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Pursuit 3400 Express Fisherman Review: SHOTGUN OFFENSE
Pursuit 34: Score early. Score often.  DON'T LIKE TO BE THE BUS DRIVER, BUT ON SOME sportfish boats, that's the skipper's role. He stands up there on the bridge while the crew is down in the cockpit with all the action. After a long afternoon you can feel as lonely as the Maytag man. That won't happen on Pursuit's 3400 Express Fisherman. This style of boat puts the captain just a few steps away from the rods and the tuna door. And on the Pursuit, the skipper sits dead-center at the console in a sort of uptown version of the center console. That's a good place to be on this agile, overqualified fishing machine.
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Mason 43 Sailboat Review: Inside the Mason 43 - Blue Water Sailing
Mason 43 Sailboat Review: Inside the Mason 43 - Blue Water Sailing
Proven voyaging boats, used Mason 43s are good values for offshore sailors looking for style and comfort in the $120,000 range This winter marks the 20th anniversary of the design that became the Mason 43 and 18 years since the first 43 was introduced at the Long Beach California boat show. The design, commissioned by Pacific Asian Enterprises and built by Ta Shing in Taiwan, has roots deep in the American tradition of offshore sailing yachts that reach back to John Alden, Philip Rhodes, and Olin Stevens.
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Formula 312 FAS3Tech Review: FIRE ZONE
Formula 31: One hot number.  From its knife-sharp entry, through the raptor-sleek foredeck and McLeod electric-assisted stand-up bolsters in the cockpit, to its single hydraulic-ram-operated mirrored engine hatch and 24-degree deep-V transom deadrise, the 312 promises performance. And that promise comes with more than just a hint of style.
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Carver 405 Aft Cabin Motoryacht Review: CIVIL ENGINEERING
Carver 42: Socially well-connected.  I step inside Carver's new 405 Aft Cabin Motor Yacht. And there it is: a cavernous aft cabin, complete with double-size berth, a raised salon big enough for the whole yard gang to carouse in, a double-berth-equipped forward cabin and a full-size refrigerator/freezer endowed step-down galley you could prepare the marina's end-of-season pig roast in.
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Wellcraft 38 Excalibur Review: FREE WORLD
Wellcraft 38: Broaden your horizons.  THE NEWSPAPERS HAVE MADE MUCH OF THE fact that this year the oldest baby-boomers - my contemporaries - are coming face-to-face with 50. Whenever I feel the signs of a mid-life crisis coming on, there's only one remedy - go boating. Everything will be okay once the last dockline is cast off, and the roar of a pair of big V-8s drowns out even the loudest creaking of rapidly aging bones. Twenty years ago I'd have raced away in a fire-breathing dragboat stripped of everything but a wheel and tach, but now that we're older why not enjoy some comfort? Let's leave the bone-rattler tied up and take Wellcraft's new 38 Excalibur - like us baby-boomers, it's got a high-performance heart hidden in a low-key body.
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Sea Ray 420 Aft Cabin Sport Yacht Review: FREE SOCIETY
Sea Ray 420 Aft Cabin Sport Yacht Review: FREE SOCIETY
Sea Ray 42: Do what you wanna do. On test day, I strolled around this sleek, multi-leveled beauty for six hours, and found that it handles deck-to-deck transitions with simple elegance. The molded-in steps to the swim platform are wide, buttressed with a heavy stainless-steel rail and surfaced with Super Glue-caliber nonslip. The swoopy sidedecks slope up smoothly to the foredeck. All told, getting around was effortless
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Ocean 45 Super Sport Review: EFFICIENCY EXPERT
Ocean 45: Waste knot, want knot. IF THE BOYS AT OCEAN YACHTS EVER WENT into the fish-manufacturing business, the critters they'd create would give fishermen fits. Just when you're certain you've figured out which lure to use, you'd get to the spot and find the fish gone! Ocean has been doing the same thing to boatbuilders, being the first production company to break the 30-knot mark back in 1978. And ever since, Dave Martin's hulls have proven to be a little quicker, sportier and better equipped than the competition thanks to ongoing evolution of the species.
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Hatteras 43 SX Review: RIGHT OF WAY
Hatteras 43: Charge into the express lane. Hatteras 43 SX is a serious bluewater cruiser. And when equipped with a tower and fishing tools, such as outriggers, bait freezer and livewell, this boat can campaign alongside any battlewagon. 
