Boat Reviews

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 smart, fast, versatile little tri

Astus

Boat Review: Astus 20.2

If there’s one thing more exhilarating than going fast in a small boat, it’s going fast in thin water, the way designer Jean-Hubert Pommois and I did aboard his nifty little Astus 20.2 trimaran this past winter. The channel into Miami’s Matheson Hammock Marina is flanked by those same shoal waters that circle much of Read More

A sensuous new daysailer based on Herreshoff’s famous Alerion

Boat Review: Sadie 27

The original Alerion, a 26ft daysailer designed in 1912 by the legendary Capt. Nat Herreshoff for his own use, is one of the most iconic small sailboats ever created. Boats faithful to the original design are still built from time to time, and of course one modern builder has chosen the hallowed name for its 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 good boat made even better

Bavaria

Boat Review: Bavaria Cruiser 46

I enjoyed a fabulous test sail aboard Bavaria’s old Cruiser 45 five years ago off Grenada, and came away impressed both with the boat’s performance and its accommodations. I was intrigued, therefore, when I learned that Bavaria had updated and recreated the 45 as the new Cruiser 46 and looked forward to comparing it with 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

A new approach to cruising comfort from a performance cat builder

Catana

Boat Review: Bali 4.5

With the Bali line, Catana is satisfying different market sensibilities and it does so in a way that sets it apart from many production multihulls. 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 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