Sailing Magazine - Boat Test http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-119-1-boat-test.html Sun, 19 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Powerful passagemaker - With sleek, modern looks this cruiser is kitted out for long voyages at a quick pace http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1831-powerful-passagemaker.html Powerful passagemaker - With sleek, modern looks this cruiser is kitted out for long voyages at a quick pace

 At first glance, the 54 is an impressive boat. Its contemporary look is apparent in the plumb bow and a nearly flat sheer, and the raised bulwark reduces the visual height of the cabinhouse but accentuates the high freeboard. Overall, this gives the boat a strong modern look. 

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Superyacht Style http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1809-superyacht-style.html Superyacht Style
The Jeanneau 64—the French builder’s new flagship built in its state-of-the-art facility—and I go way back. I happened to be visiting the plant in late 2013 when the very first 64 was making its way down the production line. ...]]>
Ready to Rumble - Cleverly designed and easy to sail, this cruising cat is set for adventure http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1796-ready-to-rumble.html Ready to Rumble - Cleverly designed and easy to sail, this cruising cat is set for adventure
The Miami Boat Show is a catamaran sailor’s fantasy venue. Leading multihull manufacturers from around the world display not just their latest models, but in many cases their full range of boats. There’s no denying that spacious cruising cats with their mix of outdoor and indoor living spaces are ideal for tropical waters and the palm-tree-lined Miami setting is apropos. Every year we review a...]]>
Good vibrations - Beneteau’s newest 41-footer redefines the cruiser-racer concept with a harmony of elegant styling, bold hull design and an easy-to-sail rig http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1778-good-vibrations.html Good vibrations - Beneteau’s newest 41-footer redefines the cruiser-racer concept with a harmony of elegant styling, bold hull design and an easy-to-sail rig

Beneteau introduced its latest model at the Strictly Sail Miami boat show in February, and while the sleek Oceanis 41.1 had a steady stream of admirers, dreamers and serious buyers, I confess it left me feeling just a bit nostalgic.

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A modern thoroughbred - This German cruiser, a result of fresh thinking along with expert design and construction, is ready for the open ocean http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1678-a-modern-thoroughbred.html A modern thoroughbred - This German cruiser, a result of fresh thinking along with expert design and construction, is ready for the open ocean

Hanse thinks big. The German company, one of the world’s premier production builders, currently produces five models larger than 40 feet, and its new flagship, the 675, is nearly 70 feet. A recent test of the 575 found a collage of modern design, fresh thinking and exhilarating performance.

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High-caliber cruising - The Gunboat 55 takes cruising to a higher level of innovation, speed and elegance http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1651-high-caliber-cruising.html High-caliber cruising - The Gunboat 55 takes cruising to a higher level of innovation, speed and elegance
The Gunboat 55 makes a powerful impact, but it is easy to get the wrong impression of this intriguing new model from Peter Johnstone and the crew at Gunboat International. Sure, the shapely hulls and stealthy deck lines cause necks to crane at boat shows. And it’s a Nigel Irens design so t...]]>
Boat Test: J/88 - The latest midsized racer-cruiser from J/Boats offers exhilarating performance in a family-friendly package http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1606-boat-test-j_88.html Boat Test: J/88 - The latest midsized racer-cruiser from J/Boats offers exhilarating performance in a family-friendly package
I have been fortunate to sail most models in the J/Boat family and I confess, I like them all. The new J/88 is an ideal blend of what makes the J/Boat brand so enduring. ...]]>
Bavaria Cruiser 46 - This German-built cruiser, with its blend of fresh thinking and solid engineering, can take a family to new horizons http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1579-bavaria-cruiser-46.html Bavaria Cruiser 46 - This German-built cruiser, with its blend of fresh thinking and solid engineering, can take a family to new horizons
The new Cruiser 46 from German boatbuilder Bavaria Yachts is poised to shake up the big-boat cruising market on this side of the Atlantic. A sleek Farr design packed with fresh thinking and sound engineering, the Cruiser 46 is a terrific value. It is hard to fathom that a boat of this size and quality, and fully outfitt...]]>
C&C 30 - The new 30-foot rocketship continues C&C's racing focus with high performance born of high tech http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1560-cc-30.html C&C 30 - The new 30-foot rocketship continues C&C's racing focus with high performance born of high tech
If you’ve ever imagined steering a rocketship but had your dreams dampened because you’re not a NASA astronaut, I have good news for you. The new C&C 30 one-design race boat provides fast acceleration, light-air performance and so much exhilaration you’ll be convinced this is exactly how it feels to hurtle through space as the hull planes across the water. And it doesn’t take long to g...]]>
Beneteau Oceanis 38 - Beneteau’s new 38-footer gives buyers options to customize a boat that comes with sparkling performance and stylish design http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1494-beneteau-oceanis-38.html Beneteau Oceanis 38 - Beneteau’s new 38-footer gives buyers options to customize a boat that comes with sparkling performance and stylish design
There was a time when only the largest production boats were customizable. But why should only owners of big boats get what they really want in an affordable production boat? Beneteau recognized owners’ desires to have the boat they want, without much compromise, regardless of its size, and in doing so have managed to create a 38-foot boat that sails and feels like a much bigger boat....]]>
Easy does it - The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 packs a big-boat punch with innovative features, a spacious interior and easy-to-sail speed http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1657-easy-does-it.html Easy does it - The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 packs a big-boat punch with innovative features, a spacious interior and easy-to-sail speed
The latest addition to Jeanneau’s venerable Sun Odyssey line is a prime example of why buying a new boat in today’s market makes good sense. The new 349 is brimming with innovative design features that enhance sailing performance while emphasizing user friendliness on deck and shamelessly exploiting creature comforts below. From twin rudders and wheels, to an efficient mainsheet bridle system,...]]>
Hanse 505 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1462-hanse-505.html Hanse 505

