Boats

SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Paine 14

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 21, 2013

After 40 years of sailing his beloved Herreshoff 12 1/2 Petunia, designer Chuck Paine figured he knew what he had to do to improve what many aficionados call “the perfect boat.” His new Paine 14, now being built by French & Webb in Belfast, Maine, is 10 percent smaller than the old 12 1/2 and 40 percent lighter, with modern appendages and much of its underbody cut away. 


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SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Archambault 27

by Sail Staff, Posted November 21, 2013

If you’re looking for a sub-30-foot IRC sportboat, the Archambault 27 could be your ticket. This athletic-looking racer features a plumb bow with a slightly upturned knuckle just above the waterline, a hard chine, hiking wings, and a planing-friendly undercarriage than transitions into beamy, equally planing-friendly stern sections. 


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SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Catalina 275 Sport

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 21, 2013

While Catalina’s older-generation designs have offered up plenty of great miles over the years, the 275 Sport is poised to provide an even higher level of performance than its predecessors. 


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It’s a terrible feeling, calling your insurance company to file a new claim. You feel it in your gut, maybe in your heart rate and definitely in your wallet. The good news? There are plenty of other sailors to commiserate with. To put things in perspective, BoatUS has just released its top ten most expensive claims of the past five years, along with tips on how to avoid incurring the same damages on your own boat.


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Beneteau Sense 46

by Ralph Naranjo, Posted October 29, 2013

Last fall I had the opportunity to watch yacht broker Garth Hichens drive a new Beneteau Sense sideways and then spin the boat 360 degrees within the tight confines of the City Dock in Annapolis.


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