Boat Reviews

Another strong performance cruiser from this storied German builder

Hanse

Test Sailing the Hanse 455 Performance Cruiser

The mark of a good boat is not how well it performs when all is well, but when it or its skipper is under some kind of stress. I’m not talking about killer gales here, but the run-of-the-mill sort of stress that can turn an otherwise fun day on the water into something bad—say, an 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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Leopard

Boat Review: Leopard 40

Size matters—and when you’re working with small spaces, creativity matters even more. The Leopard 40 feels like a much larger catamaran, because its South African builder, Robertson and Caine, incorporated owner and charter company feedback to optimize spaces aboard. Design & Construction It’s easy to build big. Functionality and comfort come from having lots of Read More

Rustler Yachts

Boat Review: Rustler 36

The UK-built, Holman & Pye-designed Rustler 36 started life in 1980 as a development of the earlier Rustler 31—Kim Holman’s evolution of the sea-kindly Stella, which was itself a derivative of the legendary Folkboat. Although Rustler also currently builds a 24, 33, 42 and 44, the classic R36 (only recently arrived in the United States) Read More

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Contest Yachts

Boat Review: Contest 42CS

Over half a century ago, my music teacher showed me his new boat, a Contest, built in the Netherlands. It was easily the most perfectly crafted vessel I had ever seen, a “proper” yacht in the truest sense of the word. Today, the yard is still in the same location, it’s run by the third Read More

A slick and speedy multipurpose sailer from Croatia

Salona

Boat Review: Salona 33

 The Salona 33, the baby of a six-model lineup, can be ordered to suit a racer or weekend cruiser, and neither side will feel short-changed when the boat is taken out for a different purpose from time to time. 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