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Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht:
Unusual Salon Forward

Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht
Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht

In most convertibles and motoryachts the salon is placed aft in the main deck house and the galley, or galley and helm are forward. Not so in the new Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht which has a large salon forward, as can be seen above. The advantages of this design are numerous. In addition to its size, the dual use of having a formal dining area to starboard is the fact that the crew does not need to walk through the area to get to the galley, which is aft. Owner/operators will like the centrally located galley because it is handy to both the mezzanine seating and the table in the salon. The helm is in the sky lounge above. More...

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Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover:
Dual-Purpose Hydraulic Cockpit Table

Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover
Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover

One of the practical innovations in the new Formula Super Sport Crossover is the hydraulically actuated cocktail table in the cockpit. In the up position – as seen in the image above – it serves as a dining table for six guests. But it also can be lowered to be a platform for filler cushions to make a large sun pad. Lower it all the way down and it becomes the deck. Then, the area is open for a cocktail party, a staging point for water sports, or just enjoying the ride with friends. It is functionality such as this that keeps Formula at the forefront of builders in class. More...

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Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly:
Bar Seating Comes Standard

Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly
Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly

Cruisers Yachts was one of the pioneers of opening the aft bulkhead window so that the aft galley was open to the cockpit and the outside. It proved to be enormously popular and now most boats in class have the galley aft in flybridge boats with a window that opens. To our knowledge, Cruisers Yachts was then the first to turn the area into a functioning bar that appeals to all members of the family. Kids will like it as a place to order grilled-cheese sandwiches from Mom, and adults will enjoy it for the beverages served there. More...

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Robalo R222:
The Basics Done Right

Robalo R222
Robalo R222

Every fishing boat should have a dedicated place for a 5-gallon (18.9 m) bucket, and many of them do, but this one is particularly handy. Aboard the Robalo R222, it is in the deck between the forward console seat and the bow seating. But there’s more: “A” indicates the blue courtesy light to help night anglers, “B” points to the extra-deep channel that will keep rain water and spray from getting inside, and “C” indicates the rather unusual drain that Robalo has designed to dewater the channel quickly. A close-up view of it is in our full Captain’s Report. More...

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SUN TRACKER® SportFish 22 XP3:
All Toons are NOT the Same

SUN TRACKER® SportFish 22 XP3
SUN TRACKER® SportFish 22 XP3

The SUN TRACKER® SportFish 22 XP3 tri-toon has a dedicated location in the stern for anglers. There we find two comfortable swivel chairs facing aft, and a console aft with a bin for Plano tackle boxes and other gear, and to the right of it – as can be seen in the image above – a livewell with integral bait bucket. Out of sight are rod holders. The rest of this toon is designed for the non-anglers aboard. More...

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with the Seacocks

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Seacocks, such as this ball-valve version from Groco, are made for marine service – a must on any boat worth buying.

Think about seacocks and through-hull fittings for a moment. They’re a critical part to any boat and a key to keeping the boat afloat. And yet some boatbuilders (or service yards) cut corners. On the plus side, this is a great place for boat buyers to get a better idea about the kind of boat they’re considering. Know what to look for, and why. Have a look at the details here...



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