Boats

Hanse 630

by Sail Staff, Posted August 14, 2009
Designed by German partners Judel/Vrolijk, who have been drawing fast raceboats for a generation, the Hanse 630 is a big, brash playground bully of a boat that’ll muscle right through a typical cruising fleet. Quick and easily handled thanks to its big fully battened mainsail and self-tacking jib, the 630 also bears the stamp of Hanse’s inhouse design and styling department, which can be relied

J/97

by Sail Staff, Posted April 22, 2010
As we strolled across the grounds at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court facility in Newport, Rhode Island, Al Johnstone described the design brief for his new J/97 racer/cruiser. “I thought we needed an entry-level sprit boat that’s a little more user-friendly, non-intimidating and family-cruiseable than the J/105,” he said.CONSTRUCTIONStructurally, the boat is

Hunter 50AC

by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2010
The 50AC is the long-awaited aft cockpit version of Hunter's popular 50CC (center cockpit) cruiser. Belowdecks excellent use has been made of the hull's considerable volume, with all the deft touches Hunter owners have come to expect. The cabintop styling is reminiscent of the Hunter 39 introduced last year.For more information, visit

Hanse 545

by Adam Cort, Posted August 10, 2010
Hanse's new flagship ushers in a new look for the company's big boats. A large, uncluttered foredeck and low-profile cabintop give it a purposeful air; the self-tacking job, big mainsail, roomy cockpit and bold interior styling are all Hanse trademarks.

Oyster 885

by Sail Staff, Posted March 11, 2011
Time was when the Oyster 71 was the biggest of these bespoke yachts that one could aspire to. Now that the British company is building superyachts—making it the only boatbuilder whose range starts at 46 feet and peaks at 125 feet— the 71 is merely mid-range. The new 885 is the biggest boat Oyster could design to slip just under the 24-meter waterline load line rule. Any boat over that is subject
Jeanneau’s Sun Odyssey 409 replaces the very successful Sun Odyssey 39i in the French builder’s fleet of performance cruising boats. With its angular styling and solid performance, the 409 won accolades as the 2011 European Yacht of the Year in the Family Cruisers category. 
French builder Outremer is well known in Europe for its fast yet comfortable performance cruising catamarans. Its latest offering, the sleek Outremer 49, designed by Christophe Barreau, made quite a splash when first introduced across the Pond.

Sage 17

by Kimball Livingston, Posted June 1, 2012
An important part of the Sage 17’s pocket-cruiser DNA became evident the moment I deliberately stepped onto her rail with my full weight—and nothing much happened.

Beneteau Oceanis 41

by Ralph Naranjo, Posted June 14, 2012
Beneteau’s new Oceanis 41 delivers more than a just a change in hull form and an uptick in Euro styling. This new entry in the long-lived Oceanis line is fun to sail, easy to dock and makes a comfortable home afloat.

Flagship: Best Boats Swan 60

by Louay Habib, Posted November 14, 2012
Since the moment of its inception in 1967, Nautor’s Swan has been the epitome of a Scandinavian boatbuilder—highly regarded for its traditional boatbuilding skills, its exquisite woodwork and cabinetry, and its exceptional attention to detail.
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