Sailing Magazine - Boat Test https://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-119-1-boat-test.html Mon, 19 Apr 21 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Seawind 1600 - This bluewater cruising catamaran can take you on fast passages in style and comfort https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2284-seawind-1600.html 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 ...]]> Catalina 545 - Ingenuity and craftsmanship come together to give Catalina’s flagship the ability to cross oceans in comfort https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2230-catalina-545.html 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, ...]]> X4.0 - The new ‘baby’ of the X-Yachts fleet is a 40-footer that is a real looker and a great performer https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2214-x40.html 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...]]> Beneteau First 53 - Beneteau brings back its First line of racer-cruisers with the launch of the powerful and beautiful flagship https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2189-beneteau-first-53.html 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 ...]]> Dufour 390 Grand Large - This latest midsize cruiser from France packs big boat features in an easy-to-handle and stylish package https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2169-dufour-390-grand-large.html 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 ...]]> Beauty and brawn - The latest French-designed, American-built cruiser has plenty of power in a stylish package https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2100-beauty-and-brawn.html 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 ...]]> Packing a big punch - The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319 is a new entry-level cruiser that packs all the best of a big cruiser in an affordable package https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2074-packing-a-big-punch.html The test boat came with the standard stainless steel bow roller, but the 319 is available with an optional sprit to fly an asymmetrical spinnaker or code zero. The new Sun Odyssey 319 sails into ...]]> Made for the sea - The Hylas 48 is a robust offshore passagemaker tricked out with creature comforts, sophisticated systems and a seakindly nature https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2055-made-for-the-sea.html It’s not every day that you sail with a Boston terrier as a bo’sun, which made it a nice surprise when Bikini peeked her head out of the cockpit as I boarded the brand-new Hylas 48 at Mears Marina...]]> A sailor’s cat - With indoor-outdoor living spaces, the new Seawind 1260 is a cruising cat that offers speed and seaworthiness https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2013-a-sailor%25E2%2580%2599s-cat.html Afresh trade breeze was gusting across Florida’s Biscayne Bay and we unfurled the screecher to make the most of it. The sail filled and the Seawind 1260 picked up the pace as we headed toward Miami....]]> Comfort revolution - Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 449: Taking ergonomics to the next level with walkaround side decks and an innovative interior packed into a powerful hull, this new cruiser is challenging the status quo https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1971-comfort-revolution.html You can’t ask for better weather conditions for a boat test. It was 85 degrees with an east-northeast 18-knot wind blowing across Biscayne Bay as I walked out the Key Biscayne Yacht Club docks. All ...]]> Powerful passagemaker - With sleek, modern looks this cruiser is kitted out for long voyages at a quick pace https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1831-powerful-passagemaker.html

 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1809-superyacht-style.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1796-ready-to-rumble.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1778-good-vibrations.html

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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1678-a-modern-thoroughbred.html

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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1651-high-caliber-cruising.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1606-boat-test-j_88.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1579-bavaria-cruiser-46.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1560-cc-30.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1494-beneteau-oceanis-38.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1657-easy-does-it.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1462-hanse-505.html

 

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Catalina 275 Sport https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1451-catalina-275-sport.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1415-beneteau-oceanis-55.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1392-blue-jacket-40.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1361-lagoon-39.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1353-jeanneau-sun-odyssey-469.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1315-beneteau-oceanis-48.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1311-bavaria-vision-46.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1293-hanse-415.html 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 ...]]>