by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2006This yacht was built for Jim Stephen, an avid one-design sailor who wanted good speed under sail, plus plenty of legroom for his family when they are cruising. The result is this moderate-displacement centerboard sloop designed by naval architect Dieter Empacher and built in aluminum at Kanter Yachts in St. Thomas, Ontario. The raised deckhouse and large windows create a spacious and well-lit
by Sail Staff, Posted August 6, 2008Once the term “mid-size cruiser” was used to describe boats from 30 to 35 feet, but many of today’s popular “mid-size” boats are larger. The new 43-foot Hanse 430 is performance oriented, as might be expected; it was designed by Judel/Vrolik, designer of Alinghi’s America’s Cup boats. As I found during my test sail in Miami, the 430e (epoxy) is a quick cruiser rather than a racer.
by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2008This 80-foot aluminum ketch is the third yacht to be built by Van Dam Nordia for the same owner. His first yacht was a 57-footer; his second was a 62-footer. With the earlier yachts he had the final word on all design details, but this one includes his family's contributions to the design effort. General features include a V-shaped hull forward that minimizes pounding in rough seas and a sailing
by Sail Staff, Posted February 3, 2009Blue Gru, the first yacht in the new Sunreef 70 line, was recently launched from the builder’s yard in Poland. The streamlined aluminum exterior contrasts with a classic interior design with minimalist styling. The yacht, like many in the Sunreef fleet, has been designed principally for the charter trade through the firm’s charter division.Other features include
by Sail Staff, Posted August 17, 2009It’s great to see boatbuilders investing in smaller boats again, and this new baby of Jeanneau’s North American range looks like just the thing for a young family. She’s a simple boat, with double cabins fore and aft and the possibility of sleeping two people amidships on the settees. The heads/shower looks to be a good size and there’s a decent galley and a small nav table.
by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2010Impressive performance combined with Hanse's unique take on styling mark the latest mid-size cruiser-racer from the German builder. A deep T-keel and bendy fractional rig will please the speed freaks; family crews will appreciate the self-tacking jib and spacious cabins.For more information, visit