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Cruisers Yachts 3580 Flybridge Review: MODEL CITIZEN
Cruisers Yachts 3580 Flybridge Review: MODEL CITIZEN
Cruisers 35: Pillar of the community.  Too many flying bridge boats have what I call "angling envy." Whether the boat is really designed for - or will ever actually head for - the canyons, if it's got a cockpit and a bridge, lots of builders and buyers feel compelled to install rodholders, fight chairs, livewells and tackle lockers. The result? A waste of space and money that leaves you with a silly fishboat and a compromised cruiser.
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Tiara 4100 Review - GOLD COAST
Tiara 4100 Review - GOLD COAST
Tiara 41: Life is good... When you're used to hitting home runs, people get excited when you step up to the plate. It's the same way with Tiara's express boats. The new 4100 Open nestles in familiar water between the 4300 Open and the 3700 Open. It has the trademark step sheer and a smooth muscular build. The 4100 is available as a cruiser or as a fishboat, like the one we tested in Miami Beach. The only features that separate the two models are the optional ($4,900) bait-prep center that takes the place of the aft-facing lounge seat in the cockpit, port and starboard rod lockers ($1,560), and the $35,000 PipeWelder tower and double spreader outriggers. A steel plate sandwiched in the sole anchors a fighting chair.
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Bertram 54 Convertible Sportfisher Review ['95-'03 Model] - STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE
Bertram 54 Convertible Sportfisher Review ['95-'03 Model] - STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE
Bertram 54: Get ahead of the game BACKING DOWN ON A FISH IN A BLUEWATER battlewagon is drama of the highest order. The cockpit resonates with a melee of mates, sports, fishing gear, frothy green saltwater and diesel smoke. On the bridge, the captain, his back to the controls if he's a Palm Beacher, is as focused as a feisty English pointer dialed in on a quivering quail.
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Huckins 44 Sportsman Review: THE SPORTSMAN COMES HOME
Huckins introduces a new 44-foot weekender with modern amenities and throwback styling. Between 1947 and 1966 Huckins Yacht built more than two dozen Sportsman 40s, its classic Florida cruiser. Now, after a 30-year respite, the company has brought back the Sportsman in an updated form, combining the best of the old with the best of the new.
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Bertram 36 Convertible Review: WINNING BIG
Bertram 36: Some guys have all the luck.  It's hard to fathom that this new Bertram comes from the headwaters of the industrial Miami River. Then again, Bertram always had a reputation for being the big player in the boondocks. But while they're popular in the back woods, it's offshore where Bertrams shine like a fleet of comets.
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Viking 45 Sport Cruiser Review: ART & SCIENCE
Viking 45: All this and brains, too.  Unlike its Jersey-bred convertibles and motoryachts, Viking's new Sport Cruiser line - 11 vessels from 38' to 72' - is designed and built in Plymouth, England, by Marine Projects Ltd., the people behind such European powerhouse marques as Princess and Fairline. While styling, construction and layout are different from the typical Viking, these boats come to the States with seakeeping abilities matching or surpassing anything built here.
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Sunseeker 51 Camargue Express Cruiser Review: ROYAL STRAIGHT
Sunseeker 51: You can bet on it. From the haunt of Elizabethan-era pirates comes a modern express cruiser with great joinery, a walnut-faced dash, a "garage" aft and 582-hp Cats. Top speed: 38.9 mph.
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Fountain 47 Lighting Sport Cruiser Review: NEWS BULLETIN
Fountain 47: Guess what travels fast. Vrrroooommmmmm. I ease the throttles forward, feeling the 47 come out of the hole as smoothly and effortlessly as a greased skiboat. ''We're rolling now," I shout, settling back into my bolster, enjoying a ride that's already approaching the edge-dwelling sensation of flight. Top speed: 81.1 mph. I need only a twitch of the wheel, the briefest click of the trim rockers, to exert control. The ambiance of the helm is robustly, poetically, balletic.
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Hatteras 54 Tournament Review: LEAN MACHINE
Hatteras designs a streamlined, custom look into its new 54 Tournament Convertible.  Teddy Roosevelt's now-famous dictum, "Speak softly and carry a big stick", extols the virtues of quiet confidence and the inadvisability of blowing your own horn. If you're good, your deeds, not your words, will show it. This same wisdom is now being adopted by Hatteras in its new sportfishermen. From 39 to 54 feet, Hatteras convertible are now available with an optional Tournament Package. Although these tournament-ready models sport significant improvements and added features, unless you're a dedicated Hatterophile, you probably won't recognize one even if she blows past you at a Bimini start. And that, it turns out, is by design. 
