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Bertram 46 Moppie Review: RETURN OF THE MOPPIE
The latest Bertram bearing the famous moniker combines the latest design and engineering with traditional quality.  Advertising often exists in a parallel universe; that is, even when an ad is 100 percent truthful , its reality may not match the reality of th world we live in. After all, ads are designed to attract your attention, and often the best vehicle is pure fantasy. Theoretically, once an ad has your a attention, the product will sell itself. 
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Trojan 370 Express Review: RENEWED VITALITY
With the new Trojan 370 Express, an old marque takes on an exciting new life. Everyone who has been involved with powerboats for a while knows the name Trojan; few extant marques have been around longer. The company began in the late 1940s, played a big part in the post-World War II boating boom, and endured to sell to those born in the concurrent baby boom.
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Detroit Diesel 8V-92TA DDEC Boat Engine Review: Detroit Diesel 8V-92TA DDEC
In the new DDEC 8V-92TA, Detroit Diesel combines second-generation electronic control with highly developed turbocharged, aftercooled, by-pass blower two-stroke technology and compact V-8 configuration to produce a high power density: 760 bhp from 736 cubic inches and 3.470 pounds (dry). As a result, these engines are almost perfect candidates for yachts the type and size of the Rybovich 54.
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Rybovich 54 Convertible Sportfisherman Review: TIMELESS MACHINE
The future seems past and the past part of the future when you're aboard the new Rybovich 54 sportfisherman.  At very first glance, this handsome 54-footer stands out clearly as a Rybovich: trademark sheer, flare, and superstructure profile are all there. Moreover, on closer inspection, she warms the cockles of your tradition-bound, boat-loving heart with her perfectly fitted teak covering boards and laid cockpit sole, and her deeply varnished flying bridge coaming and other teak trim.
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Hatteras 70 Sport-Deck Motoryacht Review: KICKS IN THE AFT
Hatteras's new 70 Sport Deck has an activity area aft and a few other fun spots as well.  When Hatteras announced it was introducing a 70 Sport Deck, no one was sure what to expect. They had never heard ofa "Sport Deck. " That's appropriate since there has never been a boat quite like the 70 SD.
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Detroit Diesel 6-71TIB DDC Boat Engine Review: Detroit Diesel 6-71TIBs
These venerable in-line six-cylinder Detroit Diesels boast lineage that dates back some 50 years. The Series 71 engines were originally developed to power World War II Navy landing craft. And today, in evolved form, they can lay claim to being perhaps the most popular Detroils in pleasure-yacht applications, underscoring the soundness of the DDC concept of "evolutionary technology."
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Mainnship 47 Flying-Bridge Motoryacht Review: NEW DIRECTIONS
Mainship's new 47 is a motoryacht that marches to the beat of a different drummer. When I tested its 40 Sedan Bridge a number of months ago, I had an inkling that the company was heading off in a new, self-defined direction. Then recently, when I stepped aboard the new flagship of the Mainship line, the 47 Motor Yacht, I was certain they were. For although this new boat is overall quite unlike the 40, she nevertheless brings a plethora of unique (though always eminently sensible) design concepts to the marketing table. 
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DETROIT DIESEL 6-71TIB Boat Engine Review: DETROIT DIESEL 6-71TIB
These venerable in-line six-cylinder Detroit Diesels boast lineage that dates back some 50 years. The Se· ries 71 engines were originally developed to power World War II Navy landing craft. And today, in evolved form, they can lay claim to being perhaps the most popular Detroits in pleasure-yacht applications, underscoring the soundness of the DDC concept of "evolutionary technology."
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Mainship 47 Flying-Bridge Motoryacht Review: NEW DIRECTIONS
Mainship 47: A motoryacht that marches to the beat of a different drummer. When I tested Mainship's 40 Sedan Bridge a number of months ago, I had an inkling that the company was heading off in a new, self-defined direction. Then recently, when I stepped aboard the new flagship of the Mainship line, the 47 Motor Yacht, I was certain they were. For although this new boat is overall quite unlike the 40, she nevertheless brings a plethora of unique (though always eminently sensible) design concepts to the marketing table.
