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

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.
A new take on the age-old Crab Claw rig just may be the perfect sail configuration for today's motorsailers. 
From a trainer cat with attitude to a crop of all-carbon, high-performance cruisers, the diversity and quality of the latest new designs from the world’s builders illustrates the strength of the multihull scene

Best Boats 2015: Topper Topaz Argo

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 17, 2014
A few months ago, SAIL ran a story in which we considered exactly what it is that makes for a great small boat. And as fate would have it, the Topaz Argo from the UK’s Topper International meets an awful lot of the standards we came up with.

Best Boats 2015: Morris Ocean Series 48 GT

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 17, 2014
On the one hand, there was no shortage of innovative ideas at this year’s Annapolis show. Among them were the Seascape 27’s clever outboard motor stowage arrangement, push-button belowdecks reel winches on the Island Packet SP Cruiser MK2 and several full-blown distributed power installations using the CZone system from New Zealand.   
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