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Morris 486 Review: HIGH POINT
The Morris 486 offers double-digit average speeds, elegance and comfort. The owner of the very first Morris 486 and I have at least one thing in common: taste in boats. We like fast, weatherly boats that look the part but give away nothing to the aesthetic tradition of sailboat design. Although we want to cruise in comfort, neither of us is Philistine enough to require all the comforts of home in a decor that's more appropriate for a French brothel than for a high-performance sailing yacht. So, for Reindeer’s lucky owner, myself and dozens of other purists, including her designer Chuck Paine, she's damned close to perfection.
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Egg Harbor 52 Golden Egg Motoryacht Review: OFFICER MATERIAL
Egg Harbor 52: No ordinary seaman.  The 52' Egg doesn't sacrifice cockpit space for cabin space. The cockpit is more than 12' long - almost 25 percent of the boat's waterline length - and it's 12'9" wide. Even with outriggers hanging overhead, as many as a half-dozen anglers can throw their offerings to breaking blues or boiling bonito at the same time. If bottom fishing is your game, you could easily accommodate a parry of 12 deep-water jiggers. And when you catch the new world-record grouper, there's even room for a cartwheel or two.
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Azimut 70 Sea-Jet Review: WORLD CITIZEN
Azimut 70: This is your planet. I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY WHY ... BUT WHEN A BIG BOAT enters a harbor for the first time, everything stops. People drop whatever they're doing and gaze with a common expression. What this expression means exactly, who knows. But I also notice it on the faces of people confronted with magnificent works of nature and other grand stuff. Anyway, one morning a few months ago in Florida, when Azimut's new 70' Sea-Jet eased past the Harbormaster's Office at Miami Beach Marina, the phenomenon took hold instantaneously.
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Viking 72 Convertible Sportfisherman Review: POWER POLITICS
Viking 72: Peace through strength.  The fact that Viking makes duplex Racors standard on the 72 says a lot about this vast, teched-out, fish-fighting behemoth, with its elegantly joined four-stateroom, four-head interior, gutsy performance and optional ($94,450) enclosed, air-conditioned flying bridge.
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Sunseeker Predator 80 Review: ROYAL BLUE
Sunseeker 80: When the world's not enough.  Now Sunseeker, one of the largest production builders in Europe, is trying out the boat-to-yacht transition with its new Predator 80, a luxury cruiser with the performance characteristics of a go-fast, the construction details of a tank and a simple, no-nonsense deep-V running surface. To gauge the company's success in this endeavor, I recently visited Poole, England, test gear in hand.
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Ocean 40 Super Sport Review: MAJOR OFFENSIVE
Ocean 40: Run out of the guns.  IT SEEMS LIKE HALF THE TIME l GO OUT ON a boat l spill a drink. This is easy enough to do on boats of any size, but if you throw a shaky salon table into the equation, you're almost guaranteed your pina colada will end up underfoot. And if you happen to be on an Ocean Yacht, where the style, decor and comfort belowdecks are impressive, you'll feel as if you just dropped your drink on the plush carpet of your mother- in-law's new beach-front luxury condominium. That's why I was glad to find a rock-solid table in the salon of Ocean's new 40' Super Sport, which was every bit as luxurious and tasteful as l had expected. Sure, this is an offshore fishboat, but it's not for anglers who want to rough it. The 40 Super Sport is for the angler who wants to ride in style when he's not hauling in a sailfish.
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Hatteras 50 Sport Deck Review: SEASONED SALT
Hatteras 50: Steady as she goes.  IF I WERE GOING TO LIVE ABOARD AGAIN, A BOAT LIKE Hatteras's 50 Sport Deck, probably the biggest, priciest aft-cabin cruiser on the market today, would be my choice. And because my craving for privacy is as pronounced as ever, I'd opt for the standard, two-stateroom layout. Trading a great dinette and lots of extra elbowroom for a small, bunk-jammed third cabin ain't logical.