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Chaparral Signature 31 Express Cruiser Review: FIT AND FINISH
The craftsmen at Chaparral Boats have left their mark again. This time it's on the flagship of the fleet, the Signature 31 express cruiser.  Employee empowerment. Reverse pyramids. ESOPs. These may be the latest buzzwords in some corporate management circles these days, but they're old news at Chaparral Boats. You see, they've been building boats from the ground up for years. 
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Santa Cruz 52 Sailboat Review: Santa Cruz 52
Santa Cruz 52: The design was conceived after a close look at the needs of the Santa Cruz customer. The market for the SC 70 was declining, and it was felt the SC 50 could be improved upon. The result is a fast, multipurpose (performance cruising, IMS racing) boat. In some ways a scaled-down SC 70, the 52 has a broad beam for sail-carrying ability and interior volume, more freeboard than the 50, and a two-cabin cruising interior with comfortable accommodations.
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Carver 390 Cockpit Motoryacht Review: AFTERTHOUGHT
How Carver made a good boat even better.  Some axioms have a way or making the rounds through various professions. Doctors say "Don't operate on a healthy man," while mechanics say " Don't fix an engine that ain't broke." In the boatbuilding industry, the saying is "Don'tt tinker with a boat that sells." But Carver has a different axiom: "Take a boat that sells and make it an even better boat.'' A good example of this logic is the new Carver 390 Cockpit Motor Yacht.
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Sea Ray 440 Express Bridge Review: GREAT SOCIETY. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Sea Ray 440 Express Bridge Review: GREAT SOCIETY. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Sea Ray 440: something for everyone... EXPRESS-STYLE BOATS that encompass a flying bridge for a low, slick profile have been winning popularity contests with cruising boatmen for years now. Despite that, there have been a few cases of bridges not only reappearing on cruisers, but e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g at the same time. Essentially, these boats alter the definition of "bridge" from Mission Control to Party Central. You wouldn't think that any builder could stretch the envelope on boats built for entertaining, but there are a few who still can. And it comes as no surprise that Sea Ray has plenty of new ideas on the subject.
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Infinity D/DC 56 High-Performance Sport Yacht Review: BOUNDLESS ENERGY
To understand why the Infinity 56 runs so well you have to look beneath the surface. Taking the seas almost dead abeam we barely rolled at all, and maintained better than 50 mph. Still with hands off the the throttles, I tried running straight into and away from the seas - which by then were more sixf-oot than four. No matter which way we headed there was little difference in the ride. No slam. No pound. No roll. Just a dry, smooth, steady surge forward. And we continued to do over 50 on the Gaffrig!
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MAN 2842LX Boat Engine Review: MAN 2842LX
Available in 8-, 10-, and 12-cylinder configurations, 28-series MANs are characterized by a 128mm bore and 142mm stroke, producing a per-cylinder displacement of 1.83 liters. Yet while the 2842 displaces nearly 22 liters, it weighs just 3,483 pounds, for a weight-to-horsepower ratio of only 3.48:1.
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Viking 65 Cockpit Motoryacht Review: FINELY TUNED
Viking couldn't leave well enough alone, and the 65 Cockpit Motoryacht is the result.  Though seas were calm that day, Vikings are known for their stability in rough water. Add to that the 65's raised bulwarks forward, pilothouse doors that latch securely, and heavy-duty powder-coated aluminum rails, and you've got a boat that's safe for yachtsmen aged 0 to 100.
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Blackfin 38 Convertible Review: FAMILY VALUES
While the politicians were yapping about restoring family values, Blackfin actually did something about it.  As this story is written (in late October), Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike are all squawking about the vague issue of family values. All the country's ills are being blamed on the lack of them. All the platforms and policies are geared toward restoring them. What a circus.  Perhaps the politicians ought to get a handle on the way Blackfin Yacht is doing the "family values thing" these days.
