Boat Review

X marks the spot with this hot new sport cruiser

X-Yachts

Boat Review: X-Yachts X4

X-Yachts, the Danish builder of high-quality, performance-oriented sailboats, recently introduced a new X line that is positioned somewhere between its Xp racing models and its Xc cruisers. The 42ft X4 (also called the X43 in some company literature) follows in the footsteps of the X6 launched last year and should find a ready market among Read More

A groundbreaking mini-superyacht from a major industry player 

Beneteau

Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62

Sometimes I get lucky. When I stepped aboard Beneteau’s new flagship, I was the first journalist (from anywhere) to examine and sail hull #1 of the new “Oceanis Yacht” line. The word “yacht” has been added to designate Oceanis models 60ft and over. It’s a bold new direction for the French builder, which is now Read More

A luxury cruiser in the perfect size range

Jeanneau

Boat Review: Jeanneau 51

One of the fun things about being a boat reviewer is having an opportunity to experience the industry’s latest design trends first-hand. Case in point: the Jeanneau 51, which I recently helped deliver to the Miami boat show, is very much an evolution of the Jeanneau 54 that I sailed a year or so ago Read More

Solaris 50

Solaris

Boat Review: Solaris 50

Solaris has been building trend-setting yachts in Italy for some 40 years now, and this recent offering falls in the middle of its range. Designed by Argentinian Javier Soto Acebal, who worked with German Frers for some 11 years before striking out on his own, the Solaris 50 certainly has stunning looks. Its sleek low-profile Read More

A family boat that is fast, and then some

J/Boats

Boat Review: J/112e

Over the years J/Boats has created designs that range back and forth in terms of performance and creature comforts, with some boats offering a minimum of the latter, while others venture more toward the cruising end of the spectrum. The J/112e is the latest of the company’s boats designed to appeal to cruisers as well Read More

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Dragonfly

Boat Review: Dragonfly 28 Performance

While many redesigns have more to do with marketing then with actual design, the recently launched Dragonfly 28 “Performance” from Denmark’s  Quorning Boats (which follows in the wake of the company’s successful Touring and Sport versions) truly does push the envelope in a meaningful way to incorporate the latest in multihull technology. At the heart Read More

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Sage

Boat Review: Sage 15

These days much of the talk at places like the Newport and Annapolis boat shows is about “mini-megayachts.” But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of small-boat builders out there coming out with all kinds of fresh new designs as well—and one of the best is the new Sage 15. An evolution of the Read More

A turn-key luxury cruising cat with everything included

Xquisite Yachts

Boat Review: Xquisite X5

This exciting new cruising catamaran from South Africa is loosely based on a Dean 5000 cat that a Hungarian cruiser/entrepreneur, Tamas Hamor, sailed around the world and managed in the charter trade with his wife, Sara. After Dean failed as a business, Hamor worked with ex-Dean designer Rudolf Jonker and South Africa’s Phoenix Marine Manufacturing to develop Read More

Elan E4

Elan

Boat Review: Elan E4

Maybe it’s just sour grapes, but a part of me has always preferred smaller boats. Granted, there’s no denying that an 80-footer is going to attract more attention at the dock. But there’s something about the design challenges inherent in fitting everything a crew needs within the space of a hull measuring 40ft or less Read More

A fast, luxurious carbon fiber catamaran

HH Yachts

Boat Review: HH66

The world of luxury catamarans is a small but intriguing one, and that of high-performance luxury cats is even smaller and more intriguing. The genre was defined more than 15 years ago by Peter Johnstone with his Gunboat brand, and now several other companies are dipping their toes into these waters. HH Catamarans is one Read More