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Formula 336 SR-1 Review: FAST RELIEF
The adult-strength Formula 336 SR-1. MARIA, ONE OF THE servers in my local diner, used to wear a pin that said, "Built for comfort, not for speed." The Formula 336 SR-1 could wear one that says, "Built for comfort and for speed," considering it goes 67.5 mph.
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Viking 50 Convertible Sportfisherman Review: GALE FORCE
Viking's new 50 takes the sportfishing world by storm. THESE DAYS, BOATS aren't "built," they're engineered. The interiors aren't "decorated," they're styled. One reason, I suppose, is that boats aren't simply "purchases" anymore, they're investments. Long before this newspeak became fashionable, Viking Yachts was engineering and styling their clients' investments. They did it with boats such as the popular 48 Convertible. And now, they are taking this approach one step further with the replacement for that venerable fishboat, the new Viking 50 Convertible. This boat is more than a typical change in the product line-up. The 50 represents all that Viking stands for and demonstrates this builder's commitment to the sportfishing fraternity well into this decade.
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Pacific Seacraft 44 Review - Cruising World - Quentin Warren
Pacific Seacraft 44 Review - Cruising World - Quentin Warren
The Pacific Seacraft Corporation has forged for itself a unique niche in the fabric of US Boat builders. Allied with a legendary designer of seagoing cruising boats, W.I.B. Crealock, and truly dedicated to manufacturing the sturdiest, most unbreakable craft on the market today, the company has earned respect in marine and non-marine circles alike for its fundamental, vital approach to quality production. For cruising sailors who know these boats Pacific Seacraft conjures images of blue water, long passages and faraway places.
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Ocean Yachts 42 Super Sport Review: TALKING 'BOUT MY GENERATION
Ocean Yachts' new 42 is bound to get around. OCEAN YACHTS calls their new 42 Super Sport part of the New Generation. But it’s more than advertising hype since the company itself represents some 12 generations of boatbuilding lineage along the Mullica River in South Jersey. In fact, if you’ve spent any time in boating, you’ve seen, maybe even owned, a boat built by the Leek family.
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Luhrs Tournament 380 Review: THE REEL THING
Luhrs 380: A genuine canyon-runner that's a genuine bargain. WAIT A MINUTE! Aren't sportfishing boats supposed to be expensive? Diesels are expensive. Heavy-duty hardware and tuna towers are expensive, so is the labor for tooling baitprep stations, helm consoles and other built-ins. But the Luhrs Tournament 380 isn't expensive. Listing for just under $260K, it costs tens of thousands of dollars less than many big names on the fishing scene.
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Mason 44 Sailboat Mini-Review - A Mason With a Mission - Cruising World
Mason 44 Sailboat Mini-Review - A Mason With a Mission - Cruising World
Traditionally, Mason cruising sailboats have been built tough, with rugged hulls, stout rigs and a penchant for blue water. Classic offshore designs have dictated deep full keels and generous draft. In response to the desire of many to find the same ocean passagemaking qualities in a boat capable of negotiating thinner water, the builder P.A.E. has developed new versions of several boats in its lineup incorporating a shallower centerboard option. The standard bearer is the Mason 44 Centerboard.
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Mason 43 Sailboat Review- A Survey by Fraser and Jean Fraser-Harris, Nautical Quarterly
Mason 43 Sailboat Review- A Survey by Fraser and Jean Fraser-Harris, Nautical Quarterly
Early on in our association with this handsome Eurasian we had to acknowledge that we were on the brink of a love affair. Recognizing the handicap such emotion would place upon our good judgment, we have taken pains to remain impartial. Al Mason, the designer, is a man of the "old school" whose name is particularly associated with some fine auxiliary sailing yachts built in Europe after World War II . After graduating from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture during the early 1930s, his first job was in the design office of Alden's where he worked for the princely sum of 50¢ per hour. In later years he headed up the drawing office of Sparkman & Stephens where he had more than one stint. During his S&S days, he worked on many well-known yachts, among them Finisterre.
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Jefferson Rivanna 48 Review: JEFFERSON STARSHIP
A motor yacht for the modern-age monarch. REMEMBER THOSE old margarine ads? You know, the ones where a crown appeared on someone's head when they bit into their English muffin? Haven't you always wondered if it's really possible to feel like a king and enjoy the rich flavor of a high-priced spread, while paying only two thirds as much?