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Beneteau Oceanis 440 Sailboat Review - Cruising World
Beneteau Oceanis 440 Sailboat Review - Cruising World
SEA TRIALS: When Beneteau set out to secure a share of the ever-evolving boat buying community, the company made a firm commitment not to woo the market with vessels designed to be all things to all people. A production strategy based on efficiency and volume suggested something else, namely that the key to satisfying a diverse group of consumers lay in targeting its many facets with as many choices - all of them up to date, sophisticated and, of course different. The comfortable, easy-to-handle, go-anywhere cruising angle is all wrapped up in Beneteau's Oceanis line, a genteel series of 35 to 51 foot cruisers the first of which debuted around 1985. At that time it made sense to blend adept sailing characteristics, a refined finish and a high-volume interior in an attractive seagoing package, especially on the heels of an era in which the IOR had sought to glorify boats that were skittish to drive, uncomfortable to live on and in many cases unsafe to take offshore.
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Island Packet 44 Sailboat Review
Island Packet 44 Sailboat Review
In the early 1980s naval architect Bob Johnson put his independent thinking on the line and introduced the first Island Packet, a 26-footer that was the precursor to a long, coherent string of unique traditional designs. The boat featured a beamy, high-volume hull modeled loosely after a Cape Cod catboat, complete with a nearly plumb stem and a wide, vertical transom stern.
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Viking 50 Convertible Review - Fish Tank - PMY Magazine
Viking 50 Convertible Review - Fish Tank - PMY Magazine
I remember back a few years ago, the local Army National Guard unit was giving a public demonstration of armored vehicles. I rode on an M-60 tank. It was a big green monster just bristling with firepower: a 90mm cannon, numerous machine guns, smoke canister launchers, laser sights, computer-generated range-finders... it was indeed awesome. But I remember most the feeling of all that armor and steel varrelling solidly over the terrain amid the roar and smell of its big diesel engine. I knew we could run over trees, walls, embankments, or nearly anything else that man or nature could throw in our path. It made me smile a sly smile. 
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Bayliner 3688 Motoryacht Review: LEISURELY MANOR
Bayliner 3688: Laid-back cruising lives. The Bayliner 3688 Motoryacht is a laid-back, long-haul cruising boat that's high on creature comforts and low on fuel consumption. It won't redline your blood pressure or strain your debt-to-income ratio.
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Sunseeker Renegade 60 Review - ROCKETEER
Sunseeker Renegade 60 Review - ROCKETEER
From Sunseeker and Riva Calzoni... a 60' jet that flies... In seaboots, paint spattered corduroys and a thick woolen fisherman's sweater, Capt. John Clark stood at the helm of a brand-new Renegade 60, Sunseeker International Powerboats' newest, largest and most exotic creation yet. It was an incongruous sight ... this huge, barrelchested Englishman, with the look of a square-rigged bosun, standing dwarf-like atop a high-tech, 22-ton agglomeration of fiberglass, MAN diesels and Riva Calzoni waterjets.
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Post 50 Convertible Sportfisher Review (1991) - BILL COLLECTOR - Boating
Post 50 Convertible Sportfisher Review (1991) - BILL COLLECTOR - Boating
Post 50: When marlin are your receivables... LIFE IS GOOD WHEN there's salt in your hair, diesel dust in the air and smoke pouring from four 80 Internationals as a wolfpack of big-eye tuna muscle off to the deep. Back in the early '80s when these tunas were abundant, I recall getting covered up by a marauding bunch of bigeyes one morning at first light near the mouth of the Hudson Canyon. We landed each one, the largest weighing 265 pounds when it thumped on the dock. A seasoned crew, determined winders and a big cockpit helped make it happen. The good life offshore.
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Cheoy Lee 66 Motor Yacht: CHEOY LEE 66 LONG RANGE MOTOR YACHT
SO WHAT DO you get in 66 feet? Lots. For starters, five staterooms and five heads. Separating the two stateroom areas is the walk-in, full-height engine room. The test boat was the "wide-body" version with an immense salon.
