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Sea Ray 37 Express Cruiser - EASY LIVIN'
Sea Ray 37 Express Cruiser - EASY LIVIN'
Story by Dan Fales, photos by Dan NerneyMotorboat & Sailing, July 1998, pp. 44-47 Sea Ray's new 37 Express Cruiser puts our staff in high cotton - so to speak - for the summer. To understand fully the character of any boat takes a season of constant use. And, to really wring out a boat takes more than a day or two of running. With that in mind, we recently took command of Sea Ray's new 370 Express Cruiser, a big, husky boat capable of serving both as sporty cruiser and hardcore fisherman. It will be our summer project - something the entire staff looks forward to.
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Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser Review - A Boat for All Reasons
Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser Review - A Boat for All Reasons
By Tom ThompsonSea, May 1998, pp. 28-31. Comforts abound on Sea Ray's 370 Express Cruiser to make it a boat adaptable to any outing No matter where you look on the Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser, there's something that says you're traveling in luxurious style. From the lines of the hull to the appointments of the interior, the 370 EC is a boat that makes a statement. It does so with an elegance that has made Sea Ray one of the country's premier boat builders.
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Sea Ray 480 Sedan Bridge Review - Multi-Layered Luxury
Sea Ray 480 Sedan Bridge Review - Multi-Layered Luxury
A unique layered design gives the Sea Ray 480 Sedan Bridge an unusually spacious interior. At various times, the "layered look" has been popular in both clothing and in hairstyles, and now it appears that the time has come for boating to join the trend. Layering is the best way to describe how Sea Ray has managed to get so much space into their new 480 Sedan Bridge. The latest addition to their line of fly-bridge yachts, the 480 is brand new from the keel up, and it breaks ground with a clever use of interior space. Sure, you say, but there are a lot of three-cabin 48-footers on the market - what's so special about this one?
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The Birth of the Capri 26 - Catalina Mainsheet Magazine
The Birth of the Capri 26 - Catalina Mainsheet Magazine
(originally printed in the August 1998 issue of Catalina Mainsheet Magazine) When Mainsheet planned to feature the Capri 26 in this issue, I realized I did not know what Frank Butler and Gerry Douglas (Catalina Yachts) had in mind when they designed this particular boat. I talked with Gerry and sent out a mailing to all the association members. It rapidly became apparent that the reasons the owners are very happy with their choice of this boat are the same reasons that the boat was designed.
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Carver 350 Mariner Review: ROOM TO SPARE
The PMY staff put the Carver 350 Mariner through the ultimate test: How does she stand up to an afternoon party cruise? The 350 does seem to be an optical illusion. Carver says she's 36'7" from bow to swim platform and 12'9" from gunwale to gunwale, and the designers obviously did not waste an inch. This is a family boat - there' no doubt - and no one knows better than Carver how to maximize space for family comfort and fun. 
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Mason 43 Sailboat Review: A Voyaging Workhorse - Joe Minick
Mason 43 Sailboat Review: A Voyaging Workhorse - Joe Minick
When Lee and I set out to find a long-distance cruising boat, we had several requirements. We wanted a boat that could carry us and most of our worldly goods for an extended cruise of several years. This, meant a heavily constructed boat with good volume and load-carrying ability, a boat able to stay out there and take some punishment. A sail plan that could be handled in all situations by a shorthanded crew was essential. Moderate displacement and a seakindly motion were high on our list, and tankage for an extended voyage was a must. With our preference for an aft-cockpit design, we were drawn to the Mason 43.
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Crealock 37 Review - FIT TO CROSS OCEANS
Crealock 37 Review - FIT TO CROSS OCEANS
This boat is built to handle the rigors of blue-water sailing and to offer functional long-term liveaboard comfort for a couple and an occasional pair of guests. A major drawback with this classic cutter is the healthy price of used models ($80,000 to $200,000), but the old caveat holds true: You get what you pay for. The Crealock 37 exceeds the benchmarks of quality construction and reasonably good performance under sail with room to spare, then goes on to define what a good cruising boat is all about. It successfully performs the art of balancing attributes. For example, there's enough lateral plane in the underbody to keep her from scribing a snake-wake when the self-steering vane is engaged, but not so much that the boat feels like it's sailing through oatmeal.
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Carver 530 Voyager Review/Boat Test #1122 - Executive Decision
Carver 530 Voyager Review/Boat Test #1122 - Executive Decision
Carver 53: Change where you're at - By Stuart Reininger FOLLOWING THE FINAL BATTLE OF THE American Revolution at Yorktown, the defeated English troops marched into history under furled flags reportedly whistling "The World Turned Upside Down.'' The song was in recognition of the fact that the extraordinary bad happened. The rules had forever changed. The straight and narrow path of life had lurched into a hairpin tum. It's a simple, catchy tune. I always hum it when I'm confronted with something beyond my comprehension. But not long ago, I felt like calling in the New York Philharmonic for a full orchestration of that revolutionary piece.
