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Boat Test
2024 June 1 - 12:00 am

This powerful performance cruiser exudes Italian style above and below deck

It was a brisk autumn day, which also meant there was wind. That isn’t always the case on the Chesapeake Bay, and I was looking forward to sailing in the best conditions I’d seen all week. The day
Boat Test
2024 March 1 - 12:00 am

Jeanneau keeps pushing the boat design envelope with its breakthrough open-air deck saloon cruiser

The Annapolis Sailboat Show is the place to catch all the newest models making their debuts, but there’s always one boat that creates a bigger buzz than the rest. Last October the Jeanneau Yachts 55
Boat Test
2024 January 1 - 12:00 am

This performance cruising catamaran takes aim at monohull sailors with its simple elegance and sprightly performance

The Excess 14 was in high demand for test sails following the Annapolis Sailboat Show in October. It was easy to see why as the boat swung by my pickup point at the end of the South Annapolis Yacht Ce
2023 June 1 - 12:00 am

There’s plenty of ways to get sailing and get in on the serious fun at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

The breeze started to build as we powered out of Simpson Bay’s IGY Marina on our way to catch the 10:30 bridge opening. Hank Schmitt, the skipper of the Swan 48 Avocation, and the rest of the crew r
Boat Test
2023 March 1 - 12:00 am

The redesign of X-Boat’s most popular performance cruiser has speed for fast passages in a sleek, modern package

The completely redesigned X43 sails off Newport, Rhode Island.Billy Black photo When a boatbuilding company takes on the task of redesigning its most popular model, it probably has a good idea of what
2022 November 1 - 12:00 am
The fleet leaves Tenants Harbor.Hinckley boats have plied the waters off Southwest Harbor, Maine, for almost a century. The Pilot 35 was one of the popular early designs, first crafted in wood and lat
Boat Test
2022 September 1 - 12:00 am

Beneteau’s latest family cruiser offers all the bells and whistles for fast and comfortable sailing

Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard in Annapolis, Maryland’s Back Creek, was abuzz as I walked down the docks to get my first ride aboard the new Beneteau Oceanis 40.1. The week following the U.S. Sailboat Sh
Boat Test
2022 June 1 - 12:00 am

The latest midsized cruiser from Jeanneau packs in great performance, cruising comforts and the latest innovations that make sailing easier

Tradition has it that a cruising boat should be heavy and slow to keep sailors safe and comfortable. But with advances in technology and design, boatbuilders have discovered that lightweight equals li
Boat Test
2022 March 1 - 12:00 am

This powerful offshore cruiser has all the bells and whistles that allow shorthanded sailing in comfort

The new Bill Dixon-designed Hylas 57 has been making waves since its debut at the 2021 fall boat shows with its good looks and innovative shorthanded sailing systems. The 57 is a departure from the mo
Boat Test
2022 January 1 - 12:00 am

An elegant and powerful bluewater cruising catamaran with high-tech systems that make it comfortable for doublehanded sailing

When Bob Hayward, a successful American real estate developer, film studio co-founder and farmer, couldn’t find the perfect cruising catamaran, he had one built at Phil Harvey’s South African boat
Boat Test
2021 January 1 - 12:00 am

This bluewater cruising catamaran can take you on fast passages in style and comfort

Sailors shopping for a new cruising catamaran should start their search at the Miami International Boat Show, where all the latest models are on display. Making its U.S. debut in 2020 was the 52-foot
2020 December 5 - 12:00 am

In the dark of the night in the far south Atlantic, Jean Le Cam, right, rescued fellow solo skipper, Kevin Escoffier, left, after his boat broke in two and sank in the Vendée Globe Race

"I need assistance. I am sinking. This is not a joke. MAYDAY.”That was the last message Kevin Escoffier was able to send from his foiling IMOCA 60 PRB before it sank in the  South Atlant
2020 July 1 - 12:00 am

For more than 60 years, an avid group of sailors from the Arizona Yacht Club has been sailing in the Sonoran Desert

Onne van der Wal photoWhen Bob Naylor visited a yacht club on the East Coast and presented his yacht club card that features a cactus on its burgee he was met with a quizzical look. “Is this real?��
Boat Test
2020 June 1 - 12:00 am

Ingenuity and craftsmanship come together to give Catalina’s flagship the ability to cross oceans in comfort

The beefy integral bowsprit features stainless fittings and a Selden roller furling unit.Catalina owners are an enthusiastic bunch, and when they said they were yearning for a big offshore cruiser,
2020 May 14 - 12:00 am
Dawn Riley, center, made the decision to quarantine the staff during the coronavirus pandemic.In early March, when news of the coronavirus pandemic became increasingly alarming, Dawn Riley didn’t wa
Boat Test
2020 May 1 - 12:00 am

The new ‘baby’ of the X-Yachts fleet is a 40-footer that is a real looker and a great performer

It was a mile-long trek in 90-degree heat from the front gate of the Miami International Boat Show past countless fishing gear booths and outboard powerboats to the far southeast corner of the docks w
Boat Test
2020 March 1 - 12:00 am

Beneteau brings back its First line of racer-cruisers with the launch of the powerful and beautiful flagship

In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Beneteau First cruiser-racers were winning regattas across the world. The popularity of multipurpose boats waned over the decades, with racing and cruising
2020 February 1 - 12:00 am

Instead of lazing around a pool, sailors are packing their seabags and heading for learn-to-sail vacations in tropical locations

The enticing part of sailing is that every time you go to sea you learn something new. And because sailors aren’t typically people who like to sit idly by on their vacations, combining the two, by l
Boat Test
2020 January 1 - 12:00 am

This latest midsize cruiser from France packs big boat features in an easy-to-handle and stylish package

The drop-down transom reveals a large swim platform with an integral telescoping swim ladder, a dedicated life raft locker, grill and sink. The capricious winds of Chesapeake Bay got the best of
Boat Test
2019 May 1 - 12:00 am

The latest French-designed, American-built cruiser has plenty of power in a stylish package

Beneteau has long had the ability to put the go-fast into sailboats, with many of the boats in its First line winning offshore and inshore races. It even launched the foiling Figaro 3. Cushy comforts

Perry on Design

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