Boats

Best Boats 2015: Garcia Exploration 45

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 14, 2014
After a lifetime of roaming the planet aboard a series of boats named Aventura, bluewater-sailing guru and author Jimmy Cornell turned to French builder Garcia Yachts to develop the boat of his dreams.

Best Boats 2015: Gunboat 55

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 14, 2014
Gunboat has long turned heads with its luxurious, carbon fiber, global-cruising catamarans that have outperformed grand prix monohulls without subjecting their crews or owners to long spells of “rail-meat” duty. But while these exotic cats have long been the stuff of dreams

Best Boats 2015: Gunfleet 58

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 14, 2014
We had little trouble choosing the Gunfleet 58 as the SAIL Flagship for 2015. A thoughtfully designed, carefully constructed and beautifully detailed vessel, this is what a modern luxury sailing yacht should be.  
Adapted from a successful youth match-racing design, every feature of the Andrews 21 is keyed toward teaching and training. I sailed the boat in a mild breeze in Newport Harbor, California, its native waters, and it delivered what I expected. The boat was lively, but tractable, and comfortable in every way, whether it be from an emotional perspective—she looks contemporary and aggressive—to physically finding my place in the cockpit.
Our choice for Best Multihull Flagship in SAIL’s 2014 Best Boats program, the Fountaine Pajot Victoria 67 is a big catamaran from an established builder that puts some significant technological advances into a time-proven hull and interior.
The concept of seakindliness has largely been lost to modern sailors—with the possible exception of the bluewater cruising community. The basic idea is that a boat’s motion through the water—its “feel,” so to speak—should be as comfortable as it is seaworthy. 

Beneteau First 25 S

by Zuzana Prochazka, Posted October 10, 2014
It’s not easy to reintroduce a classic. The re-design has to live up to the best of the previous boat’s advantages, but also must demonstrate that modern technological advances have made it even better.

Boat Review: Xp44

by Adam Cort, Posted October 3, 2014
X-Yachts has long been one of my favorite production boatbuilders, for the simple reason that the company consistently builds great boats, and the Xp44 is no exception. This is a company that never cuts corners. The result is a boat that looks great, feels good and sails well.

Boat Review: Salona 44

by Peter Nielsen, Posted September 30, 2014
Europe’s Adriatic coastline is not only one of the world’s most attractive cruising grounds, it’s home to some good boatbuilders, too. The latest of these to turn its attention to the U.S. market is Croatia’s Salona Yachts. 
Whatever their design, all good little boats have one thing in common: they’re tons of fun
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