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Venturer 44 Catamaran Review: CAT-TITUDE ADJUSTMENT
Venturer 44: Buoy your spirit.  Are you ready to get crazy? Then get behind the wheel of a slow-fast catamaran. Venturer's new 44' cruising cat takes the comfort of a trawler, mixes in the utility and stability of a catamaran cockpit cruiser, then adds a dash of technology.
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Prout Panther 64 Review: DECISIVE ACTION
Prout 64: Where no cat has gone before. THE MARS ROVER, AN F-16 TOMCAT, and Prout's new 64' Panther powercat all have one thing in common: joysticks. Wait a minute - a boat that can be controlled by joysticks? You got it. So if you aspire to be Cat'n Kirk and enjoy playing with the latest high-tech gear, this luxury yacht has your name written all over it.
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Liberty 42 Express Review: UP AND AT 'EM
Liberty 42: The element of surprise.  Anglers walking the dock will stop in their tracks when they see the Liberty's 110-square-foot cockpit. Many expresses in this range have cockpits 10 to 20 percent smaller. Check out Ocean's 40' SF Express, for example, and you'll find an 80-square-foot cockpit. Even full-blown battlewagons in this size range, like Post's 42' Convertible, sometimes offer less cockpit space, at 90 square feet. But the Viking does even better in this category, with 113 square fishing feet. When it comes to tackle stowage, however, the Liberty wins hands-down, with 12 separate trays next to the bait freezer. Not enough? You can add another half-dozen under the rigging station.
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Sea Ray 410 Express Cruiser Review: DOUBLE DUTY
Sea Ray 410 Express Cruiser Review: DOUBLE DUTY
The new Sea Ray 410 Express Cruiser is more than a luxury sport yacht - this Florida couple takes it fishing, as well.  Like Sea Ray's popular 400 Sundancer, the new Sea Ray 410 Express Cruiser is designed for comfortable cruising. But, for Floridians Jim and Brenda Montgomery, it's also a fishing boat. It has a transom fish box, which the Sundancer does not, as well as an optional live bait well. Instead of a U-shaped lounge in the cockpit, it has facing benches; and the aft bench folds back against the transom in about 10 seconds to provide sole-co-gunwale coaming for an angler to lean against. The 410 EC has straight transmissions; the 400 DA has V-drives. And, instead of the popular ''Sundancer berth," or midstateroom, the 410 EC has a forward guest stateroom. Other than this, the two boats are quite similar. They have the same overall length and beam.
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Mikelson 43 Sportfisher Review - DIFFERENT BY DESIGN
Mikelson 43 Sportfisher Review - DIFFERENT BY DESIGN
Everything about the Mikelson 43 is unusual. Even the name. Let’s get two things straight. First, the company’s name is pronounced MY-kel-son. Second, there is no Mr. Mikelson. The name was created by vice president Pat Sullivan after someone complained that the name he chose for his first boat, the Fexas 42, was unfair to other builders who were using Tom Fexas designs.
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Pacific Seacraft 38T Fast Trawler Review: MODERN CLASSIC
Pacific Seacraft's new 38T Fast Trawler combines traditional good looks with a swift state-of-the-art cruising hull.  Pacific Seacraft's new 38T Fast Trawler, which to some might sound like an oxymoron, is a hybrid that combines the traditional good looks of a trawler with a swift state-of-the-art cruising hull. The builder,  long noted for its seaworthy sailboats (twice included on Fortune's "100 Products That America Makes Best" list), collaborated with renowned designer Bruce King on this first of a new powerboat series.
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Mainship 34 Pilot Review: JOIN THE FAMILY
Mainship's Pilot 34 borrows from many disciplines to create a livable, workable boat any family can love.  I have maintained for years that the only way to test a boat truly is to use it for a season. The rest is all conjecture based on whatever experiences you've had on the water. In that light, I believe that the Mainship 34 Pilot may come pretty close to the conjectural. 
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Viking V50 Express Cruiser Review: ROYAL GUARD
Highborn manners? Sure, but Viking's V50 Express Cruiser is as solid and seaworthy as a cockney bosun's mate.  Driving the V50 was fun. With the Gulf Stream pushing four- to six-foot rollers on test day, it was just sporty enough to showcase the boat's dry, sea-splitting, 21-degree, deep-V hull form. Whether I pointed our bow up sea, down sea, or side sea, the yacht's handling was mannerly and predictable. Moreover, the instrumentation was easy for me to locate and see regardless of where the sun happened to be. 
