2015

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

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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

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