Boat Reviews

Maestro 40

by Herb McCormick, Posted August 7, 2008
If you strolled the docks at the major East Coast sailboat shows last fall and thought you were seeing a higher-than-average number of good-looking new designs from Scandinavian builders, you were. Among the ranks of that swelling Nordic fleet was a mid-size performance cruiser called the Maestro 40, created by one of the true deans of Northern European naval architects, Eivind Still. The

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

Admiral 38

by Peter Nielsen, Posted January 16, 2008
Shhhh, don’t tell Famous Potatoes she’s being included in an article about starter cats. She thinks she’s at least 42 feet long, and she’s about convinced me of it too. The most impressive thing about this boat is her incredibly spacious feel. Owners of larger cats have come aboard and exclaimed,“Wow, you have so much room! What a beautiful boat!”I fell in love with her lines when

Prout 45S

by Sail Staff, Posted August 17, 2009
Originally a British company, Prout catamarans are now built in China. The 45S is a good-looking boat, opulently fitted out and with some customizable interior options. There’s more wood than we’ve become accustomed to seeing in catamarans and the factory has done its best to keep weight down with extensive use of cored moldings. There are four staterooms, and a heads compartment in each hull.

Landing School 20

by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2010
Little sister to the nippy Landing School 30 introduced last year by the Landing School in Maine, the LS-20 looks like a heap of fun. A vacuum-bagged, cored hull, retracting sprit, lifting T-keel, carbon-fiber mast and full-length cockpit make this a daysailer with a difference.For more information on the LS-20, click

Tangara 28

by Sail Staff, Posted August 5, 2010
Here is a weekender with a difference, combining a distinctly retro European look with a modern sailplan and underbody. There's enough interior volume for overnighting and the light-displacement hull promises plenty of speed. SPECS: LOA: 28ft 3inBEAM: 8ft 2inDRAFT: 5ft 3inBALLAST: 1,360lb SAIL AREA: 232.5 sq ftENGINE:

Catalina 355

by Charles J. Doane, Posted December 30, 2010
Catalina’s 445, introduced in 2009, won multiple awards and attracted much interest from buyers. According to Catalina VP and design maven Gerry Douglas, the only complaint some potential buyers had was that the boat was a bit bigger than what they needed or could afford. Hence the straightforward design brief for Douglas’s new boat, the 355, introduced at the 2010 Annapolis boat show: scale down
Jeanneau’s Sun Odyssey 409 replaces the very successful Sun Odyssey 39i in the French builder’s fleet of performance cruising boats. With its angular styling and solid performance, the 409 won accolades as the 2011 European Yacht of the Year in the Family Cruisers category. 

Bavaria 32

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
Bavaria Yachts builds over 1,000 boats each year, and the company's fine-tuned mass-production techniques contribute to the Bavaria 32's great price. But the 32 offers more than excellent value for money. We chose it because it has a sweet helm, clean lines, comfortable accommodations, and reasonable systems, all of which make it an enticing package.Good headroom and well-sized berths will

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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