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SHOWING HER STERN | Dufour 405 Grand Large

The new DUFOUR 405 GRAND LARGE combines a sweet performance hull and rig with a classic yacht-style interior. The old adage says that whenever you have two boats sailing in the same direction, you have a race. While casual cruisers more »

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2011 BOAT SHOW PREVIEW

2011 BOAT SHOW PREVIEW • BAVARIA CRUISER 32 • Last summer, Bavaria USA introduced four new models to the U.S. market. The smallest of the fleet is the Bavaria 32, which packs a lot in a fairly small package. Designed more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | AUGUST 2011

In the August 2011 issue of Blue Water Sailing, we take a look at the 10 best places to bareboat charter in our BWS Editors’ Choice. In Blue Water Boats, BWS reports on the German production builder Bavaria joining a more »

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BAVARIA RISING by George Day

BAVARIA RISING • Our story and the story of the re-launch of Bavaria Yachts is an American one. But from my perspective, it has its beginnings in the coastal resort of Alacati on Turkey’s west coast, not far from the more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | AUGUST 2011

TURKISH DELIGHT • In early June, I had the opportunity to fly from the East Coast to Turkey to spend a few days test sailing the new Bavaria Cruiser 50….one of the perks of the job, I guess. You will more »

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Beneteau Oceanis 58

BENETEAU OCEANIS 58 • The flagship of the Oceanis fleet offers truly elegant living aboard a boat that will capably circle the planet. Over the years, we have sailed and tested many of the Beneteaus to come to market in more »

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CAPTAIN’S LOG | JULY 2011

Cruising with Pets • One of the hardest decisions to make when we head out for a day sail, a week’s cruise or even a winter away in the Caribbean is what to do with our pets. A lot of more »

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NORTHEAST CRUISING

The Northeast coast of the U.S. has a well earned reputation for being one of the finest, most varied and largest cruising grounds in the world. From the sandy shores of Long Island Sound and Cape Cod all the way more »

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BAVARIA IN AMERICA

BAVARIA IN AMERICA • The German production boat builder is all set to make waves in North America with a new line of cruisers. Bavaria Yachts of Germany has one of the largest and most advanced production boat building facilities more »

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Jenneau 53: A Deck-Saloon yacht fit for living aboard

JEANNEAU 53DS • The new Jeanneau 53 aft-cockpit, deck-saloon sloop is a production-built passagemaker with true yacht stylingLast fall, BWS had the opportunity to test sail the new Jeanneau 53 on the Chesapeake Bay. The afternoon was lovely and the more »

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Catalina 355

CATALINA 355 • After last October’s Annapolis Sailboat Show, I had the chance to spend the better part of a lovely fall afternoon sailing the new Catalina 355 with her designer Gerry Douglas, who is in charge of production for more »

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Oyster 46

OYSTER 46 • Last summer I had the good luck to be invited to join the Oyster Rendezvous in Newport, Rhode Island, where I would sail in daily races aboard owners’ yachts. On the first day’s run from Newport to more »

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Tartan 5300

TARTAN 5300 • I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Tartans. In 1963 or so, my parents and our neighbors in partnership bought an early Tartan 27—the classic S&S design that launched the company. For years, more »

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Antares 44i

ANTARES 44i • It was a crystal clear August day when we set out from Gloucester, MA to give Bob and Jan Crandall’s new Antares 44i Sea Spray a test sail. We cleared the harbor mouth, zigged our way through more »

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Discovery 50

DISCOVERY 50 • The new Discovery 50 cruising catamaran offers luxurious accomodations in highly advanced cruising hulls powered by a rig fit for girdling the globe.On a Sunday morning in June, we set off from the little Massachusetts island of more »

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2010 BOAT SHOW PREVIEW

2010 BOAT SHOW PREVIEW • MORRIS 29 • Like her larger sisters in the M-class line of luxury daysailers and coastal cruisers, the new M29 combines lovely classic hull lines with a modern keel and spade rudder to give her more »

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Sabre 456

SABRE 456 • With a new interior, keel and rig, the Sabre 456 offers her owners Maine-built quality with a new level of luxury and comfort.The Sabre 456 that will be launched this summer and debut at the fall sailboat more »

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Tartan 400

TARTAN 400 • The new Tartan 400 is an American-designed, American-built performance cruiser with a great pedigree and a bright future.Forty feet is one of the sweet spots in cruising boat design. There are more famous production boats at 40 more »

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Oyster 575

OYSTER 575 • The new Rob Humphries design sets a benchmark in the mid-50s luxury cruising fleet. Late in 2009, BWS had the chance to visit the Oyster facilities in the east of England, and during a factor tour was more »

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Oyster 655 Offshore

OYSTER 655 OFFSHORE •On a 300-mile offshore delivery, BWS discovers (again) why Oysters set the standard for world-class passagemakers.The delivery run from Newport, Rhode Island to Annapolis, Maryland as boats are moved from one boat show to the other has more »

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Pacific Seacraft 40 Blue Water Classic

THE NEW PACIFIC SEACRAFT 40 is built with integrity to cross oceans safely and swiftly. Last fall, while attending the annual Pacific Seacraft open house at the builder’s new facility in Washington, N.C., I had the opportunity to sail a more »

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Grand Soleil 545

The new GRAND SOLEIL 545 packs eye-catching Euro styling in a 54-footer that sails like the wind. In our efforts to sail trial the new Grand Soleil 545, Simon and I ended up spending a night and two days aboard more »

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Rivolta 43

RIVOLTA 43 VINTAGE • The new 43-footer from Rivolta Yachts blends traditional Maine styling with a dash of European flair This fall, Rivolta Yachts rolled out the plans for a new and interesting 43-foot Vintage cruising boat. Conceived by the more »

