Boats

VX One Design

by Andrew Burton, Posted June 25, 2012
On a crisp early-fall day, designer and builder Brian Bennett unfurled the self-tacking jib on the VX One Design prototype and we moved to the weather side, feet under the hiking straps, pulling the boat upright and effortlessly accelerating in the puffy northerly. Feedback from the mainsheet and the tiller told me to ease the main a bit. My first thought was, “Brian’s got it right with this design!”

Dufour 36P

by Andrew Burton, Posted December 17, 2013
Sporting a plumb stem and a slightly raked reverse transom, the Dufour 36P (“P” for performance) seems at first glance to be designed solely for speed: a notion that chines just above the waterline aft and a tall nine-tenths rig with swept-back spreaders do little to dispel.

Boat Review: Xp44

by Adam Cort, Posted October 3, 2014
X-Yachts has long been one of my favorite production boatbuilders, for the simple reason that the company consistently builds great boats, and the Xp44 is no exception. This is a company that never cuts corners. The result is a boat that looks great, feels good and sails well.

West Wight Potter 15/19

by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2004
There is a reason why West Wight Potters have been in production for over 42 years. They may appear tiny compared to modern thin-water pocket cruisers, but their hard-chined hulls, simple sailplans, and economical accommodations are just as fun, safe, and effective as they were 40 years ago. Price: West Wight Potter 15, $7,395 (including sails, engine, and trailer, FOB Inglewood, CA);

Hunter 27

by Sail Staff, Posted August 10, 2005
Not so long ago, compact coastal cruisers usually provided cramped quarters and minimal comfort, but the new Hunter 27 is cut from an entirely different mold. It’s only 27 feet long, but its 6 feet, 2 inches of headroom and nearly 10 feet of beam provide enough internal volume for cruising amenities not often found on 27-foot boats. Being able to stand up down below is

Perini Navi 184

by Sail Staff, Posted January 16, 2006
Ron Holland and the Perini Navi in-house architectural team are working together on this latest project, which has a launch date of spring 2008. The aluminum yacht will have a 233-foot aluminum mast with carbon-fiber spreaders, a carbon boom with in-boom furling, plus 12 captive winches to handle its 31,000 square feet of sail area. The owner’s cabin will be spacious, extending across the

Maggie B

by Sail Staff, Posted January 18, 2006
Nigel Irens, designer of Ellen MacArthur’s record-setting trimaran, B&Q, also enjoys drawing monohulls like this fast gaff-rigged centerboard schooner now being built for an experienced American sailor. “Although the yacht may appear to have been inspired by traditional designs,” says Irens, “the objective has been to create an efficient and easily maintained vessel for world cruising.”The

Elan 450

by Sail Staff, Posted August 8, 2008
Designed by Rob Humphreys, this latest model from Elan follows the general design parameters he’s established with smaller Elan models. These include an open cockpit, belowdeck sheeting lines, and a double-ended mainsheet-sheeting system. The yacht has a long waterline and a well-shaped hull; the standard three-cabin layout features the owner’s stateroom, with head and separate shower, forward

Big, fast, and beautiful

by Charles Mason, Posted June 15, 2009
They are starting to appear at many of the big boat regattas sailed off Newport, Cowes, Cannes, and other ports around the world. Often you see two or more running side by side under a cloud of sail to the finish as their crews strain to snatch every bit of power from the passing gusts and lulls. They’re not purebred racing boats; they’re the latest generation of performance

Bavaria by Farr

by Peter Nielsen, Posted September 21, 2010
Germany’s Bavaria Yachts, not long ago the 800-pound gorilla of European boatbuilding, took a pummeling during the recession. For years its philosophy of strict engineering practices and budget control had seen its value-priced cruising boats flying off the factory floor. By 2007 the factory was cranking out nearly 3,500 boats a year to feed a seemingly insatiable, mainly
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