Sailing Magazine - Perry on Design http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-113-1-perry-on-design.html Fri, 28 Apr 17 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Maine Cat 38 - This sleek cruising cat is perfect for tradewind sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1793-maine-cat-38.html Maine Cat 38 - This sleek cruising cat is perfect for tradewind sailing
 My son took my 4-year-old granddaughter sailing in our new dinghy for the first time last weekend. I asked her, “Did you like sailing, Violet?” She said, “Yes, but I didn’t like tipping....]]>
Explocat 52 - Flexible layouts and good speed potential are the hallmarks of this cat http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1794-explocat-52.html Explocat 52 - Flexible layouts and good speed potential are the hallmarks of this cat
 To my eye, designer Pierre Delion designed the Explocat with comfort in mind. The D/L is 133 and that indicates a boat of “medium” displacement. But a warning here. The displacement listed i...]]>
Discovery 21 - This folding trimaran should make for thrilling sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1795-discovery-21.html Discovery 21 - This folding trimaran should make for thrilling sailing
 I can’t remember when I did not associate the name Chris White with offshore multihulls. Chris has always had his own approach and he has been successful with it. Chris is probably best k...]]>
Four decades of Perry on Design http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1782-four-decades-of-perry-on-design.html Four decades of Perry on Design

 Four decades ago, yacht designer Robert H. Perry challenged a review of one of his designs that had been published in SAILING Magazine, saying he could do a better j...

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Valiant 40 - The performance cruiser that defined the category and sparked a career http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1783-valiant-40.html Valiant 40 - The performance cruiser that defined the category and sparked a career

 


 

chose the Valiant for the cruising category because it is generally considered the boat that began the move to “performance cruisers.” There were plenty of fast cruising boats before the Valiant but I think the Valiant is remembered for a couple of reasons. The term “perfo...]]>
Santa Cruz 70 - The first and second child of the ULDB movement and the wizard Bill Lee http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1784-santa-cruz-70.html Santa Cruz 70 - The first and second child of the ULDB movement and the wizard Bill Lee

 Now we come to the boat I chose as the most noteworthy racing boat of the last 50 years. This was a hard choice. I chose Bill Lee’s design Merlin

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F-27 - This folding sailboat reached a new class of sailors and continues to attract attention today http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1785-f-27.html F-27 - This folding sailboat reached a new class of sailors and continues to attract attention today

 I remember my first sail on a multihull. It was 1963 and the boat was a 17-foot Cougar Cat owned by some friends. At that time there were a few one-design cat classes starting up but none really caught on until Hobie started building his cats. But cruising multihulls would remain scarce for many more years. There were various designers promoting catama...

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J/24 - The boat that brought families and friends together on the racecourse before anyone thought to call them sportboats http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1786-j_24.html J/24 - The boat that brought families and friends together on the racecourse before anyone thought to call them sportboats

 Forty years ago Rod Johnstone built a boat in his garage. He did his own design work. It took Rod 17 months to finish the build and in May 1976 Ragtime

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MC 31 - This one-design speedster is sporty and sleek, with lots of sail area for sizzle http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1764-mc-31.html MC 31 - This one-design speedster is sporty and sleek, with lots of sail area for sizzle

The MC31 one-design, built by McConaghy Boats in Australia, looks to be a very fast boat. The design is most interesting but I really had to dig through the company’s material to find the designer’s name, Harry Dunning. 

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Marlow-Hunter 47 - Comfortable, shoal-water sailing is on the agenda for this family cruiser http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1765-marlow-hunter-47.html Marlow-Hunter 47 - Comfortable, shoal-water sailing is on the agenda for this family cruiser

 Here’s a handsome, raised saloon-type design from Marlow-Hunter. This general configuration has been gaining in popularity for many years. I can remember the first time my wife went below on one of my early raised-saloon boats. She looked around and said, “I don’t know why all boats aren’t like this.” Wives are so honest.

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Salona 35 - A dual-purpose design that doesn't sacrifice good looks http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1766-salona-35.html Salona 35 - A dual-purpose design that doesn't sacrifice good looks
The Salona 35 is built in Croatia and was designed by the Slovenian design team J&J. This is a very nice looking boat in the genre of the true dual-purpose boat. You can race this boat or you can cruise this boat. It is designed to be well suited to both uses. Kind of the way Islanders, Pearsons and Ericsons were back in the 1970s. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?...]]>
Saffier SC 6.50 Cruise - Dutch class and comfort come together in a small but fun package http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1757-saffier-sc-650-cruise.html Saffier SC 6.50 Cruise - Dutch class and comfort come together in a small but fun package

 For some reason, lately I seem to be drawn to designs that can be comfortably operated by an old man. It’s a hard reality to face but my days of hanging on a trapeze or hiking in almost any form are behind me. Today I need a boat that I can sit in and not on. 

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