Sailing Magazine - Perry on Design http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-113-1-perry-on-design.html Thu, 14 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Rapido 50 - New Morrelli and Melvin trimaran promises a speedy offshore adventure http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1922-rapido-50.html Rapido 50 - New Morrelli and Melvin trimaran promises a speedy offshore adventure
This month we have three very interesting multihulls to review—two cats and a trimaran. First is the Morrelli and Melvin-designed Rapido 50. You’ve heard me talk about my buddy Doug on the next beach with the Farrier tri. He’s thinking about a new tri with more comfort than his 27-footer and when I saw the Rapido I ...]]>
Balance 620 - Impressive design balances comfort, performance and quality in this offshore cat http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1923-balance-620.html Balance 620 - Impressive design balances comfort, performance and quality in this offshore cat
The new Balance 620 catamaran is built in South Africa at the Nexus Yachts boatyard. The design is by Anton DuToit. The target for this design is a “stretched, ultra high-speed version of the Balance 526 design.” Performance claims for the new cat are speed from “12 to 14 knots and often exceeding 20 knots.” That sounds good. The yard also o...]]>
Outremer 4X - Production catamaran with customizable interior options should appeal to many http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1924-outremer-4x.html Outremer 4X - Production catamaran with customizable interior options should appeal to many
I think it’s accurate to say that the Gunboat fleet of very fast cruising cats opened up a new market for catamaran lovers. Now it’s not just about square footage but also comfort and speed. ...]]>
HH48 - Lots of features in this smaller cat from the design table of Morelli and Melvin http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1905-hh48.html HH48 - Lots of features in this smaller cat from the design table of Morelli and Melvin
Here’s a slick looking new cat from HH Catamarans for those of you who like to sail flat.  HH cats are built in Xiamen, China, by Hudson Marine. I’ve been to Xiamen a few times. There are som...]]>
C-Yachts 42ac - Safe and sporty design for shorthanded cruising http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1906-c-yachts-42ac.html C-Yachts 42ac - Safe and sporty design for shorthanded cruising
I’m familiar with the company C-Yacht and I am familiar with the designer of this clean-looking, Dutch-built design from the Gerard Dykstra design office. Dykstra is responsible for some very beauti...]]>
Amel 50 - A fresh new look from a leading builder of offshore cruising yachts http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1907-amel-50.html Amel 50 - A fresh new look from a leading builder of offshore cruising yachts
Over the years the Amel series of boats have achieved cultlike status as offshore cruising boats. I respect the attention to detail and unique approaches to various areas of design but I have never been much of a fan. It came down to styling. I thought they were bland and uninteresting boats to look at. The new Amel 50 changes that. While there is n...]]>
Oyster 565 - This gem offers elegance and style in the most distinctive of packages http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1885-oyster-565.html Oyster 565 - This gem offers elegance and style in the most distinctive of packages

Oyster has made a name for itself as the premier builder of large semicustom cruising yachts. The designs produced in conjunction with Rob Humphreys are always superb and fit and finish is always top notch. The Oyster style has slowly evolved to keep the look of the boats very current. In short, t...

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Tartan 37 Deckhouse Sloop - This hybrid power-sailboat may be just the answer in a midsized cruiser http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1886-tartan-37-deckhouse-sloop.html Tartan 37 Deckhouse Sloop - This hybrid power-sailboat may be just the answer in a midsized cruiser

The headline on the press release for the new custom Tartan 37-foot model states, “Imagine a different cruising experience.” I think you have to. This is a very different kind of boat. It’s a bit of a hermaphrodite—half powerboat and half sailboat. Generally this is the kiss of death, but designer Tim Jackett appears...

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Island Packet 520 - A long-range cruiser that comes with an American esthetic for classic appeal http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1887-island-packet-520.html Island Packet 520 - A long-range cruiser that comes with an American esthetic for classic appeal

like this new Island Packet designed by Bob Johnson. I particularly like the profile of the cabintrunk. It reminds me of the Aldens and Albergs of the early 1960s. While there is a well-established Euro (call it modern) look to many of today’s production boats, I still think there are a lot of sailors in the United ...

