by Charles J. Doane

Charles Doane is SAIL’s Executive Editor. He has raced, cruised and lived aboard a variety of boats in harbors around the world.

Boat Review: Hanse 345

by Charles J. Doane, Posted December 2, 2014
These days the tendency to maximize interior volume in modern production cruising boats is pretty much taken for granted. By elevating topsides and pushing maximum beam well aft, designers have mastered the art of making large boats seem even larger inside.
What a difference 18 years can make. Entering the harbor at the picturesque town of Velas on the island of São Jorge in the Azores, I am remembering the last time I was here. “Disastrous” is a word that comes to mind. 

Gunboat 60

by Charles J. Doane, Posted July 10, 2014
Since the company’s inception a dozen or so years ago, Gunboat’s no-holds-barred Morrelli & Melvin-designed boats, with their distinctive angular slab-sided hulls, have become the ultimate objects of desire for a whole generation of multihull sailors. 
When the going gets tough is when it’s most fun to steer

Moorings 5800

by Charles J. Doane, Posted March 6, 2014
A stately cruising cat worthy of a potentate

2014 Pittman Innovation Awards

by Adam Cort, Posted February 26, 2014
Sailing has always been a technology-driven activity, and the spirit of innovation that prompted the first Stone Age sailor to cast off and let the wind do the work remains as vibrant today as ever. 
Reviews of the year's films fit for the nautically minded

Dehler 38

by Charles J. Doane, Posted January 13, 2014
One of the more notable victims of the Great Recession in Europe was the German firm Dehler, which for many years built highly respected cruiser-racers at one of the continent’s larger production yards. 

Tested: Hunter 40

by Charles J. Doane, Posted August 20, 2013
Hunter Marine—now known as Marlow Hunter—celebrated its 40th birthday and a recent change in ownership by introducing its latest mid-size cruising boat, the new Hunter 40, in something of a hurry last fall. 

Zen 24

by Charles J. Doane, Posted August 13, 2013
It’s not often that we here at SAIL get to test-sail production sailboats from Japan. 
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