Boat Reviews

Ultimate 24

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
This Jim Antrim--designed sportboat has innovative, well-executed features, achieves the difficult task of combining ease of handling and stability with sportboat performance, and is a gas to sail. The cockpit received high marks because the seats are wide, the stanchions angle outboard slightly to make it possible to use the lifelines as a comfortable backrest, the anti-skid is excellent, and

Delphia 40

by Sail Staff, Posted June 6, 2006
Built as a sturdy passagemaker capable of withstanding the harshest of Baltic Sea conditions, this 40-foot Polish import carries 841 square feet of sail area, has a displacement of 18,000 pounds, and is available with a shoal or deep keel (5 feet, 6 inches/7 feet, 1 inch). The interior features 6-foot, 8-inch headroom in the saloon, mahogany joinerwork, and a choice of three- or four-cabin

Elan 450

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
Designed by Rob Humphreys, this latest model from Elan follows the general design parameters he’s established with smaller Elan models. These include an open cockpit, belowdeck sheeting lines, and a double-ended mainsheet-sheeting system. The yacht has a long waterline and a well-shaped hull; the standard three-cabin layout features the owner’s stateroom, with head and separate shower, forward

X-Treme 25

by Adam Cort, Posted August 23, 2011
With its almost predatory lines, plumb bow and short fixed bowsprit, the X-Treme 25 is a sport boat that attracts a crowd just sitting on its trailer. The boat seems like a cutting-edge maxi in miniature—ICAP Leopard back in grade school.The resin-infused hull laminate, set in epoxy, is glass with a foam core. To increase stiffness, the boat has five structural bulkheads and a beefy

Fareast 18

by Adam Cort, Posted April 9, 2014
Unlike most production boatbuilders in Asia, Shanghai Far East Boats is a legitimately indigenous company manufacturing its own line of boats, as opposed to a Western-based enterprise looking to lower its labor costs. 

Beneteau 423

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
High-volume boatbuilders strive to provide more boat, more conveniences, and more standard features for less money, and the Beneteau 423 made our list because it does just that. It's a spacious 42-footer that sails well, has comfortable accommodations and sufficient systems, and is equipped with a long list of standard features (many of which are options on other boats) at a price that makes it

X-43

by Bill Springer, Posted June 3, 2004
There has been a proliferation of new racer/cruisers in the 40-foot range. Some builders have returned to the genre after focusing on more cruising-oriented designs, but the Danish builder X-Yachts has been consistently turning out strong, stylish, comfortable performance boats for 25 years. Drawing from this deep well of experience, Niels Jeppesen’s new X-43 was reported to

Moorings 4000

by Sail Staff, Posted July 20, 2004
The Moorings's collaboration with American multihull designers Morelli & Melvin and the South African builder Robertson & Caine has resulted in the Moorings 4000 40-foot catamaran. As you would expect from The Moorings, it's an ultra-spacious cruising cat that is available for charter placement as well as via private sales. The large hardtop-protected cockpit features an outside dining area and

Bruckmann 50

by Sail Staff, Posted August 23, 2004
Mark Ellis drew the lines for the Bruckmann 50, a seamanlike motorsailer that was originally called the Bruckmann 480; overall length is actually a fraction over 51 feet. Two private cabins forward lead into a very full galley to port and a nav station and relaxation area to starboard. There are dual steering stations, one at the forward end of the pilothouse and a second at the aft end of the

Lagoon 440

by Tom Dove, Posted September 21, 2006
Even a short look back in time shows how accustomed we have become to luxury in our boats. We expect beautiful wood joinery, smooth fiberglass work, large electrical systems, sophisticated nav gear, electric winches, effortless sail handling, spacious living areas, and galleys that rival our kitchens at home. The Lagoon 440 has all that, and as the TV ads say, “But
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