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West Bay SonShip 58 Pilothouse Review - A LOT OF BOAT FOR THE MONEY
West Bay SonShip 58 Pilothouse Review - A LOT OF BOAT FOR THE MONEY
Canadian yacht builder West Bay delivers a lot of boat for the money in its new 58... Canadian yacht builder West Bay may have been busy building motoryachts from 75' co 103', but it has never abandoned the sometimes fickle market for smaller high-quality yachts. West Bay has been building its SonShip 58 Pilothouse Cockpit Motoryacht since 1991. Those who have lost faith in this segment of the market might be surprised to learn that the company recently delivered its 37th 58 and has sold out production through hull No. 45. According co Rusty Preston of Westport Yacht Sales, East Coast representatives for West Bay, the 58 fills a marker niche he says many yacht builders have ignored in recent years. "Our customers are attracted to the 58's contemporary design and attractive performance," says Preston. "The 58's 20 knot cruising speed and shallow draft make her an ideal choice for exploring the Bahamas."
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Tiara 5000 Express Review: MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION
Tiara’s new 5000 Express is proof that beauty is all in the details... As we slid the new Tiara 5000 Express out of a tight slip at McMachen Marine on Lake St. Clair in Mt. Clemens, Mich., during a late summer trip it occurred to me just how big the boat is when I realized it would be more effective to use one clutch at a time to warp her toward open water. Wedged in between boathouses, like a clam in a shell, the boat needed two 90-degree turns in about 200 feet. The 5000 Express took the bending in stride.  
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Carver 450 Voyager Pilothouse Review - Executive Material
Carver 450 Voyager Pilothouse Review - Executive Material
Carver 450 Voyager: This Way Up MAYBE IT'S THE TIME OF YEAR, OR maybe it's the time of life, but for the past month or so I've been dreaming of moving back aboard. This is a most impractical fantasy: The last time I lived aboard I was unencumbered by wife, cars, mortgage, possessions, editors, huge monthly bills- I could carry everything I owned in a couple of medium-sized duffle bags. But while 20-some years ago I was happy sleeping on the anchor chain if necessary, today I want a boat with comfort- even real luxury, like Carver's Voyager 450.
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Viking 55 Convertible Review: HOT STUFF
Can a bunch of anxious boaters be wrong? We think not, after we drive the new Viking 55 Convertible.  Getting aboard a new Viking 55 Convertible is a challenge these days, because anxious owners snatch them up as soon as the boats leave the plant. Viking reasons that the new design is the best boat it has created in 35 years of yacht building, and the 26 units already delivered and the 14 on order support this notion. I got lucky this time - my friend Joe Schepis recently took delivery of a new 55 and offered to let me take a close look. I discovered what Joe already knew. The 55 is an impressive ride.
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DDC/Volvo Penta 74 EDC Boat Engine Review: MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK
This new in-line six-cylinder diesel from DDC/Volvo packs a wallop and is coming your way soon. Slated for introduction at the 1998 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, DDC/Volvo Penta's new 7-liter Series 74 EDC in-line six-cylinder diesel is said to develop 480 crankshaft horsepower at 2600 rpm.
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Carver 530 Voyager Review: CARVER 530
A pair of 680 hp MANs transform a mild-mannered cruiser into a speedster. Hot rodding is an American institution that's almost as old as the internal combustion engine. Stuffing big power into cars and boats has always been the least expensive and easiest way to get more speed. Carver continues this tradition by offering MAN diesels as optional power for its 530 Voyager. Buyers have a choice of twin 800 hp or 680 hp, and you have to experience this makeover to believe the results - very much the same sensation as plopping a small-block Chevy V-8 into a 1932 Ford coupe. Even after I spent a few hours cruising Lake Champlain near Plattsburg, N.Y., I came away scratching my head. How did Carver and MAN do this?
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Alden 63 Sailboat Review: ALDEN 63
It strikes me that we are going though a period in which sailboats that look like sailboats are coming back into fashion. By this I mean yachts with low freeboard and long overhangs and teak decks and the transom tipped the "right" way. A good example is this 63-footer from the board of Nils Helleberg at John G. Alden Naval Architects Inc. of Boston. There is an intrinsic beauty to this shape that has simply never been surpassed. 
