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2020 November 1

With clever interior design, this new cruising cat feels bigger than 42 feet

Leopard Catamarans has 25 years of cruising catamaran experience. The result is this new 42-foot model that builds off the success of the Leopard 40 model along with advances in styling made with the
2020 November 1

This elegant cruising catamaran has speed and sailability

The French catamaran builder Catana started building cruising cats 20 years ago, and at that time, cruising cats were far from mainstream. If you went to the Annapolis boat show back then you might se
2020 October 1

When a designer takes on a crowd as a client, the result is an offshore cruiser that pleases the masses

I was cruising through Facebook one morning and I saw a post that referenced a “Robert Perry Yacht Design Fan Club.” I thought it must be a joke, so I did a search. I found a very well-compos
2020 September 1

This new cruiser has a large array of options sure to please every sailor

Here’s a new Beneteau Oceanis model that ticks all the boxes. About the only thing I can see that’s not offered is a hard dodger and that would be hard to work in with this deck plan. The thing th
2020 September 1

The fresh thinking behind this cruising cat results in a good looking speedster

This new catamaran was designed by VPLP with an interior design from Patrick Le Quement. Like almost all cruising cats the profile is a bit brutal and this is a function of pulling all the beam—21 f
2020 August 1

This new daysailer has performance for all ages

If my buddy calls and invited me for a sail aboard his new daysailer I think I have a pretty good idea what to expect and how to prepare for the day. I’d bring some bottled water, sunscreen, a sandw
2020 August 1

With elan and speed, this luxury daysailer will turn heads

We have two high-performance daysailers to review this month. Both boats are promoted as daysailers, which begs the question: “Exactly what is a daysailer?” Is it a boat you sail during the day? A
2020 June 1

This expedition schooner has the right stuff for high-latitude sailing

Every month I pester my editor Greta, “Find me something interesting. Find me something I can sink my teeth into.” Well, this month she has outdone herself. Thanks Greta. I think the most fun for
2020 May 1

This stylish ketch is designed for work and play

I get some unusual design commissions but this is the first time another yacht designer has asked me to design a boat for him. Rob Leighton­—I call him Capt. Rob—is an accomplished yacht des
2020 May 1

With speed and comfort, this catamaran can be build built by a home builder

Here’s an unusual catamaran project from my old friend Dudley Dix. It’s unusual because the client was Phil Harvey, builder of the Gunboat cats in South Africa, Dudley’s previous home. Dudley an
2020 April 1

A designer found the perfect client in creating a comfortable, powerful daysailer

Ithink it was about eight years ago when I heard that Chuck Paine had retired. I was incredulous. How do you walk away from your life? I called Chuck and found him a bit bitter due to the complication
2020 April 1

This junk-rigged barge-styled cruiser oozes classic charm

If you were walking the docks last weekend you probably didn’t notice the three old codgers sitting on the bench at the end of the pier. No reason you should except for the fact that the three of th
2020 March 6

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
2020 March 1

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
2020 February 1

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
2020 February 1

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
2020 January 1

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
2020 January 1

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
2019 November 1

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,
2019 November 1

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

Perry on Design

  • With clever interior design, this new cruising cat feels bigger than 42 feet

  • This elegant cruising catamaran has speed and sailability

  • When a designer takes on a crowd as a client, the result is an offshore cruiser that pleases the masses

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