Rick Booth of Offshore Magazine has become acquainted with a good number of boats. Rick has cultivated some fairly respectable standards. But on a blustery November morning in Hingham Bay, even Rick Booth became downright ebullient over a brand new thirty-one footer from Pacific Seacraft Corporation: the Pacific Seacraft 31. When Rick met Sam Lawson at Old Hingham Shipyard for sea trials, they watched Hingham Bay kick up her skirts. "It was gusting 35 and peaking 40," writes Rick. "Early November is a dicey time to try boats." So Rick took one quick look around, then did the sensible thing.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Review - Yachting, Chris Caswell
Pacific Seacraft 31 Review - Yachting, Chris Caswell
Some boats are built to look like cruising boats, while others truly are built to cruise. Here's one from the latter category, with the kinds of systems, construction and detailing to prove it. In fact, throughout this 31-footer it is easy to recognize that she's built for the reality of cruising rather than the illusion. Too few modern cruising yachts are designed and built by people who actually go cruising, but the Pacific Seacraft 31 is a delightful exception to the rule, with this background and knowledge showing everywhere you look.
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Hylas 44 Sailboat Review
Hylas 44 Sailboat Review
There is a basic, far-too-often fundamental rule about designs that offer a center-cockpit configuration. That is, the view from them is, in many cases, worlds better than the view of them.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Review - CW
Pacific Seacraft 31 Review - CW
Pacific Seacraft is one of those boatbuilders that has built its reputation on traditional cruising values and proven construction techniques. The Pacific Seacraft 31, designed by W.I.B. Crealock, fits the image and carries on the successful design thinking behind the Crealock 34 and 37, also built by Pacific Seacraft. The new boat is unextreme in every aspect, making it pleasing to the eye and fun to sail without any jarring or faddish details thrown into the mix.
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 Owner Review - John Murphy
Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 Owner Review - John Murphy
"Fantastic performance... Everything works perfectly!" John Murphy, design engineer from Massachusetts, has been cruising on one boat or another for more than forty years. During that time, he has owned nine boats. Last August, John and his wife Joan purchased number ten: a Crealock 34 from Pacific Seacraft. On all counts, this knowledgeable and demanding sailing couple couldn't be happier. .. I've been through every nook and cranny on the boat and I haven't found a single area with anything less than just class workmanship. " Their brand new Crealock 34 presented absolutely no problems. "Right from the start, everything worked perfectly," John said. "No bugs at all. We put her in the water and we never had a single problem."
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Bertram 50 Convertible Review - Magnificent Obsession
Bertram 50 Convertible Review - Magnificent Obsession
MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION: The Bertram legend endures with the 50 Convertible. Walk the docks of any marina in the world and chances are you'll see at least one Bertram. To say that's simply because they're ubiquitous begs the question. A deeper reason why so many yachtsmen from Cabo San Lucas to Cannes willingly pay the dear price for a Bertram is the unimpeachable reputation for seaworthiness and durability-a reputation that began on, and has remained constant from, the day the first 31 left the Miami plant. The 50-foot Convertible pictured here, is a fitting inheritor of that patrimony.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - Chip Martin
Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - Chip Martin
''Even with a lot more experience now, we'd still choose the Pacific Seacraft 31. Only now we'd know why we chose it!'' Have you ever thought about going cruising, but decided you weren't experienced enough? Well, meet Chip and Kris Martin of Minneapolis, Minnesota. About a year ago Chip decided to go cruising. This was rather amazing in that he and Kris didn't own a boat, in fact they had never even been on a cruising sailboat before.
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Bertram 50 Convertible Review - Flawless Fifty
Bertram 50 Convertible Review - Flawless Fifty
The water looks dead, and the Bahamian sun pierces the ozone with murderous intensity. The radio is eerily silent, devoid of even occasional small talk, much less a hookup. It's been one of those tournaments- no marlin boated and only a handful of releases after four futile days in the "tongue of the ocean" off Chub Cay. A big blue seems about as likely as an iceberg. But we keep our gaze glued on the baits -on the planing bonefish on the long right, the bird-cum-ballyhoo short, the mullet and the mackerel on the left.
