Boat Reviews

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
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Boat Reviews

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


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Sails

Spar spares

by Win Fowler, Posted May 19, 2008

"Many experts recommend that cruisers carry extra shrouds and stays. To save space, I’m thinking about carrying Spectra line as a backup. Does the idea have any merit?"

 

-- Kim Barr , San Francisco, California

Win Fowler replies: In theory, Spectra or Dyneema line—both are high-modulus polyethylene—will work fine as standing rigging in terms of breaking


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Racing

PRB Seizes Transat Lead

by Sail Staff, Posted May 18, 2008

Artemis Transat competitors sailed out of their position-blackout period on Sunday, and for the Open 60s the retirement of race leader Sbastien Josse and BT changes the picture in a big way. The mainsail headcar is broken on BT, the sea state prevented Josse from going aloft, and the decision to turn around was a necessary bitter pill. Josse said, "Pulling out is a big


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Ocean Racing

Desjoyeaux Out

by Sail Staff, Posted May 16, 2008
He had the resume, the credibility, and the talent. What he hadn’t expected was the whale.

French superstar sailor Michel Desjoyeaux, skipper of the IMOCA 60 Foncia, and an early favorite to win the Artemis Transat race—he commanded a spot on the leader board early on—had an unexpected encounter with a whale on May 15 (Day 5 of the race), and was forced to retire.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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