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Jersey 42 Convertible Sportfisherman Review - PERSONAL STATEMENT - Boat Test #606
Jersey 42 Convertible Sportfisherman Review - PERSONAL STATEMENT - Boat Test #606
The Jersey 42 comes only one way- your way... JERSEY YACHTS ARE for people who can make decisions, boatmen who know exactly how they want their boat finished. Some Jersey owners fish, others cruise, but all have hands-on experience and a need to have the boat their way. Call it semi-custom if you like. In today's production- boat world, Jerseys are anachronisms, and beautiful ones at that.
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Hunter Passage 42 Review - Cruising World
Hunter Passage 42 Review - Cruising World
When Hunter Marine introduced their voluminous new Passage 42 at the Annapolis Boat Show last fall, it was pick-a-number-and-stand- in-line for the non-stop throng of curious onlookers who came to see what the latest word in floating amenities was all about. Hunter had announced that they were taking "a bold step into the center cockpit arena with a striking new design." For a company already known for its modern, cutting-edge approach to the production boat market, this meant "look out."
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MTU Boat Engine Review: I WANT MY MTU
IN THE WORLD of large, high-speed diesels, MTU is a reigning monarch. Aside from the sheer muscle in its engines — which ranges up to 10.000 hp — this German enginebuilder’s claims to fame are an impressive power-to-weight ratio and slick engineering.
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Bertram 72 Convertible Review: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!
The sun rises on Bertram's 72 their biggest and best yet... THE PEOPLE at Bertram Yacht go too far. In design, in engineering, in construction, in the overall quality of their boats. They make perfectionists seem slovenly. It's the kind of attitude on which empires are built.
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Bertram 60 Sportfisher Review: WATCH OUT FISH!
A logical move up from the 50 or 54, the 60 follows the proven formula of the tournament-crusading 54 - three staterooms, three heads, light pickled-maple interior, big flying bridge with refrigerator/icemaker, and a humongous cockpit. But from a fisherman's point of view, the 60 also has the vital features that make long-range fishing that much more spectacular.
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Cheoy Lee 50 Sport Yacht Review: HEIR SUPPLY
The next generation in Cheoy Lee's fishing dynasty. TO HEAR RALPH Holden tell it, Nan Sea, the Cheoy Lee 50 he bought last year, is the nautical equivalent of the legendary go-anywhere Jeep. An avid fisherman, Holden tells of days when just he and a couple of other hardy boatmen ventured forth in stormy seas during a tournament, only to see the others turn back due to rough seas while he fished in (relative) comfort.
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Luhrs 3400 Motor Yacht Sedan Review: CRUISING ALLURE
And you thought Luhrs built just fish boats. IN RECENT YEARS, the Luhrs name has meant sportfishing. And only sportfishing. Good, solid angling platforms at very attractive prices. But now, this builder is applying the same virtues of good value and practicality to cruising, entertaining, and living aboard. Enter the Luhrs 3400 Motor Yacht Sedan.
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Bayliner 4387 Review - THE BIG EASY
Bayliner 4387 Review - THE BIG EASY
Bayliner presents "the instant motor yacht." OVER THE YEARS, the Bayliner logo has become a symbol of seagoing populism in the United States. Even if you're new to boating, you've probably heard of " the world's largest builder of boats," and how it got started more than 30 years ago in a little store in Seattle. Chances are there's a dealership in your town, or in a neighboring one. Just about every marina in America contains at least one Bayliner.
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Landeweer 67 Review: DUTCH MASTERS
One family's obsession with building the ultimate fishing boat. THE DUTCH ARE nothing if not determined. What other race on the face of the earth would look at the raging, immutable North Sea, turn and consider the disputatious nations of central Europe, and decide that the ocean was a more formidable, ergo worthier, foe?
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Caterpillar 3412 Boat Engine Review: GREAT WHITE HOT
IN JUST OVER a year since its introduction, the Caterpillar 3412 has become a popular choice among large-boat owners. The reason is as simple as a cliche' - this powerplant's combination of speed, efficiency, and reliability. 
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Egg Harbor 58 Golden Egg Review: SOLID GOLD
The legend of the Golden Egg, with a modern twist. WHEN EGG HARBOR Yacht reprised their familiar moniker, Golden Egg, for the new model year, these South Jersey boys did a lot more than just rename their fleet. Throughout the line, from 34' to 58', cosmetic and structural changes were made from the waterline to the flying bridge. In today's intensively competitive marketplace, the people at Egg Harbor are not about to rest on their reputation. But rather, they are forging ahead and innovating, just as New Jersey boatbuilders have always done.
