Sailing Magazine - Perry on Design http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-113-1-perry-on-design.html Sun, 19 Aug 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Surfari 50 - A unique cruiser that is made for fun in the sun and Jimmy Buffett http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1998-surfari-50.html Surfari 50 - A unique cruiser that is made for fun in the sun and Jimmy Buffett
This new boat from designer Ted Fontaine and built by Pacific Seacraft in North Carolina has been getting a lot of attention lately. This could be due to the fact that hull No. 1 was built for singer ...]]>
Dufour 390 - This new French cruiser has a beautiful deck design and commodious accommodations http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1999-dufour-390.html Dufour 390 - This new French cruiser has a beautiful deck design and commodious accommodations
have been aware of the Dufour line of boats for longer than I can remember. I even sailed a Chicago-Mackinac race 44 years ago on a Dufour Arpege. We were the slowest boat in the race. But that’s another story. This new Dufour, an Umberto Felci design, is a great example of the extreme proportions that Europeans are using in order to get ma...]]>
Pelegrin - A seaworthy pocket-cruiser that is a perfect project for the home builder http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2000-pelegrin.html Pelegrin - A seaworthy pocket-cruiser that is a perfect project for the home builder
I  have been following the design work of John Welsford for some time now. His SCAMP design caught my attention and it has become quite a popular class in the Pacific Northwest. It’s hard not to like pocket-cruisers but so many of them appear to me to be “toy boats” and not the kind of boat I would want to sail. John’s designs escape this type and are capable little vessels that perfo...]]>
Buppy Boat 61 - This offshore cruiser meets the demands of the Pacific Northwest and its curmudgeonly owner http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1985-buppy-boat-61.html Buppy Boat 61 - This offshore cruiser meets the demands of the Pacific Northwest and its curmudgeonly owner
When design commissions slow down I like to keep working so I pass the time being my own client and drawing what I think I would like. Recently, when I had some time on my hands, I took my 43-foot car...]]>
MX Cat 88 Volante - A way-out-of-the-box cruising catamaran has no speed limit http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1986-mx-cat-88-volante.html MX Cat 88 Volante - A way-out-of-the-box cruising catamaran has no speed limit
Vlad Murnikov and I have been friends for many years. I met Vlad shortly after he set up shop in the U.S. following his 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race adventure on Fazisi, an 82-foot radical offs...]]>
Najad 395 - This new Swedish cruiser has a lot packed into 40 feet http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1974-najad-395.html Najad 395 - This new Swedish cruiser has a lot packed into 40 feet
This new Najad is promoted as a “mini superyacht.” That sounds ambitious with 39 feet 4 inches of LOA.  The design is from the Farr office with styling by Ken Freivokh. Most of you will be u...]]>
Maxus EVO 24 - A weekender with a surprisingly roomy interior http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1973-maxus-evo-24.html Maxus EVO 24 - A weekender with a surprisingly roomy interior
We don’t get too many boats to review from Poland but here is a new 24-footer from the Northman Shipyard. The designer is Jacek Daszkiewicz, who is part of an in-house design team at the yard that u...]]>
Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 - New flagship for the Oceanis line has speed and comfort in a stylish package http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1975-beneteau-oceanis-511.html Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 - New flagship for the Oceanis line has speed and comfort in a stylish package
The Oceanis 51.1 is the new queen of the Beneteau Oceanis series. The design is by Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design with deck and interior by Nauta Design. This is a big boat and it comes with enough opt...]]>
Hallberg-Rassy 57 - With a German Frers pedigree, this offshore cruiser has both speed and comfort http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1963-hallberg-rassy-57.html Hallberg-Rassy 57 - With a German Frers pedigree, this offshore cruiser has both speed and comfort
The new Hallberg-Rassy designed by German Frers falls into the “dream boat” category for most of us. Personally I dream of much smaller boats, but if I were to dream about a big boat, I think this...]]>
Saffier SE 37 - This daysailer has everything you need for an afternoon sail http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1964-saffier-se-37.html Saffier SE 37 - This daysailer has everything you need for an afternoon sail
Let’s say you want a comfortable daysailer that represents modern design trends. This design by Satellite Yacht Design in the Netherlands and built by the Hennevanger family tries to tick off all th...]]>
IC37 by Melges - This new rocket is sure to catch fire in Canada’s Cup and one-design fleets http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1957-ic37-by-melges.html IC37 by Melges - This new rocket is sure to catch fire in Canada’s Cup and one-design fleets
My friend Mark Mills designed the new IC37 by Melges and it has been chosen as the boat for the next Canada’s Cup. That’s a good way to focus a lot of attention on a new race boat. Mark seems to be having his way with race boats these days. He’s been quite successful over a wide size range. His designs are very fast and very good looking. At 3...]]>
Kraken 50 - This well-appointed offshore cruiser is made to cross oceans in style http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1953-kraken-50.html Kraken 50 - This well-appointed offshore cruiser is made to cross oceans in style
Kevin Dibley, the designer of the new Kraken 50, is an old mate of mine and always provides me with enough “meat” to the design to allow me to do an accurate review. For that I  am grateful. This new luxury cruising boat is built in China by Hansheng Yachts and is designed to combine comfort and performance. We hear that all the time but in...]]>
Astus 20.5 - This lightweight trimaran has speed in a pocket-cruising package http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1954-astus-205.html Astus 20.5 - This lightweight trimaran has speed in a pocket-cruising package

