Sailing Magazine - Perry on Design http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-113-1-perry-on-design.html Thu, 23 Mar 17 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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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Didden 34-foot Daysailer - Sparse details with this design, but room for quality and creative interpretation http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1758-didden-34-foot-daysailer.html Didden 34-foot Daysailer - Sparse details with this design, but room for quality and creative interpretation

I need to vent. I don’t think I have ever vented in the years of doing the reviews. Let’s give it a whirl: These are not boat reviews. These are design reviews. It would be impossible for me to actually see and sail every boat I review. Many, like this Didden 34 Daysailer, are not even built yet. Some never get built.

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wallycentro #4 - A compromise-free top-notch yacht http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1759-wallycentro-4.html wallycentro #4 - A compromise-free top-notch yacht

 I have some great drawings from Mark along with some very nice three-dimensional images of the interior layout. On a project like this, Mark would be responsible for the design of the hull, rig, appendages and deck layout. Pininfarina, a very famous name in the world of Italian design, is responsible for the design of the interior.

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Catalina 425 - Incorporating European design is a new and successful tack for a venerable American builder http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1735-catalina-425.html Catalina 425 - Incorporating European design is a new and successful tack for a venerable American builder

 Here is something new and a bit different from Gerry Douglas and his design crew at Catalina. In the past Catalina has stuck to a very conservative look that in time has distinguished it from the more contemporary or Euro-influenced designs. But with its new 425, Catalina has moved in the Euro direction a bit and is producing a boat that is aesthetically on...

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Melges 14 - Panache and power come in a speedy dinghy design http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1736-melges-14.html Melges 14 - Panache and power come in a speedy dinghy design
 I can’t imagine being a sailor and not wanting one of the new Melges 14’s. I can picture myself in this new Reichel/Pugh design rocketing across the bay, just me and my dog. All the car...]]>
Tartan 3600 - Classic design coupled with modern adaptions make for a cool cruiser http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1737-tartan-3600.html Tartan 3600 - Classic design coupled with modern adaptions make for a cool cruiser

I really like the look of this new Tartan. It reminds me of the classic Sparkman & Stephens-designed Tartan 37. 

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Club Swan 50 - All racer on deck, this cutting edge design offers comfort down below http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1721-club-swan-50.html Club Swan 50 - All racer on deck, this cutting edge design offers comfort down below

Swan considers the new Juan Kouyoumdjian (aka Juan K) design the “cutting edge of contemporary yacht design.” Seems like the company has used all the buzz words, and from the look of the boat, I’d say it was warranted. This is a very exciting looking design.


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