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June 26, 2008

Davis 70

Davis Yachts unleashes a modern, Carolina-influenced hull, with abundant comforts and boatloads of class.

When Dr. Ira Trocki acquired Buddy Davis yachts back in 2003, he invested millions into modern tooling and molds, then went about incorporating the company into his Jersey-based boatbuilding empire, which includes such brands as Egg Harbor, Topaz and Predator. Today, with the launch of its flagship 70-footer, Davis Yachts unleashes a modern, Carolina-influenced hull, with abundant comforts and boatloads of class.

Performance
Nothing makes for a smooth ride like weight and waterline length, and the new Davis 70 sports plenty of both! Descended from designs that braved North Carolina's Outer Banks, the Davis 70's dramatic bow flare, ample tumblehome and razor-sharp entry enable this handsome boat to negotiate rough water.

The New River, with its roiling current, heavy two-way traffic and narrow bridges, creates a serious maneuvering challenge as it winds its way through downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Davis 70 excelled in navigating the tight quarters. A bigger challenge, however, came outside the inlet. Steady 20-knot winds stacked rows of six-footers coming out of the East. With each set, the bow on this big girl gallantly rose to the occasion and separated the oncoming seas.

Running in the troughs, the 70 reached 32 knots turning 2,350 rpm. Pulling back to a more comfortable 2,000 rpm yielded a 27.5-knot cruise while burning 114.8 gph. Drifting, the 70 exhibited a moderate roll moment with relatively easy transitions.