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Four Winns HD270
Four Winns HD270
Deck Boat Revival
01-Jun-2016

After sampling boats at winter boat shows around the country, an emerging trend is the renaissance of the deck boat as an alternative to pontoons.

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Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius
Making an impression, every time.
01-Jun-2016

It’s been said that you only have one chance to make a first impression. In the case of the Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius, they had two chances to impress me. And they did!

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Jeanneau Leader 36
Jeanneau Leader 36
An exemplary express.
01-May-2016

With a name that starts with the word “leader,” you might expect Jeanneau’s Leader 36 to do a number of things well. You might assume the Leader 36 has a clever, innovative interior or perhaps a set of powerful yet efficient engines.

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Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX
Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX
Like having four aces in your pocket.
01-May-2016

Let’s face it: We all want the best. When it comes to boating, we want smooth seas, calm winds, cold drinks and slips that are easy to get in and out of.

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Sea Ray 310 SLX
Sea Ray 310 SLX
Raising day boating expectations.
01-Apr-2016

Lowering fiberglass swim platforms into the water is a welcome feature that larger vessels have offered for nearly two decades. What I didn’t expect during my sea trail of the new Sea Ray 310 SLX was the sea creature that surfaced almost on cue from the mystic blue-green harbor at South Seas Resort Marina on Florida’s west coast.

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Absolute Navetta 52
Absolute Navetta 52
Delivering absolute results.
01-Apr-2016

When I received the assignment to sea trial the Absolute Navetta 52, I started thinking about how I would begin this story.

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Pursuit OS 355
Pursuit OS 355
In pursuit of innovation.
01-Mar-2016

When you test boats nearly every week for a living, you become leery of formulaic advertising boasting “new features,” “improved performance” or “innovative design.” But when Bruce Thompson, vice president of operations for Pursuit Boats, leaned over at a new products dealer meeting and personally wanted to point out the OS 355 with at least 80 significant design features and engine changes, out came the reporters pad, on went the polarized sunglasses, and I said, “let’s go.” I’ve known Bruce for 25 years; not just from his stellar career heading up design at Sea Ray and Pursuit, but as a father, fellow boater, angler and diving enthusiast. We’ve enjoyed many non-work boating weekends on the Great Lakes, in the Bahamas and Florida Keys. He’s creative (has six boat patents), inspirational and is a boater who actually develops new models based on real experiences, coupled with the latest building methods, materials and technology.

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Premier 310 Encounter
Premier 310 Encounter
A game changer.
01-Mar-2016

Every so often, there’s a company that takes a chance in an attempt to change the game. Each year, manufacturers introduce new models, new graphic colors and new layouts. As the industry progresses — and consumers demand change — so does the availability of boat models and products offered. What we do not often see is something that shakes up the industry quite like the Premier Encounter. This never before seen, brand new 2016 model took some imagination and engineering to dream up.

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Beneteau Gran Turismo 40
Beneteau Gran Turismo 40
Impressionist movement.
01-Feb-2016

History is a lovely destination for the mind to wander. Despite my best attempts to blow up the 11th grade chemistry lab, I didn’t realize that we have the French to thank for the Periodic Table. Nor that the French chemist Antoine Lavoisier perfected the Law of Conservation of Mass, widely used in many fields, including chemistry, mechanics and fluid dynamics.

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Crownline 270 SS Bowrider
Crownline 270 SS Bowrider
Brawn, meet beauty.
01-Feb-2016

My mother has a theory about quality in cars. The sticker price, the promotion, the bluster and bombast of the salesperson preaching the vehicle’s virtues — she says any buyer worth their salt will ignore the noise and focus instead on the telltale sign of quality: the doors. If they shut with the decisive whoomp of a refrigerator door, that weighty, near-soundless seal of resounding finality, a person could bet the manufacturer took care in all aspects of the car, from engine to ignition.

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Prestige 750 Skyscraper
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