Best Sailboats

Sail Best Boats 2016 Dragonfly 25

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 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 purpose-built cruiser with a fine performance pedigree

Xc

Boat Review: Xc 35

The latest Xc ride, a 34-footer, comes in as the smallest member of the family (its four siblings range from 38 to 50ft), but is true to its origins. Picked as the best 31-40ft Monohull in SAIL’s 2015 Best Boats competition Read More

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Harbor

Best Boats 2013: Harbor 30

Like W.D. Schock’s other daysailers, the new Harbor 30 is a tasteful blend of tradition and technology. At a distance, this boat looks good from every angle, and the visual pleasure continues as you step aboard and below into the cabin. Read More

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Neel

Best Boats 2013 Neel 45

“Everything old is new again” is a common theme in yacht design, and the Neel 45 is a perfect example. Many sailors younger than 60 won’t remember that the very first trimarans were full-bridgedeck boats built in plywood, and to them this boat will seem revolutionary. Read More

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McConaghy

Best Boats 2013 McConaghy 38

The Aussie-bred McConaghy 38 takes skiff sailing adrenalin and repackages it in a low-slung sport boat that redefines the genre. It came as no surprise that our Best Boats team found little not to like about this 7,000lb, all carbon, elegantly Spartan sloop. Read More

Emma

Nautor’s Swan

Flagship: Best Boats Swan 60

Since the moment of its inception in 1967, Nautor’s Swan has been the epitome of a Scandinavian boatbuilder—highly regarded for its traditional boatbuilding skills, its exquisite woodwork and cabinetry, and its exceptional attention to detail. Read More

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Swallow Boats

Best Boat 2012: Bayraider 20

When SAIL’s judges were weighing the candidates for the 2012 Best Boats daysailer award, there was no dissension over the winner: the BayRaider 20 scored a unanimous thumbs-up for its blend of portability, performance, good looks, build quality and innovation. Read More

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Swallow Boats

BayRaider 20

When SAIL’s judges were weighing the candidates for the 2012 Best Boats daysailer award, there was no dissension over the winner: the BayRaider 20 scored a unanimous thumbs-up for its blend of portability, performance, good looks, build quality and innovation. Read More