Boats

Who among us isn’t a sucker for pretty overhangs, a sweet sheerline and a flush deck? There isn’t a boat in Morris Yachts’s M-series line of Sparkman &Stephens-designed modern classics that’s not a head-turner, and the new M46 is no exception. There’s more to this beauty, though, than meets the eye: good performance was near the top of the design brief.
Something has happened to the Strictly Sail component of the Miami International Boat Show over the last five years. Each February, I’ve seen a drop in the number of monohulls and an increase in the number and variety of multihulls. This year, I twice attempted to count the number of catamarans; each time I was distracted and lost track somewhere around the mid-20s. Granted, there were a few brokerage boats in there, but it was an impressive turnout nevertheless, with plenty of new models amongst the evergreens. 
We sail the Blue Jacket 40, a fin-keeled, twin-wheeled performance cruiser from Island Packet Yachts If you were asked to sum up any boat you sailed in just two words, it’s a fair bet that some of them wouldn’t be “family-friendly.” Thankfully, the phrase that stuck in my mind after our test sail of the new Blue Jacket 40 was this: sailor-friendly. Given the boat’s unusual but impeccable design pedigree, it could hardly have been anything else.

Hanse 415

by Bill Springer, Posted May 6, 2013
The Hanse 415 is superficially like a lot of new production cruising boats in the 40-foot range. But as I found out during a test sail on Narragansett Bay last fall, not all 40-foot “performance cruisers” are created equal.

Flagships Gallery Presented by Pantaenius

by Sail Staff, Posted May 6, 2013
Sailboats have long been among man’s most beautiful creations, and we are proud to present some of the finest examples in SAIL’s Flagships Gallery—a collection of the biggest and most luxurious models currently offered by the world’s premiere sailboat builders.
Several of this year’s finest sailboats, powerboats, kayaks and daysailors, will debut at the SailQuest Boat Show at Milford Lisman Landing Marina in Milford, CT, from May 17-19. 
French trimaran l'Hydroptère sets the bar pretty high when it comes to flying boats. Come summer 2013, her crew aims to break the Transpacific record, sailing from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Best Boats 2013 Neel 45

by Tom Dove, Posted April 24, 2013
“Everything old is new again” is a common theme in yacht design, and the Neel 45 is a perfect example. Many sailors younger than 60 won’t remember that the very first trimarans were full-bridgedeck boats built in plywood, and to them this boat will seem revolutionary.
Just as the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis is the one essential showcase for American builders and importers, so the annual Boot show held in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the one event where all the big players have to exhibit their wares.

Flagships Gallery: Hallberg-Rassy 64

by Sail Staff, Posted April 3, 2013
The Germán Frers designed 64 is Hallberg-Rassy’s new flagship. She is a world cruiser for a family crew.
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