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Kadey-Krogen Whaleback 48 Trawler Review: WORLD BEATER
Krogen 48: Knows its way around.  I'm the son of True and Argosy magazines, Adventures in Paradise and Travis McGee novels, but I preferred the "I Sailed to Tahiti With an All-Girl Crew" articles in Argosy. What better way to spend your life than traipsing around the tropics, sarong-clad beauties on each arm, outsmarting homicidal-but-pea-brained thugs while getting a Gardner McKay tan? I still cling to that dream today. If you do, too, and feel you're due for an adventure of your own, have I got a boat for you: The Kadey-Krogen Whaleback 48. It'll take you just about anywhere you want to go, in safety and comfort, with plenty of room for loyal sidekicks, untrustworthy dames, treasure-hunting gear, small arms and a lifetime supply of pareos.
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MAN Boat Engine Review: MAN 1,020-HP V-12 DIESELS
Where there's low smoke there's fire.  You know that black cloud that's supposed to follow you offshore and back with diesels? Well, it looks like clever engineering is blowing it away.
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Shannon Voyager 36 Planing Trawler Review: CHANGE OF COURSE
Never been a fan of trawlers? Shannon's Voyager 36 may just win you over.  For the Shannon 36 is a planing hull, with sufficient power to lift her up and out of the water. This means she's capable of more than the typical single-digit speeds common to the average trawler - a lot more. In fact, with a pair of 250-hp 8.2L GM diesels, our 36 hit over 19 knots. 
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Offshore 58 Pilothouse Review - THE HULL THING
Offshore 58 Pilothouse Review - THE HULL THING
Offshore's solidly built 58 Pilothouse isn't just another pretty boat... When you come right down to it, if you're buying a pleasure boat, you're really buying a hull. The rest is just icing on the cake. Without a solidly built and seaworthy hull, it won't matter how luxurious the interior may be, how tawny the teak is or how powerful the engines are. So, before you start going ga-ga over the interior, it's wise to take a moment to study the hull and learn a bit about its background.
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President Yachts 580 Cockpit Motoryacht Review: FANTASY ISLAND
President Yachts's 580 Cockpit Motoryacht may not be paradise, but she can sure sruise up next to it and dock at its private pier. True to its Taiwanese heritage this yacht's saloon walls, floors, and furnishings are done in quality teak woodwork. With tasteful appointments such as leather upholstery and headliners, patterned window shades, and black accents, the space emits an elegant, traditional feel. The standard layout includes a lower helm station, but the company can alter it to meet your needs.
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Silverton 362 Sedan Cruiser Review: HOUSE OF STYLE
Silverton 36: You've got the look. In the months ahead, I speculated chances were good that dozens of identical salons would brighten moonlit marinas across America. I stress ''identical." Silverton doesn't customize and individualize its boats by offering a long list of options. Instead, this builder makes most everything you'd want standard. The result? A well-priced ($127,375 base), well-built, two-stateroom sedan that's a stylish and eminently livable cruiser.
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Little Harbor 40 Cruiser Review: SOCIAL STUDIES
Little Harbor 40: Go to the head of the class.  There's nothing plodding about this highly customized commuter-style dayboat. Despite its traditional appearance, the Little Harbor 40 delivers the performance of a contemporary express cruiser - a gold-plated one at that. From the electronics to the upholstery, the 40's approach is no-expenses-spared.
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Tiara 3500 Express Review - MAD ABOUT YOU
Tiara 3500 Express Review - MAD ABOUT YOU
BOAT TEST #893... Tiara 35: Ready for a serious relationship? I'VE LONG KNOWN THAT WHEN I PACK IN THE fishing rods, I'm taking up cruising. But until I tested the new Tiara 3500 Express I was convinced my cruiser would have to be a fishboat with no outriggers and a livewell filled with ice. Because even if my venue changed, I'd still want to hear and smell diesels, have something substantial under my feet to handle bad weather and above all, know that the boat's practical and easy to maintain.