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Viking 38 Convertible Sportfisherman Review: KID DYNAMITE
Viking 38: This welterweight packs a wallop. More than any other convertible in this size range, the 38 stands on its own merits, delivering both big-boat performance and handling. And as we learned, those characteristics have a lot less to do with overall length than with muscle and structural integrity.
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Mikelson 48 Sedan/Sportfisherman Review: MIKELSON 48
A no-nonsense sedan/sportfisherman is the result of a team effort. The Mikelson 48 is one of those serendipitous yachts that emerge when experienced yachtsmen and a talented designer get together with a shipyard that can fulfill their wishes exactly. The project began with Pat Sullivan and Dick Peterson, who recognized the need for a sedan/sportfisher that would exceed all similar boats in performance, features and value.
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Krogen 42 Trawler Review: KROGEN 42 TRAWLER YACHT
"SALTY" MAY BE hackneyed, but it's still the right word for the Kroger 42, a full-keel, soft-chine, classic displacement boat with a lead-ballasted keel (2,500 pounds).
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Grand Banks 58 Classic Review: GRAND BANKS 58 CLASSIC
In a sense, the 58 Classic is a larger 42 - just more of the same Good Stuff. The GB has a full keel, semi-displacement hull and big engines. The result is a top speed approaching 13 knots – making it, by a small margin the fastest of the group. I toured the Singapore plant a few years ago, and Admired the fanatic attention to detail and quality. Things haven’t changed.
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Fountain 47 Sport Cruiser Review: TRIPLE XXXTASY
Fountain 47: Three engines and a dual personality. I GUESS THE guys standing out in front of the Dock-side Marina Ship's Store in Morehead City, North Carolina, were impressed with one thing more than any other - speed. The new Fountain 47' Sport Cruiser is fasssssssssst. When, in response to the single most often asked question associated with high-performance-Boat-Test confab, I told them I'd just measured a two-way average top end of 70 mph, you could taste the silence, it was so dang piquant.
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Pacific Seacraft 44 Owner Review - Mike Rouzee
Pacific Seacraft 44 Owner Review - Mike Rouzee
''I'm telling you straight out: You can't buy a better boat.'' -Mike Rouzee, proud owner of a Pacific Seacraft 44. Pacific Seacraft's Crealock 44 blends ocean sailing confidence, quality, luxury and value. From harbor hopping to island hopping, Pacific Seacraft's Crealock 44 is the perfect yacht for serious ocean cruising and pure sailing pleasure. Evolution of the Breed
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Bluewater 53 Cruiser Review: STEALING HOME
Bluewater 53: TAKING ALL THE COMFORTS WITH YOU.  FROM A DESIGN standpoint, it’s almost impossible to confuse or compare the 53 Bluewater Cruiser with any other fifty-some-thing-footer on the market. The brainchild of an iconoclast MIT graduate, Jim Klapmeier, the boat’s as gently individualistic as the man, as offbeat and non-conformist as its Minnesotan origins. Remember. It was “The Land Of Ten Thousand Lakes” that spawned such other quirky American originals as The Prairie Home Companion and Bob Dylan. 
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Sea Ray 310 Sports Bridge Review - DOUBLE PLAY
Sea Ray 310 Sports Bridge Review - DOUBLE PLAY
BOAT TEST #680 BY THE TIME I arrived at Sea Ray's Merritt Island facility, looking to test the new 310 Sport Bridge, I was in a snit. The Pentad Hotel in nearby Orlando, a posh-looking, Euro-style high-rise, had started the awful ball rolling the night before. They'd sold me a room without a bed. Details are too lugubrious to go into. Half awake and pressed for time the next morning, I'd breakfasted on the road. The Stephen King Diner. Take a tip from me, never eat in a restaurant with an empty parking lot.