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Cabo 31 Express Sportfisher Review - YACHTING
Cabo 31 Express Sportfisher Review - YACHTING
Fishing or cruising, Cat Harbor's newest launch lets you express yourself with style, substance and good looks Loaded for bear, there's no mistaking the 31's mission as a serious fishboat. But South Jersey Sales in Cape May provided us with an Express sans tuna tower, and it was like getting hold of a Saab convertible on the first day of spring. The ocean was as flat as Delaware Bay when Capt. Mike Adkins and I slipped through the Cape May Canal. Top speed with twin 340-hp 3116TA Caterpillars and three quarters fuel was 31.5 knots.
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CABO 45 Express Review - THE CAT'S MEOW
CABO 45 Express Review - THE CAT'S MEOW
A lot of thought went into the creation of a remarkable new CABO 45 Sportfisher from award winning Cat Harbor Boats Inspiration, preparation and innovation all come together in the new Cabo 45 Express sportfisher, the latest in an evolutionary sequence initiated by Henry Mohrschladt, president of Cat Harbor Boats, whose earlier Pacific Seacraft sailboats were given a Fortune magazine "top 100 U.S. quality products" award. Cat Harbor was formed to bring Pacific Seacraft's quality to a new market. Without the unwanted baggage of locked-in design, style, or in image, the people whose sailboats had been compared to top drawer products like John Deere, Levi Strauss, 3M, and Steuben, started to design and build powerboats, specifically sportfishing boats. Their 35 and 31-foot hulls were huge successes driven to a large degree by the quality of construction and finish. The new 45 is meant to keep Cabo owners who are looking for that Cabo quality, but in a larger boat, safely in the fold.
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Luhrs 360 Convertible Review: DIRECT ACCESS
Luhrs solves a perennial access problem on its new 360 Convertible. Without a doubt, "direct access" is the buzz-term of the 90s. You hear it all the time in the computer world, where people are trying to sell you direct access to the-Internet or a bank is offering direct access to your account through your PC. And now the boating industry has its own version of "direct access" in the form of Luhrs' new 360 Convertible. In this case, the term refers to an innovative solution to a perennial problem: How do you get up to the flying bridge without climbing ladders like a fireman?
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Sea Ray 480 Sedan Bridge Review - MORE OF THE SAME
Sea Ray 480 Sedan Bridge Review - MORE OF THE SAME
A test of Sea Ray's new 480 Sedan Bridge reaffirms the company's obsession with the details... Testing a Sea Ray is usually dull work. I should know; I've tested enough of them. By comparison, testing other boats is often exciting. There's suspense! Will the boat be there? Will it be in the water? Will it be properly set up and run the way it should? Will there be anyone to drive the boat while you take measurements? Will there be anyone to answer your questions?
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Alden 56 Saloon Express Review: ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
Classic lines, a custom interior, and speed are all hallmarks of the new Alden 56 Saloon Express.  Did you ever wonder what "custom" in "custom boat" reallymeans? To answer that, imagine a custom-rating scale from one to 10. A "1" means you only get to choose the carpet and fabric colors in your new boat, while a "10" means you hire a naval architect and/or designer who draws the hull , superstructure, and just about everything else.
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Carver 530 Voyager Review - PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ
Carver 530 Voyager Review - PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ
The new Carver 530 Voyager is stylish, sophisticated, and exciting. And that's just for starters. The Duke of Windsor changed the fashion habits of a nation with it. Frank Lloyd Wright displayed it in his architectural design in much the same way as Georgia O 'Keefe expressed it on canvas. And as the poet Samuel Wesley once wrote, "[It] is the dress of thought; a modern dress, neat but not gaudy." No matter how they said it, all were talking about the same thing: style.
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Viking 60 Sport Yacht Review - CRUISE CONTROL
Viking 60 Sport Yacht Review - CRUISE CONTROL
Viking's 60 Cockpit Sports Yacht takes a page from its convertible cousins and writes a whole new book on cruising. The Scandinavian settlers of Northern Michigan must have felt right at home with the moiling wind, the boiling snow and the raucous inland seas that blew up like Odin's wrath when the gales of November came howling down. It was Viking country, all right. It still is.