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Crealock 37 Review Testimonial - ULTIMATE TEST
Crealock 37 Review Testimonial - ULTIMATE TEST
How strong can a cruising boat be? Delivery captain puts Crealock 37 through the ultimate test. "Awesome-just amazing..." The locals had never seen anything like it before. Experience told them that when a boat hits the reef at Diamond Head, it's gone. Period. In the last few years twelve boats had been lost there - all ground to a pulp before touching the beach. So when Rick von Stein's Crealock 37 Aldabra, smashed over the reef and came to rest on the beach nearly unscathed, the locals were understandably surprised. But not as surprised as Rick" "What this boat put up with is awesome - just amazing."
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Bertram 37 Convertible Review - A BOOMING BABY BROTHER
Bertram 37 Convertible Review - A BOOMING BABY BROTHER
Bertram's new 37 bears more than a family resemblance to the prize-winning 54- and is proving just as popular After 25 years, the diminutive warhorse that started it all, the venerable, if occasionally wet Bertram 31, has been retired. Certainly there were practical reasons- too costly, too dated, too predictable. But the move has its symbolic origins as well, as in "out with the old and in with the new": a new corporate masthead, new lizard skin and Novasuede, new laser discs, stereo TVs and digital tachs, new core materials, new colors and new computerized routers. The little gem that launched the Bertram line and paved the way for successively larger Bertrams has died, but its spirit lives on in the new midsized jewel that will dictate the direction of the Bertram "empire" through the 1990s and reassert Bertram's tradition as a trendsetter-the 37 Convertible.
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Bertram 37 Convertible Review - Boat Test No. 421
Bertram 37 Convertible Review - Boat Test No. 421
With quiet confidence, Bertram has entered the New Age of high speeds and modern materials. The result is superb. Every time I pass this certain commercial complex in south Florida, it reminds me why (to paraphrase Winston Churchill) there will always be a Bertram. It consists of groups of buildings framing a beautiful man-made lake, which in turn is accented by carefully manicured. tropical landscaping and scores of flamingos. Flamingos are the very embodiment of a pristine, unspoiled Florida; their juxtaposition to an industrial park always seemed to me a bit weird. But I was especially impressed with the size of the flock and the birds' uniformly flawless beauty and stately poses.
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Mason 44/43 Sailboat Review - Practical Sailor
Mason 44/43 Sailboat Review - Practical Sailor
Owners say this powerful, Taiwan-built world cruiser carries Hinckley quality at half the price. The Mason 43 was introduced in 1978 by Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE), a California-based "developer" of Taiwan-built yachts. The Mason 44 which uses the same hull but a different deck mold, appeared in 1985, and is still in production today. In all 180 43's and 44's have been sold. Due to a program of continual refinement it is probable that no two are exactly the same. The Masons have earned a reputation for offering quality approaching that of Hinckley Swan Alden and Little Harbor at a lower price, largely due to lower labor rates in Taiwan.
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Mason 63 Motorsailer Review - Yachting
Mason 63 Motorsailer Review - Yachting
Considering the price and occasional unavailability of fuel, it's no surprise to see the rebirth of the classic motorsailer, of which the Mason 63 is certainly a beautiful example. Although termed by the designer and builders as an auxiliary cruising ketch, there's no question that she is a full-powered motorsailer. The only question seems to be one asked at boat shows by visitors unable to determine if she is new or just a perfectly maintained classic. The overall appearance, the fine woodwork and the obvious sailing ability point to a vintage yacht, while the fiberglass hull and modern construction methods confirm that she is truly a new vessel.
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Bertram 54 Convertible Sportfisher Review - 1981-92 Model
Bertram 54 Convertible Sportfisher Review - 1981-92 Model
New 54-footer is the successful result of some different design considerations. THE ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS for owners of Bertram yachts, sponsored jointly by Bertram Yacht/ Whittaker and Richard Bertram & Co., the largest dealer for Bertram Yacht, convened at Cat Cay, Bahamas, in May. With the Cat Cay Club's marina filled with Bertrams of all sizes, Moppie, the new 54, both blended in and stood apart from the rest of the fleet. She blended in because some of the key Bertram elements-the blue horizontal stripe below the saloon windows, the high-quality glass work were in evidence.
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Post 40 Fisherman Yacht Review - Boating Test 194
Post 40 Fisherman Yacht Review - Boating Test 194
Handsome wood cruiser built to high traditional standards combines luxury, seaworthiness, for serious cruising or sportfishing. Wood? As a boatbuilding material? It does have advantages. It grows naturally, can be sawn, planed, steamed, sanded, glued, and fastened with nails, bolts, or screws. It can be painted, oiled, or stained and varnished. It is strong and durable. And it is so handsome that plastic manufacturers often imitate its finish in their synthetic materials.
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