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The Head of this Year’s Class

The past few months have seen a wealth of new boat designs come to life, many of which will be at the docks during the upcoming fall and winter boat show season: boats that stop conversations in mid-sentence, that turn heads as their rigs first come into view from a distance and then round the breakwater on their way into harbor.

This month’s Flagship Gallery offers a taste of what’s on tap at this year’s shows—a collection of the biggest and most luxurious models currently offered by the world’s premiere sailboat builders. Whether it’s crossing oceans, or cruising the Bahamas, these are the boats to not only take you there, but do so in unprecedented comfort and style. 

These are also the boats that boast the latest in materials, sail handling hardware and boatbuilding technology—technology that was often first developed on the world’s grand prix racing circuit, but is now being harnessed for the sake of cruising and passagemaking.

 


 

Fountaine Pajot Victoria 67

With a high level of comfort: a wonderful saloon opens on the cockpit: This wonderfully convivial space integrates perfectly with the aesthetic design of the craft, with comfort levels worthy of those provided by the best hotels.

Five star facilities through the discrete use of space, restrained lines and fully integrated equipment, Isabelle Racoupeau has succeeded in making the ´Urban Chic’ interiors of the VICTORIA 67 feel both warm and contemporary.

Functionality and efficiency have not been forgotten, and movement between the various living and sleeping spaces is achieved with ease, thanks to the grand passageways. On board the VICTORIA 67, you are always in contact with the sea, whether through the window bays of the grand saloon, or the superb portholes in the cabin hull. Two versions are available: Owner or 6 cabins, all with a high level of comfort.

An exceptional fly deck & majestic lines, the fly bridge of the VICTORIA 67 can be accessed from either side by high-safety steps and is one of the most highly prized living spaces on board.

Crew appreciate the excellent visibility provided by the fly deck, the ergonomic design of the helm station and the efficiency of the deck fittings, all of which provide perfect conditions for operating the craft.

Aft of the flydeck, a deck area exclusively reserved for installing solar panels and communication equipment is available.

 

Specifications

LOA 67ft
BEAM 31ft 1in
DRAFT 5ft 1in
DISPLACEMENT 46,700lb
SAIL AREA 1,290 ft2
FUEL/WATER (US GAL) 291/278
ENGINE 2x 110 HP
DESIGNER Berret Racoupeau
BUILDER Fountaine Pajot Catamarans
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Fountaine Pajot, catamarans-fountaine-pajot.com

 

 

Read SAIL's Best Boat review here

 


 

Dufour 500 GL

The Dufour 500 GL delivers exceptional sailing performance in a sleek luxury cruiser packed with comfort and convenience features that add new dimensions to your sailing experience. The business end uses twin helm stations linked to a single spade rudder for feather-light response and outstanding maneuverability. 360 degree visibility combined with easy to reach controls make this nimble 50 footer surprisingly easy to enjoy shorthanded. The versatile cockpit converts from an expansive sun lounge into a dining area that can comfortably accommodate 8. For the full “Al Fresco” cooking experience, customers can add a convenient 40 liter refrigerator and a hideaway grill with serving table. 

Active sailors will want the retractable sprit pole which can be used to fly a gennaker or code zero and improve sailing performance. A nifty folding anchor roller cleans up the foredeck for worry free jibing. Below deck, the unique forward galley arrangement opens up  the saloon to create a luxurious living room with plenty of storage and natural light from the large deck ports. The tilting and sliding nav station is a marvel of practical thinking that perfectly adapts to every situation. Our animated video details all the amazing functions. 

 

Specifications

LOA 48ft 11in
LWL 45ft 2in
BEAM 15ft 8in
DRAFT 7ft 6in (std); 6ft 4in (shoal)
DISPLACEMENT 31,305lb
SAIL AREA 1,184 ft2
FUEL/WATER (US GAL) 132/180
ENGINE 75 HP
DESIGNER Umberto Felci & Dufour Yachts
BUILDER Dufour Yachts
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Dufour Yachts, dufour-yachts.com

 

Read SAIL's Best Boat review here

 


 

Hallberg-Rassy 55

This is the new Hallberg-Rassy model for 2013. The 55 connects closely to the successful 64, with lots of natural light through large portlights in the saloon, as well as four hull portlights and seven flush mounted skylight hatches. White painted wooden panels in the saloon alcoves further contribute to the spacious and inviting feel. The floor is in one level throughout the
interior, for easy movement in a seaway. This new 55 offers a lot of comfort, yet is manageable by minimum crew, thanks to the push button concept, which includes full sail handling, and bow- and stern thrusters. Like all nine current Hallberg-Rassys, she is designed by Germán Frers from Argentina and is a real pleasure to sail, with magnificent rudder feel.

