by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2004All 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
by Dave Baldwin, Posted June 6, 2006The 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
by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2006Large 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
by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008The 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
by Sail Staff, Posted February 2, 2009Nautor’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
by Sail Staff, Posted August 17, 2009It’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.