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2020 March 1

This rugged racer cruiser has a loyal following, making this rare early C&C a desirable used boat

The Invader was launched in 1965 during the golden age of fiberglass boat construction. This recreational cruising boat was one of the earliest C&C designs built. The Invader was designed by Geor
2020 February 1

This rugged bluewater cruiser offers seakindly sailing and comfort

One of the ways to learn about the Corbin 39 is to read builder Marius Corbin’s story in his own words. On the verge of creating the boat of his dreams, Corbin founded Corbin les Bateaux Inc. in Can
2019 November 1

This classic Chuck Paine design is a capable offshore cruiser

When Morris Yachts launched the Chuck Paine-designed Annie 29 in 1980, it attracted plenty of attention in the sailing community. Its look was in sharp contrast to Paine’s double-ended designs, the
2019 September 1

A proven, long-range cruiser for two that is forgiving and economical

The seaworthy Downeaster 32 was designed by Bob Poole, who founded Down East Yachts in Santa Ana, California, during the fiberglass boatbuilding heyday of the 1970s. Poole was an East Coast native and
2019 August 1

This roomy, capable and well-built cruiser is ocean crossing ready

The Pacific Seacraft Orion 27 has been called many things, from an overbuilt floating apartment to the sort of boat an adventurous sailor might choose to sail around the world. During production in th
2019 May 1

This affordable coastal cruiser has plenty of room for entertaining

The Hunter design team was listening carefully to what potential buyers had in mind in the late 1990s when it came to building the ideal racer-cruiser, with an emphasis on the latter. The result was t
2019 March 1

A roomy pocket-cruiser that’s a breeze to sail

It’s not hard to understand why the original Cal 25 appealed to so many sailors. It was relatively inexpensive, easy to maintain, comfortable below deck and fun to sail. Jensen Marine built 1,848 of
2019 January 1

This pocket cruiser and popular club racer is built for speed and comfort

Opinions vary widely when talk turns to the Tanzer 26, the Canadian-built masthead sloop that was popular in 1970s and 1980s. Some sailors contend the recreational sailboat offers just about everythin
2018 October 1

A diminutive sturdy cruiser that is capable of mighty bluewater passages

If there was ever a question about whether the Southern Cross 28 is bluewater capable, Donna Lange’s two solo circumnavigations aboard the compact cutter surely answered it. Lange sailed her 1982 In
2017 July 1

You don’t have to spend a lot to own a seaworthy and sturdy pocket cruiser

If the Balboa 26 had a motto it would echo the original marketing brochures that celebrated the boat’s ability to “go fast, go anywhere.” Designed by Lyle Hess, who in the mid-1970s would become well known for his 28-foot Bristol Channel Cutter design, the Balboa 26 fulfilled a growing demand for an economical cruising boat.
2017 June 1

Graceful, sturdy and seakindly, this Sparkman & Stephens design is an enduring classic

The Yankee 30 was one of many fiberglass boats that was affected by the global oil crisis of the 1970s, which curtailed production. The cost of resin raised boat prices above the budget of average sailors. In some cases builders simply lacked the raw materials required for construction.
2017 April 1

Pretty to look at and tough to boot, this classic cruiser makes a fine family boat

The Alberg 29 was designed by naval architect Carl Alberg and built by Nye Yachts in Canada from 1976 to 1985. The full-keel, masthead sloop was made to replace the much-admired Alberg 30, which had been in production since 1962.
2017 March 1

This rugged Carl Alberg-designed classic is a bargain-priced family cruiser

Cape Dory 28 Practicality coupled with a sense of style sums up the Cape Dory 28 sloop. This one-design, compact cruiser ranks among the more popular boats in its size and class. 
2017 February 1

This cruiser is more functional than fabulous, but offers a great value

The sales brochure from 1989 pretty much sums up the Hunter 43 Legend, noting it was designed to exceed the requirements of sailors searching for performance without sacrificing comfort.Schedule
2016 November 2

This easy-to-sail catboat makes quick work of daysails, yet is spacious enough for a weekend coastal cruise

 Clark Mills envisioned a trailerable boat that was easy to rig, simple to sail, and would draw just enough water to make it suitable for breezing across skinny water or spending the night in a gunkhole.ScheduleSchedule
2016 May 1

Marketed as an alternative to the pricier Westsail 32, this compact cruiser is capable of offshore voyageing

 The 1975 sales brochure described the Westsail 28 as a world cruiser and the boat lived up to that promise. Although only 78 hulls were built, far fewer than the impressively popular Westsail 32, most of the small cruisers are still sailing the far-flung corners of the globe. 
2016 March 1

A beautiful and rugged offshore cruiser that is perfect for a small family or a couple

 Sailors who admire the Baba 35 are quick to point out that the bluewater cruiser possesses both beauty and brawn. The full-keel, double-ended cutter was designed by naval architect Robert H. Perry. When it first splashed in 1979, the boat was dubbed the Flying Dutchman.
2016 January 25

This pint-sized daysailer and family weekender packs a lot of sailing into a small package

 Frank Butler had a dream. In July 1969, he designed and built the first Catalina 22 in North Hollywood, California. This petite, family-friendly cruising sloop was his fledgling company’s inau
2015 October 22

Charley Morgan’s early yachts look great and sail even better

 Charles “Charley” Morgan Jr. emerged as a top yacht designer and builder shortly after the 1960 launch of Paper Tiger, the 40-foot, fiberglass, centerboard yawl commissioned by New York yachtsman Jack Powell. 
2015 August 17

This compact one-design racer remains as popular as ever

 The J/24’s story reads like the script of a Disney movie. It’s 1975 and amateur boat designer Rod Johnstone is tinkering in the garage at the family’s Stonington, Connecticut, home. 

Perry on Design

  • This new cruiser has a large array of options sure to please every sailor

  • The fresh thinking behind this cruising cat results in a good looking speedster

  • This new daysailer has performance for all ages

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