by Sail Staff, Posted November 27, 2006SAIL’s Best Boats program is designed to seek out and acknowledge true innovation and forward thinking; the awards are based on firsthand knowledge of the new boats we see at the shows. SAIL editors Peter Nielsen, Bill Springer and Kimball Livingston, and editor-at large Charlie Doane combed the docks at the fall boat shows and have given Editors’ Choice awards for innovation and overall
by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006This Bill Dixon–designed 130-foot ketch was launched after a three-year build at the Royal Huisman yard. Conceived as a contemporary cruiser for the owner and his family and friends, its interior, featuring French walnut, was created by Dick Young Design. During sailing trials Antares was able to reach 14 knots in moderate conditions.
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