Boat Reviews

Blue Jacket 40

by Peter Nielsen, Posted August 9, 2013
Tim Jackett, the longtime chief designer at Tartan/C&C, knows how to design a fast, sweet-sailing performance boat. Bob Johnson, owner and chief designer at Island Packet Yachts, has his own well-proven ideas about how a cruising boat should be built and designed.

Gunboat 34

by Sail Staff, Posted August 23, 2004
Flush with the success of the aggressive Gunboat 62, Peter Johnstone and multihull designers Morelli & Melvin have brought the same go-fast and go-comfortable approach to the new Gunboat 34. It's designed to be easy to singlehand and to easily log double-digit speeds under sail. All lines lead to the helm station, which is located in the center of the open bridgedeck under a hardtop. Living

Catalina 387

by Kimball Livingston, Posted October 12, 2004
To get yourself from any Southern California harbor to Catalina Island, you're typically going to set full sail in a moderate breeze. Half a day later you'll moor in a sunny lee where you will hang out and probably socialize boat-to-boat for a few days before reaching back home to your freeway connection.That's the classic Southern California cruise weekend, and a lot of the world cruises or

Catalina 22 Sport

by Bill Springer, Posted July 11, 2005
Gerry Douglas, principle designer at Catalina Yachts, has brought a classic back to life with the launch of the new Catalina 22 Sport. The original Catalina 22 helped launch Frank Butler’s fledgling boatbuilding company in 1969 and was in continuous production until a MkII version was launched in the early ’90s. The MkII’s beam was wider by 8 inches so the cockpit could be more spacious, but you

Nautitech 40

by Bill Springer, Posted August 22, 2006
At first glance the Nautitech 40 seems to have solved the conundrum all large cruising-cat designers face—how to draw a boat that’s spacious on the inside and sleek and sexy on the outside. Nautitech’s answer is to unify the topsides by seamlessly blending the coachroof into the hard cockpit roof. As with all designs, a compromise was required. Instead of having a single helm station on the back

Sunreef 122

by Sail Staff, Posted September 28, 2006
Sunreef Yachts has built many catamarans in the 60-foot range but is now moving into larger yachts, many of them custom projects. One example is this 122-foot aluminum yacht, which will sail with a crew of six. The crew is housed in the forward sections of the port hull, and a full-service galley for the entire ship’s company, along with the crew’s dining area, is located in the after section of

Prevost 105

by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006
After Franck Cammas won his fourth ORMA championship last summer aboard his 60-foot trimaran, Groupama 2, he decided his next goal would be to win the Jules Verne Trophy by making the fastest nonstop circumnavigation ever. At 105 feet, Cammas’s new yacht certainly isn’t the largest multihull to make the attempt, but it has been designed to outperform its larger brethren on perhaps the most

Far Harbour 39

by Tom Dove, Posted July 6, 2007
Click here to read a PDF version of this reviewMany of us would like to see the world from the deck of our own sailboats, but time, money, and long, slow offshore passages can interfere with that dream. Sailboats are efficient but slow, earning money requires time and roots, and crossing an ocean takes determination

Oyster 655

by Sail Staff, Posted August 7, 2008
The Oyster 655 is the latest model in Oyster’s new g5 series of Kevlar/carbon deck-saloon cruisers. The hull lines were created and drawn by naval architect Rob Humphreys and Oyster’s own experienced in-house design team, with engineering assistance from the composite engineering company High Modulus. As a result, the 655’s single-skin hull has an E-glass/carbon/Kevlar composite laminate that

Dean 441

by Sail Staff, Posted August 26, 2008
Get close to the Dean 441 and open a bundle of surprises. From a distance, it could be just a typical mid-size catamaran with more mast rake than most, but once you’re aboard you’ll see a boat that’s totally different in both design and execution.The accommodations can be customized to suit the owner’s needs, and the hull, rig, and systems are built to thrive at sea. Since every
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