Sea Trial

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

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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

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

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

Jib tracks well inboard, Multiple rig options and fast, slippery hull form

Dehler

Boat Review: Dehler 46

Some scoff at the idea of a racer-cruiser or a performance-cruiser, saying the term is hopelessly nebulous. However, when you get on a boat like the Dehler 46, which points well, sails fast and also has plenty of well-apportioned accommodation space, well, what else can you call it? Design & Construction Dehler is part of Read More

Beneteau

Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 35

The new 35’s build regimen is identical to that of its larger sibling. Its hull is solid fiberglass laminate set in polyester resin. The injection-molded deck is cored with Saerfoam, and is screwed and bonded to the hull. Read More

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Salona

Boat Review: Salona 33

The solidly constructed Salona 33 is the baby of the Croatian builder's seven-boat product line and can be ordered to suit either a racer or coastal cruiser, a pair of roles it fills equally well. Read More

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Andrews

Boat Review: Andrews 21

Adapted from a successful youth match-racing design, every feature of the Andrews 21 is keyed toward teaching and training. I sailed the boat in a mild breeze in Newport Harbor, California, its native waters, and it delivered what I expected. The boat was lively, but tractable, and comfortable in every way, whether it be from an emotional perspective—she looks contemporary and aggressive—to physically finding my place in the cockpit. Read More