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Sail Best Boats 2016: 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. Read the full review Read More

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Miami Boat Show 2016

The annual Strictly Sail Miami show kicks off in Miami on February 11, and as usual there’s a strong multihull contingent. Among the new models making their debut at the Bayside venue is Fountaine Pajot’s latest baby, the Lucia 40. Even before its formal introduction at last December’s Paris show, more than 60 orders had Read More


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Marlow-Hunter 31

Marlow-Hunter has long been a pioneer in the marine industry, creating such innovations as its trademark stainless steel cockpit arch and the easy-to-use backstay-free B&R rig. However, what really surprised me about the new Marlow-Hunter 31 was its plain-old sailing ability. At the beginning of a sail trial on Chesapeake Bay, the boat had no Read More


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Best Boats 2016: Systems

Systems Gunboat G4, J/88e, Balance 451 Few are consistently willing to push the technology envelope and accept the (often considerable) risks that this entails. In the mass production marketplace, Groupe Beneteau stands out. In the high-end custom marketplace it is Gunboat, with this year’s G4 as a quintessential example. It’s not just the G4’s foiling Read More


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Best Boats 2016: Whisper Foiling Cat

Performance Multihull under 30ft Whisper Foiling Cat At approximately 1445 on October 13, 2015, the day after the Annapolis sailboat show, history was made when the increasingly creaky and cranky 195lb, 51-year-old executive editor of this magazine experienced full-foiling sailing performance in all of about 10 knots of wind. Talk about foiling for the masses! Read More


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Best Boats 2016: Fareast 28R

Performance Monohull under 30ft Fareast 28R Who hasn’t at some point dreamed of being a rock-star grand prix racer? Alas, the cost of this kind of sailing has meant that for most sailors it has remained just that, a dream—until now. With its new 28R, veteran Chinese builder Fareast Yachts has brought to market a Read More


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Best Boats 2016: Corsair Pulse 600

Daysailer Corsair Pulse 600 It was heartening to see a whole crop of new daysailers at this year’s fall shows, including boats with one, two or three hulls. But in the end the judges decided the real standout in the group was the Corsair Pulse 600. The Pulse 600 is a 20ft folding trimaran from Read More


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Best Boats 2016: Dragonfly 25

Small Cruiser Dragonfly 25 The newest and smallest member of this range of well-crafted folding trimarans from Denmark’s Quorning Boats impressed our judges with both its design and its build quality. With its standard rotating aluminum mast and carefully configured amas with enlarged asymmetric hull forms and modern wave-piercing bows, the diminutive Dragonfly 25 delivers Read More


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Best Boats 2016: Marlow-Hunter 31

Cruising monohull 31-40ft Marlow-Hunter 31 Marlow-Hunter has long been known as an innovator in the marine industry, and the new Marlow-Hunter 31 is keeping that tradition alive with a mix of interesting features, large and small. Topsides, the most noticeable of these is a cockpit coaming that has been taken as far outboard as possible, Read More