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

Shannon Shoalsailer 32

by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2004
All variable-draft boats depend on a fully deployed keel for windward performance. Walt Schulz of Shannon Yachts set himself the challenge of designing a 32-foot cruising boat that would sail to windward without drawing more than 30 inches. The result is the Shannon Shoalsailer, and Schulz's beamy design with dual shallow-draft bilge boards reportedly does just that. Schulz says the hull shape is

Annapolis 30

by Dave Baldwin, Posted June 6, 2006
The first in Annapolis Performance Yachts’s new line, the sleek A30 is a trailerable one-design racer with a narrow beam and a light 3,800 pounds of displacement. Designed for quick acceleration and upwind stability, it features a fractional carbon-fiber rig, an asymmetric

Freydis Open 50

by Bill Springer, Posted September 6, 2006
The French are all about building and sailing fast multihulls, so when advance billing of the new Freydis Open 50 from Tournier Marine arrived at SAIL introducing a new ocean-racing catamaran for “professionals, semi-professionals, and even amateurs,” I could almost hear French builder Philippe Tournier’s accent as I read. This is not the first multihull designed to be gloves-off fast, but its

Warwick 80

by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2006
Large catamarans are starting to look very attractive, and this latest addition to the line of Warwick–designed catamarans is no exception. This design focuses on accommodating charter groups or an owner’s invited guests. The forward-facing saloon has a secondary steering station. Farther aft is a circular dining table with overhead skylights. The expansive aft deck behind the main saloon is

Kernan 69

by Kimball Livingston, Posted October 5, 2006
On the West Coast the heyday of the 70-foot sleds is remembered fondly, with good reason. Thanks to their light weight, those old sleds were not hard to manage, they were medium-tech so cost per foot wasn’t sky high, and you could race one with nothing more than a bunch of good sailors; forget the posse of full-time gunslingers. But the sled craze peaked in the early 1990s and later the West

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

Hunter 45DS

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
The Hunter 45DS is a handsome vessel with an "I can take you there" look. The DS stands for deck saloon, a concept that's become popular in Europe and is gaining ground in the U.S. Deck saloons are popular because they work well. As well as providing panoramic views through the large portlights, they encourage good use of interior space and allow heavy masses like engine and tankage to be

Swan 60

by Sail Staff, Posted February 2, 2009
Nautor’s Swan is finishing off a sleek new German Frers design with a high-volume interior, a large, well-protected cockpit, and a performance-oriented rig and deck plan. The hull and deck are built with prepreg/carbon-fiber reinforced skins over a Corecell core. The bulb-keel foil is fabricated from high-grade steel, and the rudder blade and stock are carbon. In addition to using

Jeanneau 33i

by Sail Staff, Posted August 17, 2009
It’s great to see boatbuilders investing in smaller boats again, and this new baby of Jeanneau’s North American range looks like just the thing for a young family. She’s a simple boat, with double cabins fore and aft and the possibility of sleeping two people amidships on the settees. The heads/shower looks to be a good size and there’s a decent galley and a small nav table.
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