Hatteras 45 Express Sportfish

Hatteras 45 Express Sportfish

Isnt the term new and improved an oxymoron? I mean, if its new, how can it be improved, and vice versa? Hatteras Yachts recently introduced the 45 Express model in two flavors, cruiser and sportfish, the latter of which we will focus on here. And it is really new and improved.



North Pacific 45 Pilothouse

North Pacific 45 Pilothouse

One of North Pacific Yachts most successful vessels was its 43-footer, the boat that started it all for the builder, with more than 63 sold since its introduction in 2004.


Carver C43 Coupe

Carver C43 Coupe

By definition, a coupe usually refers to a style of automobile with a fixed roof and a two-door body. Carver Yachts uses the word in the name of its new, sleek yacht, the C43 Coupe.


Monte Carlo MC4

Monte Carlo MC4

Monte Carlo is a line of mid-range power cruisers created to bridge the gap between Beneteaus Gran Turismo series and the upscale Monte Carlo Yachts, which is Beneteaus Italian arm of superyachts.


Helmsman 43

Helmsman 43

Some boats feel comfortable the instant one steps on board, and some take a bit of getting used to. The new Helmsman 43 is one of the former.


Viking 62 Convertible

Viking 62 Convertible

One of the more recent introductions to the line of sportfishing convertibles is the 62C. Sure, it follows the Viking fit and finish we have become accustomed to, but theres more to the yacht and more to this sea trial.


Tiara 44 Coupe

Tiara 44 Coupe

The new 44 hull is based on Tiaras 39 Open series, which has earned a well-deserved reputation among fishermen and other boaters who want to spend a day on the water while enjoying a stable, high-speed, comfortable ride.


Toro 60

Toro 60

When you think Nordhavn, you probably think long-distance trawlers with paravanes, yachts that scoot along at 10 knots. Well, think again. The builder of Nordhavn yachts went against type and came out with a new kind of high-end yacht, a sportfisher that eschews the Nordhavn exterior lines and will do 30 knots.


MJM 50z

MJM 50z

Old sailors never die, they just start building powerboats. And often, that is good news. There's something about the cross-pollination between the world of rag-boaters and stink-potters that leads to some remarkable results, and the swanky new MJM 50z cruising yacht is an example of exactly that.


Krogen 44 AE

Krogen 44 AE

I've tested a couple of Kadey-Krogen models now, and both times the boat owners were aboard. And both times they made the experience better, speaking from a reviewers angle.


Offshore 87 Motoryacht

Offshore 87 Motoryacht

A hunk of wood. Thats not usually where I start when it comes to sea trials. Doesn't seem relevant. Boaters in the Northwest go out of their way to avoid hunks of wood deadheads lurking in the cold, deep waters.


Nordic Tug 39

Nordic Tug 39

The first Nordic Tug a 26-footer was introduced to the boating community at the Seattle Boat Show in 1980, and it hit the sweet spot in the market. Boaters were having a hard time with the high and getting higher cost of fuel, and the small, stylish, tug-like vessel cruised along at 6.5 knots while burning only 0.5 gallons of diesel per hour.


West Bay SonShip 72 Skylounge

West Bay SonShip 72 Skylounge

It has been more than six years since West Bay SonShip splashed down a new boat, but youd never know it by looking at the builders new 72-foot Skylounge. The Vermeulen family has been in the boat-building business for nearly a half century, and it is clear the skills they have developed during that time have not dulled.


Outer Reef 700 LRMY

Outer Reef 700 LRMY

There's a saying, Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans. Well, for Jeff Druek, president and CEO of Outer Reef Yachts, life is certainly running at blazing speed, forcing him to change plans regarding his new Outer Reef 700 Long Range Motor Yacht (LRMY). And that's good for you. Here's why.


Princess 82 Motor Yacht

Princess 82 Motor Yacht

Lets get one thing clear right from the start. There are no references to kings, queens or princesses in this review; nor are there other obvious monarchial monikers. Why? Because the Princess 82 Motor Yacht doesnt need to be boosted by innuendo or crowning superlatives.


Azimut 45 Fly

Azimut 45 Fly

I dont always come up with pet names for the boats I test, but sometimes a name just coalesces and sticks. Such was the case with the Azimut 45 Fly. After walking through the yacht and realizing there are four distinct hangout areas on the 45-footer, it occurred to me to name it Social Butterfly.


Dyna 52 Luxury Motoryacht

Dyna 52 Luxury Motoryacht

Dyna Yachts might not be a household name in the U.S., but the company has been around since 1986, building boats in Tainan City, Taiwan, an area known for its boat-building prowess since Chinas dynastic days, more than 500 years ago.


Coastal Craft 65 Concord

Coastal Craft 65 Concord

Coastal Crafts new 65 Concord is a marked departure from the builders previous vessels. Rather than incorporating the usual aggressively styled forward-sloping windshields, reminiscent of the tough, well-built work and crew boats that bash about in Pacific Northwest waters, the builder opted for a more traditional and elegantly styled upper works.


ArrowCat 32

ArrowCat 32

Whenever boaters gather for a beer, one person perhaps growing bored or tipsy throws out a statement that usually revs up the discussion. Two hulls are better than one, or some assertion along those lines, starts a discussion, perhaps age-old, about the merits of a catamaran over a monohull.


Monte Carlo MC5

Monte Carlo MC5

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in her shoe. The old English rhyme details the somethings a bride should wear on her wedding day for good luck, and it seems Beneteau borrowed its advice.


Cutwater 30 Command Bridge

Cutwater 30 Command Bridge

When a builder of a successful line of boats introduces a new model, it is examined carefully to see if the new features improve or detract from the original. The new Cutwater 30 Command Bridge from Fluid Motion Inc., with a cleverly designed top helm, faced such an examination.


American Tug 485

American Tug 485

When Tom Nelson semiretired as one of Nordic Tugs principals, he found he was not good at semiretirement. So he decided to get back into the boat-building business, and American Tug was born.


Jeanneau NC 14

Jeanneau NC 14

When Jeanneau developed the NC series (NC stands for New Concept), the approach appealed to boaters, because it allowed interior flexibility not available in recreational production boats until that series.


Sabre 42 Salon Express

Sabre 42 Salon Express

The name of the yacht side-tied across the fairway the one our boats pulpit came agonizingly close to as we left the slip was Sea Flat. While that is likely an homage to someone musical in the owners family, or maybe the owner, it was an appropriate name for the water conditions on San Diego Bay on a picture-perfect Tuesday.


Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge

Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge

Australias Riviera has splashed down more than 5,000 boats in the 34 years it has been in business. The builder has developed a reputation for building tough, strong boats that seem to love bashing quickly out to the fishing grounds and back, and that toughness has translated well to Riviera models that are going to be used as much or more for cruising than for fishing.


 

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