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Marlow Voyager 100
I sat at the Snead Island, Florida facility, sipped coffee and looked out over the neat-as-a-pin marina, its spring-fed harbor and beyond that, Terra Ceia Bay. The pleasant sounds of birdsong and rustling palms was the only audible sound. Then I hear
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Nord C Yachts FortyFive
Nord C Yachts is aiming to bring unparalleled craftsmanship and clean operation to the world of boat-building. The Swedish company is claiming its FortyFive model, the first in its line, will combine luxury with an innovative approach to environmenta
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Triple Threat
In its short lifetime, the Italian shipyard of Monte Carlo Yachts has constructed a mystique. It seemed to appear on the scene fully realized, as if from nowhere: great Italian design, innovative construction methods and a bulletproof self-confidence
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When Time Stands Still
I grew up watching old wooden boats gracefully ply the aqua-marine waters of Lake George, New York. My dad and I looked on with envy as single- and double-cockpit runabouts cruised along the rocky shore, their American flags whipping in the wind. We
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Dutch classic
LOA: 66'5" Beam: 19'7" Displ.: 99,000 lbs. Draft: 4'9" Fuel: 1,400 gal. Water: 50 gal. Test Power: 3/1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13-IPS1350s Base Price: $3.9 million The trailblazing trio that is the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The Great Pyramids at Giza. A
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Unfinished Stories
A gleaming Airstream trailer was parked on the front lawn of the exhibition hall at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. It felt out of place in the historic coastal town, an artifact from the wrong era. Families lined up for photos with it, and people pee
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Smoke On The Water
Te Ozarks get a bad rap, and that ignominy extends to the water. Ozark, Netflix’s drama series, drops the “s” and follows Marty Byrde, a financial planner, and his family to the region. It doesn’t take long before they encounter waterborne thugs movi
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Heart Of The Matter
Who needs five outboards? Does anyone really need a 45-foot center console with fold-down gunwales? Is there anyone that needs a million-plus-dollar yacht? I’ve heard it time and time again over the years. No, no one needs those things. When I see on
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Is DIY Dead?
The older I get, the less interested I am in crawling under a boat to roll on bottom paint. Scraping and sanding? Forget about it—I’ll hire someone, and work a little longer at the keyboard to pay the bill. Maybe you’re not like me. Maybe your spine
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Eyes Of The Harbor
As the ship pitches and rolls 25 miles east of New York City, I think I’ll be sick. I try to keep it together as I chat with men wearing ties and suits. They sit on a deep leather couch, leaning back with legs crossed and paying no heed to the waves.
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The Power of Water
First, I wondered if the stream of cooling water sluicing overboard from my self-contained air-con unit was a little sparse. But you know how it goes, right? I filed my wonderment away under: “Dang, Bill, don’t be so negative.” Then a weekend later,
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Judge Not!
I’m just not sure whether to buy this boat or not. Whataya think?” asked the tall, rail-thin, red-headed Texan. He was a supercharged youngster, outfitted with all the tells of the true sportfisherman (deeply tanned visage, Shimano-branded baseball c
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In For a Shock
My first experience with shock-absorbing seating was at an event in New York City well over a decade ago. Zodiac was debuting their CZ7, a 23-foot RIB that shares a hull with the builder’s line of professional craft used by Navy SEALs and the U.S. Co
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Go With the Flow
Anyone boating in coastal waters is familiar with ocean tides, the daily cycle of rising and falling water levels. You also likely remember from grade school science that tides are caused by gravity exerted by the moon and the sun onto earth. Yet as
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Stay Connected
Many boaters got into the sport as a way of relaxing, but, as most of us find out sooner or later, when things break it can be anything but relaxing. This is especially true for those in northern climates where the boating season is so short—nothing
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Aquila 32 Power Catamaran
Not long ago, the folks at MarineMax in St. Petersburg, Florida, loaned me an Aquila 32 Sport Power Catamaran for a couple of days. The 32 is currently the newest and smallest member of the Aquila line. She offers dayboating comforts galore, limited
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Solace 345
LOA: 38' Beam: 10'6" Draft: 1'2" Fuel: 325 gal. Water: 40 gal. Standard Power: 2/425-hp Yamaha 425XTO outboards Cruise Speed: 30 knots Top Speed: 52 knots Price: $500,000 When Stephen Dougherty designed his new Solace 345, he thought outside of the b
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Hinckley Sport Boat 40x
LOA: 42'7" Beam: 12'5" Draft: 2'4" Displ.: 20,000 lbs. Fuel: 450 gal. Water: 82 gal. Standard Power: 3/300-hp Mercury Verado outboards Cruise Speed: 32 knots Top Speed: 46 knots Price: Upon Request Five of us lounged in the cockpit, soaking wet and a
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Summit 54
You may not know Summit MotorYachts—not yet at least—but you certainly know its parent company, Kadey-Krogen, and their globe-trotting, long-range cruisers. According to the builder, its new line of planing motoryachts is a reflection of market trend
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The Frozen Frontier
Jane Maufe can trace her lineage to Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer who died trying to find the Northwest Passage in 1847—an expedition that saw the loss of both ships, Erebus and Terror, as well as the entire crew of 129 men. As a longtime fr
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Mistakes Made
House projects, work travel and a painfully damp spring conspired against me as I readied my boat for summer. With an orbital sander in one hand and a nasal cavity choked with sawdust, I felt my blood pressure rise with each boat that rumbled past an
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Hustle & Flow
When an 84-foot yacht goes over 40 knots in the open ocean, it’s a marvel of maritime engineering. After a breathtaking sea trial in the Atlantic off Ft. Lauderdale, I can attest that the new Pershing 8X ably carries on the shipyard’s tradition of bu
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A Spirited Rejuvenation
The charming ambiance that has made the BVIs so attractive for so long remains among new infrastructure and an unbreakable spirit. Wood rots. Paint peels. Cloth fades and thread disintegrates. Metals oxidize. All this happens more quickly in the trop
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Perfect Compromise
If there’s a subject that truly complexifies a boat tester’s existence, scheduling’s gotta be it. Shoot, you’d think that, even in this imperfect world, sea trialing a fine little crossover center console like Regulator’s 26XO would be comparatively
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Omie Tillet (1929-2019)
Omie Tillet was born to be a fisherman. At just 10 years old he could be found working the water with his father and by 20 he was running his own boat. By the ripe age of 31, Tillet and business partner Warren O’Neal began construction on their first
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Rudder Mysteries
A while back, Capt. Bill Pike and I were discussing our nautical misadventures, trying to one-up each other with unusual, often unexplainable, occurrences we’d managed to survive: Racing sloops on the rocks, dockings so disastrous they were covered b
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Hog Wild
As a kid my family and I would cruise hundreds of miles each summer on our annual three-week voyage. One summer we ran our 25-foot cruiser halfway up and down the Mississippi River, dodging wing dams, barges and houseboats along the way. We stopped i
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Forget About It!
A few weeks ago, I decided to take the Betty Jane II out for a spin. Before hitting the trail, I did my regular due diligence. I checked the oil, transmission fluid and coolant levels in my Yanmar and cranked ‘er up. Then I switched on all my electro
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Swedish Renaissance
The waterfront of Gothenburg’s Lindholmen district was abuzz. Ferries picked up and dropped off passengers, many of whom pedaled off to their next destination or walked to the nearby hybrid bus line. As I ambled along, I passed a fully autonomous, se
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