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Alden 50 Pilothouse Review: FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
Another success story for Aldenm and its customers... He chose Alden because he asked around and seemed content with what the company could do. "For my type of boat, from a quality point of view, this is the best boat I could find," the owner says. "They couldn't build a bad boat if they wanted to." Sounds a bit like an ad but it actually points to the real reason for the decision to go with Alden - compatibility.
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Hinckley Talaria 44: ON THE DOCKS
Bruce King has taken the practical necessities of a planing powerboat...and built upon this a topside shape that redefines the aesthetic limits. Bruce King has designed the Hinckley Talaria 44 as a big sister to his charming and highly successful 36' Hinckley Picnic Boat. Both yachts are beautiful full planing designs for the yachtsman who can afford the ultimate. The profile of these two boats is very much the same, though the Picnic Boat, staying true to its name, puts the emphasis upon outdoor spaces and is considerably narrower of beam. Many of the details, such as the softly rounded teak toerail, sailboat style half-round trim and handrails, and sensuously swept cockpit coamings, are found together only on these two yachts.
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Caterpillar Marine 3616 Engine Improves Fast Craft Performance
Caterpillar Marine 3616 Engine Improves Fast Craft Performance
November 1, 1998 Caterpillar's Engine Products Division is pleased to announce a significant upgrade of its 16-cylinder 3616 engine for marine fast transport. Power is increased six percent, to 6000 bkW at 1020 rpm, without increasing peak cylinder pressure. Other improvements include smoother acceleration, improved efficiency, better emissions levels, and more flexible installation requirements.
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Bayliner 5288 Raised Pilot House Motoryacht Review: BAYLINER 5288
Bayliner Marine's new 5288 motoryacht offers a solid ride at a reasonable price.  In the past five years, a number of production yacht builders have lost interest in what once had been an active motoryacht market between 50'-60'. It seems that yachtsmen, facing the prospect of spending $1 million or more, were reluctant to part with their old rides. Enter Bayliner, the company that earned the title of "largest boat builder in the world" by mastering volume production.
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Tiara 3500 Open Review: WHITE STALLION
Tiara's new 3500 Open has eye appealing curves for cruising and plenty of grit for offshore assignments.  Spend enough time on the water and sooner or later embarrassing things will happen. It was my turn during our recent test of the new Tiara 3500 Open. l was approaching an empty slip at a marina on the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, Mich. The wind and current were pushing downstream and I knew the instant I brought the boat around to back her into the slip, things were going to happen quickly. As I spend hundreds of hours a season aboard our 36' Delta, Second Chance, I had no qualms about what I should do and what I could do. So I took the easy way and aimed the bow between the pilings. Then I noticed Tiara's delivery skipper, Capt. Joe Acino, standing on the dock motioning me to come in stern first.
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Fairline Targa 48 Review - EUROPEAN ATTRACTION
Fairline Targa 48 Review - EUROPEAN ATTRACTION
Polished yet unpretentious, Fairline's Targa 48 offers Euro-styling with a traditional touch... I've never been a big fan of Euro-styling. Those round edges and shiny surfaces and the lack of wood leave me cold. My type of boat is one you'd find cruising Maine, not the Med, which explains why when I was assigned to test Fairline's newest Targa model, I wasn't all that excited. So imagine my surprise when a few hours later I found myself lusting after this English-built yacht. The Targa 48 is lean, sleek, and attractive, but more than anything else, she's classy. Her clean lines are set off by a gleaming navy hull; wraparound windshield; long, two-level teak cockpit; and extended teak swim platform. Topping it off are sun decks fore and aft covered with navy and white striped cushions made of durable, nonabsorbent foam.
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Island Packet 320 Review - Little Big Boat
Island Packet 320 Review - Little Big Boat
From its headquarters in Florida, Island Packet Yachts produces strong, comfortable sailboats with layouts for extensive blue-water cruising. The Island Packet 320 incorporates the features one has come to expect from this well-known builder, including a hefty bowsprit, broad transom, springy sheerline, cutter rig, and, of course, a creamy tan finish on both the hull and deck. The IP 320 topped a strong field to win Best Midsize Cruiser honors in our 1998 Boat Of The Year contest.
