Boat Reviews

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.

FastCat 305 Vector-K

by Sail Staff, Posted February 25, 2005
Who says cruising catamarans must be over 40 feet long to have accommodations? The FastCat 305 Vector-K is one of several new cruising catamarans that are now being imported by African Cats US. It's only 30 feet long, but its 18-foot beam frees up sufficient interior space to house three cabins and a comfortable six-seater saloon with wrap-around exterior views. Freeboard is

Friendship 53

by Sail Staff, Posted January 16, 2006
When a client wanted to replicate the exact look and idea of the Friendship 40, but in a slightly larger version with two staterooms instead of one, designer Ted Fontaine began to draw—and a big sister to the Friendship 40 was born. The exteriors of the two boats are nearly identical, with clean decks and low-profile cabintops providing a full 360-degree line of sight for the helmsman. The 53’s

Harmony 42

by Sail Staff, Posted March 29, 2005
In spite of all the advances in boat-building techniques over the years, hull and deck layup on boats over 25 feet has always been a labor-intensive, hands-on process. SCRIMP, resin infusion, and vacuum bagging have gone a long way toward reducing harmful styrene emissions and providing superior resin saturation, but these layup techniques still depend heavily on skilled workers. When Olivier

Hunter 41DS

by Bill Springer, Posted July 11, 2005
Since Hunter Marine is constantly devising new ways of increasing and maximizing interior volume, it seems only natural that the Hunter 41DS takes advantage of a deck-saloon layout to achieve a more open and airy accommodations plan. The DS has large elevated windows for panoramic views and a whopping 6-foot, 10-inch headroom in the saloon. The standard two-cabin version has a master stateroom

Dehler 44

by Bill Springer, Posted September 6, 2006
The new Dehler 44 is one of the first two of five new Simonis Voogd–designed Dehlers on the drawing board to be launched between 2006 and 2009. It’s designed to be a performance cruiser with the focus on performance. Production got under way this summer only after extensive computer modeling was used to determine the optimum shape of the hull and appendages. It appears that the designers gave the

Reichel/Pugh 62

by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2006
A very experienced bluewater cruiser commissioned this fast carbon/epoxy cruising yacht and believes that even with all unnecessary weight removed, the yacht will be comfortable and seaworthy. Lyman Morse is using pre-preg carbon and SCRIMP resin infusion to build the vessel. The design features a full range of onboard systems, including a complete hydraulic package for operating the sailhandling
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