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Caterpillar 3412HO Boat Engine Review: A LIGHTER, STRONGER CAT
The specific method for upgrading the 3412 to create the new 3412HO was threefold: modify the size of its physical envelope, whittle its weight, and increase its power output. Combined, the modifications resulted in a formidable power-to-weight ratio. Power-to-weight ratio for the 5,400-pound standard, turbocharged, aftercooled bundle was 6.3 lb./hp. The new HO weighs 4,950 pounds, develops 1,000 horsepower at the same 2100 rpm, and boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 4.95 lb./hp. Furthermore, the physical profile of the engine was tailored to meet the space-saving requirements of pleasureboats.
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Bertram 43 Convertible Review: SCREAMIN' NEW BERTRAM 43
The red-hot (35-mph) Bertram 43 got its feet wet in the annual Reef Cup Sailfish Tournament.  The 43 Convertible is the newest of the "new" Bertrams patterned after the popular 54 Convertible. Last year the Miami firm that pioneered fiberglass offshore sportfishermen in the early '60s introduced the 50 Convertible, and the year before, the 37. Now, in the wake of these two success stories, comes the new 43. And out go the venerable 42- and 46-foot models, veterans of thousands of billfish battles over the past two decades. 
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Hatteras 38 and 48 Convertible Review: TWICE IS NICE
Hatteras unleashes two new convertibles on the big-game fishing world, a 38 and a 48: more fuel for the fires of legend.  BY nearly everyone's accounting, convertible sportfisherman today represent the fastest growing and potentially most lucrative segment of the mid-sized yacht market. That explains why manufacturers of visually every ilk - sailboat builders included - now field at least one model that carries that designation.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Review - Yachting, Chris Caswell
Pacific Seacraft 31 Review - Yachting, Chris Caswell
Some boats are built to look like cruising boats, while others truly are built to cruise. Here's one from the latter category, with the kinds of systems, construction and detailing to prove it. In fact, throughout this 31-footer it is easy to recognize that she's built for the reality of cruising rather than the illusion. Too few modern cruising yachts are designed and built by people who actually go cruising, but the Pacific Seacraft 31 is a delightful exception to the rule, with this background and knowledge showing everywhere you look.
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MTU Boat Engine Review: HEAVY METAL
The juiciest propulsion systems around power the new high-speed megayachts.  Nobody does it better than MTU - an acronym for Motoren-und Turbinen-Union of Friedrichshafen (and Munich) GmbH, West Germany. Their 396-series diesels - which are frequently used in high-performance megayachts - are machined to infinitesimal tolerances, quality-checked with surgical thoroughness, and priced like a flawless diamond.
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Hatteras 48 Convertible: A NEW HIGH-TECH HUNTER FROM HIGH POINT
Tucked In And Stalking - Our fully rigged Hatteras is clearly one of the mightiest tigers in any jungle.  The scene was the Ft. Lauderdale boat show in November. Not surprisingly, the Hatteras display was impressive, especially all convertibles docked side by side, stern-to. All clean, all with the Hatteras-family styling and color. Want a bigger one? Take five giant steps to the right. Something a bit less expensive? Step to the left. Your choice of seven models labeled "convertible" (from 38' to 65'). This time out, the focus of our attention is the newest addition to the fleet, the 48 Convertible.
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Hatteras 90 Motor Yacht Review: HATTERAS 90 MOTOR YACHT
New Look - The first model of the new line, the Hatteras 90, will begin production later this year. It will have a choice of at least two interior layouts and three engine options capable of taking it up to 28 knots. In presenting this new line of boats, Hatteras is merely following the general upward trend (in size of boats) in the market. Customers, especially those who can afford a million-plus for a yacht, are wanting them larger and larger. Custom builders like Broward, Burger, Feadship, etc., are enjoying a real boom in building. Hatteras, with its vast resources, CAD/CAM abilities, and efficient construction techniques, has leapt with both feet into this heady array of competitors.
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Ocean 53 Motor Yacht Review: OCEAN 53
A Yankee yacht that’s comfortable, fast and, above all, practical. You may already know about Ocean Super Sport convertibles. They’re those fishboats out there on the big-time marlin circuit that always seem to go a little faster and a little farther than most. Belowdecks on these boats, you might feel you are in decorator heaven. Ocean, in fact, helped redefine the idea of luxury in a sportfisherman, showing its competitors (rushed to catch up) that vinyl isn't the only material around. Pretty boats, these Oceans.