 

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Catalina 275 Sport http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1451-catalina-275-sport.html Catalina 275 Sport
Easy breezy fun Fun, fast and easy to sail, this latest Catalina weekender and club racer puts the zip back into sailing The day after the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, Catalina Yachts' Gerry Douglas was in his element, hoisting and trimming sails aboard the company's brand-new 275 Sport, a club racer and daysailer-weekender that is a faster, redesigned Catalina 27. The...]]>
Beneteau Oceanis 55 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1415-beneteau-oceanis-55.html Beneteau Oceanis 55
Magic carpet rideAll the creature comforts wrapped in a sweet sailing ride are found in the latest cruiser from the world's largest sailboat builder This latest addition to Beneteau's long running Oceanis Series just may be the most impressive model yet from the world's largest sailboat manufacturer. From the commodious cockpit that seamlessly mixes comfort and control, to the powerful 7/8th ri...]]>
Blue Jacket 40 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1392-blue-jacket-40.html Blue Jacket 40
Rhapsody in blueA collaborative effort from experts in cruising comfort and performance results in a 40-footer that is easy to sail and quick on its feet Collaboration can be a powerful thing as found especially when two of America's favorite yacht designers started with a clean sheet of paper to create the Blue Jacket 40. The design challenge was to "create a yacht with a performance pedigre...]]>
Lagoon 39 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1361-lagoon-39.html Lagoon 39
Next gen cat This French cruising catamaran's design is leaps and bounds above earlier multihulls Some might question why the brain trust at Lagoon would decide to build a new model that at first glance seems to compete with one of the most successful offshore catamarans of all time, the Lagoon 380, which is fast approaching hull No. 700. A closer inspection provides the answer: The new Lagoon 3...]]>
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 469 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1353-jeanneau-sun-odyssey-469.html Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 469
Nimble and quick Intelligent engineering produces a great looking and efficient cruiser that's ready for the unexpected There is no disputing that the new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 469 is a very nimble boat. I had this demonstrated to me by Jeanneau America President Paul Fenn, who was at the helm during our recent test sail after the Strictly Sail Miami show. We were motoring out of the lumpy an...]]>
Beneteau Oceanis 48 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1315-beneteau-oceanis-48.html Beneteau Oceanis 48
Cruising in styleDesigned with French flair and a mindful eye to easy sailing, this new Beneteau is ready for serious cruisingThe new Beneteau Oceanis 48 blends fresh thinking, French design flare and, most importantly, proven Beneteau engineering. And judging from a personal survey last summer, when I observed a bevy of new Oceanis 48s in marinas all around the Mediterranean, the world's largest ...]]>
Bavaria Vision 46 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1311-bavaria-vision-46.html Bavaria Vision 46
Beauty and brawnThis latest result of German engineering and Bruce Farr design is a fast, state-of-the-art cruiserIt was perfect weather to test sail the Farr-designed Bavaria Vision 46. A moderate breeze out of the northwest off Annapolis, Maryland, made for flat water, and the fact that it was a Wednesday in October meant that there was little other traffic on the Chesapeake Bay. The few sailor...]]>
Hanse 415 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1293-hanse-415.html Hanse 415
Fast and furious funThe latest performance cruiser from Germany is loaded with bells and whistles for comfortable, fast cruisingAlate summer wind was blowing 17 knots and gusting to 26 across Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay, but the Hanse 415 stood tall and happily surfed the cresting waves. We tested the German-built Hanse 415 on a warm September day immediately following the annual Newport Boat ...]]>
Harbor 30 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1289-harbor-30.html Harbor 30
Easy does itThis classy new daysailer and weekender keeps sailing simple with thoughtful design and classic looksI fully expected the Harbor 30 to be an expanded version of the Harbor 20. Now granted, I am a big fan of the Harbor 20, or "Ocean 20" as we nicknamed it in Santa Barbara because the fleet bluewater races this small boat even when it's blowing. It's simple to rig and sail, and stable wi...]]>