Her vast walk-in engineroom gives good access to technical equipment, easy maintenance and excellent sound insulation. Her main engine is a powerful and low-reving 180 HP Volvo Penta. Combined with a huge fuel tank of 238 US gallon, that gives a range of 1 600 NM, at 1,300 RPM and 7.2 knots cruising speed. Launched in 2013, she has already been very well received and is nominated for both European Yacht of the Year and Sailboat of the Year in Sweden.

 

Specifications

LOA 54ft 9in
LWL 46ft 11in
BEAM 15ft 6in
DRAFT 7ft 6in
DISPLACEMENT 58,000lb
SAIL AREA 1,950 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 238/278/42
ENGINE Volvo Penta D4-180
DESIGNER Germán Frers
BUILDER Hallberg-Rassy, Sweden
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Hallberg-Rassy, hallberg-rassy.com

 

 


 

Passport Vista 545 Center Cockpit

The Passport Vista 545 is the winner of both SAIL Magazines “Flagship Monohull” and Cruising World’s “Best Full Sized Cruiser”awards for 2012. Judges for both these prestigious magazines recognized the quality of this new design, as well as the exceptional attention to detail in every aspect of the construction. 

This spectacular new design from the drawing board of Passport Yacht’s team incorporates a Solent sailplan with a self-tending working jib and a reaching sail forward of the jib, both on robust roller furling systems. The mainsail is also standard with in-mast furling, making all three sails extremely easy-to-handle when short-handed sailing.

Other features of this new design that are rarely, if ever, found on yachts of this size are a very spacious aft-deck area for communal activities, voluminous fore- and aft-deck storage, two watertight bulkheads and open access to the cockpit on both sides.

As with all Passports, owners can be intimately involved in the design process of their new boat. Rig and deck layouts can be customized to each owner’s criteria, with a choice of either a tall rig or an ICW height mast. While in-mast furling is standard, in-boom furling is also available. Each interior layout is custom designed to meet each owner’s needs. Two-stateroom layouts are standard, but three-stateroom layouts are available, as are two staterooms with a separate office or work room. All boats come with a very impressive walk-in engine and machinery room.

The Passport Vista 545 is available in a center cockpit or dazzling aft-cockpit configuration. Each model has the same exceptional attention to detail and spectacular sailing characteristics.

 

Specifications

LOA 54ft 6in
LWL 45ft 6in
BEAM 15ft 2in
DRAFT 6ft 6in (std), 5ft 7in (shoal)
DISPLACEMENT 38,500lb
SAIL AREA 1,045 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 280/250/50
ENGINE Yanmar 110 HP
BUILDER Passport Yachts
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Passport Yachts, passportyachts.com

 

Read SAIL's Best Boat review here

 


 

Hylas 63

Hylas Yachts is proud to introduce our new Hylas 63—the ultimate performance cruiser for couples. The Hylas 63 was born from our customers’ desire for the ideal couples cruiser in the low- to mid-60-foot range. We attribute our decades of success to this cohesive partnership with our owners, listening closely to their needs and incorporating those needs into our new models. For the 63 we asked Germán Frers to incorporate his latest yacht design philosophies into her lines, and from her nearly plumb bow to powerful stern sections, she has been scrutinized to enhance performance while maximizing seakindliness. Frers has done his job well by designing a best-in-class hull and rig plan that will sail the world’s oceans, coasts, and bays at speed and in comfort. Now it is your job to make her yours.  

The new Hylas 63 has a vacuum-laid hull built with Twaron, an aramid fiber 2 1/2 times the strength of steel. This laminate makes her beautiful, strong, seakindly, and fast. Most importantly, this model, like all Hylas yachts, is custom built to each owner’s cruising needs—she will be yours in every way. 

The new Hylas 63 has struck a chord with the sailing public. Based on the reputation of Hylas quality and value and the Frers name, Hylas Yachts has already received commitments for the first eight hulls. We look forward to introducing you to the newest Hylas this fall and at the Miami International Boat Show in February.

