Boat Reviews

Swan 601

by Tim Jeffrey, Posted July 12, 2005
The 601 is the second of a string of new one-designs from the Finnish builderOf the 950 yachts racing at Skandia Cowes Week last summer, only one was referred to by her crew as "a bit of a weapon." This was fitting flattery, for Sir Peter Ogden’s Spirit of Jethou was exactly that, with her black hull, sleek coachroof, and carbon-fiber sails.Even so,

Najad 460

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
This Swedish-built Judel/Vrolijk design impressed our judges with the quality of its hull and deck construction and dazzled them with gorgeous interior joinery work in satin-finish African mahogany. We loved the feel of the helm ("soft and supple, with just the right amount of feedback") in 15 knots of true wind. The boat tracked well and gave a decent turn of speed (8.5 knots hard on the breeze

Beneteau First 10R

by Sail Staff, Posted March 29, 2006
The 32-foot First 10R represents a new generation of Beneteau’s sleek one-design racers. Designed by Farr Yacht Design with speed as the top priority, the 10R features an aggressive sailplan, an iron blade/lead bulb combo keel, and an asymmetrical spinnaker. While it is the smallest in Beneteau’s First series, it also serves as a comfortable cruiser and is equipped with a separate head, nav

Dufour 525: Flagship of the Fleet

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
Contemporary styling matched with seagoing abilityBy Duncan KentThe headquarters of Dufour Yachts, one of France’s largest production-boat builders, lies just a few miles inland from La Rochelle, an ancient port on the country’s Atlantic coast. More than 40 years have passed since founder Michel Dufour built his first production boat, Sylphe, and his 30-foot cruiser/racer,

The Dynamic Duo

by Peter Nielsen, Posted April 21, 2011
Eavesdropping on an in-depth discussion of rating rules will send a casual bystander into a deep sleep as effectively as any hypnotist, and IRC—the successor to IOR and IMS—is no exception to this, er, rule. All I can say with any kind of authority is that boats designed to IRC tend to be a good deal more interesting than the rule itself. Over the last few years we’ve seen a steady stream of IRC
One of the most eagerly anticipated boats of 2014, the new Gunboat G4 looks nothing short of spectacular. If you thought the Nigel Irens-designed 55- and 60-foot Gunboats introduced in 2013 were radical, this one is right at the bleeding edge.

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
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