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Luhrs Tournament 380 Review: THE REEL THING
Luhrs 380: A genuine canyon-runner that's a genuine bargain. WAIT A MINUTE! Aren't sportfishing boats supposed to be expensive? Diesels are expensive. Heavy-duty hardware and tuna towers are expensive, so is the labor for tooling baitprep stations, helm consoles and other built-ins. But the Luhrs Tournament 380 isn't expensive. Listing for just under $260K, it costs tens of thousands of dollars less than many big names on the fishing scene.
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Mason 44 Sailboat Mini-Review - A Mason With a Mission - Cruising World
Mason 44 Sailboat Mini-Review - A Mason With a Mission - Cruising World
Traditionally, Mason cruising sailboats have been built tough, with rugged hulls, stout rigs and a penchant for blue water. Classic offshore designs have dictated deep full keels and generous draft. In response to the desire of many to find the same ocean passagemaking qualities in a boat capable of negotiating thinner water, the builder P.A.E. has developed new versions of several boats in its lineup incorporating a shallower centerboard option. The standard bearer is the Mason 44 Centerboard.
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Mason 43 Sailboat Review- A Survey by Fraser and Jean Fraser-Harris, Nautical Quarterly
Mason 43 Sailboat Review- A Survey by Fraser and Jean Fraser-Harris, Nautical Quarterly
Early on in our association with this handsome Eurasian we had to acknowledge that we were on the brink of a love affair. Recognizing the handicap such emotion would place upon our good judgment, we have taken pains to remain impartial. Al Mason, the designer, is a man of the "old school" whose name is particularly associated with some fine auxiliary sailing yachts built in Europe after World War II . After graduating from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture during the early 1930s, his first job was in the design office of Alden's where he worked for the princely sum of 50¢ per hour. In later years he headed up the drawing office of Sparkman & Stephens where he had more than one stint. During his S&S days, he worked on many well-known yachts, among them Finisterre.
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Jefferson Rivanna 48 Review: JEFFERSON STARSHIP
A motor yacht for the modern-age monarch. REMEMBER THOSE old margarine ads? You know, the ones where a crown appeared on someone's head when they bit into their English muffin? Haven't you always wondered if it's really possible to feel like a king and enjoy the rich flavor of a high-priced spread, while paying only two thirds as much?
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Jersey 42 Convertible Sportfisherman Review - PERSONAL STATEMENT - Boat Test #606
Jersey 42 Convertible Sportfisherman Review - PERSONAL STATEMENT - Boat Test #606
The Jersey 42 comes only one way- your way... JERSEY YACHTS ARE for people who can make decisions, boatmen who know exactly how they want their boat finished. Some Jersey owners fish, others cruise, but all have hands-on experience and a need to have the boat their way. Call it semi-custom if you like. In today's production- boat world, Jerseys are anachronisms, and beautiful ones at that.
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Hunter Passage 42 Review - Cruising World
Hunter Passage 42 Review - Cruising World
When Hunter Marine introduced their voluminous new Passage 42 at the Annapolis Boat Show last fall, it was pick-a-number-and-stand- in-line for the non-stop throng of curious onlookers who came to see what the latest word in floating amenities was all about. Hunter had announced that they were taking "a bold step into the center cockpit arena with a striking new design." For a company already known for its modern, cutting-edge approach to the production boat market, this meant "look out."
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MTU Boat Engine Review: I WANT MY MTU
IN THE WORLD of large, high-speed diesels, MTU is a reigning monarch. Aside from the sheer muscle in its engines — which ranges up to 10.000 hp — this German enginebuilder’s claims to fame are an impressive power-to-weight ratio and slick engineering.
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Bertram 72 Convertible Review: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!
The sun rises on Bertram's 72 their biggest and best yet... THE PEOPLE at Bertram Yacht go too far. In design, in engineering, in construction, in the overall quality of their boats. They make perfectionists seem slovenly. It's the kind of attitude on which empires are built.
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Luhrs 3400 Motor Yacht Sedan Review: CRUISING ALLURE
And you thought Luhrs built just fish boats. IN RECENT YEARS, the Luhrs name has meant sportfishing. And only sportfishing. Good, solid angling platforms at very attractive prices. But now, this builder is applying the same virtues of good value and practicality to cruising, entertaining, and living aboard. Enter the Luhrs 3400 Motor Yacht Sedan.
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Bayliner 4387 Review - THE BIG EASY
Bayliner 4387 Review - THE BIG EASY
Bayliner presents "the instant motor yacht." OVER THE YEARS, the Bayliner logo has become a symbol of seagoing populism in the United States. Even if you're new to boating, you've probably heard of " the world's largest builder of boats," and how it got started more than 30 years ago in a little store in Seattle. Chances are there's a dealership in your town, or in a neighboring one. Just about every marina in America contains at least one Bayliner.
