31-40 Feet

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

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

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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

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Hanse

Boat Review: Hanse 315

The baby of the Hanse 5 series, the 315, looks surprisingly serious at the dock. She’s got an almost predatory look, even compared to any 50-footers that might be in the area—which seems funny until she gets out on the water and kicks some booty. Between her easy-sailing rig that cuts down on tacking drama Read More

A freshened design increases livability

Dufour

Boat Review: Dufour Grand Large 350

French builder Dufour does a great job building large boats, as is evident in it’s 560 and 500 models. However, the needs of sailors are much the same regardless of a size of the vessel, so Dufour’s challenge became to build equally fast, comfortable and amenity-laden boats at the other end of the spectrum. The Read More

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Dragonfly

Boat Review: Dragonfly 32

The brainchild of veteran multihull maven Jens Quorning, managing director of the Danish boatbuilder Quorning Boats, the Dragonfly 32 is the latest in a long list of trimarans providing a combination of exciting performance and more-than-adequate accommodation space for cruising as well. Like the rest of the line, the D32 includes the company’s unique SwingWing Read More

A cat with a lot to offer

Bavaria

Boat Review: Bavaria Open 40

They say good things come in small packages, and the Bavaria Open 40 catamaran is a good example of that. At just 40ft, this cat combines a practical layout with easy sailhandling and a good turn of speed. The result is a boat that is a joy to sail. Design & Construction Naval architect Marc Read More