Sailing Magazine - Perry on Design http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-113-1-perry-on-design.html Mon, 01 Jun 20 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Dufour 530 - With customizable options galore, this cruiser will be comfortable for a crowd http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2186-dufour-530.html Dufour 530 - With customizable options galore, this cruiser will be comfortable for a crowd
The newest boat in the Dufour line is the 530 designed by Felci Yacht Design. When I review a new boat I look for some defining feature that sets it apart from the competition. In this case we have a ...]]>
Acrona 345 - This handsome design packs all you need for family cruising http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2185-acrona-345.html Acrona 345 - This handsome design packs all you need for family cruising
This is the newest boat from the Arcona yard in Gustavsberg, Sweden. I think it is the perfect size for family cruising. Nothing is overwhelming. Space is tight but you can get everything you need in ...]]>
Wylie 60 - Blending out-of-the-box thinking with custom elements, this daysailer is a super speedster http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2183-wylie-60.html Wylie 60 - Blending out-of-the-box thinking with custom elements, this daysailer is a super speedster
I’ve known Tom Wylie for a long time. I once owned a boat he designed, a Wylie Wabbit—24 feet of thrills and spills. Tom has always been an original thinker. When just about every designer was doi...]]>
Catalina 545 - This large family cruiser has all the bells and whistles for Catalina fans http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2184-catalina-545.html Catalina 545 - This large family cruiser has all the bells and whistles for Catalina fans
I received a very nice design package from Gerry Douglas, head designer at Catalina Yachts. I think I may have reviewed more Catalina models than any other manufacturer in the many years I have b...]]>
Oyster 565 - This passagemaker is packed with style and comfort for cruising http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2170-oyster-565.html Oyster 565 - This passagemaker is packed with style and comfort for cruising
This month we are going to look at two large cruising boats: the Hylas 60 and the Oyster 565. They share a target market and a general  approach to styling and hull shape. The numbers are so clos...]]>
Hylas 60 - The beautifully designed cruiser can go the distance for a couple or a crowd http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2171-hylas-60.html Hylas 60 - The beautifully designed cruiser can go the distance for a couple or a crowd
Now let’s look at what German Frers does with a very similar design challenge. Sitting side by side at the dock the two boats would be nearly identical except for some subtle styling differences. LO...]]>
Eagle Class 53 - With America’s Cup trickledown technology, this daysailing-buoy racing catamaran can fly http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2157-eagle-class-53.html Eagle Class 53 - 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...]]>
Tartan 245 - This daysailer fills the niche for simple sailing and offers a stable platform for learning to sail http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2158-tartan-245.html Tartan 245 - 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, ...]]>
X4 0 - A sleek design that marries the best of both cruising and racing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2146-x4-0.html X4 0 - 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...]]>
Pegasus 50 - A cleverly designed offshore cruiser that has an interior layout for all kinds of sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2147-pegasus-50.html Pegasus 50 - 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...]]>
Vismara 68 - This powerful racer has an interior that is comfy enough for cruising http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2139-vismara-68.html Vismara 68 - 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...]]>
Beneteau First 53 - Combining performance with a luxe interior, this performance cruiser is ready for the open sea http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2140-beneteau-first-53.html Beneteau First 53 - 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...]]>
Hallberg-Rassy 40C - This modern offshore cruiser has serious sea legs http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2119-hallberg-rassy-40c.html Hallberg-Rassy 40C - 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...]]>
Voyager DS 440 - This offshore cruising design is a kit for the home builder http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2120-voyager-ds-440.html Voyager DS 440 - 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 ...]]>
Allures 40.9 - Built in aluminum, this centerboarder is ready for thin-water cruising http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2111-allures-409.html Allures 40.9 - 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...]]>
Gunfleet 43 - his sexy-looking center-cockpit cruiser is built to last http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2112-gunfleet-43.html Gunfleet 43 - 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...]]>
J/99 - This sexy offshore racer-cruiser has plenty of power for racing combined with simple cruising comfort http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2095-j_99.html J/99 - 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...]]>
Corsair 880 - This new folding racer- cruiser is primed to take over the title of most popular trimaran from its predecessor http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2096-corsair-880.html Corsair 880 - 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...]]>
Ventura 2300 - Trailerability is the key to this motorsailer http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2097-ventura-2300.html Ventura 2300 - 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...]]>
Lagoon 46 - This cleverly designed catamaran is ready for cruising http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2092-lagoon-46.html Lagoon 46 - 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...]]>
Leopard 50L - Good looking and comfortable, this cruising catamaran provides excellent performance for island sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2093-leopard-50l.html Leopard 50L - 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...]]>
Empowerment 52 - A catamaran designed to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act gets its owners back on the water http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2094-empowerment-52.html Empowerment 52 - 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...]]>
Amel 60 - This French cruiser sets a unique course for offshore sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2076-amel-60.html Amel 60 - 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...]]>
Oceanis 30.1 - This entry-level family cruiser has packed in everything for fun sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2077-oceanis-301.html Oceanis 30.1 - 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...]]>
Expedition Yacht Qilak 2 - If cruising to the ends of the Earth is your goal, this is your boat http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2066-expedition-yacht-qilak-2.html Expedition Yacht Qilak 2 - 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’...]]>
Swan 54 - Straight from Finland, the latest elegant family cruiser is teeming with comfort and high style http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2067-swan-54.html Swan 54 - 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...]]>
Tartan 395 - This family cruiser has classic American styling and plenty of creature comforts http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2056-tartan-395.html Tartan 395 - 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...]]>
Xp 55 - A big fast cruiser that has everything you need to sail in comfort and style http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2057-xp-55.html Xp 55 - 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...]]>
Hylas 48 - This rugged, comfortable cruiser has plenty of performance to make quick passages http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2035-hylas-48.html Hylas 48 - 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...]]>
Sou'wester 53 - With a Down East bloodline, this cruiser can also make the most of sunny Caribbean sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2036-souwester-53.html Sou'wester 53 - 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 ...]]>