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Carver 36 Aft Cabin Motor Yacht Review: PEOPLE'S CHOICE
The polls are in. The result? This new Carver 36.WHAT KIND OF car do you drive? Before they began work on the 36 Aft Cabin Motor Yacht, the folks at Carver Boat Corporation asked that question - and many more - of boatowners all over America. It was a special survey. The Carver design team wanted to know what their prospective customers were looking for in a medium-size cruising boat, before they started designing a new one.
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Hatteras 58 Convertible Review: HIGH AND MIGHTY
Hatteras soars into the '90s with a magnificent new 58. WITH THE NEW HATTERAS 58 Convertible, the builder's approach was to start from scratch, an expensive, time-consuming, labor-intensive process. Engineered by Hatteras' in-house design team, the yacht demonstrates what a combination of CAD/CAM technology and 30 years of boatbuilding experience can produce. In a word, impressive. But it should be.
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Viking 53 Convertible Review - FOR VIKING, A NEW LENGTH. FOR BOATING, A NEW HEIGHT. by Dex Hart, Boating Magazine 1989
Viking 53 Convertible Review - FOR VIKING, A NEW LENGTH. FOR BOATING, A NEW HEIGHT. by Dex Hart, Boating Magazine 1989
THE 53' CONVERTIBLE. FOR VIKING, A NEW LENGTH. FOR BOATING, A NEW HEIGHT. It's been said that man-made forms don't evolve. The Viking 53 Convertible refutes that premise, she's the logical extension of a quarter century of design refinement. In this case, the Darwinian lab is offshore sportfishing itself. The challenge to the designer of a modern convertible is really a question of balance. The design objective is to build a stable, fast, surefooted yacht capable of over-the-horizon fishing forays.
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Pacific Seacraft 37 Review: Twice across the Atlantic
Pacific Seacraft 37 Review: Twice across the Atlantic
Nelson Baker spent a full year carefully inspecting nearly 50 different sailboats before investing in a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37. It was a significant decision-- after all, Nelson Baker intended to do some serious cruising. So how does he feel about his choice now, after two trans-Atlantic passages, a cruise through the canals of France, a voyage around the Mediterranean and five roundtrip passages to the Caribbean (several single-handed)--all in his Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37? "I just can't say enough about this boat," smiles Nelson. "Absolutely outstanding. She's one great boat."
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Nimble 20 Sailboat
Nimble 20 Sailboat
The Nimble 20 is the smallest vessel in the fine family of Nimble cruising boats. She is strong, fast and beautiful to the eye. The Nimble 20 is built to the highest standards with her foam core construction and 2,000 pounds of flotation. She is truly trailerable and with her 11-inch draft, she can be launched, rigged and sailed single-handedly. The interior has the warmth of teak, cedar-lined cabinets, galley flat and generous main berths. The Nimble 20 is offered in three distinct versions: Standard, Tropical and Offshore. The Nimble 20 is truly a vote against boredom and mediocrity.
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Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 Sailboat
Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 Sailboat
The Flicka 20 is an exceptional offshore cruising yacht offering features unique to a boat in her class and size. She has become one of the most popular small family cruising yachts available today. With a little yacht like the Flicka, it's no wonder Fortune Magazine selected Pacific Seacraft as the only sailboat manufacturer among its list of 100 products that America makes best.
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Caterpillar 3208 - Fast Track Diesel - Boating
Caterpillar 3208 - Fast Track Diesel - Boating
The venerable 3207 moves into the passing lane as Caterpillar boosts it to 425hp CATERPILLAR, The company that inspired Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor Company, understands that the engine business is no place for weaklings. Engines have always been a crucial part of Caterpillar's success, of course- from its earliest steam traction engine that pulled combine harvesters, to gas engines for the revolutionary crawler tractor, to the latest, greatest Caterpillar 3208TA. Not satisfied with the 3208 already being one of the most popular mid-range diesels on the powerboat market, Caterpillar has engineered another big boost in its output.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - John Petty
Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - John Petty
I'm it, I'm right; I'm what you've been looking for'... The Pacific Seacraft 31 Sailing editor John Ira Petty of Houston has examined countless sailboats over the years. Yet one boat recently inspired Petty to write of "love at first sight": The Pacific Seacraft 31. "Every once in a while you might walk around a corner and see something that seems to say to you: 'I'm it; I'm right; I'm what you've been looking for, "writes Petty. "I have to confess something akin to that kind of reaction when I first saw the Pacific Seacraft 31.
