Boats

Raymarine Congratulates SAIL's 2015 Best Boats Winners!

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 18, 2014
it would be hard to imagine a greater diversity of modern design styles than those comprising the SAIL Magazine Best Boats class of 2015. From a cutting-edge carbon cat to an aluminum sloop expressly designed to nudge aside icebergs, the winners of this year’s Best Boats contest have it all.

Southerly 49

by Charles J. Doane, Posted June 24, 2012
The Southerly range of beachable swing-keel cruisers from Britain’s Northshore Yachts has been consistently represented in the United States now for a number of years, which is a good thing, as there are many cruising grounds here where shoal-draft capability is a great advantage. Every time I sail a Southerly, I come away impressed by the utility offered by their ballasted swing keels and by the high quality of their design and construction

Boat Review: Hanse 575

by David Schmidt, Posted January 22, 2015
One of the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest is that you can sail year-round—provided, of course, that you’ve got the right boat. As I approached the Hanse 575 Crescent Wave at Port Sidney Marina in Sidney, British Columbia, I noticed three things

Boat Review: Catana 42

by Zuzana Prochazka, Posted January 22, 2015
As the saying goes, “perfect is the enemy of good.” But that’s no reason not to strive for perfection, especially as part of a process of continual improvement, as Catana seems to be doing with its revamped line of sailing catamarans, the smallest of which is now the Catana 42.  

Boat Review: Gunboat 55

by Peter Nielsen, Posted January 14, 2015
When Gunboat founder Peter Johnstone approached Nigel Irens—the veteran Brit designer with a string of record-breaking racing cats and tris to his name—about creating a new line of high-performance catamarans, one thing was certain: the end result would be like no production boats seen before. 
Coming hot on the heels of Dufour's Grand Large 500, the new 560 incorporates many of the innovations pioneered by her smaller sibling. Despite it's impressive LOA, the 560 is also a surprisingly nimble boat that is well-configured for short-handed sailing.

Fareast 18

by Adam Cort, Posted December 16, 2014
Unlike most production boatbuilders in Asia, Shanghai Far East Boats is a legitimately indigenous company manufacturing its own line of boats, as opposed to a Western-based enterprise looking to lower its labor costs. 
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

Boat Review: Salona 33

by Zuzana Prochazka, Posted December 5, 2014
The solidly constructed Salona 33 is the baby of the Croatian builder's seven-boat product line and can be ordered to suit either a racer or coastal cruiser, a pair of roles it fills equally well. 

Boat Review: Hanse 345

by Charles J. Doane, Posted December 2, 2014
These days the tendency to maximize interior volume in modern production cruising boats is pretty much taken for granted. By elevating topsides and pushing maximum beam well aft, designers have mastered the art of making large boats seem even larger inside.
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