Boats

Mah 36

by Bill Springer, Posted July 18, 2008
Fountaine Pajot’s new Mah 36 replaces the popular Athena 38 as the company’s entry-level boat. Since many cat builders have shied away from smaller cruising models, I was eager to see how the Mah could provide interior headroom and volume without looking top-heavy or sacrificing bridgedeck clearance. I was also interested in learning how or if the shorter waterline would

Pacific Seacraft 40

by Bill Springer, Posted June 13, 2008
The sturdy, traditionally styled offshore cruisers of Pacific Seacraft are part of the history of the fiberglass-boat industry. The company fell on hard times, however, and was sold last year. This is far from the first time a venerated brand has gone out of business, but Pacific Seacraft is being reborn, and in an unlikely place. Unlikely until you think about it.As the

Beneteau 46

by Tom Dove, Posted May 27, 2008
Beneteau boats keep getting better looking while retaining the consistent quality and good finish that keep owners coming back as they move up in size. The new 46 could be an “ultimate boat” for many sailors who have experience in smaller vessels and are now looking for a stylish, fast, spacious boat that they can continue to sail into their retirement

Catalina 320 MK II

by Tom Dove, Posted May 20, 2008
Catalina boats typically have long production runs, and Catalina is more likely to tweak and update a boat than to totally redesign it. After building 1,039 Catalina 320s since 1993, with few changes other than offering a shallower wing keel about halfway through the production run, the company decided it was time to bring this popular vessel solidly into the new century.The

Shannon 53 HPS

by Bill Springer, Posted May 19, 2008
In a way, all sailboats that have an engine are hybrid-power sailers, but the Shannon 53 HPS is touted as the first motorsailer to maximize all three of these desirable elements: sailing, powering, and accommodation.There may be motorsailer builders who disagree with that claim to be the first, but it doesn't take away from the fact that the boat is capable of

King 40

by Bill Springer, Posted April 15, 2008
The King 40 is designed to be a true dual-purpose cruiser/racer, effective at racing offshore and around the cans as well as comfortable enough for family cruising. The deck plan was developed to allow plenty of room for a racing crew, but there are also comfortable places to sit in cruising mode. The lead bulb/narrow chord keel and high-aspect rudder should combine to provide

Atlantic Sails Again

by Charles Mason, Posted March 26, 2008
A replica of the famous three-masted schooner Atlantic was launched last month from the Van der Graaf boatyard in Holland. The first Atlantic was designed by William Gardner, a partner in the legendary design firm of Gardner & Cox, for Wilson Marshall, heir to a railroad fortune and a member of the New York Yacht Club.The schooner was built at the Townsend &

Admiral 38

by Peter Nielsen, Posted January 16, 2008
Shhhh, don’t tell Famous Potatoes she’s being included in an article about starter cats. She thinks she’s at least 42 feet long, and she’s about convinced me of it too. The most impressive thing about this boat is her incredibly spacious feel. Owners of larger cats have come aboard and exclaimed,“Wow, you have so much room! What a beautiful boat!”I fell in love with her lines when

Bavaria 34

by Bill Springer, Posted January 15, 2008
The German builder Bavaria was sold for 1.3 billion euros in 2007, so it should not come as a surprise that the new owners are announcing new models. What surprises me a little is that the first new boat is a 34-footer rather than a big-ticket 60-footer. But then again, the new owners may realize that sticking with Bavaria’s proven high-volume production formula is probably a

Best Boats 2008

by Sail Staff, Posted December 20, 2007
There was a lot to see in this year’s Best Boats fleet. Multihull designer and guru Chris White, monohull designer Jeremy Wurmfeld, and I combed the docks at the Newport and Annapolis sailboat shows in search of boats worthy of SAIL’s Editors’ Choice awards for innovation and overall excellence. We walked the docks, familiarized ourselves with the fleet, and spent lots of time debating the merits
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