Boat Review

A fresh take on the ‘open’ concept that yields yet more space

Bavaria

Boat Review: Bavaria Nautitech 46 Fly

The new Bavaria Nautitech 46 Fly does not take its name from an ability to become airborne, but is the flybridge version of the original 46 Open. The flybridge opens a spacious area for skipper and passengers, provides excellent visibility in all directions and consolidates control lines neatly in one place. DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION The Read More

A refined bluewater voyager

Balance

Boat Review: Balance 526

The growing popularity of catamarans for bluewater sailing has spawned a number of designs aimed at sailors who want some speed along with their comfort, yet either don’t want, or can’t afford to go down the high-tech carbon-fiber route. Builders like Catana and Outremer are the best-known companies that cater to this market, but there Read More

A luxury cruiser that fires on all cylinders

Jeanneau

Boat Review: Jeanneau 54

To the untrained eye, a sailboat is a sailboat; they all look pretty much the same. Even to an experienced sailor, it can be difficult if not impossible to truly judge how a particular design will perform just examining it at the dock. Nonetheless, when it comes to boats—sailboats in particular—as soon as you cast Read More

The latest innovative cruiser from the veteran builder Catana

Catana

Boat Review: Bali 4.0

Bali Catamarans is creating quite a lot of buzz in the sailing community with its unique layouts and chameleon convertibility. But there is more to the new Bali 4.0 than just novelty. It’s also a real sailboat. CONSTRUCTION Bali’s parent company, Catana, builds the Bali 4.0 of vacuum-bagged, foam-cored sandwich in La Rochelle, France. This Read More

A well-proportioned and speedy couple’s boat

Dufour

Boat Review: Dufour 382 Grand Large

There’s always a temptation to buy big when looking at sailboats. However, just about everyone I know—myself included—wonders at some point if a smaller boat wouldn’t have been easier to manage, both physically and financially. That is why it’s good to see a “couple’s boat” under 40ft that provides not only a good turn of Read More

An entry-level world cruiser from a respected British builder

Oyster

Boat Review: Oyster 475

Though it has now been eight years since company-founder Richard Matthews sold off Oyster Yachts, the brand has worked hard to sustain the intense owner-centric culture he created there. Sailors are attracted to these boats as much for the exclusive social scene that has grown up around them—which includes, among other things, Oyster-only round-the-world rallies—as Read More

An updated classic continues to thrive

Xc

Boat Review: Xc 45

There are a lot of reasons why a boatbuilder will reintroduce an existing model. Most of them have to do with cost savings. Reusing hull molds and adding a few cosmetic changes is a good way to launch a “new” model, the newness of which is sometimes for marketing purposes only. That said, there are other Read More

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Seawind Catamarans

Boat Review: Seawind 1160 LITE

A newcomer to the production multihull scene could easily be led to believe that there are two kinds of large multihulls in this world: high-performance speedsters and relatively heavy-displacement charter-style cats in which performance necessarily takes a back seat to comfort and lounging space. There are, however, any number of other boats out there that Read More

Beneteau Oceanis 41.1

Beneteau

Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 41.1

What’s better than something that works? Something that works even better. With this in mind, Beneteau reviewed its Oceanis 41—a model at a very popular length—and with owner feedback and some clever engineering, launched the new and improved Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 at this year’s Miami Boat Show. The result is better performance and a more Read More

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Fountaine Pajot

Boat Review: Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40

Most of us are not keen on sailing, mooring or paying for more boat than we need, or than we can handle. Therefore, the shift to smaller, couple-sized cats is a welcome one as more builders focus on this segment of the market. The newest addition is the Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40, which sews up Read More