Best Boats

An imposing yacht from any angle, Lagoon’s latest cruiser offers the interior space of a 75ft monohull and the deck space of a small aircraft carrier. Okay, so that’s an exaggeration. What’s not is the luxurious standard of cruising comfort offered by boats like this. cata-lagoon.com   SPECS LOA: 56ft LWL: 54ft Beam:

Life at 55

by Dennis Caprio, Posted July 2, 2013
Is 55 the new 45—feet, that is? In much the same way that advances in healthcare have allowed us to feel younger than our years, technological innovations in sailhandling gear and mechanical propulsion have made yachts 50 to 60 feet long a breeze to sail, dock or anchor, even for sailors whose ages are approaching that of their boats’ LOA.
When it’s January in Germany, all roads lead to Düsseldorf. At least they do if you’re a boat person. You can look over a hundred-foot motoryacht that’s been plucked from the nearby Rhine river, paddle a canoe on an intricately landscaped mock river, cast a fly on an alpine stream, get rescued from an overturned Opti on a manmade lake, outfit yourself in bargain-basement foulweather gear or put a deposit on a new sailboat—all without stepping outdoors and all before your lunchtime bowl of goulash.

Best Boats 2008

by Sail Staff, Posted December 20, 2007
There was a lot to see in this year’s Best Boats fleet. Multihull designer and guru Chris White, monohull designer Jeremy Wurmfeld, and I combed the docks at the Newport and Annapolis sailboat shows in search of boats worthy of SAIL’s Editors’ Choice awards for innovation and overall excellence. We walked the docks, familiarized ourselves with the fleet, and spent lots of time debating the merits

Best Boats Nominees 2006

by Dave Baldwin, Posted August 9, 2011
If you’re in the market for a new boat, this could be the year you’ve been waiting for. This year’s new-boat fleet is over 50 boats strong and includes all the usual suspects—oceangoing voyagers over 40 feet, voluminous catamarans, and a host of performance cruisers. Last year’s trend toward building big (35-to-45-foot) daysailers continues with several new models, and cruisers will benefit from
It looked as though this award would be a toss-up between a handsome pair of new cruising cats from France—the Lagoon 400 and Fountaine Pajot Lipari 41—until we stepped aboard the South African-built Leopard 38 and its twin, the Sunsail 384. It was immediately obvious that here was one of the best-executed sub-40-foot cruising catamarans we have yet seen.Although there is
Small beach cats are always good for some fun sailing, and this new 14-footer promises to combine thrills with user-friendliness. Designed by top European multihull sailors Rob White and Yves Loday, the Topaz 14 CX comes with a choice of rigs that take it from perky singlehander to red-hot twin-trapeze racer.
French builder Dufour continues to revamp its entire line of cruising and performance boats. Its latest cruiser plugs a gap in the line between the 405 and 485. This looks like a strong, competent cruising boat with some clever features both above and below decks. dufour-yachts.com   SPECS LOA: 44ft, 3in LWL: 39ft
The Swan lineage is immediately recognizable in the sleek form of this new luxury performance cruiser from the legendary Finnish builder. The deck plan is deceptively simple and incorporates a huge “lounging” cockpit ahead of the working area. nautorswan.com   SPECS LOA: 66ft LWL: 56ft, 5in Beam: 17ft, 8in Draught:

Zen 24

by Charles J. Doane, Posted August 13, 2013
It’s not often that we here at SAIL get to test-sail production sailboats from Japan. 
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