Boat Reviews

Beneteau First 35

by Sail Staff, Posted August 4, 2010
Over the last three years Beneteau has completely replaced its ageing First line of performance cruisers. The First 50 and 45, launched in 2008, were joined in 2009 by the First 40 and last year by the First 30 and 35.The Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed First 30 stole the headlines last year, which meant that it overshadowed its bigger (and in many ways as deserving of accolades) sister. Like

The Dufour 40e

by Peter Nielsen, Posted November 23, 2010
It was one of those days a boat reviewer lives for: a solid 20 knots of wind, occasionally gusting toward 30; a cloudless blue sky; and a sharp performance cruiser with a couple of pro sailors aboard, all dialed up and ready to go. This example of Dufour’s new 40E had not been in the water long, and I happily seized the chance to put it through its paces during a visit last March to the factory

The Marblehead 22

by Adam Cort, Posted July 28, 2011
In his book Wind, Sand and Stars, famed French pilot Antoine de Saint-Expry wrote, “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Fair enough. But while this may be true of airplanes, in the world of naval architecture, there are aesthetic considerations as well.

Sakonnet 23

by Sail Staff, Posted November 9, 2005
With the Sakonnet 23, designer Joel White sought to design a simple daysailer that offers “good speed, comfortable seating for four, and good looks,” because “a properly designed daysailer gives the maximum in boating pleasure for the dollars spent.” I think it’s safe to say that this double-ended daysailer built by Edey & Duff accomplishes White’s simple goal. Its lines are

Oyster 46

by Sail Staff, Posted January 23, 2006
Designer Rob Humphreys’s latest project in his continuing update of the Oyster line has been to take a fresh look at the 45-foot center-cockpit deck-saloon model designed for Oyster many years ago by Holman & Pye. Many of the features that have made Oyster one of the world’s preeminent builders of custom and semi-custom yachts are present on this yacht. Now Humphreys has revisited the basic hull

Perini Navi 184

by Sail Staff, Posted January 16, 2006
Ron Holland and the Perini Navi in-house architectural team are working together on this latest project, which has a launch date of spring 2008. The aluminum yacht will have a 233-foot aluminum mast with carbon-fiber spreaders, a carbon boom with in-boom furling, plus 12 captive winches to handle its 31,000 square feet of sail area. The owner’s cabin will be spacious, extending across the

Maggie B

by Sail Staff, Posted January 18, 2006
Nigel Irens, designer of Ellen MacArthur’s record-setting trimaran, B&Q, also enjoys drawing monohulls like this fast gaff-rigged centerboard schooner now being built for an experienced American sailor. “Although the yacht may appear to have been inspired by traditional designs,” says Irens, “the objective has been to create an efficient and easily maintained vessel for world cruising.”The

Naval Academy 44

by Charles Mason, Posted August 11, 2008
The latest addition to the fleet combines proven principles with contemporary practicesSpend any time at sea and you quickly learn that conditions can change rapidly out there, and not always in predictable ways. That truth has always played a key role in educating the midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, and for most of the past 50 years a key part of their experience has

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.

Dufour 455

by James Jermain, Posted September 23, 2005
Forty years ago Michel Dufour dragged boatbuilding into the industrial age by being one of the first to design boats specifically for production building methods. The company came out of some recent financial troubles and launched a “new era” in 2003. Since then two parallel but carefully matched lines of cruising boats have been introduced.One is a group of performance
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