Boat Reviews

Impression 434

by Bill Springer, Posted February 28, 2005
Slovenia-based Elan Marine has established a presence with its line of Rob Humphreys–designed performance cruisers over the past several years, but the new Impression 434 by Elan is an entirely different animal. Unlike Elan's low-slung racer/cruisers, the 434 is aimed directly at the cruiser looking to reel off quick passage times while enjoying spacious

Lagoon 500

by Sail Staff, Posted July 12, 2005
Following up on their successful Lagoon 440 catamaran, the Peteghem-Prevost design team has created a 51-footer that will be available with several options—an owner's version with a three- or a four-cabin arrangement and a charter version with four or five cabins. The main saloon, located on the bridgedeck between the hulls, has a center table that is large enough to seat 10
Remember the days when anchorages were filled with cruising boats in the 20-to-30-foot range and 40-footers were considered big? The Philippe Briand–designed Sun Odyssey 32 may be considered entry-level compared to the multitude of new 40-foot cruising boats—it’s the smallest cruising boat Jeanneau sells here in the States—but I found during a test sail on

Volvo Extreme 40

by Bill Springer, Posted November 9, 2005
The launch of the first Volvo Extreme 40 high-performance racing catamaran was, you could say, extreme. As soon as it hit the water, it was flying a hull with a gennaker and doing over 20 knots in 12 to 14 knots of wind. The project was conceived by Herbert Dercksen and top Olympic cat sailors who are looking to make the stopovers during the Volvo Ocean Race more exciting and

Hunter 49

by Bill Springer, Posted September 5, 2006
A 49-foot cruiser with lots of bells and whistlesBy Bill SpringerHead designer Glenn Henderson has redesigned the entire Hunter line since he arrived in 1998, and now, starting with the new Hunter 49, he’s in the process of refining his redesigns. I jumped aboard hull #1 with Hunter’s chief tester, Steve Pettingill, on a 180-mile passage from St. Augustine,

Southerly 46RS

by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2006
Northshore Yachts has led the way in developing swing-keel designs that sail well in all conditions. Their newest and largest model is this new 46-footer designed by Jason Ker in conjunction with the Northshore design team. The yacht’s key feature is a cast-iron grounding plate that ties into a web of frames and longitudinal stringers to create a strong and light structure that supports the keel.

Dixon 130

by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006
This Bill Dixon–designed 130-foot ketch was launched after a three-year build at the Royal Huisman yard. Conceived as a contemporary cruiser for the owner and his family and friends, its interior, featuring French walnut, was created by Dick Young Design. During sailing trials Antares was able to reach 14 knots in moderate conditions.

King 40

by Bill Springer, Posted April 15, 2008
The King 40 is designed to be a true dual-purpose cruiser/racer, effective at racing offshore and around the cans as well as comfortable enough for family cruising. The deck plan was developed to allow plenty of room for a racing crew, but there are also comfortable places to sit in cruising mode. The lead bulb/narrow chord keel and high-aspect rudder should combine to provide

Elan 410

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
Since even cruising sailors see the benefit of a little extra speed, the people at Elan have taken a logical step with their restyled Performance series. The Elan 410 is touted to be quick (especially in light wind) and comfortable. To do that, a tall rig allows for maximum sail area when the wind is light, but is easily reefed when the wind gets into the high 20s. As with

Moxie 37

by Sail Staff, Posted January 23, 2009
I was excited to see the South Africa–built Moxie 37 Island Hopper maneuvering into position before the Annapolis Boat Show opened last fall. It was unlike any other medium-size (under 40 feet) cruising cat at the show, and it was the first Moxie to appear in the U.S. I jumped aboard as soon as they tied up to the dock. It has a recessed working area at the base of the mast that's reminiscent of
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