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Landeweer 67 Review: DUTCH MASTERS
One family's obsession with building the ultimate fishing boat. THE DUTCH ARE nothing if not determined. What other race on the face of the earth would look at the raging, immutable North Sea, turn and consider the disputatious nations of central Europe, and decide that the ocean was a more formidable, ergo worthier, foe?
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Caterpillar 3412 Boat Engine Review: GREAT WHITE HOT
IN JUST OVER a year since its introduction, the Caterpillar 3412 has become a popular choice among large-boat owners. The reason is as simple as a cliche' - this powerplant's combination of speed, efficiency, and reliability. 
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Egg Harbor 58 Golden Egg Review: SOLID GOLD
The legend of the Golden Egg, with a modern twist. WHEN EGG HARBOR Yacht reprised their familiar moniker, Golden Egg, for the new model year, these South Jersey boys did a lot more than just rename their fleet. Throughout the line, from 34' to 58', cosmetic and structural changes were made from the waterline to the flying bridge. In today's intensively competitive marketplace, the people at Egg Harbor are not about to rest on their reputation. But rather, they are forging ahead and innovating, just as New Jersey boatbuilders have always done.
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Hatteras 58 Convertible Review: HIGH AND MIGHTY
Hatteras soars into the '90s with a magnificent new 58. WITH THE NEW HATTERAS 58 Convertible, the builder's approach was to start from scratch, an expensive, time-consuming, labor-intensive process. Engineered by Hatteras' in-house design team, the yacht demonstrates what a combination of CAD/CAM technology and 30 years of boatbuilding experience can produce. In a word, impressive. But it should be.
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Viking 53 Convertible Review - FOR VIKING, A NEW LENGTH. FOR BOATING, A NEW HEIGHT. by Dex Hart, Boating Magazine 1989
Viking 53 Convertible Review - FOR VIKING, A NEW LENGTH. FOR BOATING, A NEW HEIGHT. by Dex Hart, Boating Magazine 1989
THE 53' CONVERTIBLE. FOR VIKING, A NEW LENGTH. FOR BOATING, A NEW HEIGHT. It's been said that man-made forms don't evolve. The Viking 53 Convertible refutes that premise, she's the logical extension of a quarter century of design refinement. In this case, the Darwinian lab is offshore sportfishing itself. The challenge to the designer of a modern convertible is really a question of balance. The design objective is to build a stable, fast, surefooted yacht capable of over-the-horizon fishing forays.
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Pacific Seacraft 37 Review: Twice across the Atlantic
Pacific Seacraft 37 Review: Twice across the Atlantic
Nelson Baker spent a full year carefully inspecting nearly 50 different sailboats before investing in a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37. It was a significant decision-- after all, Nelson Baker intended to do some serious cruising. So how does he feel about his choice now, after two trans-Atlantic passages, a cruise through the canals of France, a voyage around the Mediterranean and five roundtrip passages to the Caribbean (several single-handed)--all in his Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37? "I just can't say enough about this boat," smiles Nelson. "Absolutely outstanding. She's one great boat."
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Nimble 20 Sailboat
Nimble 20 Sailboat
The Nimble 20 is the smallest vessel in the fine family of Nimble cruising boats. She is strong, fast and beautiful to the eye. The Nimble 20 is built to the highest standards with her foam core construction and 2,000 pounds of flotation. She is truly trailerable and with her 11-inch draft, she can be launched, rigged and sailed single-handedly. The interior has the warmth of teak, cedar-lined cabinets, galley flat and generous main berths. The Nimble 20 is offered in three distinct versions: Standard, Tropical and Offshore. The Nimble 20 is truly a vote against boredom and mediocrity.
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Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 Sailboat
Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 Sailboat
The Flicka 20 is an exceptional offshore cruising yacht offering features unique to a boat in her class and size. She has become one of the most popular small family cruising yachts available today. With a little yacht like the Flicka, it's no wonder Fortune Magazine selected Pacific Seacraft as the only sailboat manufacturer among its list of 100 products that America makes best.
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Caterpillar 3208 - Fast Track Diesel - Boating
Caterpillar 3208 - Fast Track Diesel - Boating
The venerable 3207 moves into the passing lane as Caterpillar boosts it to 425hp CATERPILLAR, The company that inspired Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor Company, understands that the engine business is no place for weaklings. Engines have always been a crucial part of Caterpillar's success, of course- from its earliest steam traction engine that pulled combine harvesters, to gas engines for the revolutionary crawler tractor, to the latest, greatest Caterpillar 3208TA. Not satisfied with the 3208 already being one of the most popular mid-range diesels on the powerboat market, Caterpillar has engineered another big boost in its output.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - John Petty
Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - John Petty
I'm it, I'm right; I'm what you've been looking for'... The Pacific Seacraft 31 Sailing editor John Ira Petty of Houston has examined countless sailboats over the years. Yet one boat recently inspired Petty to write of "love at first sight": The Pacific Seacraft 31. "Every once in a while you might walk around a corner and see something that seems to say to you: 'I'm it; I'm right; I'm what you've been looking for, "writes Petty. "I have to confess something akin to that kind of reaction when I first saw the Pacific Seacraft 31.
