by SAIL Editors, Posted November 17, 2014Our judges felt a little squeamish about this one, as it marks the third year in a row Fountaine Pajot has received a Best Boats nod for one of its new mass-production cruising catamarans.
by Sail Staff, Posted August 25, 2004All my days on the water should be as perfect as the day we took a Dufour 34 out for a spin after the Miami Boat Show. We caught the back end of a February cold front that produced steady 12-to-15-knot northerly winds, sunny skies, and comfortable temperatures. As we motored out of the marina, it was obvious that I couldn’t have scheduled this test any better. The smallest boat in the revamped,
by Sail Staff, Posted January 16, 2006When a client wanted to replicate the exact look and idea of the Friendship 40, but in a slightly larger version with two staterooms instead of one, designer Ted Fontaine began to draw—and a big sister to the Friendship 40 was born. The exteriors of the two boats are nearly identical, with clean decks and low-profile cabintops providing a full 360-degree line of sight for the helmsman. The 53’s
by Sail Staff, Posted March 29, 2005In spite of all the advances in boat-building techniques over the years, hull and deck layup on boats over 25 feet has always been a labor-intensive, hands-on process. SCRIMP, resin infusion, and vacuum bagging have gone a long way toward reducing harmful styrene emissions and providing superior resin saturation, but these layup techniques still depend heavily on skilled workers. When Olivier
by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2006A very experienced bluewater cruiser commissioned this fast carbon/epoxy cruising yacht and believes that even with all unnecessary weight removed, the yacht will be comfortable and seaworthy. Lyman Morse is using pre-preg carbon and SCRIMP resin infusion to build the vessel. The design features a full range of onboard systems, including a complete hydraulic package for operating the sailhandling
by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008The Island Packet 465 is evidence that the company sees the benefits of the center-cockpit configuration, as do the owners of the boat I test-sailed off New London, Connecticut, last fall. Mark and Janet Gorrell invited me to join them on their boat’s maiden cruise to see how the first 465 to be launched here in the States (hull #1 went to Europe) performs.ConstructionThe