 

Specifications

LOA 63ft
LWL 57ft 9in
BEAM 17ft 8in
DRAFT 7ft 4in
DISPLACEMENT 81,200lb
SAIL AREA 2,320 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 650/384/115
ENGINE 220 HP Yanmar 6BY3
DESIGNER Germán Frers
BUILDER Queen Long Marine
Worldwide Distribution Hylas Yachts, hylasyachtsusa.com

 


 

MOODY 54 DS

Moody has developed a unique deck saloon sailing yacht with ‘one level living’ between cockpit and saloon. This is a proven and well accepted concept for many offshore cruising sailors and ex-powerboat owners. 

Because of the success of the Moody 45 and Moody 62 deck saloon series, we have now developed what we believe to be the best of two boats—the Moody 54 DS.

The Moody 54 DS is ideal for aging sailors looking for a comfortable boat without giving up sailing performance. Based on the wishes of this group, we have specified the design brief for Dixon Yacht design.

The Moody 54 DS offers the ability to live aboard for a few months a year, enjoying all the comforts of a luxurious apartment, including the ability to accommodate family and friends.

Explore the Mediterranean or the rest of the world in the Moody 54 DS. It can be easily handled by one or two people.

It’s seaworthy design, combined with lots of safety features, ensure a safe trip for owners and guests.

This yacht, with its handcrafted finish and modern engineereing, is extremely durable.

Contact dbrophy@hanseyachts.com for more information regarding this magnificent yacht.

 

Specifications

LOA 56ft 3in
LWL 49ft 8in
BEAM 17ft
DRAFT 8ft 5in (std)
DISPLACEMENT 51,600lb
SAIL AREA 1,730 ft2
FUEL/WATER (US GAL) 264/214
DESIGNER Dixon Yacht Design
BUILDER Hanse Yachts
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Hanse Yachts, moodyboats.com

 

 


 

Hanse 575 

The statement that best reflects the new Hanse 575 was once said by American astronaut Neil Armstrong when he landed on the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” We call the period of designing the new Hanse 575 “moonwalking” because it was a time of collecting ideas, brainstorming about various solutions, features and shapes.

Designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co., the world‘s most successful yacht designers, the Hanse 575 is the perfect cruising yacht. The designers have, of course, helped us maintain our record of offering the fastest cruising yacht in its class.

The deck layout has been developed for fast cruising with optimum deck gear distribution and a “one step” high coachroof for safety.

The garage, with a tender-launching system large enough for a jet-powered dinghy, will be hard to beat in the competition for the most popular gadget on board. Natural light below emphasizes carefully designed interior furniture with a generous longitudinal galley,“loft-style” feel saloon, a newly developed companionway entrance and luxurious owner and guests cabins.

Visit hanseyachts.com or contact dbrophy@hanseyachts.com for more information. 

 

Specifications

LOA 56ft 3in
LWL 49ft 8in
BEAM 17ft
DRAFT 9ft 4in
DISPLACEMENT 42,990lb
SAIL AREA 1,727 ft2
FUEL/WATER (US GAL) 138/214
ENGINE Volvo D3-110, 78 kW / 107 HP, diesel engine, shaft drive
DESIGNER Judel/Vrolijk & Co.
BUILDER Hanse Yachts
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Hanse Yachts, hanseyachts.com

 


 

W-Class W.100

The W.100 is a new “Spirit of Tradition” racer/cruiser meant for worldwide competition. The new racer/cruiser yachts will retain the “Spirit of Tradition” and performance attributes of the existing W-Class Yacht Company’s W.37, W.46 and W.76 models.

The W.100 will put you in Superyacht, Bucket and Classic regattas with other large “Spirit of Tradition” yachts. In the Caribbean you’ll compete in the St. Barths Bucket and Antigua Classics. Racing in New England, you’ll join the ranks of the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, the Opera House Cup, the Shipyard Cup, the Newport Bucket, and the IYRS/MOY Classic Yacht Regatta. Sailing in the Western Med, the W.100 will be a competitor in Les Voiles de Antibes, the Palma Superyacht Regatta, and Le Regates Royale.

The W.100 and her sister ships are all based on the late Joel White’s W.76 design, which was inspired by the NYYC-50. The new W.100 yachts will be imbued with classic styling, minimal interiors and contemporary performance enhancements.

The W.100 will be built as a cold-molded yacht, ensuring her structural integrity, light weight and superior rigidity. Her mast will be carbon fiber and she will be outfitted with modern sail-handling systems.