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Dufour 45 Classic Review - A French Reconnection
Dufour 45 Classic Review - A French Reconnection
After a long absence from the U.S. marketplace, the French builder Dufour has returned to the States. Last fall it introduced the Dufour 45 Classic and the 41 Classic at the Annapolis Boat Show. The Classic line is cruising-oriented and is one of the company's several purpose-built series that include the Integral line of swing-keel boats, the Trophy line of racer/cruisers, and the Nautitech cruising catamarans. An earlier variation of the 45 Classic ( the Gib Sea 45) was produced by Gibert Yachts, which Dufour acquired in 1996. Under new management since the late '80s, Dufour - France's second largest boat builder behind Beneteau - is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
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Cruisers 3870 Esprit Review: VICTORY PARTY
Cruisers 3870 Esprit Review: VICTORY PARTY
Cruisers 38: You win some. You win some. MY GUESS IS THAT DESIGNERS OF MID-CABIN express cruisers have a higher rate of multiple personality disorders than the Roswellian aliens-have-taken-over-Congress set. Why? They try to please everybody. They want to build a sleek boat; but it has to have towering headroom. It must be spacious enough for visiting in-laws yet provide enough room for the big-block power a proper express needs. What's a designer to do? Well, stern drives are a partial answer. Stick the engines way aft and voila! There's room for an additional cabin under the cockpit sole. But that entails some compromises. It works if your guests are less than 4'3" tall or have just been released from prison. Or, make the boat bigger than most expresses out there, install a pair of honest-to-goodness inboards - save some space by making them V-drives - and opt for a full-bodied, shall we say Rubinesque, look. That's the route Cruisers took with its new 3870 Esprit. Does it work? I went down to Miami Beach to wring out the first one off the line and find out.
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Mainship 350 Trawler Review - Yachting
Mainship 350 Trawler Review - Yachting
A bigger and better cruiser with easy access and plenty of room for the kids The Mainship 350 Trawler has quite a heritage to live up to. Back in the 1970s, when OPEC shut off the oil supply, boatbuilders responded with fuel-efficient, displacement- hulled yachts for long-range cruising. Some resembled commercial fishing boats of the Pacific Northwest, known as trollers, and some looked a bit like the East Coast boats that pulled shrimp trawls. Thar was close enough, and the new genre of no-nonsense pleasure craft came to be known as trawlers.
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Donzi 33 Daytona Boat Review: ATTITUDE ADJUSTER
The lighter, faster new Donzi 33 Daytona may change the way you think about high performance boats.  Although my fingers itched to trim, I left the drives where they were, gave it gas, and was rewarded by a swift cruising speed of 55 mph at 3500 rpm. Despite very choppy, wind-driven two- to three-foot seas, the 33 tracked true and - to my further surprise - never launched out of the water, not even when I hit the bigger waves dead on. Not once did I hear the naked whine of props clearing the surface. And each time we crested a wave, the boat slid smoothly down into the next trough rather than landing with that familiar, jarring thump that has forced some boat racers to buckle on kidney belts. 
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Cruisers 5000 Sport Sedan Motoryacht Review: AMERICAN BEAUTY
Cruisers' new 50-foot motoryacht - combining American ingenuity and European styling - has brains as well as beauty.   The Cruisers 5000 Sport Sedan is a best-of-both-continents boat. Its styling speaks Italian, but its living space, amenities, innovative design and lifestyle-oriented interior were all born in the USA. 
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Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge Review (1998-2004) By Richard Thiel, PMY
Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge Review (1998-2004) By Richard Thiel, PMY
After 26 boats in 18 years, Nort and Toby Saul know a thing or two about what they like. And they like Sea Ray's new 560 Sedan Bridge. Owners of a 1996 Sea Ray 55 Sedan Bridge, the Sauls had been invited by Sea Ray to ride along on our boat test during the Miami International Boat Show. The company apparently valued them as potential purchasers of its latest Sport Yacht, but the Sauls also turned out to be a major resource for my valuation of the 560. Topping the Sauls' comments on the 560 was "love the layout." Specifically, they liked the galley, which they observed has "less plastic" and more aesthetically pleasing materials, including matching fabric blinds and curtains, oak cabinetry (cherry is a no-cost option), and Corian countertops. Toby deemed the galley - forward, to starboard, and on the same level as the saloon - "much wider than ours" and observed that such spaciousness was due in large part to the undercounter Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer and unobstructed outboard windows and windshield that provide panoramic views.
