Boat Reviews

Island Spirit 40

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
The Island Spirit 40, designed and built in South Africa, has many of the characteristics people look for in an offshore boat: solid construction, simple, robust, and accessible systems, safe and efficient sailhandling gear, a roomy interior, a manageable price, and good sailing performance.On deck we liked the mainsheet/traveler system and the good visibility over the coachroof from the

Maiden Hong Kong

by Sail Staff, Posted May 31, 2005
Mari-Cha IV currently rules the Atlantic, but there may be a new sheriff in town with the launching of Frank Pong's record chaser, Maiden Hong Kong. Designer Juan Kouyoumdjian's brief was for a 100-foot-plus monohull capable of breaking existing transoceanic records. Maiden's 115-foot carbon-composite hull is a stripped-out (pipe berths only) racer built by DK Yachts in

Baraka

by Sail Staff, Posted August 7, 2008
A happy combination, with everything rightIf you want a yacht that can give you the ride of your life during the day and provide hotel-style accommodations at anchor, Jean de Fontenay’s Reichel Pugh designed 62-foot sloop, Baraka, takes the brass ring in both categories. Fontenay, a sailor with impressive credentials, thrives on the challenges that come with sailing a

Renovatio: The Passport 615

by Tom Dove, Posted April 23, 2010
Passport Yachts has been building semi-custom voyaging sailboats for three decades. For the last 20 years these boats have been produced in a modern facility in China. Thom Wagner has been the force behind the company from the beginning, and he still is the man to see when you are ready to buy one. His latest project is the Passport Vista 615 Twin Cockpit, designed by Bill Dixon.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 469

by Adam Cort, Posted March 4, 2014
Following in the footsteps of the Sun Odyssey 509, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 469 incorporates much of what the veteran French boatbuilder has learned in developing the latest iteration of this venerable performance-cruiser line, which now boasts seven models. 

Impression 434

by Bill Springer, Posted February 28, 2005
Slovenia-based Elan Marine has established a presence with its line of Rob Humphreys–designed performance cruisers over the past several years, but the new Impression 434 by Elan is an entirely different animal. Unlike Elan's low-slung racer/cruisers, the 434 is aimed directly at the cruiser looking to reel off quick passage times while enjoying spacious

Lagoon 500

by Sail Staff, Posted July 12, 2005
Following up on their successful Lagoon 440 catamaran, the Peteghem-Prevost design team has created a 51-footer that will be available with several options—an owner's version with a three- or a four-cabin arrangement and a charter version with four or five cabins. The main saloon, located on the bridgedeck between the hulls, has a center table that is large enough to seat 10
Remember the days when anchorages were filled with cruising boats in the 20-to-30-foot range and 40-footers were considered big? The Philippe Briand–designed Sun Odyssey 32 may be considered entry-level compared to the multitude of new 40-foot cruising boats—it’s the smallest cruising boat Jeanneau sells here in the States—but I found during a test sail on

Volvo Extreme 40

by Bill Springer, Posted November 9, 2005
The launch of the first Volvo Extreme 40 high-performance racing catamaran was, you could say, extreme. As soon as it hit the water, it was flying a hull with a gennaker and doing over 20 knots in 12 to 14 knots of wind. The project was conceived by Herbert Dercksen and top Olympic cat sailors who are looking to make the stopovers during the Volvo Ocean Race more exciting and

Najad 380

by Tom Dove, Posted September 5, 2006
I finally figured out what Swedes do on those dark northern-winter days. They have contests. Varnishing contests. Woodworking contests. Bolt-tightening contests. At least, that’s what I thought after a close examination of the new center-cockpit Najad 380 from Sweden. On deckThe in-mast furling mainsail was beautifully made by UK-Syverson. Thanks to its vertical battens, and
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