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Docking Disruptor
AN UNFAMILIAR DOCK, acrosswind, some current and a bevy onlookers. Sound stressful? ¶ Raymarine’s DockSense assisted-docking technology is poised to reduce this headache—significantly—using sensors, machine vision and deep machine learning to constan
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Outboard Influence
SEVEN MARINE HIGH-HORSEPOWER OUTBOARDS ONE OF THE MOST striking sights at recent boat shows was HCB’s 65 Estrella—the world’s largest center-console—and her five Seven Marine 627sv outboards. These engines eliver 3,135 horsepower and, according to HC
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A Fishy Business
CUSTOM LURES KAUAI, HAWAIIJ JOHN “BIRD” MINER, FOUNDER OF Hawaiian Sea Lures and Hawaiian Custom Rods, flips through fish photos on his phone with the same button-busting pride as a new parent. “This was the biggest ahi in Hawaii in 2018, caught on o
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Take A Chance
It was an unusual scenario for the end of May. A warm-core eddy had spun out from the Gulf Stream, off the Northeast. Where there is an eddy, there’s usually good fishing. The rotating, bathlike water was coming closer, hovering about 100 or so nauti
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Can Of Curves
THE BUILDER claims wipers for the curved windshield are very expensive,” Bill’s email read. “What do you think?” He had CC’d his informal and unpaid advisory team, of which I am apparently a member. ¶ Bill has invested quite a bit in his new build, a
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Nothing But A Number
WHEN JUD SMITH was around 10 years old, growing up in Marblehead, Massachusetts, he and his pals would go into Ted Hood’s lofts and play in the sailmaker’s scraps. ¶ “I would climb on those piles of cloth like it was a hayloft,” he says. “I don’t kno
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Breaking Boundaries
JUST ABOUT EVERY ANNOUNCEMENT from top yachtbuilders in Europe these days is heralding something that’s never been done or built or tried. ¶ At Amels in the Netherlands, Aurora Borealis, the yard’s first 220, has completed a technical launch and is o
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Back To Business
61'1" LENGTH OVERALL 18'3" MAXIMUM BEAM AFTER GRUPPO GAVIO purchased Bertram in 2015, most who followed the iconic fishing-boat brand sensed that good things were coming. The introduction of the classically inspired Bertram 35 at the 2016 Newport Int
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Fisherman’s Fancy
It’s been more than a decade since Hatteras Yachts launched its GT line, lending new style to the North Carolina builder’s long-respected ability to construct fishing battlewagons. Today, the GT range includes open and flybridge models from 45 to 70
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Easy Going
THE FIRST TIME I visited Oxford, Maryland, in 2004, I wrote that the place was like “a fly trapped in amber with a fistful of sawdust.” Walking through the town’s streets felt like strolling through some of the coolest pages in the history of boatbui
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Day Boat Dreaming
32'6" LENGTH OVERALL 10'4" MAXIMUM BEAM A VIARA BOATS IS A new brand of luxury dayboats from MasterCraft. Its first launch is the Aviara 32. The vessel’s look is Euro-inspired, with a straight-edge sheerline, aggressively raked windshield and open la
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378 Nautical Miles
1,750 GAL. FUEL CAPACITY 200 GAL. FRESHWATER CAPACITY It converts the standard utility space into a tackle center with custom cabinets and lockers for rods, reels and supplies. In this space on the GT59 that I was aboard, I counted 27 rods (sans reel
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Generations
When it launched in 1991, the Viking Yachts 58 Convertible was the New Jersey builder’s largest model to date. From 1991 to 2000, Viking built and sold 110 of the 58-footers, dubbed Gen I. That’s a tough act to follow. But Viking is once again aiming
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Attitude Adjuster
THE CRUISERS 46 CANTIUS MAY NOT BE THE BIGGEST CANTIUS MODEL THAT THE WISCONSIN SHIPYARD PRODUCES, but she’s full of surprises, sharing enough attributes with her bigger sisters—including the 60-foot Cantius flagship—that she’s able to deliver relaxa
