Best Boats

SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Far East 18/18R

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 21, 2013
Shanghai Far East Boats got its start building Optimists for the Asian championship regatta held in Qingdao, China, in 2002 and quickly grew into one of the preferred builders for this one design class. 

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. 

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. 

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. 
Every year, we here at SAIL magazine wonder how the boatbuilding industry is going to top the previous year’s effort, and every year the industry surprises us with both its enthusiasm and ingenuity.

Best Boats 2013 Hunter 40

by Sail Staff, Posted August 19, 2013
To celebrate its 40th anniversary (and a recent change of ownership) Hunter has introduced a new 40-footer that hones and refines several trends the company has been developing aboard its boats in recent years.

Zen 24

by Charles J. Doane, Posted August 13, 2013
It’s not often that we here at SAIL get to test-sail production sailboats from Japan. 
The past year has been a good one for small boats and daysailers, but even in a crowded field, the Tartan Fantail stands out as something special—a boat that is elegant, practical and, best of all, a whole lot of fun.

Life at 55

by Dennis Caprio, Posted July 2, 2013
Is 55 the new 45—feet, that is? In much the same way that advances in healthcare have allowed us to feel younger than our years, technological innovations in sailhandling gear and mechanical propulsion have made yachts 50 to 60 feet long a breeze to sail, dock or anchor, even for sailors whose ages are approaching that of their boats’ LOA.

Best Boats 2013 Harbor 30

by Sail Staff, Posted June 13, 2013
Like W.D. Schock’s other daysailers, the new Harbor 30 is a tasteful blend of tradition and technology. At a distance, this boat looks good from every angle, and the visual pleasure continues as you step aboard and below into the cabin.
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