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Sunseeker Manhattan 74 Flying Bridge Yacht Review: BUSINESS AS USUAL
In typical Sunseeker fashion, the British builder presents a pair of exceptional performance yachts: Sunseeker Predator 75 and Manhattan 74.   In a speech given in 1914, with the world on the brink of war, Winston Churchill said, "The maxim of the British people is business as usual." Even though much time has passed since that memorable oration, little has changed in the ethic. Certainly not with the English boatbuilder Sunseeker, which has expanded its line with the elegant Manhattan 74 flying bridge yacht and the racy Predator 75 express. While as different from one another in looks as London's bustling Piccadilly Circus is to the rolling verdant hills of the Southland's New Forest, these two subjects of the realm share a pedigree: quality construction, meticulous attention to detail, and a flair for excitement.
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Sunseeker Predator 75 Express Review: BUSINESS AS USUAL
In typical Sunseeker fashion, the British builder presents a pair of exceptional performance yachts: Sunseeker Predator 75 and Manhattan 74.   In a speech given in 1914, with the world on the brink of war, Winston Churchill said, "The maxim of the British people is business as usual." Even though much time has passed since that memorable oration, little has changed in the ethic. Certainly not with the English boatbuilder Sunseeker, which has expanded its line with the elegant Manhattan 74 flying bridge yacht and the racy Predator 75 express. While as different from one another in looks as London's bustling Piccadilly Circus is to the rolling verdant hills of the Southland's New Forest, these two subjects of the realm share a pedigree: quality construction, meticulous attention to detail, and a flair for excitement.
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Sabre 452 Review - Yachting Magazine, Dennis Caprio
Sabre 452 Review - Yachting Magazine, Dennis Caprio
Sabre's message for its 452 is perfectly clear: the company wants you to take the new cruiser offshore, around the world if you have the time and the inclination. Of course, you don't have to go for an extended cruise, coastwise or otherwise, to appreciate this boat, because the 452 is equally at home close to home and around the buoys as a PHRF racer. If you thought of Sabres as performance boats you can cruise, maybe you should think of the 452 as a globetrotter you can race or daysail.
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Vitech 55 Sports Cruiser Review: MAKING IT BIG
Vitech 55: The word is getting around.  Vitech calls its new 55-footer a sports cruiser. By putting "sport" in the name, the company is tryirtg to tell us something, namely that the boat goes beyond the accommodations and roominess that one would expect to find in a cruiser that goes for upwards of a half-million dollars. The builder is claiming performance for the Vitech 55 as well. This is cause for pause.  
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Sea Ray 41 Express Cruiser Review: PLEASURE ISLAND
Sea Ray 41 Express Cruiser Review: PLEASURE ISLAND
Sea Ray 41: Another day in paradise. WANT THE INSIDE STORY OF SEA Ray's new 41 Express Cruiser? Check out the interior. The accommodations are ideal for a couple who deserve to pamper themselves. Its 41'4"-by-13'10" exterior dimensions allow for an interior layout and a large, single-level cockpit great for entertaining. 
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Scarborough 61 Sportfisherman Review: BRAGGING RIGHTS
Scarborough 61: No knock on wood.  What if a builder could make a 61' sportfisherman out of wood, and what if it required no more maintenance than fiberglass? What if this wooden boat was not only lighter than a fiberglass boat, but just as strong? What if this boat ran faster, handled better and burned less fuel than its fiberglass competititors? A fantasy, right? Wrong. In fact, someone already builds it. Scarborough's latest boat, the 61' Billfisher, proves that wood is not obsolete.
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Catalina 470 Sailboat Review - The Sumptuous Catalina 470
Catalina 470 Sailboat Review - The Sumptuous Catalina 470
Beautiful and big... and right on the money FOR MANY YEARS THE CATALINA name has been synonymous with quality construction and a customer base with a high degree of loyalty to the brand. (In one of the many ways the company achieves this, founder Frank Butler answers the phone in the Catalina customer- service department himself.) Butler, with chief designer Gerry Douglas, determined that their customers would like something bigger, "an ultimate boat;' said Douglas. This is it.