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Pacific Seacraft 37 Owner Review - A Young Family Follows Their Dream - Bill Meanley
Pacific Seacraft 37 Owner Review - A Young Family Follows Their Dream - Bill Meanley
"Setting out in the Crealock 37 makes cruising all that much easier" When Bill, Patty and Kelly Meanley set sail for a distant paradise in Dolfin, their Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37, they weren't quite sure what to expect. "We'd never been out longer than an overnighter before we left San Diego for a 3,100 mile passage to the Marquesas," smiles Bill. 'But everything was just fine.
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Pacific Seacraft 34 Owner Review - Len and Nancy Olin
Pacific Seacraft 34 Owner Review - Len and Nancy Olin
Len Olin's choice of a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 is based on some notable experience. It's the second Pacific Seacraft he's owned. One tough boat" In 1985 hurricane Gloria ripped through Marion Harbor and grabbed everything within reach-including Len's beloved Pacific Seacraft Orion 27. "The boat ended up aground, a quarter-mile inland. She had some bent stanchions and a few gelcoat scratches--and that was all." Glen shakes his head. "We used a helicopter to return her to her mooring. One tough boat." And a hard act to follow. So when Len and his wife Nancy eventually decided the time was right for a bigger boat, it's no wonder they chose the Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34.
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Hatteras 70 Cockpit Motoryacht Review: MUTINY ON THE ORDINARY
Hatteras demonstrates that production yachts need not have assembly-line looks.  By customizing, Hatteras becomes an even stronger competitor, while at the same time preparing for its entry into mega-yachts with a series of fiberglass 92-, 102- and 112-footers. These big boats promise to be some of the most customized "production" yachts afloat.
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Pacific Seacraft 34 Owner Review - The Horizon Beckons - Sue Wilson
Pacific Seacraft 34 Owner Review - The Horizon Beckons - Sue Wilson
Why world record holder Sue Wilson has chosen the Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 Sue Wilson is a remarkable sailor. Forty-five years ago she took the helm of her first boat and began a relationship with the sea that has flourished over countless thousands of miles. Reflecting on her sailing background Sue admits to a lifelong obsession. "I've been obsessed with boats as long as I can remember," she says, "and I recall spending hours on the far side of Catalina Island gazing seaward. I always wondered what was out farther than I could see."
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Nordic 520 Power Yacht Review: NORDIC 520
A Power Yacht built for no-nonsense bluewater cruising.  The 52-foot Nordic 520 Power Yacht does something to your mind. Something good, I might add, but there's that word "mind" again. Once on board you ask yourself if it is a motor yacht, a sportfisherman, or a convertible. The bow has the rakish profile of a serious ocean-cutter, along with the necessary beam. The aft cockpit is gargantuan in dimension. The saloon is multipurpose. The 520 can cruise at 2600 rpm for 442 miles, has the room to fish and fillet and fry, and is eminently liveable. This is a power yacht.
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Norseman 535 Sailboat Information
Norseman 535 Sailboat Information
The Norseman 535, designed by Gary Grant, is the largest and newest in the Norseman line of performance cruisers built to the ABS specifications by the Shing Sheng yard in Taiwan. It is testimony to the versatility of the boat that the first hull was ordered by an Australian couple who plan to sail their Spirit of Australia trans-Atlantic to Europe, then double back through the Panama Canal and ride the South Pacific trade winds to Sydney, where they will enter the competitive Sydney-Hobart race. Her canoe-shaped underbody has a skeg-hung rudder and a long fin keel with internal lead ballast and choice of two draft options. She has a 43-percent ballast/ displacement ratio, a displacement/ length ratio of 180 and a sail area/displacement ratio of 17.7. Thus, she should be both stiff and swift in a variety of wind conditions and capable of 200-mile daily runs.
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Mainship Mediterranean 35 Review: MAINSHIP MEDITERRANEAN 35
Mainship takes the plunge into the arms of the Italians.  "Sure doesn't look like a Mainship," was the surprised and suspicious statement we elicited from a passerby on the docks of the Yacht Center in Pompano Beach, Florida, as we watched the prototype 35 Mediterranean slowly make its way toward us. Gone was the flat-transomed lobster hull cradling a vertical deckhouse topped with a prominent bridge. A more rakish stem was the prelude to gradually ascending planes of black and white fiberglass devoid of brightwork. How do we approach this newcomer? With an open mind. This is a brand-new boat, from the hull and deck to the ornate hardware.