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Pacific Seacraft 37 Owner Review - A Young Family Follows Their Dream - Bill Meanley
Pacific Seacraft 37 Owner Review - A Young Family Follows Their Dream - Bill Meanley
"Setting out in the Crealock 37 makes cruising all that much easier" When Bill, Patty and Kelly Meanley set sail for a distant paradise in Dolfin, their Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37, they weren't quite sure what to expect. "We'd never been out longer than an overnighter before we left San Diego for a 3,100 mile passage to the Marquesas," smiles Bill. 'But everything was just fine.
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Pacific Seacraft 34 Owner Review - Len and Nancy Olin
Pacific Seacraft 34 Owner Review - Len and Nancy Olin
Len Olin's choice of a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 is based on some notable experience. It's the second Pacific Seacraft he's owned. One tough boat" In 1985 hurricane Gloria ripped through Marion Harbor and grabbed everything within reach-including Len's beloved Pacific Seacraft Orion 27. "The boat ended up aground, a quarter-mile inland. She had some bent stanchions and a few gelcoat scratches--and that was all." Glen shakes his head. "We used a helicopter to return her to her mooring. One tough boat." And a hard act to follow. So when Len and his wife Nancy eventually decided the time was right for a bigger boat, it's no wonder they chose the Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34.
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Pacific Seacraft 34 Owner Review - The Horizon Beckons - Sue Wilson
Pacific Seacraft 34 Owner Review - The Horizon Beckons - Sue Wilson
Why world record holder Sue Wilson has chosen the Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 Sue Wilson is a remarkable sailor. Forty-five years ago she took the helm of her first boat and began a relationship with the sea that has flourished over countless thousands of miles. Reflecting on her sailing background Sue admits to a lifelong obsession. "I've been obsessed with boats as long as I can remember," she says, "and I recall spending hours on the far side of Catalina Island gazing seaward. I always wondered what was out farther than I could see."
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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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Hatteras 38 and 48 Convertible Review: TWICE IS NICE
Hatteras unleashes two new convertibles on the big-game fishing world, a 38 and a 48: more fuel for the fires of legend.  BY nearly everyone's accounting, convertible sportfisherman today represent the fastest growing and potentially most lucrative segment of the mid-sized yacht market. That explains why manufacturers of visually every ilk - sailboat builders included - now field at least one model that carries that designation.
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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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Hatteras 48 Convertible: A NEW HIGH-TECH HUNTER FROM HIGH POINT
Tucked In And Stalking - Our fully rigged Hatteras is clearly one of the mightiest tigers in any jungle.  The scene was the Ft. Lauderdale boat show in November. Not surprisingly, the Hatteras display was impressive, especially all convertibles docked side by side, stern-to. All clean, all with the Hatteras-family styling and color. Want a bigger one? Take five giant steps to the right. Something a bit less expensive? Step to the left. Your choice of seven models labeled "convertible" (from 38' to 65'). This time out, the focus of our attention is the newest addition to the fleet, the 48 Convertible.
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Ocean 53 Motor Yacht Review: OCEAN 53
A Yankee yacht that’s comfortable, fast and, above all, practical. You may already know about Ocean Super Sport convertibles. They’re those fishboats out there on the big-time marlin circuit that always seem to go a little faster and a little farther than most. Belowdecks on these boats, you might feel you are in decorator heaven. Ocean, in fact, helped redefine the idea of luxury in a sportfisherman, showing its competitors (rushed to catch up) that vinyl isn't the only material around. Pretty boats, these Oceans.
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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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Hatteras 65 Convertible Review: HATTERAS 65 CONVERTIBLE
The large Hatteras fleet has grown yet again, and a most impressive addition it is. Lots of new boats from Hatteras recently. Just one model is news, but we've had a 40 double cabin, a 41 convertible, and now a 65 convertible. Hatteras calls this newest family member a "maxi sportfisherman," which seems reasonable enough. There are a few larger sportfish out there, but very few. Whether 65' or 70', you have to admit this new Hatt is a chunk.
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Egg Harbor 60 Review: EGG HARBOR 60 SPORT FISHERMAN
A grand old name gives tradition a new twist with a fantastic, flying megafisherman. As the rich get richer, the boats get bigger. And today, with the good times rolling in many sectors of the economy, megafishermen are the talk of the powerboat world. These 6O'-and-up angling platforms combine the look, the cockpit, and the 3O-mph-plus speed of a convertible with the comforts and big-ticket cachet of a motor yacht. The result is a boat that not only says her owner is going fishing, but also that he's arrived.
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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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