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.


Norstar 360

Norstar 360

If you were a member of an iconic Pacific Northwest boat-building family and you wanted to build a new powerboat for the slowly recovering marine economy, what features would be included in such a vessel?


North Pacific 49 Pilothouse

North Pacific 49 Pilothouse

Since North Pacific Yachts splashed its first boat 10 years ago, it has delivered more than 100 vessels. All have been well-built, sturdy, tough, single-engine trawlers that provide great value. With the new North Pacific 49 Pilothouse, the builder has upped its game a lot.


Greenline 33

Greenline 33

Boat tests almost always require the tester to compare some aspects of the vessel being tested against other vessels in the same category. The problem testing the Greenline 33 is that there is, at present, no other regular production hybrid boat on the market except other Greenlines with which one can draw comparisons.


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.


 

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