Boat Reviews

Laser SB3

by Bill Springer, Posted October 17, 2007
The SB3 (stands for sportboat for three people), hugely popular in Europe, made its American debut at the Annapolis sailboat show earlier this month. It seems to have hit the elusive target that sportboat designers shoot for—a fun, fast, durable, and reasonably affordable raceboat. To that end, there’s some carbon used in the bowsprit and foils, but the rest of the boat uses tried-and-true

Alerion Express 33

by Bill Springer, Posted August 8, 2008
Daysailers are back. They’re not the low-cost, first-step, “let’s learn to sail” boats of the 1970s, but instead are elegant, classic-looking upscale little yachts for experienced skippers who have steadily moved up to cruisers over the years and now seek something simpler. The Alerion Express 33 fills a gap in that company’s line of 20- to 38-foot daysailers.     On Deck•

Bavaria 38

by Tom Dove, Posted December 10, 2008
Even with the declining dollar, it’s possible to own a European cruiser that offers decent value for the money. Bavaria has built thousands of boats since it began in 1979, and the new Bavaria 38 Cruiser is a chip off the old block. With its moderate displacement, ballast, and sail power, it’s not extreme in any way, yet it does have a slippery underbody that gives it a performance

Rustler 24

by Sail Staff, Posted August 14, 2009
This British import arrives on this side of the Pond with an impressive pedigree. Her builders are renowned for hardy, seaworthy cruising boats, which may be why this daysailer manages to look both elegant and tough. The powerful yet easily-handled sailplan is balanced by a full keel, and build quality is first-class; this little Rustler is a welcome addition to the daysailer

Island Packet Estero

by Kimball Livingston, Posted February 26, 2010
Using a bow thruster to get a 36-foot boat off the dock was new to me, but fair to say, the folks at Island Packet know what they're doing. Without the thruster we would have required a heap of pulpit shoving and gear shifting to escape that narrow corner of the marina, so our easy exit to San Francisco Bay provided the perfect introduction to the Estero, the latest offering from a company where

Southerly 49

by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2010
Picture a bluewater-capable cruiser that can dry out on a beach as easily as it can ride out a gale at sea and you know what sets the Southerly 49 apart. As well as a swing keel that lets it float in less than 3 feet of water, the British-built boat has a luxurious interior and a powerful, easily handled sailplan.SPECS:LOA 49ft 7in LWL 44ft 3in BEAM 13ft

Discovery 50

by Duncan Kent, Posted August 10, 2010
Discovery Yachts’s first boat, the Discovery 55, was originally conceived as a one-off dreamboat for Sunsail Charters founder and single-handed transatlantic sailor John Charnley and his wife, Caroline. In creating the design, naval architect Ron Holland distilled all of the Charnleys’ experience and requirements into a world cruiser that could be easily handled by a couple.

Presto 30

by Sail Staff, Posted April 19, 2011
The new Presto 30 is a rare and spectacular example of what a talented naval architect can do with an old but practical idea. The design is an evolution of an 1885 Biscayne Bay sharpie created by Commodore Ralph Munroe, a South Florida businessman who was also a passionate naval architect.Though Rodger Martin’s Presto 30 resembles Munroe’s boat, also called Presto, it is a true 21st

Catalina 275 Sport

by Zuzana Prochazka, Posted March 20, 2014
Designer Gerry Douglas describes the new Catalina 275 Sport as the sort of boat Gen-Xers are looking for when graduating up from barebones raceboats—something that, in Douglas’s words, “will race mid-week, but comfortably cruise on the weekends.” 

Feeling 44

by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2004
The Feeling 44 is another offshore cruiser with gunkholing capability; its optional lifting keel reduces draft from 8 feet, 6 inches to 2 feet. Considerable fixed ballast is built into the bottom of the hull to enhance stability and provide a solid grounding plate. This cruiser is thin-water friendly—its shallow rudder provides positive control with the keel fully retracted. It's also
  • facebook
  • twitter