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2020 Life Proof 31 GT

In today’s world­—one where there never seems to be enough time—it’s a tempting proposition. Long range cruising doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go slow. At the conclusion of Trawlerfest Seattle we were able to break the 31 GT Coupe from its boat show chains and blast across Puget Sound for a proper ring out…

2020 Fjord 38 Xpress
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2020 Fjord 38 Xpress

Fjord embarked on a sea change in 2007 under the HanseYachts umbrella. Operations were moved from Norway (where Fjord had built since the 1950s) to Hanse’s HQ in Greifswald, Germany, and chief designer Patrick Banfield—whose work includes the classic Wallytender and one-off superyacht tenders for Feadship—was brought in to modernize the brand’s offerings. Banfield accomplished…

2020 Bertram 61
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2020 Bertram 61

There are few builders with the pedigree of Bertram Yachts. During its heyday, founder Dick Bertram was a household name thanks to ads in national magazines for Rolex and a massive billboard in Times Square. The C. Raymond Hunt-designed, deep-V, 31-foot Moppie would launch the then Miami-based builder into the stratosphere. After times of feast…

2009 American Tug 49
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2009 American Tug 49

It’s up to the Army Corps of Engineers,” explained Kurt Dilworth, vice president of engineering at Tomco Marine in La Conner, Washington, which is about an hour north of Seattle. “They need to dredge this channel. The silt just eddies in.” We were returning against an outbound tide after my sea trial of the 49-foot…