Boat Reviews

Leopard 40

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2005
South African catamaran specialist Robertson and Caine has been known for building production boats that were distinctively South African, with bridgedeck clearances slightly lower than those seen on French or Canadian cruising cats and hull shapes a bit wider in the stern to provide more buoyancy aft. The thinking was that a lower bridgedeck reduces the boat’s center of

Southern Wind 100

by Sail Staff, Posted January 18, 2006
This South African yard has specialized in large composite yachts for the past 10 years. This sloop, whose lines, sailplan, keel, and rudder are from Farr Yacht Design, is their largest project to date. The composite hull construction features an infused carbon/Kevlar and epoxy laminate; with structural engineering by SP Technologies. Displacement is expected to be about 130,000

Hallberg-Rassy 48

by Sail Staff, Posted June 2, 2005
Although based on the same concept as the German Frers–designed 46-foot bluewater cruiser that this Swedish builder has produced for many years, the HR 48 has an entirely new hull and layout. Interior space has been expanded with a longer waterline and has been brightened with larger side windows. The aft cabin is wider and is available with either two bunks on each side or

Morris 52

by Charles Mason, Posted August 11, 2008
With one order in hand and serious interest from several other clients, Morris Yachts is well along on the first Morris 52 hull from the board of Sparkman & Stephens. The new owners found that their S&S-designed Morris 42 was getting a little cramped with their three young children aboard and wanted a larger yacht with the traditional interior layout they presently enjoy. In this case

Zen 24 Tested

by Charles J. Doane, Posted August 13, 2013
It’s not often that we here at SAIL get to test-sail production sailboats from Japan. 

Island Packet 370

by Tom Dove, Posted November 19, 2004
Many boats are compromises between conflicting desires to race and to cruise, but not this one. The Island Packet 370 has a single mission: cruising. It's now the smallest member of the Island Packet family, attracting both experienced owners moving up from smaller boats and newcomers with the means to make this their first boat.On DeckA few years ago designer Bob Johnson

J/124

by Bill Springer, Posted July 11, 2005
Bolstered by the success of the elegant and sporty J/100 daysailer, the folks at J Boats have extrapolated the idea out to 40 feet LOA with their new J/124 weekender. The goal is comfort, simplicity, and superior sailing performance, not long-term offshore cruising. The cockpit has 14-inch backrests, seats that are long enough for sleeping under the stars, and a dodger for

Columbia 30

by Kimball Livingston, Posted May 3, 2005
The new Columbia 30 would have attracted attention even if it were just an average white boat. The resurrection of Columbia Yachts is a story in itself. But Vince Valdes has grander aims than just bringing his father's old company back to life.The marketplace will have to decide what to make of a high-end 30-foot sportboat that's weekend-cruiser friendly, but Valdes is betting plenty of

Esse 850

by Bill Springer, Posted August 22, 2006
The idea behind the new 28-foot Esse 850 is what many sportboat builders strive for: Build a fast, easy-to-handle, trailerable, one-design racer/daysailer that can be sailed shorthanded. And make sure it’s drop-dead gorgeous.After a successful launch in Europe, where the Umberto Felci design was named one of the European Yachts of the Year, it appears the 850 turns the

Perini 289

by Sail Staff, Posted September 28, 2006
Perini Navi and Yildiz Gemi, the company’s Turkish facility, launched this three-masted ship, the largest sailing yacht in the world, in March 2006. The 289-foot vessel was built in steel and was launched from a drydock moored in the bay of Tuzla.When fully rigged, the yacht will have three rotating masts and will set nearly 26,000 square feet of sail. The rig and sail controls are managed
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