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Azimut 85 Ultimate Review - LAP OF LUXURY
Azimut 85 Ultimate Review - LAP OF LUXURY
The Italian flair for concept and design comes together beautifully in the new Azimut 85 Ultimate... There were tarpon rolling in the channel at Miami's Government Cut, but the anglers on a flats boat were looking in the wrong direction. Then they saw us on the Azimut 85, slicing through the beginnings of what promised to be something nasty, and they turned around. That's a heck of a thing to do to a man with a 12-weight flyrod in his hand: Your choice, sir, admire the boat you lust after or cast to the fish.
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Viking 50 Open Express Sportfisherman Review: HIGH COMMAND
Viking 50: Devotion to duty. WANT TO OPEN UP THE THROTTLES, point the bow toward the canyons and rage through small-craft warning seas - without sacrificing safety or comfort? Like to reach Tuna Central in minimal time, then jump into a cockpit that's designed for hard-core fishing? Would you feel like a wimp if you hired a captain to do it? If you answer yes to all these questions, your next boat should be a big, Rock-of-Gibraltar strong, express sportfisherman - Viking's 50 Open.
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Pro-Line 3310 Sportfish Review: ULTIMATE WARRIOR
Pro-Line 33: Welcome to the next level. WALK INTO ANY BOAT SHOW AND you'll see aisle after aisle of gleaming gel coat. Walk the docks at a marina, and you'll see row after row of chalky, faded gel coat. Fishboats see the worst gel coat abuse. Blood splatters, chum drips and swinging lead weights all take their toll. Wish you could have a true-grit fishboat that keeps gleaming after years of hard use? Check out the slick surface of Pro-Line's new no-holds-barred flagship, the 3310 Sportfish.
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Horizon 70 Motor Yacht Review: FOREIGN POLICY
Horizon 70: A key endorsement.  Here comes the Horizon 70, just in time to put a slight bend in some aristocratic noses. The Horizon 70 is no upstart. The builder's yard in Taiwan has been refining this line for 10 years, during which they've made significant inroads into the motoryacht market. Deciding to sell Horizons in the United States was a natural, considering that most of the Horizon 70's extensive standard equipment is American-built: Caterpillar engines, Northern Lights gensets, Hynautic steering and Strong Seal shaft logs.
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Dufour Atoll 43 Sailboat Review: ATOLL 43
Now for a completely different approach to the deck saloon: make the deck a saloon. 
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Hunter 410 Sailboat Review: HUNTER 410
This roomy cruiser has lures for both the sailor and the socializer. THE HUNTER 410 PACKS THE room and amenities of a 46-footer into a beamy, high-volume 40-foot hull built for cruisers who may be looking for a second home as well as a cruising sailboat.
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Sabre 452 Review - Cruising World Boat of the Year 1999
Sabre 452 Review - Cruising World Boat of the Year 1999
In the real world, boats spend most of their time anchored, moored, or tied up, so it only makes sense to provide adequate gear to do so. Before boarding the Sabre 452, you notice the substantial stainless-steel anchor-handling apparatus on the bow, the massive mooring-line cleats, and the sculpted chocks and fairleads.
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Sea Ray 540 Sundancer Review - POWER CURVE
Sea Ray 540 Sundancer Review - POWER CURVE
By Capt. Chris Kelly Power and Motoryacht, August 1998, pp. 108-112. SEA RAY BENDS THE LIMITS OF TRADITIONAL EXPRESS CRUISER DESIGN WITH ITS NEW 540 SUNDANCER The 540 achieves the smooth look and the 37-mph top speed her designers hoped she would.      Every year Sea Ray hosts a gathering at its Merritt Island, Florida, plant called the Yacht Rendezvous. A two-day event for select Sea Ray owners and potential buyers, it lets Sea Ray introduce its best customers to its biggest yachts. Guests are invited to board, inspect, and run the yachts, and since the Rendezvous is held right at the plant, Sea Ray's team of engineers and designers are on hand to make sure that no question goes unanswered. It was here that I was able to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Sea Ray's new 540 Sundancer came to be.
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Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge Review - ON THE DOCKS: ON BOARD
Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge Review - ON THE DOCKS: ON BOARD
By Jay CoyleYachting, June 1998, p. 40 Sea Ray eyes the world market with the 560 Sedan Bridge     Seeing Sea Ray's new 560 Sedan Bridge firsthand, one might conclude that she is something of a Euro-styled convertible on steroids. This, however, would be a simplistic interpretation.
