Boats

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 Hylas 56

by John Kretschmer, Posted July 6, 2011
The Hylas 56 is the logical successor to the popular passagemaker, the Hylas 54. Introduced in 1999, the 54 proved that big, powerful cruisers could be efficiently handled by shorthanded crews, and several 54s have since logged circumnavigations. Why add two feet? For several reasons. The 56’s cockpit is longer and more refined, the aft cabin has more headroom, the rudder is

Lagoon 560

by Andrew Burton, Posted March 14, 2012
As his two boys cavorted around its decks, I asked David, a potential buyer, why he was considering the 560 for a world cruise. “It’s the biggest boat my family and I can sail without a professional crew,” he said.

Arcona 460

by Adam Cort, Posted May 21, 2011
I’ve often wished I had more time for a boat test, especially aboard a boat I liked. This wasn’t a problem, though, when I got a chance to sail the Swedish-built Arcona 460 Safir III this past summer.
I had a feeling that the Marc Lombard-designed Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 would be fun to sail even before I took one out for a test drive in 20-25 knots of breeze. I’d sailed the first of the similarly re-designed Sun Odysseys—the 409—the previous year, and I expected the folks at Jeanneau would have little trouble serving up more of the same performance and comfort in a slightly smaller 37ft package.

Topaz CX14

by Meredith Laitos, Posted June 22, 2012
Weaving through the throngs of boats anchored off Annapolis, Maryland, on the 14ft Topaz CX14, I felt like a kid again—a really giddy kid who had just scored a ride on a the coolest boat in the harbor.

Zen 24

by Charles J. Doane, Posted March 15, 2013
It’s not often that we here at SAIL get to test-sail production sailboats from Japan. Personally, this is the first one I’ve ever sailed, in a test or otherwise. It is a remarkable little vessel.

Sojana

by Tim Jeffrey, Posted July 13, 2005
There is a seminal piece of video footage from the 1989–90 Whitbread Round-the-World Race when the two Kiwi archrivals, Peter Blake and Grant Dalton, were going at it hammer and tongs. Shot from a camera aboard Dalton’s Fisher & Paykel, Blake’s “Big Red" Steinlager is close aboard off Dalton’s starboard quarter, surging and then retreating on each wave, sometimes hooking into the crest

Southerly 135

by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2004
It may not be the first boat that comes to mind when you're considering a shoal-draft cruiser, but the Southerly 135 should grab your attention simply because of its size and what it can do below the waterline. It's a 45-foot offshore cruiser that displaces close to 30,000 pounds and boasts a well-appointed interior. What's remarkable about it is that it's equipped with a 3,610-pound cast-iron

Ultimate 24

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2003
This Jim Antrim--designed sportboat has innovative, well-executed features, achieves the difficult task of combining ease of handling and stability with sportboat performance, and is a gas to sail. The cockpit received high marks because the seats are wide, the stanchions angle outboard slightly to make it possible to use the lifelines as a comfortable backrest, the anti-skid is excellent, and
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