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Sabre 402 Review - She Feels Just Right -by Dennis Caprio
Sabre 402 Review - She Feels Just Right -by Dennis Caprio
"Handy, fast and comfortable, the design pleases the eye and stirs the soul." Sabre has a longstanding reputation for building sturdy, well-executed, and conservatively styled boats. They were fast enough to be raced and comfortable enough to cruise. Altogether good boats. The new 402 (and its smaller sibling, the 362) raises the bar a couple of notches. Jim Taylor designed the 402 (and the 362).
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Baia Zero Sportboat Review: ONE OF A KIND
A surprising mix of room, handling, and fuel efficiency puts the baia Zero in a class by herself.  The 43-foot baia Zero has a lot to offer if you don't need a saloon and flying bridge. With less weight and a lower center of gravity, her performance easily surpasses that of most convertibles. She offers speed, a good ride in a chop, solid construction, and, of course, great looks. Her V-drives keep the weight of her 3126 Caterpillar diesels well aft for better performance and free up enough interior space to make a second stateroom possible. Putting the engines aft also helps to isolate the cabin and bridge deck from machinery noise.
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Doral 350SC Review: PHYSICAL ATTRACTION
Doral 35: Looking good, feeling fine. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS SAYS ABOUT ME as a person—but, I actually enjoy washing down boats, at least small ones. Give me a five-gallon bucket, a hose, a deck brush and a sunny day...and I’m mayor of Maytag city.
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Empacher 55 Sailboat Review: EMPACHER 55
IF YOU SEE A GOOD WAVE, SURF IT. THAT is what Dieter Empacher has done in the design of this 55. The wave of lightish-displacement, custom-built retirement cruisers with long waterlines and hard dodgers or pilothouses is building to a roaring crest. 
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Dynamic 72 Boat Review: DYNAMIC 72
It was the Dynamic 72's unusual and highly stylized window treatment that convinced me to share it with my readers. What is intrinsically a very voluminous and high-sided shape is made tolerable - even very attractive - by the expanse of curved bronze-tinted windows. An innovative feature, which does not show on the page's drawings, is the presence of a vast party deck and boat storage forward of the pilothouse, sheltered from the wind and made entirely invisible from the side by the high bulwarks that define the yacht's profile. A clever gull-wing door emerges from the starboard side for convenient dockside access.
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Azimut AZ 54 Review: PROPER ATTIRE
Azimut 54: How to dress for success. WHEN I TEST A BOAT, I OFTEN TRY TO FIND AN aspect of design, engineering, layout or handling that, when thoroughly described, gives the reader a good idea of what the whole boat is about. Finding such an aspect on the Azimut AZ 54 was easy. The smooth livability of this Italian-built, three-stateroom-three-head vessel’s layout sticks out like a Fleetwood in a Ferrari show room.
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Sea Ray 580 Super Sun Sport Review: HOME-GROWN HERO
Sea Ray 580 Super Sun Sport Review: HOME-GROWN HERO
Sea Ray's 580 SSS takes on the latest European-built luxury cruisers.  In the last two years yet another round of sleek, Euro-style boats has shown up at boat shows and marinas around the country. Boasting plush interiors, beautiful, high-gloss furnishings, and sporty, stylish exteriors, these imports have married high performance with luxury, and for that reason their popularity has grown. But now almost 59 feet and 48,000 pounds of gleaming gelcoat, handlacquered bird's-eye maple, and a heaping dose of good ol' American know-how called the Sea Ray 580 Super Sun Sport (SSS) is waiting here to greet them. As Arnie Dingman, Sea Ray's project manager for the 580, says, "We don't mind them coming over, we just want them to have a little competition when they get here."
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Cummins 370B Boat Engine Review: CUMMINS 370B
Cummin's new 370B in-line six packs a lot of power into a compact package. Measuring just 4'0"x2'7"x2'8" and weighing just 1,225 pounds (3.3 lbs/hp), the engine squeezes better than one horsepower from each cubic inch - 370 hp from 359 cubic inches. 
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Pursuit 3400 Sportfisherman Review: SOCIAL CLIMBER
Pursuit steps into the big leagues with a 34-footer for the thinking fisherman and occasional cruiser.  The tale of the new Pursuit 3400 is told by its steps. Not only the physical steps in the cockpit and cabin, but the philosophical step this boat represents. The largest Pursuit ever, this 34-footer pits the company against such we-known names as Blackfin, Bertram, and Phoenix. Just how Pursuit hopes to successfulyy negotiate this philosophical step leads back to those other steps.
