by Andrew Burton
Modern cruising catamarans make it easy to head off into the wild blue...

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.
There’s no longer any reason to rely on frozen water to cool your food and beverages 

Sailing a Cat Off the Wind

by Andrew Burton, Posted October 28, 2013
Modern cruising catamarans make it easy to head off into the wild blue. Whether it’s a daysail to Discovery Island for a Pacific-coast picnic or a tradewind passage from the Cape Verdes to Antigua, you can count on a cat to keep you comfortable with plenty of elbow room.

From Mono to Multi

by Andrew Burton, Posted May 6, 2013
Once you've sailed a cat, you may never go back. Here's what to expect when you go from one hull to two.

Sparkman & Stephens 30

by Andrew Burton, Posted December 14, 2012
Harking back to one of Olin Stephens’s well-known designs from 1935, the pretty S&S 30 is nevertheless a very modern boat. Like the original, a 30-footer named Babe, it was built for coastal racing and daysailing.

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!”
Perhaps you’re looking at a cat as an option for an extended cruise, or you’ve chartered a catamaran for a week in the British Virgin Islands. You’re expecting some thrilling multihull speed, but once on the water you find you are disappointed.

Lagoon 560

by Andrew Burton, Posted March 14, 2012
As his two boys cavorted around its decks, I asked David, a potential buyer, why he was considering the 560 for a world cruise. “It’s the biggest boat my family and I can sail without a professional crew,” he said.

The Matrix 450

by Andrew Burton, Posted February 8, 2012
After Matrix Yachts’ president, Peter Wehrley, retired from his job as a structural engineer to operate charter boats in the Caribbean with his wife, Fiona, they soon saw the potential for a large catamaran in the charter trade. Peter’s son, Mark, also captains boats in the charter trade and has now joined the family firm. The Wehrleys’ extensive sailing experience is readily apparent in the Vision 450’s systems, layout and style.
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