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Rampage 40 Sportfisherman Review: MORE THAN MACHO
The high-speed, high-tech Rampage 40: A winner in high-stakes tournaments or low-light dinners.  There's been a change at Rampage. Old, traditional thinking is out, and bright, trend-setting ideas are in. The new Rampage 40 is loaded with imagination. New hull, new exhausts, new tower, new controls, new beam, new interior - all aimed at making the Rampage 40 appealing to the serious sportfishing campaigner and to his wife, who, Rampage learned, usually has something to say about a $300,000 purchase.
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Hylas 44 Sailboat Review
Hylas 44 Sailboat Review
There is a basic, far-too-often fundamental rule about designs that offer a center-cockpit configuration. That is, the view from them is, in many cases, worlds better than the view of them.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Review - CW
Pacific Seacraft 31 Review - CW
Pacific Seacraft is one of those boatbuilders that has built its reputation on traditional cruising values and proven construction techniques. The Pacific Seacraft 31, designed by W.I.B. Crealock, fits the image and carries on the successful design thinking behind the Crealock 34 and 37, also built by Pacific Seacraft. The new boat is unextreme in every aspect, making it pleasing to the eye and fun to sail without any jarring or faddish details thrown into the mix.
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 Owner Review - John Murphy
Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 Owner Review - John Murphy
"Fantastic performance... Everything works perfectly!" John Murphy, design engineer from Massachusetts, has been cruising on one boat or another for more than forty years. During that time, he has owned nine boats. Last August, John and his wife Joan purchased number ten: a Crealock 34 from Pacific Seacraft. On all counts, this knowledgeable and demanding sailing couple couldn't be happier. .. I've been through every nook and cranny on the boat and I haven't found a single area with anything less than just class workmanship. " Their brand new Crealock 34 presented absolutely no problems. "Right from the start, everything worked perfectly," John said. "No bugs at all. We put her in the water and we never had a single problem."
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Bertram 50 Convertible Review - Magnificent Obsession
Bertram 50 Convertible Review - Magnificent Obsession
MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION: The Bertram legend endures with the 50 Convertible. Walk the docks of any marina in the world and chances are you'll see at least one Bertram. To say that's simply because they're ubiquitous begs the question. A deeper reason why so many yachtsmen from Cabo San Lucas to Cannes willingly pay the dear price for a Bertram is the unimpeachable reputation for seaworthiness and durability-a reputation that began on, and has remained constant from, the day the first 31 left the Miami plant. The 50-foot Convertible pictured here, is a fitting inheritor of that patrimony.
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Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - Chip Martin
Pacific Seacraft 31 Owner Review - Chip Martin
''Even with a lot more experience now, we'd still choose the Pacific Seacraft 31. Only now we'd know why we chose it!'' Have you ever thought about going cruising, but decided you weren't experienced enough? Well, meet Chip and Kris Martin of Minneapolis, Minnesota. About a year ago Chip decided to go cruising. This was rather amazing in that he and Kris didn't own a boat, in fact they had never even been on a cruising sailboat before.
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Bertram 50 Convertible Review - Flawless Fifty
Bertram 50 Convertible Review - Flawless Fifty
The water looks dead, and the Bahamian sun pierces the ozone with murderous intensity. The radio is eerily silent, devoid of even occasional small talk, much less a hookup. It's been one of those tournaments- no marlin boated and only a handful of releases after four futile days in the "tongue of the ocean" off Chub Cay. A big blue seems about as likely as an iceberg. But we keep our gaze glued on the baits -on the planing bonefish on the long right, the bird-cum-ballyhoo short, the mullet and the mackerel on the left.
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KaMeWa Waterjet System Review: JETS ARE BUSTING OUT ALL OVER
KaMeWa waterjets are an excellent alternative to conventional propulsion on medium or high-speed yachts, particularly those that have to operate in shallow-water situations or in waters contaminated with floating debris. Their assets are excellent maneuverability, good acceleration and deceleration, lower noise and vibration levels, fuel savings (nine to ten percent is claimed) over conventional propeller systems, especially above the 20-knot speed range.