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Sea Ray 410 Express Cruiser Review - RAY TO GO
Sea Ray 410 Express Cruiser Review - RAY TO GO
By Capt. Stu ReiningerPower & Motoryacht, June 1999 The not-so-secret weapon of Sea Ray’s new 410 Express Cruiser in this compromise battle is size. With an LOA of 41'6", a beam of 13'10", and a displacement of 21,000 pounds, the 410 is among the larger express cruisers out there. That kind of mass allows her to cut way back on the trade-offs.By their nature, express cruisers storm the front lines in the compromise war. In an express cruiser, the trade-offs between horsepower and space, amenities versus performance, and towering headroom against cramped engine compartments hit closest to home.
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SPECIAL OPS By Capt. Bill Pike
SPECIAL OPS By Capt. Bill Pike
What costs $20 million a year and is as secret as an X-File?Power & MotorYacht (PMY) takes an exclusive look inside Sea Ray’s PD&E. The Sea Ray facility at Merritt Island, Florida, has a vaguely military ambiance, not only because of the obvious purposefulness of the place but because of its sheer size. A huge complex with rows of long, low, color-coordinated buildings, its parking lots are expansive and numerous enough to hold 1,320 cars. Its close-cropped, pond-spotted lawns are so big that employees use golf carts to get from one enclave to another. And the chain-link fence that encompasses its 28-acre entirety is so long that security warrants two gates, each with a guard shack, a uniformed guard, and a raft of electronic surveillance equipment.
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Vitech 68 Motor Yacht Review: PACIFIC HEIGHTS
Vitech 68: Might makes right.  There aren't too many motoryachts that can stand up to pounding head seas, then come home to host an elegant soiree. The Vitech can - and it does so with élan.
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Hylas 54 Sailboat Review - Cruising World Boat of the Year 1999
Hylas 54 Sailboat Review - Cruising World Boat of the Year 1999
BEST FULL-SIZE CRUISER (OVER 48ft.) - THE HYLAS 54 When boats approach the 50-foot range, operational considerations are pushed to another level. With vessels of this size, most people need help with the boat- and sailhandling equipment, which generally means either more bodies or mechanical assistance. When considering the candidates for Best Full-Size Cruiser, how the respective manufacturers dealt with this matter was an important factor for the BOTY judges, who understand that the CW reader usually sails with just one other person.
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Island Packet 380 Review - Boat of the Year 1999: Best Value in a Cruising Boat
Island Packet 380 Review - Boat of the Year 1999: Best Value in a Cruising Boat
To win the "Best Value" prize, a sailboat doesn't have to be the fastest, have the most clever touches, or be the cheapest. It must, however, convince the judging panel that its builder has assembled at a fair, reasonable price a complete package of cruising requirements in a well-designed and well-built package that will deliver predictable and satisfactory performance for years to come. If the boat maintains a high resale value, that seals the deal. For 1999, the judges concluded that no vessel better met these stringent requirements than the Island Packet 380.
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Maxum 3300 SCR Review: HIGH NOTE
Maxum 33: Playing your song. In addition to its fluid lines, Maxum's new 3300 SCR possesses artfully designed ergonomics, tuba-sized stowage areas and more standard features than "The Valkyrie" has Vikings. Factor in its tough construction and low base price, and you must admit that Maxum has hit a high note with its new cruiser.
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Luhrs 500 Convertible Review: BATTLE ROYAL
Luhrs 50: Blue water never looked so good. You can't get far on the new Luhrs 500 Convertible without noticing the BridgeWalk, a stairway running from the cockpit to the flying bridge. Luhrs' sister companies, Mainship and Silverton, pioneered the BridgeWalk, and it's also featured on Luhrs' 36 Convertible. But the 500 is the only big battlewagon using this design. On test day, I learned just how easy it makes things.
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Bertram 54 Convertible Sportfisher Review ['95-'03 Model] - STILL THE ONE
Bertram 54 Convertible Sportfisher Review ['95-'03 Model] - STILL THE ONE
New engines, a new look, the Bertram 54 is better than ever... Sportfishing yachts have changed a great deal over the years. Interiors have been puffed up, systems are more sophisticated and average speeds have climbed from about 25 knots to 35. Given this, the Bertram 54 Convertible, the hull of which was committed to paper in the late 1970s and the first example launched in 1981, remains at the top of my short list of best-ever sea boats. Biased? Hell yes. I have owned a 37' Bertram for seven years, but many other experienced boat owners share my opinion of the 54. I recently reinforced my view during sea trials of a new 54 fitted with the new Detroit Diesel/MTU 1,350 hp 12V-2000s.