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Ocean Yachts 48 Super Sport Review: DANCES WITH TUNAS
Ocean 48: This fishboat knows all the moves. EVER WONDER how you squeeze a giant bluefin tuna through a transom door? Briefly, it takes a lot of effort. But unless you are involved in some of the pulling, you really can't appreciate how much. The same is true in designing a 48' sportfisherman. Sure, you need a cockpit, flying bridge and a few staterooms below. But it's the execution, it's how it all comes together, that determines how successful the boat will be.
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Luhrs Tournament 380 Open Review: STRIKE ZONE
Luhrs 380: A grand slam for many grand less. ONE OF MY favorite lures is a highly polished chrome spoon about six inches long with a replaceable cadmium-plated steel hook. Back in those blissful days when charter fishing was my lifestyle, I could make mortgage payments with the bluefish, striped bass, tuna, bonito and weekies we caught with these lures.
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Jefferson 46 Marlago Review: PACIFIC OVERTURES
Jefferson 46 Marlago Review: PACIFIC OVERTURES
Jefferson's 46 Marlago: Taiwan hits a high note. WHETHER THEY WILL admit it or not, most boatbuilders hold their breath when they launch a new boat. Will it float on its lines? Will it run at a comfortable and efficient angle? Unless the prototype was tank-tested in development, launching day can be full of interesting surprises.
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Wellcraft Scarab Thunder Boats Review: THUNDERSTORM APPROACHING
MerCruiser puts supercharged lighting in Wellcraft's Thunder.  WELL, HERE WE GO again. My horsepower nerve is twitching, shooting synapse-popping bursts of energy from my brain to my throttle hand. Sometimes it's the smell of Cam 2 exhaust fumes. Sometimes it's the view through my helmet visor. Today it's the unmuffled roar of 1,200 horsepower blasting from the transom. I have to jam those Zero-Effort levers to the wall and buzz awhile. Finally out of the no-wake zone, I nurse the boat onto plane, then slam the throttles home. Thunder rolls off the steel hull of a Norwegian cruise liner, a white flash in my peripheral vision as we howl out Government Cut at 75 mph.
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MerCruiser SC Boat Engines Review: SUPER-POWER SUMMIT
MerCruiser puts supercharged lighting in Wellcraft's Thunder.  WELL, HERE WE GO again. My horsepower nerve is twitching, shooting synapse-popping bursts of energy from my brain to my throttle hand. Sometimes it's the smell of Cam 2 exhaust fumes. Sometimes it's the view through my helmet visor. Today it's the unmuffled roar of 1,200 horsepower blasting from the transom. I have to jam those Zero-Effort levers to the wall and buzz awhile. Finally out of the no-wake zone, I nurse the boat onto plane, then slam the throttles home. Thunder rolls off the steel hull of a Norwegian cruise liner, a white flash in my peripheral vision as we howl out Government Cut at 75 mph.
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Sunseeker Thunderhawk 43 Review: BRITISH STEEL
Sunseeker 43: Fleet elegance and heavy mettle.  The big-hearted Thunderhawk represents a trend at Sunseeker, whereby emphasis is being shifted away from smaller vessels to larger ones, with real offshore potential and price tags that put them squarely in the comparatively active, upscale side of today's market.
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Ocean Alexander 540 Pilot House Review: ALEXANDER THE GREAT
The Ocean Alexander 540: Undercover identity.  I WAS BEMUSED, a feeling rare enough to cause discomfort. At the time, I was standing in the salon of Ocean Alexander 540 Pilot House after completing a thorough tour of the boat. I knew the country of origin and had, in fact, toured the plant several years earlier. The reason for my bewilderment was that I couldn’t find the usual tip-offs regarding the boat’s origin. Boats from the country in question have been steadily getting better, but parentage clues are usually still plentiful. Not this time.
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Jupiter 31 Review: JUPITER 31
Out of this world performance. AT 30'8" the Jupiter is a jumbo center console. Yet at 4,500 pounds, she's a lightweight thanks to sophisticated construction that includes two types of Airex foam, Divinycell cores, hollow fiberglass stringers and bulkheads, isophathlic resins and knitted bi-axial fiberglass cloth. Vacuum bagging assures a strong bond throughout, and the finish work is flawless.
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