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Lydia 90 Sportfisherman Review: JUMBO JET
Powered by jet drives, the Lydia 90 is the biggest sportfish in the world. Since everything, including the tower, has been built to sportfish scale - which separates That's My Hon from other "yachtfishermen" in her size range - looking down from the tower is deceptive: Below me is what appears to be an ordinary sportfisherman, a big one, maybe 60 or 70 feet. The proportions create the illusion - no section seems stretched, so the boat retains the classic lines and grace of its genre. The only weird sensation is the dizzying view from the 52-foot-high tower. The tallest ever built (as are Mickey Rupp's gargantuan 50-foot outriggers), the tower was positioned on That's My Hon by helicopter. Anticipating the 30-rung climb down, I'm suddenly filled with empathy for sailors who must go aloft to repair rigging during a 12-meter race.
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Crealock 37 Review Testimonial - ULTIMATE TEST
Crealock 37 Review Testimonial - ULTIMATE TEST
How strong can a cruising boat be? Delivery captain puts Crealock 37 through the ultimate test. "Awesome-just amazing..." The locals had never seen anything like it before. Experience told them that when a boat hits the reef at Diamond Head, it's gone. Period. In the last few years twelve boats had been lost there - all ground to a pulp before touching the beach. So when Rick von Stein's Crealock 37 Aldabra, smashed over the reef and came to rest on the beach nearly unscathed, the locals were understandably surprised. But not as surprised as Rick" "What this boat put up with is awesome - just amazing."
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Donzi Z-65 Tournament Fisherman Review: DONZI Z-65 TOURNAMENT FISHERMAN
Big engines, performance, and price propel Donzi into the world of megafishermen.  The Donzi Z-65 is a quintessentially American creation, much in the mold of the Chevrolet Corvette. To some, that comparison may seem complimentary; to others, an indictment. But there's no denying that both GM's Plastic Fantastic and Donzi's Ultimate Battle Wagon are conceived of that most domestically demotic of engineering axioms, "More horsepower equals more speed."
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Davis 61 Sportfisherman Review: DAVIS 61 SPORTFISHERMAN
You say you want a big sportfish with hot performance and the latest technology? But you want classic looks a la Rybovich and Merritt? And your bank account is healthy? Well, North Carolinian Buddy Davis would like to talk to you. 
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Hatteras 65 Convertible Review: HATTERAS 65 CONVERTIBLE
Clean lines, classic but modern at the same time. Anyone watching this baby glide up to the dock has to do a double take. The bridge may be fully enclosed (and air conditioned, of course), with the underway helm inside forward, the fish-fighting helm aft, balcony style, overlooking the action. Most 65s will be ordered with the enclosed bridge. There is onlooker seating next to the fishing helm, like a box seat at the opera.
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Hatteras 65 Convertible Review: HATTERAS 65 CONVERTIBLE
The large Hatteras fleet has grown yet again, and a most impressive addition it is. Lots of new boats from Hatteras recently. Just one model is news, but we've had a 40 double cabin, a 41 convertible, and now a 65 convertible. Hatteras calls this newest family member a "maxi sportfisherman," which seems reasonable enough. There are a few larger sportfish out there, but very few. Whether 65' or 70', you have to admit this new Hatt is a chunk.
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Egg Harbor 60 Review: EGG HARBOR 60 SPORT FISHERMAN
A grand old name gives tradition a new twist with a fantastic, flying megafisherman. As the rich get richer, the boats get bigger. And today, with the good times rolling in many sectors of the economy, megafishermen are the talk of the powerboat world. These 6O'-and-up angling platforms combine the look, the cockpit, and the 3O-mph-plus speed of a convertible with the comforts and big-ticket cachet of a motor yacht. The result is a boat that not only says her owner is going fishing, but also that he's arrived.
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Bertram 37 Convertible Review - A BOOMING BABY BROTHER
Bertram 37 Convertible Review - A BOOMING BABY BROTHER
Bertram's new 37 bears more than a family resemblance to the prize-winning 54- and is proving just as popular After 25 years, the diminutive warhorse that started it all, the venerable, if occasionally wet Bertram 31, has been retired. Certainly there were practical reasons- too costly, too dated, too predictable. But the move has its symbolic origins as well, as in "out with the old and in with the new": a new corporate masthead, new lizard skin and Novasuede, new laser discs, stereo TVs and digital tachs, new core materials, new colors and new computerized routers. The little gem that launched the Bertram line and paved the way for successively larger Bertrams has died, but its spirit lives on in the new midsized jewel that will dictate the direction of the Bertram "empire" through the 1990s and reassert Bertram's tradition as a trendsetter-the 37 Convertible.
