Boat Reviews

Hunter 50AC

by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2010
The 50AC is the long-awaited aft cockpit version of Hunter's popular 50CC (center cockpit) cruiser. Belowdecks excellent use has been made of the hull's considerable volume, with all the deft touches Hunter owners have come to expect. The cabintop styling is reminiscent of the Hunter 39 introduced last year.For more information, visit

How Swede It Is

by Peter Nielsen, Posted August 10, 2010
Many of the world’s most desirable sailboats come from Scandinavia. Hallberg-Rassy, Najad, Mal, X-Yachts and Swan are just a few of the excellent brands built around the Baltic. One name that doesn’t resonate with American sailors is Arcona, for the simple reason that until recently, this young Swedish yard has not had an importer in the United States. It has, however, established a good name

Lagoon 450

by Tom Dove, Posted March 11, 2011
Innovate. Sell. Innovate again. That’s the “Lather, rinse, repeat” cycle of a successful boatbuilder.The Lagoon 450 is a fine example of this maxim at work. The Lagoon catamaran company first introduced an open flybridge design with its Lagoon 440 and sold hundreds of them over several years. Once that business was rolling along well, they changed the design to create the 450—and already

Nautitech 542

by Adam Cort, Posted January 9, 2014
Like many monohull sailors, what first drew me to today’s cruising multihulls was all that lounging space. Performance concerns were secondary, at best. What was the point? Over the years, though, my standards have changed. No longer am I content sailing on a mere party platform.

Elan 40

by Tom Dove, Posted July 15, 2004
If Americans think of Slovenia at all, it probably isn't as a boat-building center. Elan Marine is trying to change that. The swift, pretty Elan 40 is a mid-priced racer/cruiser designed by Rob Humphreys that is being pitched as a strong player in the highly competitive 40-foot market. I jumped aboard for a test sail on the Chesapeake last fall to see if the reality matches the

Wylie 43

by Sail Staff, Posted November 19, 2004
California-based designer Tom Wylie is known for his long, slender sleds with freestanding masts, so the configuration of the new Wylie 43 should come as no surprise. It's billed as an "ultralight downwind flyer" and is aimed at the section of the market that's looking for performance in a more-affordable 43-foot package. The hull is made of a cored carbon-fiber laminate; the 4,800-pound keel

Dufour 385

by Sail Staff, Posted February 28, 2005
Ever since Dufour Yachts was purchased by Cantiere del Padro several years ago, older Dufour designs have been systematically replaced with newer, more stylish models. Italian designer Umberto Felci first drew new 34-, 40-, and 44-foot performance cruisers, and now he's turned his eye to a new 38-footer that is the first in Dufour's revamped cruising line. The

Oyster 525

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
Yet another new Oyster is under way, and as usual the design emphasis is a balanced combination of performance, comfort, and solid construction.Designer Rob Humphreys has given the new yacht a larger cockpit than other designs in the size range. And like all Oysters, it is ergonomically designed for comfort. Belowdeck accommodations include a spacious saloon, three guest cabins, and an

Leopard 38

by Sail Staff, Posted June 15, 2010
Over the last decade, South African company Robertson and Caine has become one of the world’s leading multihull builders, thanks in no small part to its association with charter companies The Moorings and Sunsail. For many years it has produced boats under two names—its own Leopard brand name, and that of the Moorings. The latest cat to emerge from this busy company is the Leopard 38, aka the

Boat Review: J/88

by Adam Cort, Posted October 2, 2013
Years ago, I spoke with a young naval architect who was critical of J/Boats, because of the fact that all their boats tended to look the same. The only way to tell them apart, he said, was by counting the portlights in the cabintrunk.
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