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Post 50 Sportfisher Review: AGED TO PERFECTION
Post celebrates its 40th anniversary by updating its 50-footer. Around his 40th birthday a man may start acting a bit strange - showing off, working out like crazy, and generally doing impetuous things like buying a sports car. These attempts to latch onto some part of fading youth are what's generally known as midlife crisis, and although the phenomenon is common among men, it's not generally associated with boat companies. But come Jannary 1, Post Marine will enter its 40th year, unmarred by the misfortunes that befell many of its competitors, and lately the company's behavior has been midlife-crisis-like. For example, last spring, one owner took delivery of a new 50-footer and caught six blue marlin in the first seven days he fished the boat. In March another new 50 took second in The Bacardi Billfish Toumament. In June a 46-footer won the Treasure Cay Championship with a 1,030-pound blue marlin, only the second grander ever caught in the Bahamas. And as you read this, the company is introducing a variety of enhancements to existing models: the 43 will be redesigned as a 42, the 46 will become a 47, and the 50 has already received a host of Improvements. A day on the first new 50 indicated to me that despite all this showing off and body sculpting, Post is not trying to recapture the past but is preparing its boats for the future.
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Davis 61 Sportfisher Review - DIAMOND LADY
Davis 61 Sportfisher Review - DIAMOND LADY
Hal Gooch, owner of the Buddy Davis 61 Diamond Lady, is an entrepreneur- and he's very good at it. His main business is an Amway products distributorship. Other ventures include marketing, real estate, convenience stores, a furniture business-and the list goes on.
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Tiara 3500 Express Review: TIARA 3500 EXPRESS
Roomy for family and toys, the 3500 lets you express yourself like a crown jewel. SEA TRIALS AND PERFORMANCE tests sometimes leave me feeling empty. Sure, the numbers are of interest and raw performance can be quantified, but to discover a boat's heart and soul one must spend quality time aboard. When I shared this view with Tiara marketing director Jon Marcus and Tiara dealer Tom Sanders, vice president of sales of The Allied Marine Group, they both agreed. Tom and I packed our families and rendezvoused in the Florida Keys with a new Tiara 3500 Express.
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Tollycraft 57 Widebody Motoryacht Review: POLITE SOCIETY
Tollycraft 57: A civil answer to a civil question. NOT MANY 57-FOOTERS I can think of are easily handled by two people. But a skipper and his mate won't need extra hands to operate the Tollycraft 57 Widebody. I found out when Capt. Rick Morrell and I sea-trialed our test boat provided by Yacht Sales International of Miami.
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Tollycraft 57 Pilothouse Motoryacht Review: TOLLYCRAFT 57
Tollycraft takes aim at the East Coast with a new 57' wide-body motoryacht.  I HAVE ALWAYS APPRECIATED THE lines of Tollycraft's 57' Pilothouse Motoryacht. The Ed Monk Jr. design is a departure from the traditional look of the 60-year-old Washington state-based builder. Until recently, spotting a 57 on the East Coast would have been chance. But now a revitalized Tollycraft has aggressive plans and has signed The Allied Marine Group as its dealer in the Southeast. I caught up with a new 57 at Allied's Stuart, Fla., facility.
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Jeanneau Lagoon 35 Compact Cruising Catamaran Review: LAGOON 35CCC
This roomy cat from Jeanneau is fast, handy and narrow enough for a slip in the marina… THREE Cs — THAT PRETTY MUCH sums up the Lagoon 35CCC's station in life. She's a Compact Cruising Catamaran designed by Morrelli & Melvin and built for Jeanneau by Tillotson Pearson. Considering her fine pedigree, the first C in her model moniker could stand for Cool.
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Carver 350 Mariner Review: EURO USA
Carver 350 Mariner Review: EURO USA
Carver 35: Calling all nations. AFTER EONS OF THROTTLE-BENDING EVERYTHING FROM HARD-chinned pot haulers to spit-it-out-your-eye wave benders, I’ve developed a marine classification system. I hear a boatbuilder’s name and it rattles around my cranium like the steel ball in a roulette wheel and then falls into a prepared slot. Donzi, Mariah, Cobalt: sleek, plush-lined go-fasts. Hatteras, Ocean, Viking: longstriding, solid comfort. Blackfin, Pursuit, Bertram: functional, go-for-it-with-style fish in’ machines. Tiara, Sea Ray, Wellcraft: jetset, sexy performance. Carver? A no-brainer. Sturdy, midwestern value; cruisers that are built with the dependability - and resemblance - of a Conestoga wagon. Sex appeal? Get real.
