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Malo 41

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
The Malo 41 has many of the same features that impressed us on the other Swedish boats we sailed—strong no-nonsense construction combined with lush mahogany interior joinery work—as well as a few unique twists of its own. For example, the distinctive traveler arch over the cockpit, long a Malo trademark (they call it their TARGA system), works very well, and its height can be
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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 35

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
Many boats with "contemporary" styling, particularly those from Europe, tend to look amorphous, so it's refreshing to see a new design with truly clean and elegant lines. Jeanneau's latest addition to its long-lived Sun Odyssey line, drawn by Marc Lombard and Eric Levet, is just such a boat. The Sun Odyssey 35 demonstrates clearly that Jeanneau has not lost its identity since being acquired by
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J/109

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
The J/109 is more than a high-performance boat with cruiser-friendly add-ons; it's a well-conceived, well-executed dual-purpose boat that comes close to being all things to all sailors. Fast, easy to handle, stable, and spacious, the J/109 can serve as a competitive racer, comfortable cruiser, shorthanded daysailer, and a family weekender.

The accommodations plan includes a proper nav


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Island Spirit 40

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
The Island Spirit 40, designed and built in South Africa, has many of the characteristics people look for in an offshore boat: solid construction, simple, robust, and accessible systems, safe and efficient sailhandling gear, a roomy interior, a manageable price, and good sailing performance.

On deck we liked the mainsheet/traveler system and the good visibility over the coachroof from the


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Hallberg-Rassy 43

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
The Hallberg-Rassy 43, designed by German Frers, is a comfortable offshore cruiser from a well-respected Swedish builder. Hull and deck construction meet the high standards we have come to expect from Hallberg-Rassy, as does the excellent mahogany joinery down below. The interior accommodation includes many features we like to find on long-distance cruising boats: a well-positioned wet locker,
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