Catamarans

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

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

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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

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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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Lagoon

Boat Review: Lagoon 42

I stopped counting the number of times the Lagoon 42 marketing materials mentioned the word “curvy” at six. Then I saw the boat and understood the emphasis. Lagoon’s newest cruising cat is indeed both curvaceous and sleek, not to mention fun to move (or lounge) about. The freshly designed 42, which replaces the 420/421 of 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

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Hobie Mirage Island

The market for rotomolded plastic kayaks is enormous, but the realm of rotomolded sailing kayaks is much smaller and has for some time been dominated by Hobie’s two Mirage Island model trimaran kayaks. By combining the company’s proprietary pedal-driven Mirage under-the-hull paddling system with efficient, but easy-to-handle sailing rigs, Hobie has succeeded in creating a Read More

A groundbreaking combination of performance and space

Catana

Best Boats 2016: Bali 4.3 Review

Leave it to Catana to come up with something new. This time, it’s a production 43ft catamaran that bears little resemblance to the company’s racy voyagers. They call the new boat the Bali 4.3, and it includes a host of unique features that had attendees lining up on the dock at last year’s Annapolis boat Read More

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Dragonfly

Dragonfly 25: Folding Trimaran for Small-boat Cruisers

This latest offering from Denmark’s Quorning Boats, which won a nod from SAIL’s 2016 Best Boats judges as their Best Small Cruiser, is the smallest boat in the builder’s current line of folding “Swing Wing” trimarans, which range all the way up to 40ft in length. Quorning, refreshingly, is something of a throwback as modern Read More

A new approach to cruising comfort from a performance cat builder

Catana

Boat Review: Bali 4.5 Catamaran

Innovation can be tough to define, but it is easy to spot. One look at the new Bali 4.5 catamaran and it’s clear that its designers have reached beyond tradition and rethought the flow and uses of the vast social spaces aboard a mulithull. The resulting concept, which Bali calls “Open Space,” has created an Read More