Flagships

Oyster 885

by Sail Staff, Posted March 11, 2011
Time was when the Oyster 71 was the biggest of these bespoke yachts that one could aspire to. Now that the British company is building superyachts—making it the only boatbuilder whose range starts at 46 feet and peaks at 125 feet— the 71 is merely mid-range. The new 885 is the biggest boat Oyster could design to slip just under the 24-meter waterline load line rule. Any boat over that is subject

Flagships 2011

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

Flagships: Bavaria Cruiser 45

by Charles Mason, Posted January 20, 2010
For over 30 years Bavaria Yachts has been producing good sailing designs at a very affordable price, helped in part by automated production facilities and unit volumes that have exceeded 3,000 a year. The latest model from the Bavaria design crew is this 45-footer with a three-cabin layout that includes an owner’s cabin forward and two cabins aft of the saloon. The owner’s cabin

Aegir, more eye candy from Goetz

by Charles Mason, Posted July 22, 2009
Most boatbuilders haven’t escaped the economic malaise that’s infiltrated almost every area of activity during the past 18 months. And that’s why it is so nice to see Goetz Custom Technologies LLC, one of the best of the high-end builders, digging out nicely from problems that quickly follow when there’s a light order book. Goetz currently is not one but two 82 footers on the floor. One is a

Big, fast, and beautiful

by Charles Mason, Posted June 15, 2009
They are starting to appear at many of the big boat regattas sailed off Newport, Cowes, Cannes, and other ports around the world. Often you see two or more running side by side under a cloud of sail to the finish as their crews strain to snatch every bit of power from the passing gusts and lulls. They’re not purebred racing boats; they’re the latest generation of performance

A Conducta cat leaps into spring waters

by Charles Mason, Posted April 17, 2009
Earlier this month the Thomaston, Maine boatbuilder, Lyman Morse, gently lowered the 62-foot Morrelli and Melvin-designed catamaran Mala Conducta into the St. George River that runs past the firm’s state of the art building shed. Although M and M designed the cat for family cruising—the owners previously owned a large monohull -- their build brief to Lyman Morse was to

Sunreef 70

by Sail Staff, Posted February 3, 2009
Blue Gru, the first yacht in the new Sunreef 70 line, was recently launched from the builder’s yard in Poland. The streamlined aluminum exterior contrasts with a classic interior design with minimalist styling. The yacht, like many in the Sunreef fleet, has been designed principally for the charter trade through the firm’s charter division.Other features include

Lagoon 620

by Sail Staff, Posted February 3, 2009
Multihull owners interested in moving up to a larger yacht should take a look at this new model, scheduled to be launched this summer. The lines and profile are by the French design team Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prevost, with input from the Lagoon in-house design team.The flybridge, now a proven concept on yachts this size, provides extra living space below and gives guests an exceptional

New morning

by Charles Mason, Posted February 3, 2009
When San Francisco sailors Russ Irwin and Fay Mark decided to take sabbaticals from their business careers, she was managing Web sites for major corporations and he was a successful venture capitalist. They decided they would buy a yacht and head west until they got either “tired or bored.” While their multiyear plan included cruising through the islands of the South Pacific

Meter maids

by Craig Davis, Posted February 3, 2009
Most sailors know that 12-Meter yachts were sailed in America’s Cup competitions between 1958 and 1987. Less well known is the fact that the Meter rule also applies to a range of yachts of different sizes, all built to what is formally known as the International Rule. First established in 1906, the rule has survived more or less intact for over a century. Last July a
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