Boat Reviews

Tartan 4700

by Adam Cort, Posted April 25, 2012
Today’s performance-cruisers are faster than ever. But are they going to take care of you in heavy weather in the same way as those pre-IOR boats many of us grew up admiring? Fortunately, there are still builders and designers out there who are willing and able to combine the best of both old and the new in boats like the raised-saloon Tartan 4700.

Onora

by David Woodley, Posted January 23, 2006
Sailing to the edge of the earthAlthough the palm trees and sandy beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean islands are always alluring—and the Mediterranean is a romantic place to visit—what do you do when you’ve already experienced all that? Jim and Jean Foley asked themselves the question after finishing a seven-year circumnavigation aboard their Mason 44, Mara.

Hunter 27

by Sail Staff, Posted August 10, 2005
Not so long ago, compact coastal cruisers usually provided cramped quarters and minimal comfort, but the new Hunter 27 is cut from an entirely different mold. It’s only 27 feet long, but its 6 feet, 2 inches of headroom and nearly 10 feet of beam provide enough internal volume for cruising amenities not often found on 27-foot boats. Being able to stand up down below is

Maximus

by Charles Mason, Posted May 31, 2005
The owners of this silver-hulled sloop, Bill Buckley and Charles Brown, also believe they have built the fastest Maxi afloat and are planning to prove it when they toe the line with the present recordholder, the 141-foot ketch Mari Cha IV, Maiden Hong Kong, and a fleet of other maxis in this month's Rolex Transatlantic Challenge from New York to England.

Alden 55

by Sail Staff, Posted January 16, 2006
Designer Bill Cook has teamed up with Alden Yachts to create this semi-custom center-cockpit yacht with a 44-foot, 5-inch waterline and a 15-foot, 8-inch beam. Construction will be in epoxy with a balsa core. With tooling completed and hull number 1 well under way Cook also has drawn up plans for aft-cockpit and pilothouse versions; the latter will come with a well-appointed inside steering

Hodgdon 62

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2008
This new semicustom design by Bill Tripp promises to be a cruiser with exceptional performance characteristics. Designed for fast extended cruising in open water, the yacht contains all the best features that Tripp has developed over the years on his larger designs. Tripp has given the hull a very long waterline, and the structure is cold-molded using Hodgdon's proprietary lamination

Sage 17

by Kimball Livingston, Posted August 27, 2013
An important part of the Sage 17’s pocket-cruiser DNA became evident the moment I deliberately stepped onto her rail with my full weight—and nothing much happened.

Island Packet 370

by Tom Dove, Posted November 19, 2004
Many boats are compromises between conflicting desires to race and to cruise, but not this one. The Island Packet 370 has a single mission: cruising. It's now the smallest member of the Island Packet family, attracting both experienced owners moving up from smaller boats and newcomers with the means to make this their first boat.On DeckA few years ago designer Bob Johnson

J/124

by Bill Springer, Posted July 11, 2005
Bolstered by the success of the elegant and sporty J/100 daysailer, the folks at J Boats have extrapolated the idea out to 40 feet LOA with their new J/124 weekender. The goal is comfort, simplicity, and superior sailing performance, not long-term offshore cruising. The cockpit has 14-inch backrests, seats that are long enough for sleeping under the stars, and a dodger for

Columbia 30

by Kimball Livingston, Posted May 3, 2005
The new Columbia 30 would have attracted attention even if it were just an average white boat. The resurrection of Columbia Yachts is a story in itself. But Vince Valdes has grander aims than just bringing his father's old company back to life.The marketplace will have to decide what to make of a high-end 30-foot sportboat that's weekend-cruiser friendly, but Valdes is betting plenty of
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