I first saw the Dufour Grand Large 500 on paper, not on the water, when Eric Macklin of Dufour Yachts let me have a sneak peek at the French builder’s new flagship. A year later, there she was, afloat at the Annapolis boat show, packed with innovations that seemed to break the mold of traditional thinking in yacht design.
Since the company’s inception a dozen or so years ago, Gunboat’s no-holds-barred Morrelli & Melvin-designed boats, with their distinctive angular slab-sided hulls, have become the ultimate objects of desire for a whole generation of multihull sailors.
In the ranks of dedicated bluewater boats, a few names crop up time and again that are synonymous with solid construction, reliable engineering and good seakeeping. One of those names is Hylas, whose stable of cruisers, from first Sparkman & Stephens and latterly Germán Frers, have an enviable pedigree.
Earlier this month the Thomaston, Maine boatbuilder, Lyman Morse, gently lowered the 62-foot Morrelli and Melvin-designed catamaran Mala Conducta into the St. George River that runs past the firm’s state of the art building shed. Although M and M designed the cat for family cruising—the owners previously owned a large monohull -- their build brief to Lyman Morse was to FULL STORY
When San Francisco sailors Russ Irwin and Fay Mark decided to take sabbaticals from their business careers, she was managing Web sites for major corporations and he was a successful venture capitalist. They decided they would buy a yacht and head west until they got either “tired or bored.” While their multiyear plan included cruising through the islands of the South Pacific FULL STORY
Most sailors know that 12-Meter yachts were sailed in America’s Cup competitions between 1958 and 1987. Less well known is the fact that the Meter rule also applies to a range of yachts of different sizes, all built to what is formally known as the International Rule. First established in 1906, the rule has survived more or less intact for over a century. Last July a FULL STORY
Sailors who carry a folding multi-tool on their belts will tell you that they do so for safety reasons and also because there’s great value in versatility. They know that even though they may not be carrying the perfect tool for a job, they have something that can do a variety of jobs pretty well. Jeanneau’s Sun Odyssey’s DS series is rather like that.
October’s Annapolis Boat Show opened as Wall Street experienced one of the biggest sell-offs in history. With the scary economic news, it was easy to think that many people would put off investing in a new boat. That idea went out the window as VIP Thursday appeared to be more crowded than ever. Instead of panicking, sailors seemed to be turning to sailing, much as they did after 9/11—as a FULL STORY