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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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Jeanneau NC11
Jeanneau NC11
A new concept in versatility.
01-Jan-2016

People are using their boats in more ways than ever before — especially when it comes to powerboats. Ten years ago, most folks would have scoffed at the idea of toting along kayaks and stand-up paddleboards on their cruises. Today, the sight is relatively commonplace.

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Sunseeker Predator 57
Sunseeker Predator 57
The fastest-selling cruiser.
05-Nov-2015

The celebrated British yacht builder threw out the rulebook when it created the innovative Sunseeker Predator 57. That fresh approach made this new yacht the fastest-selling model in Sunseeker’s history. So, of course, we couldn’t wait to take it for a spin.

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Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
A New Queen is Christened.
01-Oct-2015

Cruisers Yachts launched the all-new 60-foot Cantius at their annual dealer meeting in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin this past July. This new yacht is the biggest, most luxurious and most technologically advanced yacht the company has built to date, making her the reigning queen of their fleet.

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Prestige 750 Skyscraper
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