Boat Reviews

Hoek 180

by Sail Staff, Posted October 5, 2006
This 180-foot aluminum ketch by Andre Hoek set sail last May after being launched from the Vitters shipyard in The Netherlands. The yacht, which took five years to design and build, has long overhangs, relatively low freeboard, and a narrow beam (only 31 feet) for its length. After sea trials, and commissioning Adele left for an extended summer cruise to the Lofoten Islands, which lie well beyond

Finngulf 43

by Bill Springer, Posted November 12, 2007
Finngulf Yachts has been building quick, sturdy performance cruisers for 25 years, but the company's new 43-footer is the first to be designed by a well-known firm here in the States. Farr Yacht Design got the commission, and the result appears to be an excellent combination of style, performance, and good old-fashioned Finish sturdiness. The hull and deck are laid up with

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39 DS

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
Jeanneau helped to revolutionize the deck-saloon aesthetic when it launched the curvy and distinctive 54 DS about five years ago. The orders rolled in, the company soon realized it was on to something, and 49- and 42-foot models followed. The most recent deck-saloon launch, the 39 DS, is probably about the minimum length for this popular layout and is designed to provide, in a smaller package,

Island Packet 460

by Sail Staff, Posted December 11, 2008
You’ve got to tip your cap to the folks at Island Packet. They know their market. If you’re looking for a lightweight, fin-keel cruising boat with a sporty feel and a big cockpit, there are many to choose from. But if you’re looking for a new solid, moderate-displacement, full-keel cruising boat that will look after you, chances are an Island Packet will be one of the few boats on your very short

Grand Soleil 54

by Sail Staff, Posted August 14, 2009
Italy’s Cantiere del Pardo has been producing fast, handsome yachts for many years. The Grand Soleil 54 is the work of Luca Brenta, who has emerged as one of Italy’s leading yacht designers. Long, low and sleek, it is a performance cruiser that will also be a satisfying racing ride. Belowdecks there are three large sleeping cabins, each with en suite heads compartments, and

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.” 
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