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2019 June 1

his sexy-looking center-cockpit cruiser is built to last

When you first look at the profiles of the new Gunfleet 43 and the Allures 40.9 you might peg them as very similar boats. The profiles look very similar and LODs are within a foot. But they are really
2019 June 1

Built in aluminum, this centerboarder is ready for thin-water cruising

This month we have two very similarly sized and styled European production boats and one very unusual training dinghy to review. The Allures 40.9 is a Berret-Racoupeau design. It’s a handsome boat i
2019 May 1

Trailerability is the key to this motorsailer

Here is a trailerable pocket cruiser that is built in Ventura, California, and designed by Heraldo Ruesch. It’s a lot of boat in 23 feet and has been designed to perform both under sail and with a l
2019 May 1

This new folding racer- cruiser is primed to take over the title of most popular trimaran from its predecessor

Without a doubt, the Corsair F27 has been the most popular trimaran design of all time. It’s in the Sailboat Hall of Fame. But the Corsair group thought it was time to replace that model and has com
2019 May 1

This sexy offshore racer-cruiser has plenty of power for racing combined with simple cruising comfort

The latest sportboat from the J/Boats crew is this J/99 designed by Alan Johnstone. It follows on the tremendous success of the J/121 and J/112E models. It’s a hot rod but it has comfortable accommo
2019 April 1

A catamaran designed to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act gets its owners back on the water

I don’t often review “conceptual designs.” But in looking for something out of the ordinary to review I think this new project of mine deserves to be considered. Let me start by showing you
2019 April 1

Good looking and comfortable, this cruising catamaran provides excellent performance for island sailing

Let’s see what the Leopard group can do with 50 feet of LOA. Design work was done by  Simonis & Voogd Yacht Design for the hull and rig. Interior and exterior styling is by Robertson and Ca
2019 April 1

This cleverly designed catamaran is ready for cruising

To a monohull sailor, cruising cats can look awkward. But there is a lot of square footage to their footprint and different aesthetic standards need to be applied. I see a lot of interesting styling t
2019 March 1

This entry-level family cruiser has packed in everything for fun sailing

Here is a very interesting 30-footer—its actually 29 feet 6 inches—from Beneteau for its Oceanis series. The design is by Finot-Conq with an interior design from the Nauta Design studio. This
2019 March 1

This French cruiser sets a unique course for offshore sailing

Here is a beautiful new 60-footer from Amel that comes just two years after it introduced the Amel 50. It’s a handsome design in the contemporary Euro style from the office of Berret-Racoupeau Yacht
2019 February 1

Straight from Finland, the latest elegant family cruiser is teeming with comfort and high style

I think anything that comes out of the Nautor’s yard in Finland is interesting. But this new Frers designed Swan 54 is truly beautiful. If you go back to the early 1970s you’ll find what I co
2019 February 1

If cruising to the ends of the Earth is your goal, this is your boat

Here is an interesting design from Owen Clarke specifically designed for high-altitude cruising. I think that means you will need a very durable boat that will keep you safe, warm and protected. It’
2019 January 1

A big fast cruiser that has everything you need to sail in comfort and style

The new Xp 55 from X-Yachts has far more features than I can describe given my word limit. I guess it would be a cliché to say “they have thought of everything” but it seems that is the case. Wit
2019 January 1

This family cruiser has classic American styling and plenty of creature comforts

In a bold and rare move, Tartan designer Tim Jackett broke with the accepted Euro-styling movement and designed a new boat with classic American yacht proportions. Good on  ya, Tim.  I rea
2018 November 1

With a Down East bloodline, this cruiser can also make the most of sunny Caribbean sailing

The Hinckley Sou’wester series goes back many years to when I was a kid. It would be difficult to draw a line from the old Sou’westers of the 1970s to this modern Bill Tripp-designed Sou’wester
2018 November 1

This rugged, comfortable cruiser has plenty of performance to make quick passages

I think it’s safe to say that Hylas is the longest running, that is to say continuous production sailboat builder in Taiwan today. I first visited that yard, Queen Long, in the late 1970s. It w
2018 October 1

A handsome cruiser that will shine in the charter market or favorite cruising grounds

This new Hanse model comes from the design office of Judel/Vrolijjk and Co. That’s a pretty good pedigree to start with. The design appears to be a big, comfy cruiser in the Euro style that would be
2018 October 1

This small, attractive cruiser has plenty of options to suit every need

This new Sun Odyssey model from Jeanneau was designed by the company’s in-house design team. It has a wide variety of options including a swing keel so there should be one overall configuration that would suit your sailing needs.
2018 September 1

This Swedish design is a practical family cruiser and formidable racer

I walked out of the grocery store with my cart and headed for my usual parking area and my white SUV. I opened the tailgate and immediately noticed Ruby, my dog and constant companion, was missin
2018 September 1

This new daysailer checks all the boxes in the traditional spirit category

Overhangs are in vogue these days. One of my neighbors inherited his mother’s car. The car is for sale. It’s a 1970 Cadillac Coup deVille, vomit green with a black vinyl top. It has to be the long

Perry on Design

  • This sexy offshore racer-cruiser has plenty of power for racing combined with simple cruising comfort

  • Built in aluminum, this centerboarder is ready for thin-water cruising

  • his sexy-looking center-cockpit cruiser is built to last

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