Boat Reviews

Etap 37s

by Tom Dove, Posted August 23, 2004
After sailing two or three hundred boats, I thought there would be no utterly novel features for me to discover aboard the next one. I was mistaken. Boat designers are a creative lot, and when they're engineers as well, the result can be a vessel loaded with innovative features. The Belgian-built Etap 37 is just such a package of pleasant surprises. Or maybe I shouldn't be surprised; after all, a

Dibley 23

by Sail Staff, Posted February 28, 2005
Colorado may not be the first place you'd look for a builder offering a new trailerable sportboat, but Watershed Sailboats is indeed in Colorado. The Dibley 23 is a trailerable sportboat Watershed is building with New Zealand–based designer Kevin Dibley of Dibley Marine. Dibley worked closely with Watershed founder Tim Reiter to develop a trailer-friendly design

J/133

by Charles J. Doane, Posted June 3, 2004
Hard on the heels of the 2002 introduction of its new 35-footer, the J/109, J Boats followed up this past fall by sprouting yet another high-performance sprit-boat. Bracketed between the 40-foot J/120 and the 48-foot J/145, the new 43-foot J/133 stakes a claim in the highly competitive mid-40s size range. An extrapolation of the 109, it seeks to combine the fun and performance of an

Lagoon 620

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
French builder Lagoon Catamarans has finalized plans for this 62-footer and intends to launch the first one next year. The VPLP design team headed by well-known designers Marc Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prevost has given the yacht solid performance hulls and has drawn three layouts that range from four to six cabins; each cabin has a separate head and shower. The main saloon is designed to be

New Boats Debut at Fall Shows

by Peter Nielsen, Posted September 30, 2011
It’s fall, and boat show season is upon us. It kicked off on the East Coast with the Newport International Boat Show, in France with the Grand Pavois de La Rochelle, and in England with the Southampton Boat Show. A jetlagged Peter Nielsen visited all three in one week. Here’s what he saw…  

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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