 

Specifications

LOA 100ft 1in
LWL 80ft
BEAM 22ft 6in
DRAFT 13ft
DISPLACEMENT 169,950lb
SAIL AREA 4,948 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 500/500/150
ENGINE 350 HP Cummins QSB 5.9 MCD
DESIGNER Bruce Johnson/Rockport Marine Design
BUILDER Front Street Shipyard
WORLDWIDE SALES W-Class,
w-class.com

 


 

Seaward 46RK

Our 46RK is a cutting-edge gentleman’s boat, offering great speed with minimal crew effort, timeless good looks, and comfort above and below decks. This is a contemporary boat meant to go far and fast, in style and comfort. Traditionalists shouldn’t be mislead by a few traditional design cues. 

The 46RK will excite the thrill seekers and offer comfort to casual cruisers. We’ve pulled out all the stops to take performance to another level with this long, sleek boat. As with all Seaward’s, you can adjust speed or stability by raising or lowering the keel (to decrease drag or increase stability) to maximize performance for the weather and sea conditions.

The excitement level can be dialed back anytime by rolling in the gennaker and short- tacking through the harbor with drink (not included) in hand.

Our unparalleled navigation system allows you to pilot either from the comfort of the high visibility indoor pilot station or from the cockpit wheel.

Whether under sail or power, the 46RK’s grace and power will quicken your pulse and fill your heart with pride!

 

Specifications

LOA 48ft
LWL 44ft 10in
BEAM 13ft 3in
DRAFT 7ft 6in (max); 2ft 5in (min)
DISPLACEMENT 23,000 lbs
SAIL AREA 1,006 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 180/180/60
ENGINE Yanmar 75HP Diesel
DESIGNER Nick Hake
BUILDER Hake Yachts
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Hake Yachts, seawardyachts.com

 

Read SAIL's boat review here

 


 

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 469

The latest 2013 addition to the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey range is no small addition. The Sun Odyssey 469 by famed designer Philippe Briand benefits from the latest innovations and inherits the finest traits of this iconic line. Clean lines and an elongated hull with moderate freeboard give the Sun Odyssey 469 an extraordinary aesthetic value and performance. The perfect blend of comfort and ease of handling, the Sun Odyssey 469 proves both responsive and stable. A unique single level concept exists throughout the interior extending to the cockpit and allowing for easy movement everywhere. 

Bathed in light, the interior affords the volume and comfort typically found on a much larger boat. The Sun Odyssey has two huge cabins aft with either one or two heads, as well as a wonderful center-line owner’s cabin forward. For those needing more accommodation, two additional cabins with two heads forward are available. The salon is quite spacious with seating for eight, and a unique navigation station that drops down to become an additional berth when needed.

Whatever your destination may be, she will deliver uncompromising comfort with unforgettable cruising performance.

 

Specifications

LOA 46ft 1in
LWL 41ft 1in
BEAM 14ft 8in
DRAFT 7ft 4in
DISPLACEMENT 23,839lb
SAIL AREA 1,033 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 63/162/21
ENGINE Yanmar 54 HP
DESIGNER Philippe Briand
BUILDER Jeanneau
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Jeanneau, jeanneau.com

 

Read SAIL's boat review here

 


 

Xp 55 

With over 35 years of heritage, the new range of Xp models feature vacuum infused epoxy hulls, and a host of high tech build technologies and options delivering unrivalled sailing pleasure, with style, safety, comfort and pride of ownership.

Standard specifications for the Xp 55 include space in the stern for a 3.10m RIB, 4 large cockpit lockers, and a cockpit table which can be stored neatly under the cockpit floor. 4 large self-tailing winches are standard, operating all halyards, sheets and trim lines from the comfortable and well protected cockpit. The wheel pedestal can be customized to hold your preferred instrument package. The optional carbon bow sprit elegantly hides the yachts anchor arm, and can fly an asymmetrical spinnaker of 240 m2.

The interior is light and friendly in a style combining a modern Scandinavian look with a practical style blended with details, mirroring the extensive experience of the in-house interior design department. Two alternative interiors aft enable the client to choose either two cabins with an ensuite head, or one, where the galley and port aft cabin are enlarged, allowing space for additional equipment such as a full size washing machine.

Forward, two options are offered, either a centerline double berth, or a berth to one side allowing passage through the forward owners head to the sail cabin, which is large enough to accommodate a pipe berth and an extra toilet/sink.

 

Specifications

LOA 55ft
LWL 48ft 9in
BEAM 15ft 8in
DRAFT 9ft 4in
DISPLACEMENT 37,037lb
SAIL AREA 1,857 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 105/145/20
ENGINE 107 HP
DESIGNER Niels Jeppesen
BUILDER X-Yachts
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Rodgers Yacht Sales, rodgersyachtsales.com

 


 

Moorings 5800

From the modern lines to the proven craftsmanship, the Moorings 5800, built by the world-renowned Robertson and Caine, is in a class of her own. This yacht comes equipped to meet all of your sailing needs, including an expansive flybridge, spacious cabins, plenty of outdoor and indoor living space and additional features.

