50 Feet and Over

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

A “pocket-sized” superyacht for everyman

Jeanneau

Boat Review: Jeanneau 64

This ambitious boat, effectively a small superyacht constructed on a mass-production basis, is the culmination of a years-long collaboration between Jeanneau’s American-born production chief Erik Stromberg, French yacht designer Philippe Briand and British interior design maven Andrew Winch. Winner of a SAIL Best Boats award for Best Flagship Monohull, this impressive luxury cruiser features a Read More

The company’s flagship is sure to please a variety of sailing families

Fountaine Pajot

Boat Review: Fountaine Pajot Ipanema 58

Fountaine Pajot has been the dominant multihull company in the world for so long that it’s always interesting to see their latest model, knowing that some of its features will be picked up later by other cruising catamaran builders. The new Ipanema 58 is a major revision of the successful Sanya 57 that impressed SAIL Read More

A luxury cruiser that sails as good as it looks

Euphoria

Boat Review: Euphoria 54

In an often all-too-underwhelming world, there’s nothing like having your expectations exceeded, as mine were when I first saw the new Euphoria 54—and that was before we’d even had a chance to go sailing. Then it came time to take the boat out for a spin, and my expectations were nothing less than blown away. Read More

A flagship in the truest sense of the word

Beneteau

Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 60

The new flagship of Beneteau’s ever-expanding range, the Oceanis 60 is a development of the Oceanis 58. She sports an aft deck and a tender garage with an electric fold-down transom and swim platform to enclose it. Beyond that, the Oceanis 60 is simply a spectacular boat, well suited to passagemaking, a boisterous daysail or Read More

A stunning blend of style and performance

Gunboat

Boat Review: Gunboat 55

When Gunboat founder Peter Johnstone approached Nigel Irens—the veteran Brit designer with a string of record-breaking racing cats and tris to his name—about creating a new line of high-performance catamarans, one thing was certain: the end result would be like no production boat seen before. The flowing lines and no-nonsense mien of the Gunboat 60, Read More

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Hanse

Hanse 575: Performance-minded Sailing

One of the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest is that you can sail year-round—provided, of course, that you’ve got the right boat. As I approached the Hanse 575 Crescent Wave at Port Sidney Marina in Sidney, British Columbia, I noticed three things Read More

Passport

Boat Review: Passport Vista 615

Passport Yachts has been building semi-custom voyaging sailboats for three decades. For the last 20 years these boats have been produced in a modern facility in China. Thom Wagner has been the force behind the company from the beginning, and he still is the man to see when you are ready to buy one. His Read More

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Dufour

Boat Review: Dufour 560 Grand Large

Coming hot on the heels of Dufour's Grand Large 500, the new 560 incorporates many of the innovations pioneered by her smaller sibling. Despite it's impressive LOA, the 560 is also a surprisingly nimble boat that is well-configured for short-handed sailing. Read More