Boat Reviews

Hunter 18

by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2010
Hunter has gone from rotomolded polyethylene to all-fiberglass construction for its small-boat range this year, and the new 18 is the first of the new boats to be launched. Longer and beamier than the 170 it replaces, it features a retractable sprit for an A-sail and has an open transom. Also on show will be the Hunter 15, the fiberglass successor to the Hunter 146, and the Hunter 22, which

Beneteau First 35

by Sail Staff, Posted August 4, 2010
Over the last three years Beneteau has completely replaced its ageing First line of performance cruisers. The First 50 and 45, launched in 2008, were joined in 2009 by the First 40 and last year by the First 30 and 35.   The Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed First 30 stole the headlines last year, which meant that it overshadowed its bigger (and in many ways as deserving of accolades) sister. Like

The Dufour 40e

by Peter Nielsen, Posted November 23, 2010
It was one of those days a boat reviewer lives for: a solid 20 knots of wind, occasionally gusting toward 30; a cloudless blue sky; and a sharp performance cruiser with a couple of pro sailors aboard, all dialed up and ready to go. This example of Dufour’s new 40E had not been in the water long, and I happily seized the chance to put it through its paces during a visit last March to the factory

The Marblehead 22

by Adam Cort, Posted July 28, 2011
In his book Wind, Sand and Stars, famed French pilot Antoine de Saint-Expry wrote, “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Fair enough. But while this may be true of airplanes, in the world of naval architecture, there are aesthetic considerations as well.

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
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