Boats Most Commented

Nauticat 515

by Sail Staff, Posted July 19, 2004
Nauticats have always been solid, stable, and comfortable, and the newest and biggest Nauticat is no different. There's nothing radical about the Nauticat 515. Its long overhangs are something of a rarity among new cruising designs, and its displacement of nearly 53,000 pounds will make it a stately offshore passagemaker. The hull is made of meticulously hand-laid fiberglass, and the fit and
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Elan 40

by Tom Dove, Posted July 15, 2004
If Americans think of Slovenia at all, it probably isn't as a boat-building center. Elan Marine is trying to change that. The swift, pretty Elan 40 is a mid-priced racer/cruiser designed by Rob Humphreys that is being pitched as a strong player in the highly competitive 40-foot market. I jumped aboard for a test sail on the Chesapeake last fall to see if the reality matches the
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J/100

by Sail Staff, Posted July 14, 2004
The trend toward designing beamy aft sections and jamming every conceivable convenience into bigger and bigger production cruising boats continues, but the folks at J Boats are taking a different tack with the new J/100. It's a sleek, narrow 33-foot daysailer/weekender that's touted to provide the sailing performance J Boats is known for without any of the hassle that sometimes accompanies bigger
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J/133

by Charles J. Doane, Posted June 3, 2004

Hard on the heels of the 2002 introduction of its new 35-footer, the J/109, J Boats followed up this past fall by sprouting yet another high-performance sprit-boat. Bracketed between the 40-foot J/120 and the 48-foot J/145, the new 43-foot J/133 stakes a claim in the highly competitive mid-40s size range. An extrapolation of the 109, it seeks to combine the fun and performance of an


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The best of the rest

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
Each of these boats deserves to be recognized for a specific feature, design, or construction technique that was particularly innovative and/or well executed.

Island Packet 486's nav station

Any offshore navigator would love to call this nerve-center nav station home. There's room to mount every imaginable electronic gadget, the varnished teak chart table is big enough to unfold a


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