Boat Reviews

Beneteau First 50

by Tom Dove, Posted August 11, 2008
There's a whole lot more here than headroom and easily handled sails

The hull form is sleek and sophisticated, the eyebrows above the ports denote competence and self-worth, and some of the accessories belowdeck are fine leather. The Beneteau First 50 starts with style, but it carries through with performance. An owner looking for a fast cruiser, an occasional racer, and/or a


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Boat Reviews

Najad 355

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2008

A fixed windshield and teak deck create a familiar Scandinavian look, but the Najad 355 appears sleeker than many offshore cruisers. "It attracts the younger crowd with a little higher performance, contemporary style and interior, and a racy look," said broker Rob Robinson.

CONSTRUCTIONThe hull carries a flat underbody and a fine entry that flares gracefully into a moderately


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Boat Reviews

X-34

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2008

Many of today's boats are designed to be both quick and comfortable, and X Yachts continues to stake its claim in the performance-cruiser market. The X-34 is light, nimble, and sturdy, as I learned firsthand during several hours of thrashing into a stiff 17-to-20-knot headwind and steep chop on a recent 50-mile test sail/delivery.

CONSTRUCTIONThe hull and deck are built


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Caribbean

What Heat Wave?

by Robby Robinson, Posted August 11, 2008
Yes, temperatures may be high, but there are brisk southeasterlies, warm waters, and the bimini

Evening was still very hot. Friends had told us not to miss the unique monastery on Cat Island, and my wife, Carol, seemed eager and able. But as we traipsed the beachfront in the sun, I was waiting for my life to flash before my eyes. Going out in the noonday sun has never seemed


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Charter

Dive in. If you’re a certified diver (open water) as well as a sailor, Horizon Yacht Charters’s Sail & Dive package out of Jolly Harbour, Antigua, may prove hard to resist. It includes two days of diving with Indigo Divers (accommodations on land), plus five nights aboard a 40-footer. If you need a refresher diving course, it’s complementary. www.horizonyachtcharters.com

Sail


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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