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The Call Of The Sea
The S 288 is now the entry-level model in the builder’s four-hull Sport line, which ranges up to an S 408. At 30 feet length overall, the S 288 has room for many features found on her larger siblings. • Thrill of the Chase: With twin 300 hp Yamaha ou
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Money Well Spent
BUYING A NEW YACHT IS AN EXCITING, AND SOMETIMES COMPLICATED, PROCESS. IT’S HARD TO GET EVERYTHING AT THE HELM right on the first try, or to anticipate what kinds of electronics might come along next. That’s why planning for future refits is just as
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Nautical Dashboards
IF YOU’VE EVER CHARTERED A YACHT, OR IF YOU SUFFER FROM “10-foot-itis” and regularly upgrade your ride, then you can appreciate the headaches that can unfurl at an unfamiliar helm. Sure, somebody will give you a walk-through of the basics before you
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Striking Gold
LOCALS ON ST. CROIX know Brian Bishop as much for his stunning jewelry creations as for his voice. Not long after opening his business, Crucian Gold, in Christiansted in 1972, the native son ran a series of popular humorous radio ads in the local dia
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Rats!
IWAS AN early adopter of computers, but ever since they wandered off the desktop, they’ve taken charge of pretty much everything that a hammer and wrench used to manage. I’ve groused about this for some time while slowly coming around to the spoils o
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Flashbacks
Sense memory is powerful. My sense memories are often tied to the water. I live near several canals and a few miles from the ocean. In the early morning, I open the sliding doors to my yard and can smell the salt. Instantly, I’m taken back to summers
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751 Feet Length Overall
CHULHUN PARK WAS THINKING about deconstructivism. It’s the postmodern architectural movement that emerged in the 1980s, when buildings started looking fragmented and asymmetrical, almost like disjointed pieces stacked together. Having studied industr
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Proof Of Concept
PHILIPPE BRIAND IS AMONG THE WORLD’S most celebrated yacht designers, known for his work with Perini Navi, Turquoise, Admiral and more. He pushes the bounds of innovation, most recently last year, when he unveiled a Flyacht concept for two-person sai
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Sports Center
I’VE HAD THE PLEASURE of testing Riviera’s 68 and 72 Sports Motor Yachts in the past, and I found both vessels to be fine examples of what Riviera does best: mix interior luxury with fun outdoor spaces and confidence-inducing hulls. Thus, I was looki
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Endless Summer, Reimagined
THE IDEA OF SURFING A BOAT’S WAKE dates to at least the 1950s or ’60s, when recreational powerboating boomed in postwar America. It was a time when the idea of an “endless summer” appeared on movie screens, with surfers chasing tasty waves and a big,
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Fearless Flyer
THE FIRST TIME I TOOK the wheel of a Pershing, I remember sitting in the helm seat and feeling more like a plane’s pilot than a yacht’s captain. My 90-foot ride shot across the sea at 40-plus knots. The experience provided all the exhilaration of run
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Ultimate Pour
ORIGINALLY, THE design plans for the 164-foot Endless Summer called for a crew pantry abaft the bridge. The owner thought that space might instead be ideal for stowing some of his favorite wines — 440 regular-size bottles and 60 magnums, to be exact.
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NOW THAT’S entertainment
THE GALEON 650 SKYDECK HAS PORT AND STARBOARD GUNWALES AFT THAT FOLD OUT ELECTRICALLY, creating balconies with rail stanchions, guidelines and inserts for bar stools. With the salon windows open and countertops flipped up, the space becomes an open-a
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For The Love Of A Boat
CALL IT FATE. WHEN A YACHT OWNER AND THE RIGHT yacht meet at the corner of passion and vision, the arrival point is awesome. ¶ For one yacht owner, his journey to this point saw him buy a yacht that had been for sale for about six years. The pedigree
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