Boats

Passport has been creating strong, beautifully detailed cruising boats at its yard in Xiamen, China, for 20 years and each new model evolves slightly from the previous one. Looking at the new Passport Vista 545 CC at Annapolis made us wonder if the factory locks a man inside the boat each night and gives him breakfast only after he has come up with some small improvement.
Along with the burgeoning popularity of catamarans comes the realization that there are nowhere near as many entry-level cruising cats as there are monohulls. If I want to buy a new 30- to 33-foot monohull for some unambitious, uncomplicated coastal sailing, then all of the major production builders have at least one model that would suit me.

SAIL's 2013 Best Boat Winners

by Sail Staff, Posted November 20, 2012
There were many impressive nominees this year, and our judges had no easy task. In the end, a retro trimaran, a carbon-fiber racer and an ocean-capable lifting-keel cruiser are all among this year's winners. 

Flagships Gallery: Hylas 63

by Sail Staff, Posted April 2, 2013
Hylas Yachts is proud to introduce its newest design—the Hylas 63, the ultimate performance cruiser for couples. The Hylas 63 was born from our customers’ desire for the ideal couples cruiser in the low- to mid-60’ range. 
The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 class of inductees to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. The 10 inductees are being honored in recognition of their accomplishments in a variety of different areas within the sailing world.
Cruising boat design has changed so much over the last decade that even boats targeted at family sailing now claim to be “performance” cruisers. Inevitably, though, boats still lean toward one end or the other of the performance/comfort spectrum, a balancing act that is well illustrated by a pair of new boats from two adjoining countries on the Adriatic Sea.

SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Paine 14

by SAIL Editors, Posted November 21, 2013
After 40 years of sailing his beloved Herreshoff 12 1/2 Petunia, designer Chuck Paine figured he knew what he had to do to improve what many aficionados call “the perfect boat.” His new Paine 14, now being built by French & Webb in Belfast, Maine, is 10 percent smaller than the old 12 1/2 and 40 percent lighter, with modern appendages and much of its underbody cut away. 
One of the most eagerly anticipated boats of 2014, the new Gunboat G4 looks nothing short of spectacular. If you thought the Nigel Irens-designed 55- and 60-foot Gunboats introduced in 2013 were radical, this one is right at the bleeding edge.

Best Boats Nominees 2015

by SAIL Editors, Posted August 30, 2014
THere was a Time when the U.S. sailboat industry was largely domestic, and many of the boats that were imported came from the UK and Scandinavia. Not any more. Following the lead of the French, mass-production sailboat builders now span Europe in particular, with many long-established regional builders looking to establish new beachheads on North American shores in the wake of the financial crisis.

Seawind 1160

by Kimball Livingston, Posted March 3, 2006
Wollongong, Australia, is a beautiful spot you’ve possibly never heard of. Backed by mountains south of Sydney and fronting the Tasman Sea, Wollongong is home to Seawind Catamarans, whose newest offering reinterprets the open accommodations of its popular Seawind 1000 into something larger, comfier, and better suited to offshore duty. The new 1160, at 38 feet, sails at the
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