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European designers and builders do a great job of producing smaller boats that look like scaled-down grand prix racers—minimal overhangs, chines, wedge-shaped hulls, twin rudders, square-headed mainsails—but attempts to introduce such boats to the U.S. market have usually failed dismally. A different aesthetic preference prevails on this side of the pond. Saffier Yachts, a well-established Read More
SAIL magazine has learned that Jeanneau is about to announce the launch of a new 51-footer, which looks to be a real stunner. Early publicity materials reveal a sleek and exceptionally comfortable boat that follows in the footsteps of the Jeanneau 54, which launched in 2015. Among the highlights is a spacious cockpit featuring a Read More
Farr Yacht Design of Annapolis, Maryland, has released the first renderings of the new Super 12 yacht that will be used in the annual San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge (SFYRC) for the Super 12 Cup beginning in July 2017 on San Francisco Bay. Not surprisingly, the renderings are very much in keeping with the intent Read More
Nautor’s Swan turned to Argentine wunderkind Juan Kouyoumdjian for its latest one-design racer, and the result is a spectacular-looking boat. The ClubSwan 50 is right on the bleeding edge of design; the axe bow with its jutting carbon fiber prod combine with the low freeboard and reverse sheer to give it a take-no-prisoners look, while Read More
Iconic bluewater boatbuilder Hallberg-Rassy’s latest model shows the company is not afraid to keep up with changing trends in boat design. The Hallberg-Rassy 44 retains the virtues that have gained the boats such a dedicated following—excellent build quality, center cockpit, balanced hull form for good seakeeping, an interior layout that works just as well at Read More
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
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
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
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