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2019 November 1

This daysailer fills the niche for simple sailing and offers a stable platform for learning to sail

Ilike this quote from the promotional material that came with this Tim Jackett-designed Tartan 245. “Although there may be no such thing as the perfect daysailer, that’s not our decision to make,
2019 November 1

With America’s Cup trickledown technology, this daysailing-buoy racing catamaran can fly

There are lots of ways we can enjoy sailing. I think there is a boat for just about everybody. My neighbor bought a John Welsford Scamp this summer. It’s a 12-foot pram with a lug rig. This is his f
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 October 1

A cleverly designed offshore cruiser that has an interior layout for all kinds of sailing

The Pegasus 50 is built in Slovenia and designed by Marine Designs. This is not a new yard. It has produced many yachts and has recently started to build in carbon fiber. I can’t find any mention in
2019 October 1

A sleek design that marries the best of both cruising and racing

Here’s a new 40-footer from our friends at X-Yachts in Denmark. The design is from the in-house X-Yachts Design Team. Given the X-Yachts tradition of fast boats, I think it’s safe to assume this w
2019 September 1

Combining performance with a luxe interior, this performance cruiser is ready for the open sea

Here’s a new boat for Beneteau’s First series. The hull design is by Biscontini Yacht Design and the layout and deck design is by Lorenzo Argento.  Like the Mark Mills 68, the design target i
2019 September 1

This powerful racer has an interior that is comfy enough for cruising

For my money, some of the most exciting designs being produced today come from the office of my old friend Mark Mills working in County Wicklow, Ireland.  Mark produces high-performance racing y
2019 August 1

This offshore cruising design is a kit for the home builder

We can talk about this boat later. First I want to talk about Bruce Roberts. There are several ways you can be a yacht designer, Bruce chose his own way. Born in Victoria, Australia, Bruce opened his
2019 August 1

This modern offshore cruiser has serious sea legs

The new Hallberg-Rassy models designed by German Frers are always fun to review. I get a wry smile when I look at the new designs considering what HRs looked like 45 years ago when my Valiant 40 was i
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 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

The latest French-designed, American-built cruiser has plenty of power in a stylish package

Beneteau has long had the ability to put the go-fast into sailboats, with many of the boats in its First line winning offshore and inshore races. It even launched the foiling Figaro 3. Cushy comforts
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

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  • Combining performance with a luxe interior, this performance cruiser is ready for the open sea

  • With America’s Cup trickledown technology, this daysailing-buoy racing catamaran can fly

  • This daysailer fills the niche for simple sailing and offers a stable platform for learning to sail

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