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Bertram 37 Convertible Review - Boat Test No. 421
Bertram 37 Convertible Review - Boat Test No. 421
With quiet confidence, Bertram has entered the New Age of high speeds and modern materials. The result is superb. Every time I pass this certain commercial complex in south Florida, it reminds me why (to paraphrase Winston Churchill) there will always be a Bertram. It consists of groups of buildings framing a beautiful man-made lake, which in turn is accented by carefully manicured. tropical landscaping and scores of flamingos. Flamingos are the very embodiment of a pristine, unspoiled Florida; their juxtaposition to an industrial park always seemed to me a bit weird. But I was especially impressed with the size of the flock and the birds' uniformly flawless beauty and stately poses.
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Cheoy Lee 103 Motoryacht Review: PEARL OF THE ORIENT
Cheoy Lee's new 103-footer steams from the far reaches of Hong Kong's out-islands and into our pantheon of gold-platers.  " . .. but it doesn't feel like we're on a boat, darling." Indeed. It felt like a salon, a chic pied-a-terre, a gracious Beverly Hills condo. But not a boat ... unless you were tuned to the slight rise and fall of her motion. What Cheoy Lee has done so well in its decades of yacht building has been to save material, build relatively light, and produce strong structures. Their experience at this puts them near the top of the ladder among the world's boatbuilders. Nothing beats execution as a strategy toward excellence.
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Ocean 48 Supersport Review: OCEAN YACHTS 48
From the Jersey swamp come two more sportfishing supersleds.  If you want a big sportfisherman built by regular boatbuilders - you remember the old boys, smoking pipes and digging around in old wooden toolboxes after spokeshaves they "put someplace" - then consider an Ocean Yacht.  Here, you get Fred Metz and his boys, all of whom have been building boats for Jack Leek down in this South Jersey swamp for years now. And for his father before him. From the halls of Egg Harbor and Pacemaker they have come. They have gathered here to take a piece of the action. And, boy, has there been action.
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Ocean 44 Supersport Review: OCEAN YACHTS 44
From the Jersey swamp come two more sportfishing supersleds. If you want a big sportfisherman built by regular boatbuilders - you remember the old boys, smoking pipes and digging around in old wooden toolboxes after spokeshaves they "put someplace" - then consider an Ocean Yacht.  Here, you get Fred Metz and his boys, all of whom have been building boats for Jack Leek down in this South Jersey swamp for years now. And for his father before him. From the halls of Egg Harbor and Pacemaker they have come. They have gathered here to take a piece of the action. And, boy, has there been action.
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KaMeWa Water Jet Engine Review: WHAT MAKES THE KAMEWA RUN?
The KaMeWa is an axial-flow pump with two principal pump components. One is the impeller, which is driven by the engine, and the other is the stator, which is a series of stationary vanes on the pump's interior walls. When velocity is split or vectored, force is reduced, so the stator changes the spiral motion of the water back into lateral motion to increase thrust.
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Denison Marine 100 Motoryacht: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Denison Marine's stunning 100-footer has jet power, German iron, and moves like a middleweight contender. If the cost of their toys really divides men from boys, John Staluppi should bottle his virility and sell it to the wimps and limpwrists of this world. John's pastime is speed, and his toys include not only a stable full of automobiles, but a Fountain sportboat with hand-grenade motors and a snowmobile that, by his estimate, is capable of 105 mph. His high-velocity selection also includes a 100', 70-ton Denison motor yacht that planes in ten seconds, reaches a top speed of nearly 36 mph in three-quarters of a minute, and pirouettes like a runabout.
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Hatteras 40 Double Cabin Review: HATTERAS 40 DOUBLE CABIN
This design is not for serious fishermen. That doesn't mean you can't hang a string in the water, it just means you're not going to be going for the grand slam in a billfish tournament. This is a boat for family cruising. Good looking, lots of interior room, and gobs of bridge and afterdeck lounge space.
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Davis 47' Sportfisheman Review: DAVIS 47' SPORTFISHERMAN
From a line of custom legends comes a production-built jewel.  Since Buddy Davis logged his time in the turbulent, unpredictable waters off North Carolina, you'd expect him to build an exceptional sea boat. That's precisely what he did. I had the pleasure of running the 47 just after one of those classic northers that magnetically attracts fish and fishermen to south Florida, and in spite of a melange of multidirectional seas, found her to be flawless on all points and at all speeds. She responds as a light boat would, accelerating briskly, turning smartly, and backing down sharply. All this, and she effortlessly tops 30 knots with a tower.
