Boat Reviews

Santa Cruz 53C

by Sail Staff, Posted June 6, 2006
Santa Cruz 53CDesigned for serious passagemakers, the new Santa Cruz 53C is a bluewater-cruising version of the company’s 52-foot racer/cruiser. While it maintains the original’s lightweight design, new cruising-friendly features include hull windows, self-tacking jib, carbon-fiber boom, optional shoal-draft keel, and a fiberglass dodger for more comfortable foul-weather sailing. The 53C boasts

Najad 440

by Sail Staff, Posted July 12, 2005
Following a number of successful collaborations with the Judel/Vrolijk design team, Najad has improved the windward performance of this new 44-footer by giving it a narrow V-shaped entry forward. For solid downwind performance, the aft sections have a more pronounced U shape and slightly more beam. The keel is also deeper and narrower than on previous models, and the spade rudder is well balanced

Passport 515 CC

by Tom Dove, Posted August 11, 2008
Contemporary styling and custom features provide exciting alternatives for the serious cruiserSome people are satisfied with the basics—a basic car, off-the-rack clothes, a standard house floor plan, a production boat. But others are not. Bob Perry's Passport Vista 515 Center Cockpit cruiser comes from a builder who specializes in satisfying sailors who like to have

Hallberg-Rassy 54

by Sail Staff, Posted January 16, 2006
Construction has begun on this new 54-foot center-cockpit design from German Frers, and the first yacht in the series is expected at the end of August. There’s an owner’s cabin aft and two guest cabins forward. Construction is glass with PVC core except in the keel area, which is solid-glass laminate. Spars and rod rigging are by Seldn, and the auxiliary is a 110-horsepower Volvo diesel. A

Briand 105

by Carlos Serra, Posted June 2, 2005
It’s a sparkling summer morning in Palma, Mallorca, and the crew of the 105-foot sloop Gliss (derived from the Dutch word glinsteren, which means to shine or glitter with brilliance) is waiting for her owner and his guests to arrive. The cook has already returned from the market with fresh produce, local bread, and freshly caught sea bass. At the appointed hour the owner’s party arrives onboard,

Pendennis 157

by Sail Staff, Posted June 2, 2005
Not many yachts are as innovative as this Liebowitz & Pritchard–designed 157-foot aluminum motorsailer. Drawn by Pedrick Yacht Design, this sloop can sail well and motor at speeds of up to 23 knots; with its centerboard up, the draft is just under 7 feet, allowing it to enter anchorages normally out of bounds for yachts this size.A major design issue was how to make the higher-than-average

Tripp 78

by Sail Staff, Posted January 16, 2006
Bill Tripp has designed this lifting-keel sloop to be as comfortable racing in the North Atlantic as it is cruising in the Mediterranean. A deep-ballast package creates high stability under sail even as the lifting feature allows access to harbors and shallow anchorages. On deck, the foredeck is flush with a low house aft. There’s a guest cockpit with flush dodgers just behind

Mal 40

by Tom Dove, Posted September 21, 2006
The Mal 40 is the latest gem from a highly regarded Swedish builder of cruising boats from 36 to 46 feet. Like all Mals, this one can be customized extensively, an appealing feature for the sailor who has been around enough to have strong opinions.It’s not a racing boat, but it is exactly the sort of vessel you’d want for extended coastal cruising or ocean voyaging. Not that it’s

Perry 59

by Kimball Livingston, Posted September 29, 2006
With a name like Free Range Chicken, the explanation for how this yacht got its name needs to be offered up front. “It’s my ninth boat,” says owner Bruce Anderson. “My first boat was a Catalina 27 that I sailed out of Chicago. Fast forward to boat number six, and I’m in Southern California with a custom Andrews 36. With that boat I thought maybe we would build a bunch of sisterships, so I wanted

Moorings 4300

by Tom Dove, Posted June 6, 2007
Sitting at a table with designers and engineers in Miami, I have the sense of a futuristic adventure, akin to NASA in the ’60s or Silicon Valley in the ’80s. Their enthusiasm as they wax on about voltage levels, firmware, energy conversion, and interoperability is contagious. The unlikely source of all this is a catamaran, the Moorings 4300 Electric. In a Caribbean charter fleet
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