The Hanse 415 is superficially like a lot of new production cruising boats in the 40-foot range. But as I found out during a test sail on Narragansett Bay last fall, not all 40-foot “performance cruisers” are created equal.
Sailboats have long been among man’s most beautiful creations, and we are proud to present some of the finest examples in SAIL’s Flagships Gallery—a collection of the biggest and most luxurious models currently offered by the world’s premiere sailboat builders.
After completing a 74-foot catamaran intended principally for luxury charters, designers Van Peteghem and Prevost were asked by Sunreef to design a smaller catamaran that would appeal to private owners. With four units—two in aluminum and two in composite laminates— already under construction at the builder’s yard in Gdansk, Poland, there is little doubt that this concept has struck a responsive FULL STORY
This South African yard has specialized in large composite yachts for the past 10 years. This sloop, whose lines, sailplan, keel, and rudder are from Farr Yacht Design, is their largest project to date. The composite hull construction features an infused carbon/Kevlar and epoxy laminate; with structural engineering by SP Technologies. Displacement is expected to be about 130,000 FULL STORY
This 65-foot aluminum pilothouse sloop was launched at the end of May and then transited down the St. Lawrence to start an extended cruise to its home port on the west coast of Florida. The basic theme comes from Chuck Paine’s Bermuda series of designs, but there’s an emphasis on increasing interior space aboard this yacht. The key is a large pilothouse that extends over both FULL STORY
When a client wanted to replicate the exact look and idea of the Friendship 40, but in a slightly larger version with two staterooms instead of one, designer Ted Fontaine began to draw—and a big sister to the Friendship 40 was born. The exteriors of the two boats are nearly identical, with clean decks and low-profile cabintops providing a full 360-degree line of sight for the helmsman. The 53’s FULL STORY
Construction has begun on this new 54-foot center-cockpit design from German Frers, and the first yacht in the series is expected at the end of August. There’s an owner’s cabin aft and two guest cabins forward. Construction is glass with PVC core except in the keel area, which is solid-glass laminate. Spars and rod rigging are by Seldn, and the auxiliary is a 110-horsepower Volvo diesel. A FULL STORY