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Guide to new boats

2014 September 1

A new crop of exciting sailboats—from performance-oriented dinghies to drop-dead gorgeous flagships—is coming to a boat show near you

Zim 15 

The Zim 15, built by Zim Sailing, is a performance dinghy designed for post-collegiate sailors looking for inexpensive but exciting sailing. The boat has lots of go-fast features like a dangly pole, over-the-boom vang, sails by North Sails and rig by Southern Spars. The rig is designed to bend off in heavy air. The centerboard can be partly raised like a daggerboard allowing for faster off-the-wind speed while maintaining control. The boat is built with a resin infusion process that produces consistent hulls, which, along with bow and corner bumpers, makes the Zim 15 a desirable club boat. LOA 14’9”; Beam 5’5”; Draft 3’8”; Displ. 190 lbs.; Price $11,500; www.zimsailing.com