Fountaine Pajot Cumberland 47 LC

Fountaine Pajot Cumberland 47 LC

Cats, cats, everywhere, mon dieu! Power cats have gained a lot of ground in the last decade, and for that, they owe their sailing brethren some thanks.



Back Cove Downeast 37

Back Cove Downeast 37

Jeff Brown and I could have shared our ride on San Diego Bay with 18 or so of our closest friends, but thats a lot of people to round up on a workday morning. Besides, I was there to put the Back Cove Downeast 37 through its paces, and Brown the owner of JK3 Yachts was there to make sure the boat presented well.


Prestige  500 Flybridge

Prestige 500 Flybridge

I like boats. My mantra is, theres no such thing as a bad boat, just bad uses for a particular design of boat. But truth be told, Ive tested a few boats whose description may include words such as silly, inexplicable or even a hot chocolate mess, so Im always leery of what Ill find at the end of the dock on test day.


Offshore 90 Voyager

Offshore 90 Voyager

A 90-foot yacht has a presence about it, whether its at the dock or many miles from home, plying the waters of the open ocean. The Offshore 90 Voyager is no exception.


Elling E4

Elling E4

It's a humbling feeling to arrive for a sea trial and know there's nothing you can do to the boat you are testing that will push it any further than it or its brethren has been pushed before. Such was the case as I approached the Elling E4 at the Heritage Yacht Sales docks in Long Beach, Calif.


Grand Banks 54 Heritage EU

Grand Banks 54 Heritage EU

Testing a Grand Banks is always difficult, primarily because of the high expectations the builder has created during more than a half century in business, during which time it has turned out thousands of boats. Given that kind of experience and history, boaters expect Grand Banks to get it right with every boat it builds and Grand Banks generally does just that.


Mikelson 57 sportfisher

Mikelson 57 sportfisher

From our perch at the marlin tower helm station, Mikelson Yachts Paul Fecteau and I could see a big sea lion following us through the harbor as we headed back to Mikelsons Shelter Island office. It was obvious to me the big guy recognized the Mikelson 57 Sportfisher as the kind of boat that could have a payload worth checking out, given its 160-square-foot...


Beneteau Gran Turismo 44

Beneteau Gran Turismo 44

With four models in the Gran Turismo line (five including the flybridge version of the 49), Groupe Beneteau has taken the world of express cruisers by storm. And by combining value, speed and stylish design, theyve created one sweet ride.


Garcia Trawler 54

Garcia Trawler 54

Yachties in the know realize that French builder Garcia Yachting has been creating fine aluminum sailboats for more than 40 years, and maybe you think the powers that be at Sea Magazine mixed up the photos for this story. Nay, nay, I say.


Maritimo M50 Motoryacht

Maritimo M50 Motoryacht

The Maritimo M50 Motoryacht is 53 feet of comfort, openness, space, beauty and toughness that add up to a cruising yacht that can handle rough conditions. But then, Australian boat builders are known for designing boats that can handle the seas off the coast of Down Under.


ArrowCat 30RS

ArrowCat 30RS

Go ahead, try to break my boat. OK, thats not literally what ArrowCats Rob Harty told us as we tested the ArrowCat 30RS on a choppy, confused Puget Sound just outside Shilshole Bay Marina, but that was the reading-between-the-lines message I took from his comments.


Hargrave 76 Open Bridge

Hargrave 76 Open Bridge

Hargrave Yachts recent introduction of the 76 Open Bridge may seem like a departure for the builder, as 76 feet is on the lower end of its size scale, but au contraire!


Marquis 630 Sport Yacht

Marquis 630 Sport Yacht

I took in the profile of the Marquis 630 Sport Yacht from Rick Youngs office window at Silver Seas Yachts in San Diego. Swoopy and complex were descriptors that came to mind.


Beneteau Barracuda 9 Fly

Beneteau Barracuda 9 Fly

It isn't often you see a sub-30-foot boat draw more attention than the multi-million-dollar yachts surrounding it at a big boat show, but the new outboard-powered Beneteau Barracuda 9 Fly has done just that at a couple of recent shows.


Nordhavn 63

Nordhavn 63

Knowing what the vessels are capable of, we can only assume that our sea trial of the Nordhavn 63 was a bit of a letdown for the yacht, since we pitted it against the not-so-mean seas off Dana Point instead of miles of lonely ocean.


Aspen C100

Aspen C100

Is the Aspen C100 32-foot power catamaran a new boat or merely the Aspen C90 28-footer with a 4-foot hull extension? That depends.


McKinna 70 Pilothouse Cockpit Motoryacht

McKinna 70 Pilothouse Cockpit Motoryacht

Picture this. Your wife and a couple of the kids are in the floating spa off the starboard side of the swim platform, soaking in the heated water. You and a buddy are in the cockpit. You are in the fighting chair...


Cruisers 45 Cantius

Cruisers 45 Cantius

Versatile isn't a robust enough word to capture the 2013 Cruisers 45 Cantius and its many hidden and not-so-hidden features. As I walked through the yacht, and Rick Young of Silver Seas Yachts showed me one convertible element after another...


Krogen Express 52

Krogen Express 52

At times, scheduling a sea trial can get a little tricky. Variables such as vessel, captain and writer availability, weather conditions and vessel location all play a role. The stars fell into alignment for my latest trial, the Krogen Express 52.


MJM 40z Downeast

MJM 40z Downeast

When assigned a sea trial, I perform some prep work before I even step on board the vessel. Typically, I'll check the builder's website to understand a bit of what I'm getting into.


Carver 34 Fly

Carver 34 Fly

As I stood on the dock, I noticed how the new Carver 34 Fly didn't look at all its size. With a wide bow and a long flybridge, it seemed bigger, somehow more substantial than its length suggested.


Prestige 620 S

Prestige 620 S

While some yacht manufacturers are essentially selling legacy models due to the great slowdown that has dried up many RD budgets, Prestige Yachts is moving forward with seven new models this year. The 620 S is the flagship of the Express line currently in production (the builder just announced a forthcoming 720) and is an overachiever in practically every aspect.


Cutwater 30

Cutwater 30

The Cutwater 30 is the latest vessel from the Livingston family, Pacific Northwest builders who have earned a worldwide reputation as designers and builders of trailerable pleasure vessels. In fact, the Cutwater stable mate, Ranger Tug, was an early leader in that market segment.


Sunseeker Predator 80

Sunseeker Predator 80

The call came. The mission: Get on the new Sunseeker Predator 80 for a sea trial and report back. Did I choose to accept it? Yes! Five seconds later, the phone solely for the purposes of this intro self destructed.


Pursuit Sport Coupe 365i

Pursuit Sport Coupe 365i

Anyone who watched Monty Python's Flying Circus will remember the segue they used when transitioning to another unrelated sketch: And now, for something completely different. That sentiment seems to be the perfect introduction to Pursuit's new coloring-outside-the-lines model: the Sport Coupe 365i.


 

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