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Tiara 3500 Express Review - MALE MODEL
Tiara 3500 Express Review - MALE MODEL
Unlike many cruisers, there's nothing feminine about Tiara's new 3500 Express... You've probably seen this poster in a salty-seadog knickknack shop: "Why Is A Ship Called A She?" Below the headline are about 15 supposed commonalities between boats and the female gender. Included are such notable quotables as "It's not the initial expense, it's the upkeep that breaks you," and 'They look their best when they're painted." And so it goes.
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Ocean Yachts 48 Super Sport Review: LIVING LARGE
Ocean Yachts 48: No stranger in paradise. Over the years, Ocean has built hundreds of 40s, 42s, 44s, 46s and 48s. And while that's a strong customer base to pull from, this new 48 is more than a trade-up boat. It's a remarkably well-priced three-stateroom/two-head screamer with a new hull, a new look and some surprises for any angler who takes the wheel.
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Delta 36 SFX Review: WORK FORCE
Delta 36: Tool of the trade.  I have an idea if you're searching for a mid-size diesel fishboat: the Delta 36, an express design that tops out at 34.7 mph with a pair of 388-hp 6CTA8.3-M2 Cummins diesels. Throttled back to a 2100-rpm cruise (the turbos spool up around 1900), our test boat ran 26.9 mph while the white heat sipped 26.4 gph for a range of 299 nautical miles.
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Bayliner 4587 Aft Cabin Motoryacht Review: HOUSE PARTY
Bayliner 45: A real crowd pleaser.  THE IDEA FOR A COCKpit motoryacht was probably put together for some retired guy who got fed up with catching his fishing line on the hardtop over his aft deck. These days, though, the style attracts younger boatowners who want a cockpit for more than casual casting between stopovers at yacht clubs. They swim, snorkel, dive and anchor out, too, so they need easy access to the water in addition to the traditional accommodations of a big cruiser. Bayliner's 4587 does all that.
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Bluewater 62 Motoryacht Review: LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU!
Interested in putting the pleasure back into your pleasure baoting? Chack out Bluewater's new 62.  This sport called boating - what's it really about? Oiling teak, patching fiberglass, scrubbing decks, and trying to fit into cramped spaces? Paying a fortune in fuel taxes, user fees, boating education courses, and dokage? If it were, the number of us belonging to this special club would amount to as many as the Dirty Dozen - minus 12. No, the appeal of boating lies deeper, in something intangible. What we're really seeking when we release those dock lines is actually quite simple - a way to relax and enjoy ourselves. And that's what you get aboard the Bluewater 62, a boat designed from the inside out with your pleasure in mind. 
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Sunseeker 58 Manhattan Flying Bridge Sport Yacht Review: NEW ATTITUDE
The 58 Manhattan represents high performance, high styling, and a new niche for Sunseeker International. Located somewhere along the spectrum between express cruiser and flatout high performance machine, Sunseeker's products have an international reputation for being among the finest open performance cruisers available. So when I stepped aboard the 58 Manhattan at Hideaway Marina in Pompano Beach, Florida, I was a little taken aback. This brand-new flying bridge express yacht - complete with davits, upper and lower helm stations, a captain's stateroom, and other longdistance cruising amenities - seemed sort of analogous to Ferrari coming out with a minivan. I mean, we're talking about a fundamental change in philsophy, here - or so it seemed.
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Caterpillar 3116 Boat Engine Review: Caterpillar 3116
The Caterpillar 3116 is a versatile engine with a wide range of applications. It's suitable for everything from planing pleasure boats to oceangoing commercial displacement craft such as freighters or bottom-drag trawlers.
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Pershing 38 Express Cruiser Review: SURPRISE PACKAGE
The elegance of a superyacht in just 38 feet.  Don't be misled by the Anglo-sounding name. The Pershing 38 is as Italian as cappuccino. Even if the identification plates on the various systems weren't in another language, there would be no mistaking the origin of this boat. Her abundant style and panache clearly reflect the Pershing's Mediterranean origins. But what impressed me most was an equally abundant degree of function behind the sophisticated lines. And features? How many other 38-footers have a bidet? Or a hydraulic - and electronically remote-controlled - passerelle? More important, these conveniences, usually seen only on much larger craft, are just the tip of the iceberg.
