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HH50

HH50

The latest from Hudson Yacht Group, the Morrelli & Melvin-designed HH 50 is a bluewater-capable performance cruiser with sophisticated, yet simple-to-use systems, lightweight carbon construction, a spacious interior and a top-quality finish. The result is the best of all worlds in a compact, easy-to-manage package that is robustly built and fully equipped to take you around the world in comfort and style. Designed with shorthanded sailing in mind, the HH50 boasts dual raised helm stations with all sail controls led aft in the interest of efficiency and safety on passage. Fully retractable daggerboards provide excellent performance hard on the wind while also making it possible to explore whatever remote thin-water anchorages you might finding upon making landfall. Belowdecks, three or four cabins are available. In the three-cabin configuration, the entire port hull is given over to an owner’s cabin. Hudson Yacht Group/HH Catamarans, hhcatamarans.com

LOA 49ft 10in (15.19m) LWL 49ft 3in (15.01m) BEAM 24ft 5in (7.44m) DRAFT 4ft 11in (1.51m) boards up; 10ft 6in (3.21m) boards down SAIL AREA 1,279ft (119m) DISPLACEMENT 25,326lb (11,488kg) light ship

Ocean Explorer 60

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Built in the same part of Finland that’s home to Nautor’s Swan, the Ocean Explorer 60 is a boat that combines outstanding performance under sail with equally outstanding accommodations, thereby putting it firmly in the “dream boat” category. Designed by German Frers, the OE60 boasts a pair of narrow, powerful hulls, high-performance C-shaped daggerboards and a towering double-headsail rig with square-top main to keep you moving in all conditions—whether just cruising around the bay or on passage. The boat’s great-looking, low-slung cabintrunk also helps out in lighter conditions by keeping windage to a minimum. Twin helm stations set well aft look to be a blast when driving the boat at speed, and the forward-facing nav station looks to be an equally cozy spot for watchstanding when things get dirty. Belowdecks, load-bearing carbon reinforcements and bulkheads provide maximum stiffness while keeping weight to a minimum. The boat can be customized throughout to meet each owner’s particular needs.
Ocean Explorer, oqs.fi

LOA 60ft 8in (18.50m) LWL 59ft 5in (18.10m) BEAM 29ft 9in (9.08m) DRAFT 2ft 7in (0.85m) boards up; 6ft 8in (2.00m) boards down SAIL AREA 2,142ft (199m) DISPLACEMENT 39,683lb (18,000kg) 

Garcia Explocat 52

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France’s Garcia Yachts, the same yard that teamed up with bluewater legend Jimmy Cornell to create the Exploration 45 monohull in 2013, has now introduced its first catamaran, the Explocat 52. Like its monohull cousins (the Exploration 45 concept has since been extended to include a 52- and 60-footer), the boat will be constructed in aluminum. Also, like Garcia’s other boats, it is being billed as fit to explore the world’s most remote and demanding bodies of water. (Among other things, Cornell used his 45-footer to transit the Northwest Passage.) A collaboration between naval architect Pierre Delion, designer Franck Darnet and Garcia Yachts, the Explocat 52 is available with either three or four cabins and features “optimal crew protection” underway in the form of an internal helm station and a sheltered sailhandling area in addition to the single raised helm station to starboard. The boat’s twin-headsail, Solent-style rig will also undoubtedly prove handy in heavy weather. Garcia Yachts, garciayachts.com

LOA 52ft (15.86m) LWL 52ft (15.86m) BEAM 27ft 10in (8.50m) DRAFT 4ft 11in (1.50m) SAIL AREA 1,797ft (167m) DISPLACEMENT 42,560lb (19,304kg) light ship

Neel 47

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The new Neel 47 trimaran bridges the gap between the Neel 45 and Neel 51 and shares the same outstanding interior volume and clever use of space as both these boats and the flagship of the line, the Neel 65 Evolution. Outstanding features include a pair of large double cabins in the outer hulls, both accessible from the cockpit, and optional single bunks in the bows (ideal for children). There’s also a trademark Neel owner’s suite on the top level; a full-width cockpit and large galley; and a walk-through “garage” below the saloon, where machinery and tankage are concentrated. A self-tacking jib makes shorthanded sailing a snap, while a much larger outer genoa provides extra speed, especially off the wind when things go light. Fine wave-piercing bows, a powerful main and lightweight construction all speak to the boat’s performance potential. Neel Trimarans, neel-trimarans.com

LOA 47ft (14.32m) BEAM 27ft 6in (8.22m) DRAFT 5ft 3in (1.60m) SAIL AREA 968ft (90m) DISPLACEMENT 23,745lb (10,770kg) light ship

