Boat Reviews

Portland Pudgy

by Peter Nielsen, Posted September 23, 2010
Once, in the interests of research, I spent an afternoon bobbing around in a liferaft. Ever since, I’ve had an obsession with bilge pumps, because what I learned was this: I don’t ever want to spend time in a liferaft again. The discomfort was one thing, and should not be downplayed, but what really got to me was the sense of helplessness. A liferaft is a passive device, at the mercy of wind and

The Hunter 18

by Charles J. Doane, Posted July 13, 2011
the new Hunter 18 replaces the Hunter 170, which for several years was a mainstay in Hunter’s line of small daysailers. Like the 170, the 18 can serve as both an easy-to-manage family daysailer and as a lively performance boat for those with more experience.   At a glance the two boats look quite similar, sporting open transoms, centerboards and small sprayhoods forward. On closer inspection,

Maximus

by David Woodley, Posted July 14, 2005
New Zealanders Bill Buckley and Charles St. Clair-Brown believe they have created the fastest and most innovative monohull in the world. Just as pedigrees count for a lot in the horse business, the 24-carat lineage of the new 100-foot carbon-fiber canting-keeled sloop is certainly impressive. Designed by Greg Elliott and Clay Oliver, both alumni of the team that created the current holder of

Briand 115

by Sail Staff, Posted January 23, 2006
Designed by Philippe Briand, with interior dcor by Andrew Winch, this 115-foot sloop is the largest composite yacht that has been built by the well-known French yard CNB. Launched in mid-May, the yacht has been built with carbon fiber and vinylester resins using a resin-infusion system. The yacht’s lifting keel has a 60,000-pound bulb that can be retracted from a maximum draft of 16 feet to a

Grand Soleil 40

by Sail Staff, Posted September 22, 2004
The Grand Soleil 40, built by Cantiere del Pardo, is one of a gaggle of new 40-foot performance cruisers that purportedly strike a balance between elegant accommodations and grin-inducing performance. Many boats make this claim, so I tested one off Annapolis, Maryland, to find out for myself.On deckThe deck and cockpit are set up primarily for racing, but the layout is also

Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 47

by Sail Staff, Posted July 12, 2005
The French design team of Berret/Racoupeau has come up with this new aft-cockpit yacht with a futuristic cabinhouse profile that is sure to turn some heads when it is introduced this fall. Dual steering stations provide clear access to the transom, and the composite arch overhead gets the mainsheet out of the cockpit and provides support for the bimini top.

134-Foot Sloop From Dubois

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
The Dutch builder Bloesma van Breemen has finished plating up this 134-foot aluminum high-performance cruising sloop from the board of Ed Dubois. Dubois has altered the customary deckhouse he has used on many yachts this size and has given this new yacht a low profile. The yacht has a relatively wide beam of just under 30 feet and a draft of 131/2 feet. Dubois has also specified belowdeck captive

The Bavaria Cruiser Line

by Sail Staff, Posted September 13, 2011
This past summer, SAIL magazine had the opportunity to test sail and video the better part of the new Bavaria Cruiser line—including the Bavaria 32, 36 40—at the Bavaria Yachts USA headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland. Earlier this year, executive editor Charles J. Doane also took the Bavaria 45 out for a heavy-air trial off

Boat Review: Archambault 27

by Adam Cort, Posted April 24, 2014
The French-built Archambault 27, with its blunt ends, retractable sprit, wide-open racing cockpit and hiking wings, is very much the kind of a boat that stands out in a crowd...

Pittman 90

by Craig Davis, Posted January 23, 2006
Over the last decade or so, the America’s Cup and Maxi-yacht classes have benefited from most of the research money going into sailing. Today’s Maxi owners aren’t shy about pushing design far beyond what is permitted in the America’s Cup. Maxis are larger than the Cup yachts and increasingly use canting keels and water ballast to improve performance. Reichel/Pugh, German Frers,
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