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Lamborghini Speed Boat Engine Review: LAMBORGHINI L900i
This Lamborghini V-12 is a consumer version of the racing engine that is so dominant in European offshore racing. Actually, it is nearly the same engine. 
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Hustler 50 Pace Boat Review: AMAZING PACE
Attention to detail and consummate engineering highlight the new Hustler 50.  You can tell a lot about a boat long before you get underway just by seeing how well the builder has paid attention to the little things. And when that attention has been paid to such a degree that it's visible from a considerable distance, chances are everything about the boat is going to be first rate. But then, you know the Hustler 50 is something special even before you see her. After all, when a boat is powered by three 650-hp Lamborghini V-12s, she is by definition in rare company.
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Lydia 92 Sportfisherman Review: BIG HEAT
Lydia 92: Have rocket, will travel.  A surging combination of 16V-92 DDEC diesel inboards and twin 2,850-hp turbines deliver a 53.4 mph top end on the Lydia 92. And canyon-cruising goes deluxe with gear like a giant 50' tuna tower.
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Hustler 50 Pace Boat Review: KING MISSILE
Hustler 50: Ready...Aim...Fire. The reason you'll buy your Hustler 50 is to jam the throttles open and run hell-bent-for-leather until the tanks run dry. Few things are as thrilling as driving a really fast boat in open water, especially one like this that won't ruin your day by coming apart or doing something squirrely.
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MAN Boat Engine Review: MAN D2842 LE402
A V-12, the D2842 LE402 has a swept volume of 22.1 liters with a 5.04-inch bore and 5.59-inch stroke. Its turbochargers are encased in engine coolant while its charge air is cooled by sea water circulating through an intercooler. 
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American Custom Yachts 58 Sportfisherman Review: FREEDOM'S FANCY
Despite all her finery, this new 58-footer from American Custom Yachts is a functional fishing boat.  Custom yachts of any type are always interesting simply because they are the culmination of someone's boating experience, and the nature of the design and its specialfeatures can provide some insight into that experience. However, as this 58-footer from American Custom Yachts clearly demonstrates, custom sportfishermen are often even more interesting and impressive because the wish-list for this kind of boat is usually oriented toward functional concerns. 
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Hatteras 43 Convertible: DREAM ON
It took a 30-year-old vision and a 4-year wait, but the Hatteras 42 Convertible has come into its own.  In 1959 Willis Slane had a vision of the perfect fishing boat: It was around 40 feet, with a roomy saloon, a complete galley, and two separate staterooms. He assembled a small team and built one of the first-ever fiberglass yachts, a 41-footer that included all of his requirements. The boat was such a success, Slane rented a garage in High Point, North Carolina, and began producing a line of yachts that would make him rich, thousands of fishermen happy, and the company into a legend.
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Detroit Diesel 16V-92TA DDEC Boat Engine Review: Detroit Diesel 16V-92TA DDEC
The largest of Detroit Diesel's 92 Series engines, the I 6V- 92TA is capable of generating 1,450 bhp. 
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Donzi-Roscioli Z-65 Convertible Sportfisherman Review: PLAY IT AGAIN, BOB
The way Bob Roscioli builds his Z-65 Donzi, owners keep coming back.  For me, there has always been one lingering question about Donzi-Roscioli: What is its connection to those little speedboats of the same name? Now I know the answer: Roscioli International bought the Donzi yacht division in 1988, after that company's attempt to enter the large sportfisherman market went awry. The purchase included the molds for the 65 Donzi had been building, to which Roscioli then added 54-foot and 72-foot models to create one of the sturdiest lines of custom sportfishermen you can find.