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Trojan 440 Express Mini Review - Yachting
Trojan 440 Express Mini Review - Yachting
Express boats are made for enjoying the out of doors, which explains the wide-open cockpit, its wraparound lounge (which converts to a comfortable sunpad), wet bar, transom door, refrigerator, carpeting and courtesy lighting of the 440 Trojan by Carver Yachts. A few options that may help increase your enjoyment include a hot/cold freshwater shower, cockpit table, ice maker and convertible top (with stainless steel bows).
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MerCruiser 454 MAG MPI Horizon Engine Review: LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER
MerCruiser is calling its 454 MAG MPI Horizon inboard the most important advance in marine power in years because it not only delivers improved performance and efficiency, but relieves the boater of time-consuming service and maintenance.
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Cruisers 3870 Espirit Review: ESPIRIT DE CORPS
Cruisers new 3870 Espirit is a spirited and nimble performer. Team efforts demand extra enthusiasm and drive but often result in major accomplishments. For instance, who would have thought that those two little Tiber-surfing imps, Romulus and Remus, would go on to found Rome? And that tllose music lessons would really pay off for Rodgers and Hammerstein? Or how crucial to a proper Bloody Mary would be Mr. Lea's and Mr. Perrins' Worcestershire sauce? Well, the Cruisers team invested the same kind of joint effort and group energy into designing its latest boat, the 3870 Espirit, and it has paid big dividends in both comfort and performance. 
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Baja 36 Outlaw Review: BAJA'S BAD BOY
This 36-footer is the biggest, baddest Outlaw yet.  It's ironic that a company that started building boats in a kids' roller skating rink christens its new launches with bad-boy names like Outlaw, .38 Special, and Cobra. The roller rink was 26 years ago, but the macho image has stuck. Just look at Baja's new 36 Outlaw: It's slick, sleek, and sexy, with aggressive lines, a stark profile, and no-frills graphics. And it's got speed - lots of speed. 
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Pacific Seacraft 34 Review - Yachting Monthly 1997
Pacific Seacraft 34 Review - Yachting Monthly 1997
Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34: A traditional looking double-ender with ocean cruising credentials The Crealock range from Pacific Seacraft represents a different facet of American boat building to that we are familiar with in the designs from Legend and Catalina. Created by Bill Crealock, the 34 shares with her sisters a slim, low, double-ended hull with a powerful sheer line and well flared bow. She looks every inch a heavy, broad shouldered ocean bulldog, yet her underwater profile is quite fine. The well-raked stem curves easily into a deep forefoot which looks as if it is going to merge into a full-length keel. In fact, it is a long fin linked to a substantial, full-depth, skeg-hung rudder with the prop well protected in a cut-out. For a yacht of 34ft on deck, her displacement is modest, but her short waterline actually puts her in the heavy displacement category.
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Azimut AZ 50 Review: AMERI-STYLED
Azimut's new AZ 50 combines Italian styling and American cruising comforts in a powerful express motoryacht.  Remember "Euro-style"? The term was everywhere a few years back, and it was a design phase that dominated the American boatbuilding industry. Swoopy lines, curvy seating, even funky handrails; domestic builders used all of these treatments to make their boats look more European, but in many cases the result looked like - well, an American boat with some European touches thrown in. On the other hand, there was "Euro-Euro," European-built boats that were typically long on style and sex appeal but short on the kinds of cruising amenities Americans demand.
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Bluewater 680 Motoryacht Review: UNSTACKING THE DECK
Bluewater emphasized watersports and push-button operation in its new single-level 680 Motoryacht.  For long-range cruising and even liveaboard capability, you can't beat big motoryachts. They offer expanive saloons, luxurious accommodations, upper and lower helm stations, and galley big enough to keep any Galloping Gourmet happy, yet they're not so big that you need a professional crew to handle them. Still, to make everything fit, they usually must have multiple stacked decks connected by interior stairway and hallways. This can lead to a high freeboard and can also pose accessibility problem for owners and crew. To circumvent these disadvantages in its new 680, Bluewater simply put most of these great motoryacht features on one level - and did it at a price it claims is some $200,000 below the competition. 
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Sea Ray 370 Aft Cabin Review - NO COMPROMISE by John Clemans
Sea Ray 370 Aft Cabin Review - NO COMPROMISE by John Clemans
The 370 Aft Cabin from Sea Ray combines sleek lines with split-plan accommodations and excellent offshore performance... The 370 doesn't look like a slowpoke, and it isn't. With twin 292-hp 3116 Caterpillar turbo diesels, 1.75:1 transmission ratios, and 22" x 24" Nibral Federal props, the 370 has clocked 28 mph at 2800 rpm. The boat cruises at 22 to 23 mph (2250 rpm) full of fuel, and has a 400-mile range at this speed . At displacement speeds fuel consumption drops to afford almost 2 miles per gallon and range approaches 500 miles.
