Boat Reviews

Perry 57

by Sail Staff, Posted May 3, 2005

A market is often the mother of invention. According to Australian cruising-catamaran designer and builder Bryan Perry, "A number of people saw the Perry 43 and liked it. They said they wanted something bigger along the same lines." So he checked on what was already available and came up with the Perry 57 to scratch the itch of his potential customers. The resulting design is 57 feet long and


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Pond Life

by Sail Staff, Posted April 23, 2005
The world of model sailing is as big as the world of sailing itself. Some people get into models for the aesthetic allure of the classics. Some people are born tinkerers; others get in for the competition or to drill on tactics. Others just want the socializing. Competitive, radio-controlled sailing is the mainstay of model sailing. For a few hundred bucks you can buy an
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Daysailers to Die For

by Sail Staff, Posted April 22, 2005
First you have to sail a little boat. When you’re learning to sail, small boats teach you by reacting instantly to every puff, wave, sail adjustment, and turn of the tiller. They take you close to the water and evoke a range of responses; they can relax, thrill, scare, or addict you. Many sailors move to (or even begin with) more stable keelboats and never look back. But some never leave small
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SURFERS TO THE LEFT, SURFERS TO THE RIGHT

by Sail Staff, Posted April 16, 2005
                                                                        
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Boat Reviews

TomCat 9.7

by Tom Dove, Posted March 29, 2005
The TomCat 9.7 was a splendid surprise at the Annapolis boat show. Walking through, I checked off my key points for a 32-foot cruising cat. Marina-friendly beam—check; twin four-stroke outboards—check; open interior space—check; shoal draft—check; neat construction—check.

During my test sail, I found that the solutions Ted Strain has implemented to maximize interior space and sailing


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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