Best Boats

SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Atlantic 47

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 21, 2013
Although huge, full-roached mainsails have been the rule on most catamarans for years now, in real life we all know that many cruising-cat sailors don’t ever use them because they can be so hard to handle. 

SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Lagoon 39

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 21, 2013
The Lagoon 39 was a favorite among the SAIL judges for a variety of reasons, including its innovative design, sound construction, good systems and fine sailing qualities, all topped off by the fact of its simply being a handsome vessel. 

SAIL's Best Boats 2014: RS Cat 16

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 21, 2013
Talk about timing! No sooner does Oracle Team USA stage a comeback for the ages than the veteran UK sportboat and dinghy builder RS unveils a performance beach cat with wave-piercing bows just like those on an AC72!

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. 
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