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Sealine Flamenco 37 Review: SWING SOCIETY
Sealine 37: A little traveling music, please.  Unlike the U.S., which is blessed with mostly friendly weather in season, the British Isles are smack in the path of ship-killing gales that can sweep in off the North Atlantic at any time of year. Add the typical Englishman's insistence on using his boat 10 or 12 months of the year, and the result is a fleet of native-built boats that are tough, seaworthy and reliable. 
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Bayliner 3788 Review - SOME SERIOUS FUN
Bayliner 3788 Review - SOME SERIOUS FUN
Bayliner 37: All this and heaven, too... Ever hear of a disease called two-foot-itis? The primary symptom: You're never satisfied with the boat you have, so you're always looking to trade up to more LOA. Bayliner has its own remedy for the disease a line of motoryachts from 33' to 57'. Recently, I tested the newest addition, the 3788 Command Bridge, a motoryacht that offers more standard equipment for the money than almost any other on the dock.
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Cruiser's 3870 Espirit Review: SPACE MISSION
Cruisers' new 3870 Espirit may be a sports car without wheels, but the real story is her remarkable livability.  Space is the defining word for this vessel: space and the intelligent use thereof. Take the matter of the walkaround - the sidedecks, as it were. On most boats, the builders struggle to accommodate people like you-know-who who gripe about their 14EEEEs not fitting in this allotted area. The Cruisers company reasoned that you need quick and easy access to stern, breast and bow cleats, you don't necessarily have to walk around the cabin to do so. So, they molded steps into the console and created a nice, wide walk-through. What happened to this incremental space? More headroom in the cabin.
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Bluewater 510 Motoryacht Review: BLUE-RIBBON BLUEWATER
Cruising the Keys in a new Bluewater 51 is the ultimate weekend getaway - with all the comforts of home.  You couldn't ask for a better combination: an escape to an idyllic island getaway, accompanied by all the comforts of home. That sums up our cruise to the Florida Keys' most beautiful resorts - Little Palm Island and the Ocean Reef Club - on a luxurious new Bluewater 51 motoryacht. 
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Tiara 2900 Coronet Review: DYNAMITE DAY TRIPPER
PARTY PLATFORM: With the aft benches in place the Coronet will seat a dozen people in the cockpit.  The new Tiara 2900 Coronet is a rugged day boat with straightforward features and a price under $100,000 (with Crusader 454 XL engines) chat will appeal to families who value the advantages - and the attendant peace of mind - of owning a top-quality craft.
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Sea Ray 630 Review: SERIOUS FUN
Sea Ray 630 Review: SERIOUS FUN
SEABORNE ROCKET: Sea Ray's new 63-foot yacht is a party looking for a place to happen.  It is topside where the boat comes into its own, assumes its rakish persona. From the padded wheel to the burled dash to the thick and inviting (and adjustable) helm seat and companion bench, curve echoes curve. Two sinuous wraparound lounge seats face aft and there is a wet bar to port and a half-moon sunpad at the transom.
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Egg Harbor 52 Golden Egg Sportfisherman Review: Egg Harbor 52
Egg Harbor aims high and scores a hit with tournament anglers and cruising yachtsmen.  She rides on a Dave Martin hull, with his special touches such as jogs that tuck in at the transom to reduce wetted surface and drag. Admittedly, this feature also slims down the working area in the cockpit, but there's no denying these cutaways, combined with double lifting strakes which run parallel to her keel, enable the 52 to plane easily and stay on top with reduced power. This translates into longer range. Recessed pads in the hull for the struts reduce turbulence as well, producing a clean wake many offshore fishermen prefer.
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Cheoy Lee 81 Sport Yacht Review: MATERIAL WEALTH
A sporty new 81-footer from Cheoy Lee demands nothing but the best for herslef.  Integral FRP fuel tanks with double bottoms and manhole covers for access. A halon system with audible and visual alarms and automatic engine-room air vent closure. Watertight, pantographic doors. Six full-length stringers. Four-inch propshafts. Two exits per room. Emergency exit lights. Smoke detectors. Safety glass. If I kept listing all the elements Cheoy Lee built into its new 81 Sport Yacht in order to receive ABS hull certilication, let's face it you'd be bored. This partial list of safety and structural features is probably enough to impress you, but it doesn't even scratch the surface of what's right about this latest entry to the mini-megayacht category.