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Ferretti 185 Fly Express Cruiser Review: A YACHT FOR THE SEA CHANGE
Wes Dickman and Ferretti are gambling that you're looking for a new kind of yacht.  Wes Dickman thinks he smells a sea change among boaters. He thinks they've become disenchanted with traditional boat styles - particularly the convertible - and are searching for something that better reflects the way they really use their boats. He thinks boaters are tired of spending more money to get more performance and more luxury out of a boat that was never intended for either. The convertible, he reminds us, was created as a fishing boat, and today, for any number of reasons, a lot of boat buyers aren't particularly interested in fishing any more. So Dickman thinks America is looking for a different kind of boat, and he thinks he's got it.
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Caterpillar 3208TA Boat Engine Review: Caterpillar 3208TA
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Caterpillar's most popular marine diesel - the 3208. To celebrate, Cat is offering the Silver Anniversary Edition 3208. 
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Eastbay 38 Express Review: GRAND DEPARTURE
Is this a 34-mph Grand Banks in disguise? Not really. It's an Eastbay 38 Express.  Yet even though what's classic never goes out of style, there's still a need for something new, something different, something more reflective of the times. For American Marine, it's the Eastbay 38 Express. The Eastbay is a boat for all of boating, a boat anyone can enjoy. She's a man's boat - and yes, a woman's boat, too. She's classic, yet sporty, and rugged, yet stylish. And there's nothing trendy about her - she's designed with an eye to the future and to life in the 90s.
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Tiara 4000 Open Mid-Cabin Express Cruiser Review: TIARA MAKES – AND BREAKS – A FEW RULES WITH ITS 4000 OPEN MID-CABIN
Something Bold. Something New. There was never any doubt about it: This was not going to be one of those plain vanilla boat tests. The stage was set by the yacht in question, the new Tiara 4000 Open Mid-Cabin express cruiser. Rumor had it this was a radical new head-turner from Tiara, designed for extended, long range cruising with more tricked-out features than a getaway car in a 007 flick. Then there was the matter of Kitty.
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Hino Boat Engine Review: HINO H250D/H310D
The standard diesel in the 4587 Motoryacht is the H250D; the optional H310D is nearly identical except in horsepower.
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Bayliner 4587 Motoryacht Review: CHANGE FOR THE BETTER
To make its new 4587 even better than the yacht it replaces, Bayliner turned to dealers, owners, and a lot of experience.  Bayliner has put more than 400,000 boats on the water by doing two things particularly well: responding to the needs of the buyer and improving quality.
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Able Apogee 50/Morris 51 Sailboat Review
Able Apogee 50/Morris 51 Sailboat Review
* Note: All references herein to the ABLE Apogee 50 refer to the boat currently known as the Morris 51 This award was presented to the boat best exhibiting safe, sea-kindly design and performance characteristics suitable for self-sufficient offshore voyaging and live-aboard purposes. The Bluewater Award bid Cruising World's panelists to view all 38 BOTY boats as a group and then determine which one most thoroughly addressed the issues of long-range cruising and long-term living aboard. Practicality, safety and performance at sea were of keynote importance; less significant were the constraints of satisfying a given size category or of attempting to cover the separate requirements of less rigorous inshore cruising. In simple terms, the Bluewater Award was developed to spotlight what our judges would consider the year's most serious offshore cruising vessel. Period.
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Shearwater 33 Open Express Sportfisherman Review: OPEN SEASON
Like its namesake, the Shearwater 33 is fast, sleek, and can cover long distances.  While some boat companies are still trying to regain their sea legs after the economic storm of recent years, Shearwater, a new company, has optimistically released its first boat into an already crowded niche. Its success or failure will tell us something significant about the boat and about the market. Actually, it already has told us something. The fact that the Shearwater 33 is an open sportfisherman speaks volumes about the needs of today's fishermen.
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Shannon Voyager 36 Planing Trawler Review: WATER WORLD
Shannon 36: Here, there, everywhere. You can't call the Shannon a traditional trawler. Like the offerings from several other builders, the Shannon is a hybrid combining the conservative, rugged topside profile of a trawler with a running bottom that has more than a passing resemblence to a cruiser. The combination yields roomy accommodations in a classically styled boat that can travel far at a good pace. But unlike some others in its LOA class, the Shannon squeezes a few more mph from its engines. What's the secret?
