Boats

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

TomCat 9.7

by Tom Dove, Posted March 29, 2005
The TomCat 9.7 was a splendid surprise at the Annapolis boat show. Walking through, I checked off my key points for a 32-foot cruising cat. Marina-friendly beam—check; twin four-stroke outboards—check; open interior space—check; shoal draft—check; neat construction—check. During my test sail, I found that the solutions Ted Strain has implemented to maximize interior space and sailing

Shannon Shoalsailer 32

by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2004
All variable-draft boats depend on a fully deployed keel for windward performance. Walt Schulz of Shannon Yachts set himself the challenge of designing a 32-foot cruising boat that would sail to windward without drawing more than 30 inches. The result is the Shannon Shoalsailer, and Schulz's beamy design with dual shallow-draft bilge boards reportedly does just that. Schulz says the hull shape is

Annapolis 30

by Dave Baldwin, Posted June 6, 2006
The first in Annapolis Performance Yachts’s new line, the sleek A30 is a trailerable one-design racer with a narrow beam and a light 3,800 pounds of displacement. Designed for quick acceleration and upwind stability, it features a fractional carbon-fiber rig, an asymmetric

Freydis Open 50

by Bill Springer, Posted September 6, 2006
The French are all about building and sailing fast multihulls, so when advance billing of the new Freydis Open 50 from Tournier Marine arrived at SAIL introducing a new ocean-racing catamaran for “professionals, semi-professionals, and even amateurs,” I could almost hear French builder Philippe Tournier’s accent as I read. This is not the first multihull designed to be gloves-off fast, but its

Warwick 80

by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2006
Large catamarans are starting to look very attractive, and this latest addition to the line of Warwick–designed catamarans is no exception. This design focuses on accommodating charter groups or an owner’s invited guests. The forward-facing saloon has a secondary steering station. Farther aft is a circular dining table with overhead skylights. The expansive aft deck behind the main saloon is
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