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Azimut 46 Review: 2000 AND ONE
Azimut 46 Review: 2000 AND ONE
Azimut looks to the Millennium with the Quarantasei, a 46-foot motorcruiser that is as much art as yacht... Brancusi comes to mind. A classic Maserati, perhaps. Okay, maybe Sophia Loren in her baby-fat prime, too. It's all those luscious curves, the way the house looks more sculpted than designed, the way the hull slides through the water like a bottle-nosed dolphin on the prowl. Nobody does it better than the Italians, and Azimut has been at the pinnacle for several decades.
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Davis Boatworks 78 Custom Sportfisherman Review
Davis Boatworks 78 Custom Sportfisherman Review
Buddy Davis designed custom sportfishing yachts that helped define the "Carolina" style. Those flared bows and rakish lines are exerting a growing influence across the industry on both custom and production yachts. The company, now called Davis Boatworks, has rebounded since 1993 and the traumas of the yacht tax. Under new owners, it offers a broad line of custom and semi-custom boats at competitive prices including the new 78-foot sportfisherman pictured above. This boat is available in models ranging in size from 74ft to 78ft and with a wide variety of options. For the sake of tidiness we will talk about the 78. 
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Luhrs 360 Convertible Review: FISHIN' LUHRS
The high-flying Luhrs 36 has a wide, stable ride and is handsome enough to turn heads.  When a boat company replaces a popular model with a newer version, the new boat must be significantly different from the old one in order to assure success. Unless there's compelling reason, why do it? Well in the case of the new Luhrs 360 Convertible, there were a half dozen good reasons. For openers, the addition of 1 1/2 feet to the beam and a foot forward has made a world of difference. 
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Hustler 50 Performance Yacht Review: TOO HOT
The ultimate incarnation of the Hustler 50 Performance Yacht runs over 118 mph with triple 1,150-hp motors under the hood.  Nirvana, for some of us, is a larger boat. For others, it's a faster one. The Hustler 50 Performance Yacht fulfills both desires.
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West Bay 75 SonShip Raised Pilothouse Motoryacht Review: PACIFIC COASTER
On a run off Vancouver, the new West Bay 75 SonShip Peter Pan proves as impressive as its surroundings.  It would be hard to imagine more magnificent cruising grounds than the waters surrounding Vancouver, B.C. - or to find a more luxurious, seakindly viewing platform than the West Bay 75 SonShip Peter Pan. Perched on a peninsula against a spectacular backdrop of mountains soaring more than 4,000 feet skyward from the sea, Vancouver easily vies with Rio, Hong Kong and San Francisco as the world's most beautiful city. The glittering, vibrant "Gateway to the Pacific" is also the busiest West Coast shipping port in the Americas.
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Ferretti 53 Motoryacht Review: STARSHIP
Ferretti's dazzling new 53 brings out the romance in your soul: a triple turn-on no matter how you look at it.  I have a vivid and indelible association with these boats. It was Portofino. I was sitting in a cafe, admiring the cypresses rising like wetted artists' brushes from the headland behind the castle, feeling the late season sun dissolve my angst, when this sleek craft ghosted in from the Gulf of Rapallo. It slipped through the fishing smacks and found its mooring. Heads raised. Men stole anxious sideways glances, beautiful women uncrossed and recrossed their legs and pretended to pay attention to table talk. And that, I said to myself, is the way to make an entrance.
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Dinghy Sailing - Catalina Mainsheet Magazine May 1998
Dinghy Sailing - Catalina Mainsheet Magazine May 1998
(originally printed in the May 1998 issue) Sabot - Capri 14.2 - Coronado 15 By Ann Turner, Ed Jones, Dick Ohst, Michael Riemann and Jim Holder US Sabot- By Ann Turner For many years, the Sabot has sailed the waters. This eight foot dinghy is often seen with a young skipper on the tiller as it is easy to handle with only one sail. The US Sabot, with the distinctive wooden shoe insignia, is considered the perfect first boat for the beginning sailor. The US Sabot is popular with junior sailing programs. It offers all the sail controls of a larger boat, so sailors can develop a full range of sail trimming skills. The US Sabot allows the basic sailing fundamentals to be learned and develop water safety skills. The more experienced sailors learn "go fast" sailing techniques, advanced "right of way" rules and racing skills.
