by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006Frans Maas has been designing and building boats for many years. He created this masthead sloop as a one-off, but he hopes it will serve as a prototype for a limited series of semi-custom yachts. The design is in the Maas tradition—an attractive, low-maintenance, and easily operated performance cruiser.Construction is carbon fiber set in vacuum-infused epoxy resin over a foam core.
by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006This 180-foot aluminum ketch by Andre Hoek set sail last May after being launched from the Vitters shipyard in The Netherlands. The yacht, which took five years to design and build, has long overhangs, relatively low freeboard, and a narrow beam (only 31 feet) for its length. After sea trials, and commissioning Adele left for an extended summer cruise to the Lofoten Islands, which lie well beyond
by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006The design concept behind this motorsailer, constructed at Barcos Deportivos Yard in Spain, is to maximize space on deck and below. The cockpit is wide, and the airy feeling below is enhanced by large windows in both the hull and the superstructure. The upper saloon is effectively a continuation of the cockpit. A permanent bimini is installed over the cockpit, which has separate dining and
by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006Paul Bieker has developed this light-displacement water-ballasted lifting-keel design for a Canadian owner who wanted a high-performance racer that can also be cruised with eight aboard. There’s some indication that it might become a production design. Builder Ian Franklin has already built one Bieker design, the 44-foot Dark Star for American Olympic medalist Jonathan McKee. Construction is
by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006Designer Philippe Briand has had a long and fruitful relationship with the CNB yard in Bordeaux, France, where this yacht, essentially a larger version of Briand’s 95-footer, was built. The deck layout, particularly the after sections, has been designed for outdoor living, particularly when the yacht is anchored. The table, sofa, and banquettes can all be adjusted by remote control, and the bar
by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006After Franck Cammas won his fourth ORMA championship last summer aboard his 60-foot trimaran, Groupama 2, he decided his next goal would be to win the Jules Verne Trophy by making the fastest nonstop circumnavigation ever. At 105 feet, Cammas’s new yacht certainly isn’t the largest multihull to make the attempt, but it has been designed to outperform its larger brethren on perhaps the most
by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2006This yacht was built for Jim Stephen, an avid one-design sailor who wanted good speed under sail, plus plenty of legroom for his family when they are cruising. The result is this moderate-displacement centerboard sloop designed by naval architect Dieter Empacher and built in aluminum at Kanter Yachts in St. Thomas, Ontario. The raised deckhouse and large windows create a spacious and well-lit
by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2006Whimsy, designed by naval architect Philippe Briand, was launched by Vaudrey Miller Yachts late last summer. The owner, an experienced racing yachtsman who formerly managed a major British design agency, was deeply involved in the project, whose guiding principle was “less is more.” The end result is a very contemporary cruising yacht, which has a modern hull shape,