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Solaris 50

Solaris

Boat Review: Solaris 50

Solaris has been building trend-setting yachts in Italy for some 40 years now, and this recent offering falls in the middle of its range. Designed by Argentinian Javier Soto Acebal, who worked with German Frers for some 11 years before striking out on his own, the Solaris 50 certainly has stunning looks. Its sleek low-profile Read More

An unconventional design that works well both underway and at anchor

Leopard

Boat Review: Leopard 45

The new Leopard 45 (also available as the Moorings 4500) evolved from the 2012 Leopard 44 with a number of features that make it an even better platform for charter and cruising. Traditionalists will question the large forward cockpit layout for offshore voyaging, but owners have logged thousands of safe sea miles in similar boats, Read More

A family boat that is fast, and then some

J/Boats

Boat Review: J/112e

Over the years J/Boats has created designs that range back and forth in terms of performance and creature comforts, with some boats offering a minimum of the latter, while others venture more toward the cruising end of the spectrum. The J/112e is the latest of the company’s boats designed to appeal to cruisers as well Read More

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Dragonfly

Boat Review: Dragonfly 28 Performance

While many redesigns have more to do with marketing then with actual design, the recently launched Dragonfly 28 “Performance” from Denmark’s  Quorning Boats (which follows in the wake of the company’s successful Touring and Sport versions) truly does push the envelope in a meaningful way to incorporate the latest in multihull technology. At the heart Read More

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Sage

Boat Review: Sage 15

These days much of the talk at places like the Newport and Annapolis boat shows is about “mini-megayachts.” But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of small-boat builders out there coming out with all kinds of fresh new designs as well—and one of the best is the new Sage 15. An evolution of the Read More

A turn-key luxury cruising cat with everything included

Xquisite Yachts

Boat Review: Xquisite X5

This exciting new cruising catamaran from South Africa is loosely based on a Dean 5000 cat that a Hungarian cruiser/entrepreneur, Tamas Hamor, sailed around the world and managed in the charter trade with his wife, Sara. After Dean failed as a business, Hamor worked with ex-Dean designer Rudolf Jonker and South Africa’s Phoenix Marine Manufacturing to develop Read More

Elan E4

Elan

Boat Review: Elan E4

Maybe it’s just sour grapes, but a part of me has always preferred smaller boats. Granted, there’s no denying that an 80-footer is going to attract more attention at the dock. But there’s something about the design challenges inherent in fitting everything a crew needs within the space of a hull measuring 40ft or less Read More

A fast, luxurious carbon fiber catamaran

HH Yachts

Boat Review: HH66

The world of luxury catamarans is a small but intriguing one, and that of high-performance luxury cats is even smaller and more intriguing. The genre was defined more than 15 years ago by Peter Johnstone with his Gunboat brand, and now several other companies are dipping their toes into these waters. HH Catamarans is one Read More

The boats from this Florida builder just keep getting better

Catalina

Boat Review: Catalina 425

With this, the fifth model in Catalina’s “5” series of cruising boats, head designer Gerry Douglas has taken a second bite at the competitive 40-42ft market segment. The original Catalina 42 went through several iterations to become one of the most successful boats ever in this size range, with more than 1,000 built. In today’s Read More

A fresh take on the ‘open’ concept that yields yet more space

Bavaria

Boat Review: Bavaria Nautitech 46 Fly

The new Bavaria Nautitech 46 Fly does not take its name from an ability to become airborne, but is the flybridge version of the original 46 Open. The flybridge opens a spacious area for skipper and passengers, provides excellent visibility in all directions and consolidates control lines neatly in one place. DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION The Read More