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.


Maritimo M50 Motoryacht

Maritimo M50 Motoryacht

The Maritimo M50 Motoryacht is 53 feet of comfort, openness, space, beauty and toughness that add up to a cruising yacht that can handle rough conditions. But then, Australian boat builders are known for designing boats that can handle the seas off the coast of Down Under.


ArrowCat 30RS

ArrowCat 30RS

Go ahead, try to break my boat. OK, thats not literally what ArrowCats Rob Harty told us as we tested the ArrowCat 30RS on a choppy, confused Puget Sound just outside Shilshole Bay Marina, but that was the reading-between-the-lines message I took from his comments.


Hargrave 76 Open Bridge

Hargrave 76 Open Bridge

Hargrave Yachts recent introduction of the 76 Open Bridge may seem like a departure for the builder, as 76 feet is on the lower end of its size scale, but au contraire!


Marquis 630 Sport Yacht

Marquis 630 Sport Yacht

I took in the profile of the Marquis 630 Sport Yacht from Rick Youngs office window at Silver Seas Yachts in San Diego. Swoopy and complex were descriptors that came to mind.


Beneteau Barracuda 9 Fly

Beneteau Barracuda 9 Fly

It isn't often you see a sub-30-foot boat draw more attention than the multi-million-dollar yachts surrounding it at a big boat show, but the new outboard-powered Beneteau Barracuda 9 Fly has done just that at a couple of recent shows.


Nordhavn 63

Nordhavn 63

Knowing what the vessels are capable of, we can only assume that our sea trial of the Nordhavn 63 was a bit of a letdown for the yacht, since we pitted it against the not-so-mean seas off Dana Point instead of miles of lonely ocean.


Aspen C100

Aspen C100

Is the Aspen C100 32-foot power catamaran a new boat or merely the Aspen C90 28-footer with a 4-foot hull extension? That depends.


McKinna 70 Pilothouse Cockpit Motoryacht

McKinna 70 Pilothouse Cockpit Motoryacht

Picture this. Your wife and a couple of the kids are in the floating spa off the starboard side of the swim platform, soaking in the heated water. You and a buddy are in the cockpit. You are in the fighting chair...


Cruisers 45 Cantius

Cruisers 45 Cantius

Versatile isn't a robust enough word to capture the 2013 Cruisers 45 Cantius and its many hidden and not-so-hidden features. As I walked through the yacht, and Rick Young of Silver Seas Yachts showed me one convertible element after another...


Krogen Express 52

Krogen Express 52

At times, scheduling a sea trial can get a little tricky. Variables such as vessel, captain and writer availability, weather conditions and vessel location all play a role. The stars fell into alignment for my latest trial, the Krogen Express 52.


 

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