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Tiara 4000 Express Review - Yachting
Tiara 4000 Express Review - Yachting
This open express is perfect for overnight cruising with a family. She's designed for a crowd in the cockpit, but has plenty of room below. Cockpit seating on the Tiara 4000 lets the helmsman stand but observers have plenty of room to kibitz. She is driven by twin Cummins 600hp diesels. There's one certain measure of how well a boat has been designed. And that is simply to use the boat and never once think that a designer has been involved. By that I mean a boat that surprises you with "why didn't I think of that," and never once surprises you with "if only they had." The true measure of success is the absence of any overt design tricks. It is simply a matter of making a boat that works.
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Henriques Alaska Cruiser 35 Review: THREE IN ONE
Henriques combine the best parts of a workboat, trawler, and sportfisherman into its new Alaska Cruiser. At first glance this 35-footer looks like the typical workboat you've seen returning to the harbor at 6 a.m. after a morning of pulling lobster pots, hauling nets, and tending buoys. But step aboard and she's pure trawler - solid and beamy with accommodation to match her proud lineage. In the aft cockpit she changes again, taking on the look and feel of a cruising sportfisherman. Climb up to the flying bridge and you're back into the trawler mode, that is, until you lean on the throttle and she jumps up out of the hole to a surprising 18-knot cruising speed. This is no prow-pushing monohull, yet she is neither a Down Easter or a pure sportfisherman.
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Awesome 69 Catamaran Review: AWESOME EXPERIENCE
Fifty-knot williwaws and six-foot seas test the mettle of a new catamaran motoryacht. Williwaws are what they were, mate: localized micro-burst of 40- to 50-knot wind that sheared the white caps off the six-foot sea and drove them in a horizontal blast of spray that could almost knock you off your feet. They hit us periodically in what seemed at times a perverse attempt to make my winter - July is winter down under - test of the new Awesome 69 an experience not to be forgotten.
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Bertram 46’ Moppie Review: PONY EXPRESS
Bertam 46’ Moppie offers sensibly balanced efficiency, seakeeping, performance and spaciousness. As the first swell rolled over the foredeck of the Bertram 37' Sportfisherman, I began to consider the wisdom of our plan to run this boat and the 46' Moppie to Ocean Reef, some 35 miles south on Key Largo. About this time, Capt. Chuck yelled over the breaking seas from the 46, “Damn it Coyle, if we don't go, just make sure you tell the readers it was the jockey that chickened-out, not the pony." Oh well, what the hell, it's a Bertram, right?
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Bertram 37’ Sportfisherman Review: PONY EXPRESS
The Bertram 37’ Sportfisherman offers sensibly balanced efficiency, seakeeping, performance and spaciousness. As the first swell rolled over the foredeck of the Bertram 37' Sportfisherman, I began to consider the wisdom of our plan to run this boat and the 46' Moppie to Ocean Reef, some 35 miles south on Key Largo. About this time, Capt. Chuck yelled over the breaking seas from the 46, “Damn it Coyle, if we don't go, just make sure you tell the readers it was the jockey that chickened-out, not the pony." Oh well, what the hell, it's a Bertram, right?
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Hatteras 52 Motoryacht Review: BEST OF BREED
The Hatteras 52 Motoryacht sets new standards.  It's pretty much the same for boats as it is for animals: A pedigree can tell you a lot about what is not immediately evident and about what to expect in the long run. Which is why good breeding usually commands a premium price. Consider the Hatteras 52 Motoryacht I recently tested in New Bern, North Carolina. Here is a boat that, on the face of it, is fairly similar to a number of competing models in other manufacturers' lines. And here is a boat that, for her size and considering some of the competition, is far from cheap. Yet here is a boat that also represents probably one of the best dollar values in her market niche.
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