The flybridge is the perfect 360-degree lookout for helmsman and guests, and it is unrivaled in other production catamarans. It offers U-shaped seating for up to 10 and features an outdoor kitchen. The impressive interior boasts 6 cabins and 6 ensuite heads with two of the cabins and heads located on the bridgedeck. The modern galley offers top-end appliances for all of your culinary needs.

With over 40 years of experience, The Moorings is the undisputed leader in the charter industry, delivering the best sailing vacations in the world. When owning with The Moorings, you receive guaranteed monthly income that covers your boat payments, as well as paying no maintenance costs, insurance, or dockage. Plus, you have the opportunity to use any of our sister ships world-wide!

Contact us today to find out more about the all new Moorings 5800 and The Moorings Yacht Ownership Program.

 

Specifications

LOA 57ft 7in
LWL 54ft 2in
BEAM 27ft 9in
DRAFT 5ft 7in (std)
DISPLACEMENT 53,040lb
SAIL AREA 2,010 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 238/412/412
ENGINE 2 x 100 HP
DESIGNER Simonis & Voogd
BUILDER Robertson & Caine
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR TUI Marine, mooringsyachtownership.com

 

Watch SAIL's boat review here

 


 

Morris Yachts M46

Nothing stimulates the senses and stirs the soul quite like the new M-Series M46 from Morris Yachts. Whether you are charging to windward like a thoroughbred, or stargazing from the large cockpit in a still anchorage, the M46 is more than just a boat. She’s a living, breathing work of art that will take care of you offshore, pamper you on the hook, and turn heads in any harbor you enter.

The most versatile M-Series yacht that Morris Yachts has ever created, the M46 is a breathtaking, high-performance classic yacht designed to accommodate the lifestyle of today’s modern sailor. Her new innovative, performance-oriented hull welcomes the rigors of extended coastal cruising, her copious flush-mounted hatches flood the well-designed interior space with light and, for the first time on any M-Series yacht, her fold-down transom steps provide excellent access to the water from the cockpit.

With a two-cabin ensuite interior, she is a true modern classic built for both performance racing and luxurious cruising.
State of the art sailing performance cleverly disguised as a classic beauty.

 

Specifications

LOA 46ft 9in
LWL 37ft 11in
BEAM 12ft 0in
DRAFT 6ft 3in
DISPLACEMENT 28,250 lb
SAIL AREA 1054 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 50/85/40
ENGINE Yanmar 4JH5E x SD Saildrive unit, 53HP @ 3000 RPM
DESIGNER In partnership with Sparkman & Stephens
BUILDER Morris Yachts
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR morrisyachts.com

 


 

Hallberg-Rassy 64

The Germán Frers designed 64 is Hallberg-Rassy’s new flagship. She is a world cruiser for a family crew.

The elegant deck is clean and uncluttered. The essential sailing control functions can be handled from the cockpit by a single sailor simply using the push of buttons which are standard equipment. The cockpit is very well protected by the Hallberg-Rassy typical soft-top wind screen or hard top. Its enormous 2270 gallon aft deck lockers have the capability to store a RIB dinghy.

Below deck living areas have lots of natural light. There are six hull portlights.

The engine is unusually well-sized, even for a Hallberg-Rassy. It is a 6-cylinder Volvo Penta D6-300 with 300 HP and has 669 Newton meter torque. Tanks are generous for long-range cruising with 476 gallons of diesel fuel and 344 gallons of fresh water. The walk-in engine room is large, has room for lots of technical equipment, is well sound insulated and allows for easy maintenance.

Frers speed diagram for the Hallberg-Rassy 64 says the boat will achieve 9.2 knots boat speed at just 10 knots of true wind. This yacht is a real mile eater.

 

Specifications

LOA 65ft 1in
LWL 57ft 6in
BEAM 17ft 0in
DRAFT 8ft 2in
DISPLACEMENT 79,500 lb
SAIL AREA 2688 ft2
FUEL/WATER/WASTE (US GAL) 476/344/3x20
ENGINE Volvo Penta D6-300
DESIGNER Germán Frers
BUILDER Hallberg-Rassy
U.S. DISTRIBUTOR
hallberg-rassy.com

 

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