McConaghy 60

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Like the rest of McConaghy’s performance cruising catamaran line, the infused hulls of the McConaghy 60 include plenty of carbon fiber in their layup, along with E-glass and a Corecell foam core. Topside, the boat features dual helm positions on a flybridge, thereby providing excellent sightlines, whether under sail or maneuvering in-port. Drawn by Ker Yacht Design, the McConaghy 60 offers a contrast to many of the other performance-cruisers out there in that it eschews daggerboards for push-button centerboards—the idea being there will be less damage to the hull structure in the event of a hard grounding. Three- or four-cabin layouts are available with many customizable features as well to ensure each boat suits its owner’s particular tastes. The boat’s lines and overall styling are truly exceptional, ensuring the boat will be an attention-grabber in any harbor. McConaghy Boats, mcconaghyboats.com, aeroyacht.com

LOA 60ft (18.30m) LWL 59ft (18.00m) BEAM 28ft 2in (8.58m) DRAFT 4ft 7in (1.40m) boards up; 12ft 4in (3.75m) boards down SAIL AREA 2,250ft(209m) DISPLACEMENT 41,440lb (18,778kg)

Kinetic KC62

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The latest entry in the performance-cruiser market, the South African-built Kinetic KC62 looks to be a real head-turner with its sleek good looks, infused carbon construction and powerful sailplan. Among the many highlights are three separate helm stations, including a pair of tillers outboard and aft, and an interior wheel forward for getting out of the weather. A custom steering system allows the two unused stations to be detached at any time, thereby maximizing responsiveness at the helm still in use. Overhead, the powerful rig includes double headsails, with a longeron forward providing a tack point for reaching sails. Narrow hulls with wave-piercing bows, centerboards, a forward line-handling cockpit and a low-slung, dramatically angular cabintrunk providing 360-degree views complete the performance package. Belowdecks and in the cockpit, the boat is equally impressive, with room to spare for entertaining or just lounging about. Layouts with three or four cabins are available, with the three-cabin arrangement devoting the entire port hull to accommodations for the owner. Kinetic Catamarans, kineticcatamarans.com

LOA 62ft (18.90m) LWL 61ft (18.60m) BEAM 28ft 11in (8.8m) DRAFT 4ft 7in (1.40m) boards up; 10ft 4in (3.19m) boards down SAIL AREA 1,625ft (151m) DISPLACEMENT 34,722lb (15,750kg) 

Balance 482

Balance-482

The latest from performance cruising-cat builder Balance, the Balance 482 promises to continue the company’s tradition of producing boats that are as fast as they are good looking, at the same time incorporating the latest go-fast trends in boat design. Among latter are a pair of wave-piercing bows and a powerful rig, complete with a square-top main and self-tacking jib to make singlehanding the boat a snap. Available with either daggerboards or fixed keels the boat also comes equipped with Balance’s trademark adjustable Versa-helm, which allows you to shift the boat’s wheel from a sheltered spot just aft of the saloon to a raised position where you can both soak up the sun and take in the view. Hulls, decks and furniture all have foam cores in the interest of minimizing weight, with carbon fiber reinforcements selectively added to the layup to provide maximum stiffness at a lower price-point. Balance Catamarans, balancecatamarans.com

LOA 48ft 3in (14.71m) LWL 48ft 3in (14.71m) BEAM 25ft 11in (7.90m) DRAFT 3ft 9in (1.16m) boards up; 7ft 3in (2.2m) boards down SAIL AREA 1,432ft (133m) DISPLACEMENT 24,950lb (11,315kg) light ship

Fountaine Pajot 59

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Although as yet unnamed, in keeping with Fountaine Pajot’s habit of waiting until the last minute to do so, the company’s new 59-footer still makes quite a statement, with its scads of lounging and living space. Most noticeable is the boat’s flybridge, complete with hard top and no less than 320ft of room for either running the boat or watching the world go by. A few steps down is another 300ft of room in the boat’s aft cockpit, and if this still isn’t enough for you and your friends, there’s an expansive forward cockpit as well. Belowdecks as many as six fully appointed cabins are available, and either a galley-up or galley-down configuration can be specified, depending on how you want things to work in the saloon. Topside, a central longeron looks to be a great place for tacking down an A-sail, while nice, wide side decks will make going forward a piece of cake. With its reverse sheer, tumblehome bows and sculpted cabintrunk, the boat looks to be surprisingly sleek considering the generous accommodations. Not a bad place to spend a few days in the islands! Fountaine Pajot, catamarans-fountaine-pajot.com

LOA 59ft 9in (18.21m) BEAM 31ft 1in (9.46m) DRAFT 4ft 7in (1.4m) SAIL AREA 1,248ft (116m) DISPLACEMENT 57,120lb (25,909kg) light ship

MHS Winter 2019

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