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Donzi 38 ZX Review: LOOK SHARP
Donzi 38: Dressed to thrill.  TODAY'S PERFORMANCE BOATS AREN'T like the overwrought go-fasts of the Aronow era, with their I-beam substructures and aircraft-style jump seats. Thankfully, today's performance boats are about show and go - boats that you can not only dress up, but also take out.
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Ocean 56 Super Sport Review: GOLD RUSH
Ocean 56: Mine the canyons.  Want a boat that's built to look slick? Buy one with a smooth transom. Want one that's built to do its job properly? Check out the scuppers on Ocean Yacht's new 56 Super Sport. They drain large volumes of water quickly. Twinkie-shaped scupper guards keep water from entering while backing and those beautiful little holes in the transom tell the world that this boat is built for bluewater anglers, not swimsuit models. Besides, you can still dazzle the neighborhood - with the big fish you catch.
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Fountain 65 Cruiser Review: FLYING FORTRESS
Fountain 65: Cleared for takeoff. REGGIE MUST HAVE BEEN A HANDFUL WHEN HE was a kid. He's not exactly the go-to-your-room-and-play-quietly type. If he's not stirring it up, he's not happy. Well, this time he's really done it. Mr. Fountain now offers us a 65' cruiser. The scale of this boat is massive, made even more impressive by what has previously come from this builder.
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Uniesse 42 Open Review: TOMBOY
Although Uniesse's new 42 Open is a real beauty, she revels in the rough stuff.  A couple of weeks ago, I took part in one helluva "rattle test" of the new Unieese (oon-e-ESS-e) 42 Open, an exquisitely finished Italian midcabin sold stateside by Global Yachts Intenational of Miami. A rattle test, as true crazies know, is a straightforward, maritime investigative technique that produces immediate, proof-positive results. You drive a test boat snout-first into deplorable sea conditions to see if rattles emanate, doors bang ajar, or drawers blast loose. Then you draw conslusions based on the relationship between the level of mayhem the test evokes and the level of quality the builder has achieved.
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Carver 450 Voyager Pilothouse Review - Command Performance
Carver 450 Voyager Pilothouse Review - Command Performance
The Carver 450 Pilothouse: Two equally usable helms offer owners a clear perspective on four-season fun. Twin Cummins 450C diesels hustle the 450 Voyager to a top speed of 28.3 knots. Swim platform side extensions divert exhaust gases into the wake slipstream and provide extra girth and gunwale protection when backing into a slip. Beyond styling, the 450 also shows engineering smarts like frameless windows and a 2,000-watt inverter/charger system
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Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Review: SUN WORSHIPER
Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Review: SUN WORSHIPER
The 460 Sundancer combines intelligent design, quality construction and good value.  The 460 'Dancer is a 1999 riff on Sea Ray's popular 450 Sundancer, although the two boats share just a similarity of profile and an overall length, sans pulpit and platform, of 45'6". Otherwise, the 460 is an all-new creation: beamier (14'8" vs. 13'11") and heavier (28,000 lb. vs. 23,500 lb.) than last year's model, with an improved arrangement incorporating a more cook-friendly galley and a redesigned mid-cabin that doubles as a den, kids' hangout or, by adding a folding table, office. The cockpit has been modified for easier sunbathing, with a bench seat that opens electrically to create a sunpad. There's a wet bar with sink and icemaker, too. On the foredeck is a second sunpad, also big enough for two; I wonder if Sea Ray includes sunscreen as standard equipment?
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Prout Panther 64 Review: CAT MOVES
Prout Panther 64: This catamaran skates across the water…  The northwest wind had the English-built Prout Panther 64 pinned to the T-dock like they were glued together with epoxy. Separating our stern from the transom on the boat behind us was perhaps two coats of wax. It was one of the few times I was happy to just stand there with both hands in my pockets and watch…
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Apreamare 12M Review - On Board
Apreamare 12M Review - On Board
This classically styled Italian yacht is a wolf in sheep’s clothing... At first glance, the Aprea Mare 12 Meter appears to be the kind of boat you’d like for your retirement years. Her profile is traditional, accented with mahogany, and it terminates in a lovely rounded transom common to displacement hull forms. If your dream is to mess about at displacement speeds, however, she may not be the boat for you. The 12 Meter features a unique hull design that is anything but conservative. The illusion is affected by the melding of a rounded transom with a conventional hard chine modified-V planing surface, which is hidden below the water line at displacement speeds. The net result: the 12 Meter is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
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