Sun Odyssey 509 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1243-sun-odyssey-509.html Sun Odyssey 509
Born to runWith world class style in an affordable package, this latest performance cruiser is turning heads with its speed and graceThe new Jeanneau 509 may be the most intriguing boat yet from award-winning designer Philippe Briand. The 509 stretches standard design parameters and nudges the status quo without the need to broadcast the fact with a garish design statement that screams, "Look at m...]]>
Beneteau Sense 43 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1202-beneteau-sense-43.html Beneteau Sense 43
Sense and SensibilitySleek, fast and sensible, this latest midsized cruiser embodies fresh thinking and smart design The Beneteau Sense 43 was introduced at last year's Miami Boat Show, and like its larger sister the Sense 50, it made a quite a splash. And a well-deserved splash at that, because Beneteau, the world's largest sailboat company, is making a bold attempt to reinvigorate the sta...]]>
J/111: The new sprit http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1130-j_111-the-new-sprit.html J/111: The new sprit
An update of the design J/Boats made famous amps up the fun factor and gets you on the water faster When the Johnstone boatbuilding family came up with the concept for their new J/111 speedster, ease of getting underway played a key role in deciding on the design. Since Jeff and Stuart Johnstone comprise the J/Boats marketing team, through self-testing and customer feedback they've come to know...]]>
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1079-jeanneau-sun-odyssey-409.html Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409
The chine shines and so does the style and handling of this high-tech cruiserThe sailing industry is on the rebound and it's not due to a government bailout. Builders are beginning to prosper again by making better and more affordable boats-it's pretty simple really. Recent new models from leading manufacturers represent an impressive commitment to quality, innovation and value. A case in point is...]]>
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1067-jeanneau-sun-odyssey-409.html Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409
The chine shines and so does the style and handling of this high-tech cruiser The sailing industry is on the rebound and it's not due to a government bailout. Builders are beginning to prosper again by making better and more affordable boats-it's pretty simple really. Recent new models from leading manufacturers represent an impressive commitment to quality, innovation and value. A case in point ...]]>
Catalina 355 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1036-catalina-355.html Catalina 355
American Ingenuity with Style This was clearly one of the boats I liked best at the recent Strictly Sail Miami Show. Although manufacturers are offering a host of mid-30-foot multipurpose boats as the sailboat market continues to come back to life, the Catalina 355 stands out from the pack. It's a handsome, well-proportioned boat of moderate beam and freeboard. The fairly low-slung cabintrunk com...]]>
Beneteau Oceanis 50 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-992-beneteau-oceanis-50.html Beneteau Oceanis 50
Nicely appointed, spirited sailer mark this latest French cruiser It's surprising how much you can learn about a boat in little or no wind. Usually boat tests are conducted in man-against-the-elements breezes, rail down and hauling bananas. When I sailed the new Beneteau Oceanis 50, however, we had just the opposite. In meteorological terms, the wind was diddly-squat. But here's the thing: the ...]]>
Smooth Operator http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1174-smooth-operator.html Smooth Operator
The late yacht designer Olin Stephens once eschewed going barefoot on deck, insisting boat shoes were necessary to keep sailors from stubbing their toes on unforgiving hardware. He might have thought differently had he stepped aboard the Swan 66FD. Besides the boat's obviously strong build, among the first things to impress a visitor are the clean lines and flush deck. Absent are protruding hatch ...]]>
Arcona 340 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-963-arcona-340.html Arcona 340
Swedish styling and speed successfully combine in this new racer-cruiser Arcona Yachts is relatively unknown in the United States, but it has developed quite a following in Europe. The Arcona 430 won the 2009 European Yacht of the Year, and all of its models are well respected on both the race course and in far-flung cruising anchorages. Arcona builds yachts in Kungshamn, Sweden, and it opened...]]>