Gear and Reviews

Koch exhibit anchors at Boston's MFA

by Sail Staff, Posted September 2, 2005

America³ and Il Moro di Venezia, the 1992 America's Cup contenders, are once again doing battle—only this time on the front lawn of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).

The two yachts, owned by the often controversial winning skipper of the 1992 campaign, Bill Koch, are suspended in action as part of a recent exhibition entitled, Things I Love: The


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Flying fingers and so much more

by Sail Staff, Posted August 22, 2005
You think things get hurried on your mark roundings? The tactician aboard the new 98-foot Alfa Romeo at Hamilton Island Race Week (Hahn Premium Race Week) worried about seven-minute legs and four-minute setups for the windward-leeward courses in the middle of the seven days of racing. This on "a boat that's just like any other boat, except that the people all look like ants."

In the


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Boat Reviews

Leopard 40

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2005

South African catamaran specialist Robertson and Caine has been known for building production boats that were distinctively South African, with bridgedeck clearances slightly lower than those seen on French or Canadian cruising cats and hull shapes a bit wider in the stern to provide more buoyancy aft. The thinking was that a lower bridgedeck reduces the boat’s center of


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Boat Reviews

Hunter 27

by Sail Staff, Posted August 10, 2005

Not so long ago, compact coastal cruisers usually provided cramped quarters and minimal comfort, but the new Hunter 27 is cut from an entirely different mold. It’s only 27 feet long, but its 6 feet, 2 inches of headroom and nearly 10 feet of beam provide enough internal volume for cruising amenities not often found on 27-foot boats. Being able to stand up down below is


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Boat Reviews

Com-Pac Eclipse 20

by Bill Springer, Posted August 10, 2005
The 20-foot Eclipse by Com-Pac Yachts makes a strong case for the idea that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to be able to sail to your favorite anchorage, eat a hot meal, and sleep in a comfortable bunk. This trailerable coastal cruiser has all the right features—an easy-to-rig mast, simple sailing systems, a centerboard that reduces draft to 1 foot, 6 inches, and a
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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