Boats

Boat Review: VAR 37

by Peter Nielsen, Posted March 2, 2015

One of Schmidt’s last acts before selling the company a couple years back was to introduce the Varianta 44, which has now been followed by the 37—a pair of no-frills cruisers based on a couple of older Hanse hulls and priced to attract buyers who would otherwise be looking at smaller


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Passport Yachts has been building semi-custom voyaging sailboats for three decades. For the last 20 years these boats have been produced in a modern facility in China. Thom Wagner has been the force behind the company from the beginning, and he still is the man to see when you are ready to buy one. His latest project is the Passport Vista 615 Twin Cockpit, designed by Bill Dixon.


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Three new designs—including a couple of cruising cats and a red-hot trimaran with minimal accommodations and speed to burn—provide even more evidence that the multihull world is the place to be in terms of innovation. 


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Boat Review: Hanse 575

by David Schmidt, Posted January 22, 2015

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


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Boat Review: Catana 42

by Zuzana Prochazka, Posted January 22, 2015

As the saying goes, “perfect is the enemy of good.” But that’s no reason not to strive for perfection, especially as part of a process of continual improvement, as Catana seems to be doing with its revamped line of sailing catamarans, the smallest of which is now the Catana 42.

 

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