Best Boats

Never mind the economy -- it’s business as usual in the boating game. Well, not quite. Everyone in the marine trade is feeling the financial pinch these days, so it’s even more impressive that so many new boats have been developed and readied in time for the fall boat show season. What this year’s line-up of new models—everything from dinghies to multi-million-dollar world cruisers—tells me is
With foreclosures, credit woes, and skyrocketing oil prices painting a gloomy economic picture recently, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see so many new boats being introduced this year. And it makes perfect sense that boatbuilders should compete that much harder for our business. As they say on TV, “when [builders] compete, you win”—in this case you get better, more innovative, more
During years of keeping my finger on the pulse of the new-boat market, I’ve seen boats get bigger and more complicated. I’ve seen construction materials and techniques evolve to produce lighter and stronger hulls. And I’ve seen the word “daysailer” used for everything from a 15-foot trailersailer to a sumptuous cruising boat measuring well over 40 feet. As this year’s fleet of new boats shows,

Alerion Sport 33

by Charles Mason, Posted January 1, 2011
  When Garry Hoyt began thinking about a new 28-footer, he wanted to avoid the two things he felt were keeping sailors from spending more time on the water. The first was an overly complex sailplan. 

Best Boats 2011

by Peter Nielsen, Posted November 17, 2010
The business maxim that you have to innovate your way out of a recession seems to have been taken to heart by boatbuilders. After a comparatively small field of new boats in 2009, this year's boat shows were crammed with talent. There was genuine innovation, a great degree of variety, and a good many excellent examples of the art of boat design and building. Our judges' task was harder

Flagships 2011

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2010
SAIL's picks for the best flagships of 2011

Performance Boats 2011

by Sail Staff, Posted August 10, 2010
SAIL's picks for the best performance boats of 2011_____________________________________________________________________________________   Alerion Sport 33

Cruising Multihulls 2011

by Sail Staff, Posted August 4, 2010
SAIL's picks for the best cruising multihulls of 2011_____________________________________________________________________________________Lagoon 450

Cruising Monohulls 2011

by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2010
SAIL's picks for the best cruising monohulls of 2011_____________________________________________________________________________________Catalina 355

Small Boats 2011

by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2010
SAIL's picks for the best small boats of 2011
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