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Donzi Z-65 Tournament Fisherman Review: DONZI Z-65
While 65' might seem like a lot more fishing boat than necessary, keep in mind that the Z-65 is truly capable of long-range cruising, enabling her to reach many of the world's exotic angling hot spots with ease, especially those in the western hemisphere. Her fishing cockpit measures 14'6"w x 12'10"l (inside the covering boards), so there's plenty of room to battle with rod and reel anything that has fins.
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Carver 42 Motoryacht Review: CARVER 42 MOTOR YACHT
From the folks who brought you the Party Barge, here's an honest effort at cruising luxury that succeeds. Boats are like children: you don't always have to know their names to know what family they come from. As surely as if they were laying up strands of DNA instead of glass mat, nearly all boat companies indelibly and unmistakably mold the company identity into each boat. That isn't surprising; once you learn to build a product and have confidence in it, where's the motivation to change?
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Chris-Craft 580 Tournament Fisherman Review: CHRIS-CRAFT 580 TOURNAMENT FISHERMAN
The nation's oldest boatbuilder takes the latest technology and fashions it into a bold new mission statement.  The boat you see here is floating potential - a grand experiment, if you will, and just the first step of a metamorphosis that could eventually yield one of the most advanced mass-produced yachts available anywhere. What Chris-Craft Vice-President of Engineering Seabary McGowan calls "a trial horse," it is neither perfect nor fully evolved, but it is unquestionably a prodigious and auspicious first step.
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Hatteras 63 Cockpit Motor Yacht Review: HATTERAS 63 CMY
With its new 63 Cockpit Motor Yacht joining the 77, Hatteras reaffirms its position as one of the world's most diverse yacht manufacturers. Last March, we featured a story entitled "The Best Of Both Worlds" in which John Owens explored the rarefied world of cockpit motor yachts by providing a look at some delicious examples of the breed. The title pretty much sums up these boats - they allow the owners the opportunity of being simultaneously near to, and involved with, the water, yet isolated from it when they wish.
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Mason 44/43 Sailboat Review - Practical Sailor
Mason 44/43 Sailboat Review - Practical Sailor
Owners say this powerful, Taiwan-built world cruiser carries Hinckley quality at half the price. The Mason 43 was introduced in 1978 by Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE), a California-based "developer" of Taiwan-built yachts. The Mason 44 which uses the same hull but a different deck mold, appeared in 1985, and is still in production today. In all 180 43's and 44's have been sold. Due to a program of continual refinement it is probable that no two are exactly the same. The Masons have earned a reputation for offering quality approaching that of Hinckley Swan Alden and Little Harbor at a lower price, largely due to lower labor rates in Taiwan.
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Hatteras 52 Convertible Review: FINE-TUNING THE FLEET
With anglers in mind, Hatteras expands the cockpits of its newest models for increased fishability.  If, for a moment, you conceive of a sportfishing boat as an amalgam of his and hers – “his” being the exterior fishing part, including the bridge, and “hers” being the interior accommodations, appliances and décor – recent history has been far kinder to her than to him.
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Mason 63 Motorsailer Review - Yachting
Mason 63 Motorsailer Review - Yachting
Considering the price and occasional unavailability of fuel, it's no surprise to see the rebirth of the classic motorsailer, of which the Mason 63 is certainly a beautiful example. Although termed by the designer and builders as an auxiliary cruising ketch, there's no question that she is a full-powered motorsailer. The only question seems to be one asked at boat shows by visitors unable to determine if she is new or just a perfectly maintained classic. The overall appearance, the fine woodwork and the obvious sailing ability point to a vintage yacht, while the fiberglass hull and modern construction methods confirm that she is truly a new vessel.
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Post 42 Sportfisher Review: Post 42
3 FISHING MACHINES WITH CREATURE COMFORT: Egg Harbor 48, Jersey 48, and Post 42. When it comes to luxury interiors, these custom-care traditionalists from the Garden State are in the business of wish-fulfillment. Post 42: He is a bigwig in the flamboyant Seventh Avenue fashion world; she has her own decorating firm, and together they make the perfect cosmopolitan couple: elegant, up-to-date, and established. And what does a terrific twosome like this do for entertainment besides attend fashion extravaganzas with the likes of Halston and Anne Klein? Dash off to Aspen for a week of skiing? Mingle with socialities in Monaco? Polo in Palm Beach? None of the above. Stuart and Marcia Kaye would rather have a good ol' time onboard their Post 42, Good Times 4 Ever, off Sandy Hook hunting the Canyon for tuna and marlin.
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