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Bertram 43 Convertible Review - Boat Test #504
Bertram 43 Convertible Review - Boat Test #504
The newest big-water fisherman from Brand B... It was Bimini in late February, with total sun, temperature in the high 70s, the standard crystalline Bahamian water, and there I was wheeling about in Bertram's newest, the 43 Convertible. I grudgingly admit, this wasn't the worst assignment I've had. The 43 Convertible is the third in the "new design" series which started with the 37 and 50 Convertibles (Bertram 37 tested September 1986; 50 tested September 1987). If you're keeping score, the 43 is the replacement for the 42. Dead rise angle is 17.5 degrees (the 50 is 16.4). The big differences between new 43 and old 42 are greater beam and wider, flatter chines. These changes are designed to retain the Bertram soft reentry while giving more stability in the trough and keeping the boat drier. I believe the goals have been achieved.
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Blackfin 36 Convertible Review: BLACK FIN 36 CONVERTIBLE
Black Fin proves a little salt is good for you. Considering the rapid acceptance and success of the other hulls in Black Fin's Combi series, which include the 27 and the 29, the new 36 should come as no surprise. Although the hull is exactly the same C. J. Jannace design as the 36 Convertible, quite a few changes have been made in the topside and belowdecks design to create a truly "open-air" configuration for those who wish to enjoy good weather, scenery, and boating in general to the utmost.
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Bayliner 4550 Pilothouse Motoryacht Review: BIGGEST BAYLINER YET
Bayliner 4550 Pilothouse Motoryacht Review: BIGGEST BAYLINER YET
The 45-foot motoryacht, queen of the company's massive fleet, handles blue water easily - even outside the Golden Gate. The Bayliner 45 is a good-looking boat. It's not particularly sexy or mind bindingly glamorous in the way of post-modern Italian design, but it's not stripped-out Bauhaus functional either. It's a good-looking American yacht, with graceful lines and pleasing countenance that convey certain honesty, a sense of purpose, a blend of style and function. It's a yacht that you want to spend some time on, to cruise easily wherever your dreams take you, to be comfortable on. Yes, it's a 45-foot-long yacht with all the grace and pride that go with the genre, but it's not prepossessing or ostentatious or overwhelming. This is a yacht you can really have some fun with for a long time.
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Burger 86 Semi-Custom Raised Pilothouse Motoryacht Review: BURGER 86 MOTOR YACHT
Beneath these classic lines hides a thoroughly modern boat. An extremely pleasant, refined yacht, distinctively traditional but very modern under the skin. On this boat, you should enjoy getting there, just as much as being there, for while she definitely has speed, she isn't a high-performance yacht. Her comfort is unsurpassed for the use she is meant for - small, intimate gatherings of family and friends in a cushioned but relaxed atmosphere. If you're of the Old Money variety, enjoy elegant living, and prefer embedding yourself in a couch reading the Sunday Times, check out Burger 86; they're on your wavelength.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - Editor Goes Sailboat Shopping - Rick Booth
Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - Editor Goes Sailboat Shopping - Rick Booth
"If you're in the market for an impeccably mannered lady under $100,000, check the Pacific Seacraft 31." - Rick Booth, Editor Offshore Magazine Over the years, editor Rick Booth of Offshore Magazine has become acquainted with a good number of boats. Rick has cultivated some fairly respectable standards. But on a blustery November morning in Hingham Bay, even Rick Booth became downright ebullient over a brand new thirty-one footer from Pacific Seacraft Corporation: the Pacific Seacraft 31. When Rick met Sam Lawson at Old Hingham Shipyard for sea trials, they watched Hingham Bay kick up her skirts. "It was gusting 35 and peaking 40," writes Rick. "Early November is a dicey time to try boats." So Rick took one quick look around, then did the sensible thing.
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Palmer Johnson Eagle 72 Review: PALMER JOHNSON EAGLE 72
In one bold stroke, PJ shows us all how the true maxi should look. The boat featured here, which was delivered last Spring, is the second in the series, again the result of the Bertram/Fexas/Palmer Johnson team. Says Fexas: "It was a unique opportunity for three guys to get together and conceive of what would be the ultimate fishing boat - without a customer in there, who sometimes has very good ideas, but who sometimes can really muddle the design up. We put together what it would look like - the accommodations, the speed, range, etc. - and we produced what we consider to be the ultimate sportfisherman of her size."
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