by Dave Baldwin, Posted March 3, 2006You have to admire Hugo Le Breton for setting the bar high with his new SIG 45. His goal was simple and ambitious: to combine the high-performance design elements of an ocean-racing multihull with the style of a contemporary cruising monohull. The result is a 45-foot racer-cruiser that comfortably accommodates six and can hit top speeds of over 20 knots. The SIG 45 features
by Craig Davis, Posted January 23, 2006Over the last decade or so, the America’s Cup and Maxi-yacht classes have benefited from most of the research money going into sailing. Today’s Maxi owners aren’t shy about pushing design far beyond what is permitted in the America’s Cup. Maxis are larger than the Cup yachts and increasingly use canting keels and water ballast to improve performance. Reichel/Pugh, German Frers,
by David Woodley, Posted January 23, 2006Sailing to the edge of the earthAlthough the palm trees and sandy beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean islands are always alluring—and the Mediterranean is a romantic place to visit—what do you do when you’ve already experienced all that? Jim and Jean Foley asked themselves the question after finishing a seven-year circumnavigation aboard their Mason 44, Mara.
by Sail Staff, Posted January 23, 2006Designer Rob Humphreys’s latest project in his continuing update of the Oyster line has been to take a fresh look at the 45-foot center-cockpit deck-saloon model designed for Oyster many years ago by Holman & Pye. Many of the features that have made Oyster one of the world’s preeminent builders of custom and semi-custom yachts are present on this yacht. Now Humphreys has revisited the basic hull
by Sail Staff, Posted January 23, 2006Designed by Philippe Briand, with interior dcor by Andrew Winch, this 115-foot sloop is the largest composite yacht that has been built by the well-known French yard CNB. Launched in mid-May, the yacht has been built with carbon fiber and vinylester resins using a resin-infusion system. The yacht’s lifting keel has a 60,000-pound bulb that can be retracted from a maximum draft of 16 feet to a
by Sail Staff, Posted January 18, 2006Delivered to an Italian owner last year, this carbon-composite hull has a lifting keel that can reduce draft from 14 feet, 9 inches to less than 10 feet. The rig includes a new “canoe” boom that is supposed to be easier to use and store the mainsail better than the more traditional wide, flat Park Avenue boom. The nonoverlapping jib makes the yacht easy to handle, and the
by Sail Staff, Posted January 18, 2006Nigel Irens, designer of Ellen MacArthur’s record-setting trimaran, B&Q, also enjoys drawing monohulls like this fast gaff-rigged centerboard schooner now being built for an experienced American sailor. “Although the yacht may appear to have been inspired by traditional designs,” says Irens, “the objective has been to create an efficient and easily maintained vessel for world cruising.”The
by Sail Staff, Posted January 18, 2006When their carbon/epoxy-hulled 50-footer was launched two years ago, it was named European Boat of the Year. But the Shipman design team has decided there is also a need for a yacht in the 60-foot range that can make offshore passages quickly and effortlessly. The result is this pilothouse design the Shipman team is calling “the racer’s ocean cruiser.” The lightweight