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MTU Boat Engine Review: SERIES 2000
When Detroit Diesel and MTU joined forces, great things were expected. The result, however - the Series 2000 engines - exceeds expectations. THE MARRIAGE of Detroit Diesel and MTU has finally borne fruit - and what a wonderkind it is! The new Series 2000 engines combine successful technologies from both American and German engineering skills.
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Sea Ray 370 Aft Cabin Review - BIG SKY COUNTRY by Lenny Rudow
Sea Ray 370 Aft Cabin Review - BIG SKY COUNTRY by Lenny Rudow
I'VE NEVER BEEN A LOUNGING KINDA GUY. Put me on a boat and I want to fish, swim, cruise or cavort. Snoozing and sunbathing? That's for less active folks. Or so I thought. Spending an afternoon on Sea Ray's new relaxation-oozing 370 Aft Cabin gave me a lesson in lounging I won't soon forget. If you're in the market for a vessel that matches a laid-back afternoon like a pair of Bruno Maglis fits O.J.'s feet, the 370 could be just what you're looking for.
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Bayliner 5788 Pilot House Motoryacht Review: UNLIMITED ACCESS
Bayliner 57: Welcome to wherever you are.  At first glance, the new 5788 Pilot House Motoryacht is as swept-back, curvaceous and lithe as the swoopiest and priciest of high-performance Eurostylers. But inside, sorta behind the scenes, there's a squared-off space-maximizing layout that's as all-American as a ranch house in the upper-middle-class suburbs. And the base price for the whole magical ball of wax is so low it boggles the synapses.
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Ferretti 60 Review: WORK OF ART
The new Ferretti 60 blends Italian craftsmanship and style with American-class comfort and liveability.  Boating in the Mediterranean is not like boating in the States. Over there, the motus operandi is to day-trip, then tie-up to eat and even sleep ashore. American boaters are much more utilitarian. We use our boats to their full potential and so demand they be as functional as they are beautiful. That's exactly what the redesigned Ferretti 60 is, which comes as a surprise since she's about as Italian as you can get. 
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Formula 312 Fastech Review: THE QUIET RIOT
Formula designed its new 312 fastech to ambush its brash competitors. Quick! Think of a high-performance boat. Most likely, you picked on of those brash muscle machines known for rattling silverware at dockside restaurants and ripping up and down flat-water bays at break-neck speeds. You might not have thought of Formula because it's so well known for its high-end express cruisers. But in fact, Formula has been building high-performance boats as long or longer than anyone - 30 years. With its new FASTech3 series, Formula expects to increase its market share in high-performance boating, but in its characteristic low-key way. Instead of braggadocio and booming exhausts, Formula lets its boats, like the new 312, do the talking. 
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Offshore 58 Pilothouse Review - SPLIT PERSONALITY
Offshore 58 Pilothouse Review - SPLIT PERSONALITY
The Offshore 58's fine entry and deep forefoot combine to split the waves... I'M ABOARD the Offshore 58 Pilothouse, and I'm making notes: "Formica-lined drawers; dovetail joints; no exterior wood or aluminum; lights on dimmers; handsomely decorated; dual engine-room access; super layout; stainless steel engine mounts; easy stuffing-box access; private master stateroom arrangement with convenient head and washer/dryer; tremendous drawer and hanging storage space; great nonskid; big cockpit; huge bridge deck .... " It all adds up to a very impressive yacht.
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Fairline Squadron 55 Motoryacht Review: JAGUAR OF THE SEA
Like that other notable English vehicle, Fairline's new Squadron 55 was designed to be driven and equipped for comfort.  The good news is that Britain's Fairline Marine has added another model to its expanding line of fast motoryachts. The bad news is that despite the fact that the new Squadron 55 is a production model, you may have to wait as long as a year to get one. But if you're looking for really distinctive, premium European motoryacht, the delay may be worth it.
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Egg Harbor 52 Convertible Review: OVER EASY
Egg Harbor begins a new era with a totally new 52-foot convertible.  In so many ways the new Egg Harbor 52 is the natural progression of the company's Golden Egg series. With an impeccable interior, generous proportions, and handsome lines drawn by naval achitect Dave Martin, she embodies the modern convertible - combining a serious fishing boat with a serious cruising vessel. 
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Viking 40 Sport Cruiser Review: PARADISE NOW!
Viking 40: The right time, the right place. Where most builders use balsa or foam to trim weight and beef up panel-strength, Marine Projects covers the Viking's hullsides and decks with a lattice of small-dimensioned, hat-section, fiberglass members, some running athwartship like ribs, some running longitudinally. The technique's as strong as coring, says the company, but lighter. It seems to work. The 40 had a gutsy, solid feel when she touched down in the sportfisherman's wake ... and not a single smartly finished cabinet door or drawer popped open in protest.
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