Astus Boats out of France has a niche market. It has been very successful building a series of small, collapsible, very lightweight trimarans. These are the kinds of boats you could easily tow behind a small car like my Subaru. 


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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440 - With walk-around decks and an innovative interior this new cruiser has started a comfort revolution http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1955-jeanneau-sun-odyssey-440.html Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440 - With walk-around decks and an innovative interior this new cruiser has started a comfort revolution
Here is a new model for the Sun Odyssey line by Jeanneau. By now the look should be familiar to you. There are minimal overhangs, high freeboard, flat sheer, a chine aft and an artfully contoured, sleek, low-windage deck.  But th...]]>
X4⁹ - A contemporary-styled cruiser with a focus on performance http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1938-x4%25E2%2581%25B9.html X4⁹ - A contemporary-styled cruiser with a focus on performance
The X-Yachts have long been one of my favorite European production boatbuilders. Given the trends of today, i.e. modern Euro-type styling, comfort and convenience mixed with some performance, I see X-Yachts as always one step ahead of its competition. The design work is in-house and led by Nils Jepsesen. The new X49 is a 49-foot 6-in...]]>
Grand Soleil 34 - Moderately sized racer-cruiser is a reinvention of a classic design http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1939-grand-soleil-34.html Grand Soleil 34 - Moderately sized racer-cruiser is a reinvention of a classic design
This new Grand Soleil model is an attempt to produce a boat with the same impact that the previous Finot-designed GS34 had. More than 300 of the early 34s were built. But to replicate that success takes more than good design and build. It takes good timing and an element of good fortune. The new 34 is designed by a team with Skyron doing the naval a...]]>
Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 42 - Modern design capitalizes on a bright and airy layout http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1940-wauquiez-pilot-saloon-42.html Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 42 - Modern design capitalizes on a bright and airy layout
This very nice looking sloop was designed by Berret-Racoupeau and is built by Wauquiez. Here we see the design pendulum swing hard to the comfort side of the scale. I would call this a raised saloon configuration with an aft cockpit. If you are tired of dark and gloomy interiors, this is the boat for you....]]>
J/121 - Water-ballasted speedster offers performance and comfort with a small crew http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1935-j_121.html J/121 - Water-ballasted speedster offers performance and comfort with a small crew
The new J/121 is an extension of the formula used for the J/70. The idea was to develop a fast 40-footer that could be cruised or raced with a small crew, meaning five or fewer people. Racing would be organized with strict one-design rules and the J/Boats people have a lot of experience and success with this format. I see the boat as good all around and particularly a fun cruising boat for mom and...]]>
Infiniti 56c - Farr’s cruising design with performance features for the foiling-focused http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1936-infiniti-56c.html Infiniti 56c - Farr’s cruising design with performance features for the foiling-focused
Here is a high-performance cruising boat from the Farr office in Annapolis. As the promotional material says, “We are entering the age of foil-assisted sailing.”  ...]]>
Boréal 47 - An aluminum hull holds useful attributes http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1937-boreal-47.html Boréal 47 - An aluminum hull holds useful attributes

Here is a very interesting boat from the French builder Boréal. It’s 44 feet on deck and 47 feet 9 inches overall. What makes this boat unusual is the fact that it’s built in aluminum using a multichine hull form. On top of that it has a centerboard that reduces draft from 8 feet 3 inches to ...

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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...]]>