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York 18 - Small family fun from Chuck Paine http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1877-york-18.html York 18 - Small family fun from Chuck Paine
For some odd reason these days I seem to be attracted to “grandpa boats.”  This new Chuck Paine designed 18-footer looks like just the ticket for me to have some fun with my grandkids, Violet and Drake. In fact it’s perfect...]]>
Geoduck (Steve's little motorsailer) - This innovative aluminum design comes from an unlikely source http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1878-geoduck-%2528steves-little-motorsailer%2529.html Geoduck (Steve's little motorsailer) - This innovative aluminum design comes from an unlikely source
I am not sure where to start telling you about my friend Steve’s skills. He has so many. I’ll just say Steve is a craftsman who can build anything. He built his own plane, he’s a commercial pilot, then designed his own floats and retractable landing gear to turn the plane into an amphibian. He inherited an aluminum 34-footer that he modified significantly after teaching himself to weld ...]]>
LA 28 - Artwork afloat in an unlikely medium http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1879-la-28.html LA 28 - Artwork afloat in an unlikely medium
Now for some contrast. For me, yacht design has always been an art and a science. You pick a target for the objective elements like boat speed and handling characteristics. Maybe you throw in some obj...]]>
Arcona 465 - This carbon fiber cruiser contains a bevy of performance features http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1867-arcona-465.html Arcona 465 - This carbon fiber cruiser contains a bevy of performance features
The new Arcona 465 is built in Sweden and designed by Arcona’s head designer Stefan Quiberg. I like pretty much everything about this boat. The target was a high-performance racer/cruiser optimized ...]]>
Baltic 67 - Customize this beauty to make a personal dream yacht http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1865-baltic-67.html Baltic 67 - Customize this beauty to make a personal dream yacht
Owning this beauty is possible. Some people might have to buy a lottery ticket but you might just win. In which case your venerable Catalina 27 might begin to look a little on the small side. Don’t fret. Baltic has the answer for you in this impressive Judel/Vrolijk designed 67-footer....]]>
Farrier F-22 - The king of the trimarans serves up 3 versions of a new model http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1866-farrier-f-22.html Farrier F-22 - The king of the trimarans serves up 3 versions of a new model
At rare times certain designers can be considered dominant in their genre. Think Doug Peterson in the early IOR days and Bruce Farr in later IOR days. This dominance seldom went outside that genre. You could argue that in Bruce Farr’s case. But when it comes to trailerable, folding trimarans for the past 25 years, maybe longer, Ian Farrier has totally dominated the scene. You think folding tri a...]]>
X-treme 32 - As extreme as its name, this cutting-edge design is meant for speed http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1851-x-treme-32.html X-treme 32 - As extreme as its name, this cutting-edge design is meant for speed
think I’ll just quote from the Reichel-Pugh press release here: “A high-performance design for inshore and offshore racing. The briefing to the Reichel-Pugh team was to develop a flat-out racer that delivers the thrill of a high-performance design as well as the ability to capture podium positions.”]]>
Lagoon 42 - Comfort and performance with key features for cruising in style http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1852-lagoon-42.html Lagoon 42 - Comfort and performance with key features for cruising in style
 The new Lagoon 42 catamaran, also from the Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost design team, makes a huge contrast to the two sportboats. This design is purely designed for comfort. ...]]>
Figaro Beneteau 3 - This foiling monohull is coming to the masses http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1853-figaro-beneteau-3.html Figaro Beneteau 3 - This foiling monohull is coming to the masses
Boy, things in the world of yacht design are moving fast, literally and figuratively. Beneteau, working with the design team of Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost, is producing what they call the first foiling production monohull....]]>
HH55 - Carbon construction sets this classy catamaran apart http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1842-hh55.html HH55 - Carbon construction sets this classy catamaran apart

This is the new Hudson Marine cat built in Xiamen, China. Xiamen is where my Flying Tiger boats were built. It is quite the yacht building center now. This new cat is aimed at high performance with an all carbon fiber build, deep daggerboards and a huge rig. 

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Sage 15 - Choose your rig and choose your adventure with this compact package http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1843-sage-15.html Sage 15 - Choose your rig and choose your adventure with this compact package

I like the term “pocket cruiser” but I have seen it applied to boats as long as 30 feet LOA. The new Sage 15, designed by Jerry Montgomery, would hardly belong in a group of 30-footers, so Sage is calling its new model a “micro cruiser.” I think that works. 