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Sea Ray 370 Express Review - BUSINESS JET
Sea Ray 370 Express Review - BUSINESS JET
Sea Ray 37: Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight... BOAT TEST #1058 SOME OF THE SLIPS OUT BEHIND the Sea Ray plant at Merritt Island are skinny enough to cramp a kayak. Or so it seemed the afternoon I finished testing Sea Ray's new 37 Express Cruiser. I spun the wheel. Then, as the bow swung straight across the Barge Canal, I dropped both Teleflex clutches astern, goosed the throttles and started backing down.
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Sea Ray 400 Sundancer Review: SAME COOK, SAME POT, SAME INGREDIENTS, BUT THE FLAVOR'S UNIQUE
Sea Ray 400 Sundancer Review: SAME COOK, SAME POT, SAME INGREDIENTS, BUT THE FLAVOR'S UNIQUE
Sea Ray Sundancers, in their various sizes, are designed with a similar theme. This is the kind of product identification that made Ford and Chrysler so successful in recent years. It encourages brand loyalty and high resale value. As the boats get bigger, the helm gets more high-tech. The galley is loaded but not great for using under way in any kind of sea. When I learned that Sea Ray was completing sea trials on the new 400 Sundancer, I dropped everything and headed for the company's product development and engineering center to take a look at hull number one.
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Roscioli R-58 Sportfish Review: ROSCIOLI R-58 SPORTFISH
The Roscioli r-58 has the mettle to campaign the tournament circuit, the comfort to cruise like a motoryacht...BOB ROSCIOLI IS NO STRANGER TO BUILDING HIGH-performance sportfishermen. His R-54, R-65 and R-72 have a cult-like following in the offshore fish wars. While there may be confusion about the Donzi moniker attached to the Roscioli nameplate (Roscioli bought the original Donzi 65 molds years ago, but there's no association with American Marine Holdings, the company that manufactures Donzi sport boats) there's no mistaking what sets apart his boats from the production fleet.
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Phoenix 32 Tournament Review: AERIAL ASSAULT
Phoenix 32: Punch it in. Lock it on. IF YOU FIND THE FISHING GROUNDS CROWDED THESE DAYS, you're not alone. Even the fish complain to us that it's hard to grab a meal that doesn’t have a hook in it. And consider the competition in the 30’ inboard-powered fleet. Luhrs, Pursuit, Albemarle, Bertram, Tiara, Cabo, Blackfin, Stamas and Phoenix each have diesel-powered contenders in this LOA.
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Maiora 70 Motoryacht Review: ITALIAN AMERICAN
The Maiora 70's Italian style entices Americans, but her solid engineering makes them want to own her.  The Italian sense of style has an undeniable attraction, particularly when it comes to boats, so much so that for the last few years even heretofore conservative American boat buyers have been buying Italian yachts in record numbers. But style will only take you so far, and that's why I was pleased to discover one of the latest Italian imports, the Maiora 70, not only displays continental panache, but plenty of attention to practical matters as well. 
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Queenship 56 Admiralty Pilothouse Review - DREAM QUEEN
Queenship 56 Admiralty Pilothouse Review - DREAM QUEEN
With this stately 56 Pilothouse motoryacht, Queenship leaps from custom to production builder without sacrificing its famous quality... Judging a yacht, let alone a company, by the construction of its ship's wheel may seem a little absurd. But the beautiful inlaid wheel with 12 coats of varnish found on all Queenship luxury yachts speaks volumes about this Canadian builder- a builder, by the way, who is taking dead aim at the luxury market. Headed by Dan Fritz, Queenship (formerly Cooper-Queenship) is investing heavily in modern motoryacbt, megayacht and sportboat/sportfish designs. The Queenship Admiralty series leads the way with the new 56 pilothouse motoryacht, the company's flagship. Six larger pilothouse models, up to 66 feet, are on the line, including multilevel sportcruiser and sportfishing versions.
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Cabo 31 Express Review - FISHABILITY
Cabo 31 Express Review - FISHABILITY
As I wandered through the Cabo (Cat Harbor Boats) plant in Adelanto, California I was confused. When confronted with the hulls for the 35 and the 31, I kept having to ask owner Henry Mohrschladt which was which. But I got the hang of it after Mohrschladt pointed out that the 31 is higher at the bow than the 35. He explained that this tremendous freeboard forward, with the deep forefoot, would afford unprecedented head-sea performance, while allowing for exceptional interior accommodations usually found in larger boats.
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