Boats

Dean 441

by Sail Staff, Posted August 26, 2008

Get close to the Dean 441 and open a bundle of surprises. From a distance, it could be just a typical mid-size catamaran with more mast rake than most, but once you’re aboard you’ll see a boat that’s totally different in both design and execution.

The accommodations can be customized to suit the owner’s needs, and the hull, rig, and systems are built to thrive at sea. Since every


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Something Bold, Something New

by Sail Staff, Posted August 21, 2008
Kaidoz 31Some of the most innovative boat designs and concepts come out of France, and here is a fine example. The Kaidoz 31 has the rig of a hotshot racer, a hull design that gets it planing at 16 knots or more, and an accommodation plan that’s unlike anything I’ve seen on a monohull sailboat.

The twin rudders, torpedo-shaped ballast bulb slung from a skinny keel, huge rig,


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Beneteau First 50

by Tom Dove, Posted August 11, 2008
There's a whole lot more here than headroom and easily handled sails

The hull form is sleek and sophisticated, the eyebrows above the ports denote competence and self-worth, and some of the accessories belowdeck are fine leather. The Beneteau First 50 starts with style, but it carries through with performance. An owner looking for a fast cruiser, an occasional racer, and/or a


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Najad 355

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2008

A fixed windshield and teak deck create a familiar Scandinavian look, but the Najad 355 appears sleeker than many offshore cruisers. "It attracts the younger crowd with a little higher performance, contemporary style and interior, and a racy look," said broker Rob Robinson.

CONSTRUCTIONThe hull carries a flat underbody and a fine entry that flares gracefully into a moderately


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X-34

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2008

Many of today's boats are designed to be both quick and comfortable, and X Yachts continues to stake its claim in the performance-cruiser market. The X-34 is light, nimble, and sturdy, as I learned firsthand during several hours of thrashing into a stiff 17-to-20-knot headwind and steep chop on a recent 50-mile test sail/delivery.

CONSTRUCTIONThe hull and deck are built


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Bavaria 37 has a whole new look for a very capable cruiser with a hull design by Farr, twin helms, reconfigured cabintrunk, and a high-aspect ratio jib

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