by Sail Staff, Posted March 1, 2012This stunning cat is the latest debutante from a French company known for its fast, sweet-sailing offshore boats. Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost (also responsible for the AC45 catamarans), the boat displaces just 15 tons in cruising trim.
by Sail Staff, Posted March 11, 2011High-performance cruising catamarans are few and far between, perhaps because most cat buyers want to go cruising long-term and thus buy boats built for comfort rather than speed. High performance also means light weight, which in turn means a price premium, so boats like the Alibi 54 are aimed at a small but discerning and well-heeled audience. From its dreadnaught bows to its stepped transoms,
by Sail Staff, Posted March 11, 2011Time 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
by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2010SAIL's picks for the best flagships of 2011
by Charles Mason, Posted January 20, 2010For 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
by Charles Mason, Posted July 22, 2009Most 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
by Charles Mason, Posted June 15, 2009They 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
by Charles Mason, Posted April 17, 2009Earlier 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