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Elan GT5 - This attractive cruiser is full of unique features above and belowdecks http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1844-elan-gt5.html Elan GT5 - This attractive cruiser is full of unique features above and belowdecks

 Here is a new boat from Elan, the first in the Gran Turismo series. The designer is Rob Humphreys, with some help from the Elan factory design team. In most cases you can read this as Humphreys did the hull, appendage and rig design, while the factory did the deck and interior. I quite like the look of the boat. The proportions are pleasant.

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Seascape 24 - With an emphasis on performance, this trailersailer should be equally nimble and simple http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1827-seascape-24.html Seascape 24 - With an emphasis on performance, this trailersailer should be equally nimble and simple

 The new 24 is based upon the work done with the 18- and 27-foot Seascapes. Initial stability is high with a very broad stern and a chine. The L/B is 2.94 and the D/L is 63.36. As far as I can tell the LOA is the DWL as it doesn’t look like there are any overhangs on this boat. It is 100% sailing length. <...

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Allures 45.9 - There are plenty of options to customize this aluminum cruiser http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1828-allures-459.html Allures 45.9 - There are plenty of options to customize this aluminum cruiser

 I’m not sure why but right now there is a real interest in aluminum  production or semi-production yachts built in Europe. I like aluminum constru...

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Wahine Lifestyle - Features abound in a spacious 26-foot package http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1829-wahine-lifestyle.html Wahine Lifestyle - Features abound in a spacious 26-foot package

 Here is a boat from a company in Florida that is very new to me. It’s a good-looking boat that would make a nice dual-purpose boat for a small family.

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X4 - A modern Danish design that offers a powerful sailplan http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1816-x4.html X4 - A modern Danish design that offers a powerful sailplan

 


 

X-Yachts is introducing a third line of boats to complement  its Xp (performance) models and Xc (cruising) models. The range will be the X series and the first one will be the X6 followed by this X4 model at 41 feet LOA. I have been a fan of the X-Yachts models for many years. Its in-house design team does a great job with both styling and performance...]]>
Dibley 21 - This slick sportboat offers speed and handling with Kiwi flair http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1817-dibley-21.html Dibley 21 - This slick sportboat offers speed and handling with Kiwi flair

Sometimes I whine about the absence of design documents in the review packages I get these days.  I want to see what the designer drew. Leave it to my buddy Kevin Dibley in New Zealand to knock me out by sending me an almost complete set of plans for his exquisite new 21-foot ...

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Feeling 13.9 - A unique underbody should make for shallow-water sailing in style and comfort http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1818-feeling-139.html Feeling 13.9 - A unique underbody should make for shallow-water sailing in style and comfort

Here is a very interesting design from Marc Lombard for the French company, Feeling. This is the first new boat I have seen from it in a few years. The promotional material says it could be a boat for “A circumnavigation in ultimate comfort.”


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J/112E - Sport meets cruiser and the result is a performance offering from J/Boats that will appeal to a range of sailors http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1806-j_112e.html J/112E - Sport meets cruiser and the result is a performance offering from J/Boats that will appeal to a range of sailors
Here is the latest J/Boats entry into the cruising boat field. I’m going to assume the design is a collaborative in-house effort like the other J/Boats. Many thanks to J/Boats for providing me with actual design drawings.  I have said this before in the reviews but the cruising boats that J/Boats has produced have always managed to echo my own thoughts on what the perfect cruising boat woul...]]>
Melges 40 - This cutting-edge design will turn heads on racing circuits worldwide http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1807-melges-40.html Melges 40 - This cutting-edge design will turn heads on racing circuits worldwide
The Melges 24 may not have been the first “sportboat” but it sure kicked the design of sportboats in the pants good and hard. The gloves came off. The new 40, designed by Botin Partners Naval Architecture, appears to be an extension of the same all or nothing approach to a 40-foot one-design sportboat. That’s a lot of sport. ...]]>
Beneteau Oceanis 35.1 - New cruiser includes a bevy of creature comforts http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1808-beneteau-oceanis-351.html Beneteau Oceanis 35.1 - New cruiser includes a bevy of creature comforts
 This new Oceanis model from Beneteau makes a very good contrast to the J112E. The biggest difference is that J/112E might be more appealing to the skipper inclined to do some racing while the Oc...]]>