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Mastpump:­ A Solution... Catalina Ditty Bag
Mastpump:­ A Solution... Catalina Ditty Bag
(originally printed in the May 1998 issue) Recently, a number of owners on the Catalina 34 Internet Web Site Mail List asked about "mast pumping" and whether those yachts afflicted with this phenomenon could be helped. Mast pumping is the mast oscillation that seems to occur in 12-18 knots wind while the boat is docked or anchored. Some have played with the lower shrouds and backstay tension to no avail. Then list participant Gary Wiseman, Up Spirits #894, a naval architect and a civil engineer, delivered this informative treatise: His remarks are applicable to any size sailboat:
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Ocean 48 Sportfish (SF) Review: Yachting Magazine - Peter Frederiksen
Ocean 48 Sportfish (SF) Review: Yachting Magazine - Peter Frederiksen
This Express combines artillery for tournament duty and sweet accommodations. I spend hundreds of hours every year fishing from an express boat, and I'm sold on the design. I like that the helm is near the cockpit. There is no climbing ladders like you do aboard a convertible and it's easy 10 get by with minimal crew. And express boats clean up fast as a whistle, which leaves more time to use them. But the Achilles heel of an express boat is visibility. Without the vantage point of a flying bridge, the helmsman's view over the bow is limited. At slow speeds this is little more than an inconvenience. But when you're running at cruise, that broad white foredeck competes for your line of sight and makes you feel vulnerable--like you're on glacier patrol searching for polar bears toting a sack of White Castle burgers and oil-soaked fries.
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CABO 45 Express Review: WING COMMANDER
CABO 45 Express Review: WING COMMANDER
Cabo 45: Altitude with an attitude.  Five years ago, at the Norwalk Boat Show, I saw my first Cabo-the 35 Flybridge, built by Cat Harbor Boats of Southern California. A walk-through quickly turned into a lovefest. Here was one of the most intriguing sportfishing ingénues ever to charm the East. A virtual unknown, with no pedigree or reputation, it was so supremely built and engineered that the top-marque fish fighters in nearby ships looked positively nervous.
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Sea Ray 540 Sundancer Review - SUNSATIONAL
Sea Ray 540 Sundancer Review - SUNSATIONAL
By John ClemansMotorboating & Sailing, February 1998 With its new look and new luxury, Sea Ray's 540 Sundancer express yacht moves into the 21st Century
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Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge Review - POSITIVE FORCE
Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge Review - POSITIVE FORCE
Sea Ray's 450 Express Bridge puts a new spin on sporty accommodations....  When I view a new boat for the first time, my eyes immediately lock on safety features. The reason is, I operated a 45' convertible alone for years. That's where I learned that if a boat is designed well enough for solo handling, it will be more than comfortable and safe when the crowd comes aboard.    The new Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge is such a boat. With three staterooms, a large cockpit, bow seating and a sprawling flying bridge, this yacht is the definition of a party boat. Yet sensibilities prevail.
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1999 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer Review - RIVIERA RENDEZVOUS
1999 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer Review - RIVIERA RENDEZVOUS
By Roy Attaway Motor Boating & Sailing, October 1999 A very-American Sea Ray 380 Sundancer finds itself very much at home on the Italian and French Rivieras. Of all the picturesque ports of call along the Ligurian Coast, the Italian and French Rivieras, none can match the exquisite charm of Portofino. I have been fortunate enough to confirm this opinion many times over the years. So, it was for that very selfish reason that I suggested to the folks at Sea Ray that we begin our cruise here. Definitely one of my better ideas. And Jyrki Jaamaa (YIR-kee YAH-mah), who runs the Sea Ray Yachting Centre at La Napoule, near Cannes, readily agreed. He'd never been here before and was anxious to see it. He would run the boat over, he said, and pick me up.
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