Boat Reviews




“Yes! This can be done,” Outer Reef Yachts’ team responded emphatically after a request was made for a high degree of interior customization aboard the 860 cockpit motoryacht Ti-Punch. The new build’s owners wanted a thoroughly modern, open interior—a layout incongruous with the traditional, classic exterior of an Outer Reef Yacht.

Built exclusively at the Tania Yacht Company in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, each Outer Reef is designed and constructed with seakeeping and reliability at cruise as a top priority. Past interior designs by the builder’s in-house team are an extension of that safe, conservative theme, and Ti-Punch’s owners wished to push those boundaries. “We were asked by the owners to work with Destry Darr Designs on the interior,” said Mike Schlichtig, general manager of Outer Reef Yachts, Fort Lauderdale. “They wanted a modern interior that suited their taste inside
a boat that had a very traditional look from the outside while also giving them the handling and sea-keeping characteristics they would not compromise on.”

The result was a cockpit motoryacht that fully utilizes the generous 21-foot beam and offers a feeling of openness from the wheelhouse that extends through the midship galley and main-deck saloon. Intricate design details for faucets, sinks and mullions were conceived by Destry Darr Pethtel, the Fort Lauderdale interior designer who guided the yard to create the owner’s dream interior.

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The new Princess 52 Fly is a stunning motoryacht designed for entertaining a large group of people both at the dock and under way. And entertain she does. The party can be spread out across three distinct entertaining venues with abundant seating for accommodating a boatload of guests. Let’s fill our glasses and take a look.

The festivities begin on the main deck, where an aft cockpit that remains under the overhead protection of the extended flying bridge welcomes guests. Stairs to both sides of the hydraulic swim platform allow access to the cockpit, while a U-shaped seat surrounds an expandable table that still allows for plenty of room for guests to mill about.

Triple-wide opening glass doors blur the line between indoors and outdoors, and as we step inside we enter an aft galley. This design scheme is a first for Princess, and it’s a step in the right direction as far as we’re concerned. By having the galley right between two of the main deck’s entertainment spaces, the hosts—or caterers, as the case may be—are never out of reach of those needing another round of bacon-wrapped scallops or a refill on the wine. We measured over 23 square feet of usable counter space for food prep, and the sideboard to port adds even more space. That is a lot of buffet room, even on a much larger boat.

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Twenty-five years ago Joan and Owen Maxwell founded Regulator Marine with their stalwart 26-footer, and it was that one model that launched the company to success. After a quarter century the inaugural model needed revamping, and numerological luck and diligent engineering led to the all-new Regulator 25 just in time to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary.

“The new 25 is the result of 25 years of experience,” said Joan Maxwell while lounging in the boat’s bow at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last fall. “Our designer, Lou Codega—along with the input of customers and dealers—created a boat that fits in perfectly with the line and replaces the 26.”

Regulator boats are first and foremost fishing machines—angler performance is first in mind. Based in Edenton, North Carolina, near the Albemarle Sound and 60 miles from the open water of the Atlantic Ocean, the builder’s lineup includes seven center console models from 23 to 34 feet. For its size, the 25 Center Console offers enough amenities to satisfy families, such as a stand-up head under the center console that’s accessed by a starboard-side door. But it’s the fishing features and accessories built into the rugged 25 that are the real draw. It all starts with the hull and deep-V entry with a 24-degree deadrise.

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