Building Your Fleet

by Sail Staff, Posted March 1, 2005
In the Racecourse section of the March issue we talk about some of the things that clubs and fleets have done to build participation. Things like Richmond Yacht Club's Sail A Small Boat Day on San Francisco Bay or the steps taken to revitalize the Islander 36 fleet.


Here's more on the subject, and let's take Islanders first. They succeeded in cranking up


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Boat Reviews

Dufour 385

by Sail Staff, Posted February 28, 2005

Ever since Dufour Yachts was purchased by Cantiere del Padro several years ago, older Dufour designs have been systematically replaced with newer, more stylish models. Italian designer Umberto Felci first drew new 34-, 40-, and 44-foot performance cruisers, and now he's turned his eye to a new 38-footer that is the first in Dufour's revamped cruising line. The


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Boat Reviews

Sabre 386

by Charles J. Doane, Posted February 28, 2005

Since its founding by Roger Hewson more than 20 years ago, Sabre Yachts has excelled at building boats under 40 feet. The old Sabre 28 is certainly one of the best pocket cruisers ever marketed, and Hewson himself often asserted that the company's core boats were its 36-footers. I personally have always favored the Sabre 38, both the Mark I and Mark II models, built


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Boat Reviews

Dibley 23

by Sail Staff, Posted February 28, 2005

Colorado may not be the first place you'd look for a builder offering a new trailerable sportboat, but Watershed Sailboats is indeed in Colorado. The Dibley 23 is a trailerable sportboat Watershed is building with New Zealand–based designer Kevin Dibley of Dibley Marine. Dibley worked closely with Watershed founder Tim Reiter to develop a trailer-friendly design


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Boat Reviews

Melges 17

by Sail Staff, Posted February 28, 2005

With active fleets of M, C, A, and other scows racing on the Great Lakes, why are the folks up in Zenda, Wisconsin, at Melges Performance Sailboats introducing a new scow class? "We're presently losing a lot of our young sailors once they graduate out of the X-Boat, Laser, and 420," says Melges VP Andy Burdick. "The Melges 17 will bring new excitement to scow


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