This stunning cat is the latest debutante from a French company known for its fast, sweet-sailing offshore boats. Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost (also responsible for the AC45 catamarans), the boat displaces just 15 tons in cruising trim and looks more than capable of delivering a thrilling ride. Accommodations are spacious, but not overdone; this is a performance boat aimed at the same niche as Gunboat. Therefore, the theme is expensive simplicity. The interior styling is subdued and classy, with lightweight composite furniture finished mainly in white. There’s a choice of three configurations for the sleeping accommodations, which make the most of the relatively slim hulls. All in all, the 5X looks like a quick, rewarding ocean-crosser.
Electronic “Flares” for Cruisers
The United States Coast Guard requires that all boats operating in coastal waters or on the high seas carry a selection of visual distress signals. Almost invariably, such signals include the pyrotechnic type, either handheld or fired from a flare pistol, but surely there are ...read more