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Morris M52

MORRIS M52 • The new S&S design being built by Morris Yachts combines classical lines with a modern hull and advanced building techniques The M series of Sparkman & Stephens designed sloops that Morris Yachts has been building for the more »

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Norstar 40

NORSTAR 40 • The Robert Perry-designed Norstar 40 began life as the classic Nordic 40 and still is one of the best mid-size cruisers ever built. Gary and Steve Nordvedt are second generation boat builders in the Pacific Northwest who more »

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Rustler 44

RUSTLER 44 • “A Pure Blue-Water Cruiser from Britain”. British designers and builders have a well earned reputation for creating cruising boats that can stand up to the rigors of offshore and even high latitude sailing. There’s a good reason more »

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Jeanneau 57

JEANNEAU 57 • The Philippe Briand-designed 57-footer offers exciting performance coupled with luxurious accommodations. Jeanneau has an answer to the recession: Go forward boldly and creatively. As one of the world’s largest builders of cruising and racing monohulls, and as more »

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Catalina 445

CATALINA 445 Live-aboard Cruiser Catalina listens to what cruisers and customers want—the all-new and innovative 445 is the latest result. At first sight you know there is something different about the new Catalina 445. The design’s topsides appear lower than more »

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J/95

J/95 • J Boats launches an innovative new 31-foot, centerboard cruiser-racer that is offshore capable and has the draft of a Sunfish. The day BWS test sailed the new J/95 the stars were not aligned for a proper and in-depth more »

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Thin Water Cruising Boats

THIN WATER CRUISING BOATS • BWS takes a look at the fleet of cruising monohulls drawing less than five feet Pacific Seacraft 37 Blue water tends to be deep water and that is what lies between the land masses we more »

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Jenneau 44i

Jenneau 44i • The new Jeanneau 44i offers great sailing qualities in an innovative and comfortable cruising boat. It was our sixth and last day in the B.V.I. aboard the brand new Jeanneau/Sunsail 44i, which was hull number one in more »

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Kadey Krogen 58

Kadey Krogen 58 • Powerful Passagemaking Aboard the Kadey-Krogen 58, a 250-mile trip from Annapolis to New York City is a breeze, so to speak The September afternoon we departed the Maryland shore to head north to New York was more »

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Seawind 1000XL

THE SEAWIND  1000XL combines modern construction techniques with innovative design to create a cruising cat that is unlike all others in her class. The morning after the recent Newport International Boat show in Newport, R.I., broke clear and bright with more »

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Tartan 4300

TARTAN 4300 • Designed for fast, shorthanded cruising, the new Tartan 4300 offers an epoxy hull, carbon fiber spars and the quality to last a lifetime. Tartan Yachts has been building high quality cruising boats in Ohio since the early more »

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Lagoon 420

Lagoon 420 • Combines great liveaboard with modern sailing and powering systems This innovative cruising cat combines great liveaboard accommodations with thoroughly modern sailing and powering systems. We set off from Miami’s Bayside Marina in the midst of the Strictly more »

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Kadey Krogen 48 North Sea

Kadey Krogen 48 North Sea • “Move you to the ends of the earth” in safety and comfort… In the fall of 2007, the annual gathering of the Kadey-Krogen clan saw 65 of their boats cruise into Solomon’s Island, Maryland, more »

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Lagoon 440

Lagoon 440 • One of the most popular crusing cats in the world If you have ever sailed on a cruising catamaran, the first time may well have been aboard a charter cat in the Caribbean. There is no doubt, more »

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Morris 48

Morris 48 • “Next Generation” world cruising boat. A sailboat really tells you what it is all about when you are under sail and you gradually start to round up from a broad reach and trim steadily through a beam more »

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Najad 570

Najad 570 • The New Flagship from the Swedes The island of Orust off Sweden’s west coast has long been home to some of the world’s best boat builders, so it is no surprise that in addition to Najad the more »

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Nordhaven 56

Nordhaven 56 Motorsailer • The new 56-foot motorsailer from Nordhavn brings to the cruising world a boat that is an evolutionary cruiser with roots that go back more than 30 years. Built by Pacific Asian Enterprises and designed by one more »

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Island Packet 465

Island Packet 465 • The boat’s distinctive beige hull with the short bowsprit was heeled over at about 10 degrees as it reached comfortably and steadily before the clearing northwest breeze. In the background some 10 miles distant lay the more »

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Wauquiez Pilot Salon 55

WAUQUIEZ PILOT SALON 55 • In the far north of France not far from the English channel and right on the border with Belgium lies the provincial town of Neuville en Ferrain. The town is far from the yachting centers more »

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Outbound 52

Outbound 52 •  The builder of the modern classics Outbound 44 and 46 launches the new world-class, blue-water cruiser—the Outbound 52. On January 25 I joined Phil Lambert of Outbound Yachts aboard hull number one of his new Tim Kernan-designed more »

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Najad 440 AC

Najad 440 AC • BWS joins a 350-mile delivery that showed off just what a great sea boat the Swedish-built, Judel-Vrolijk design really is. A three-day fall delivery along the East Coast can dish up just about everything and anything more »

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Morris 454

Morris 454 • Quality of the construction and attention to detail make this boat exactly what you expect a Morris Yacht to be. This new Chuck Paine design from one of America’s premier builders is a true thoroughbred that combines more »

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Island Packet 465

Island Packet 465 • This new center cockpit design is a true blue water cruiser that combines IP innovations with the builder’s classic style The morning we sailed the new IP 465 from Annapolis, Md., up Chesapeake Bay to Rock more »

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Malo 37

Malo 37 • All the quality of a proper ocean-sailing yacht in a design suitable for a cruising couple. Built in Sweden by traditional craftsmen, the new Malo 37 offers all the quality of a proper ocean-sailing yacht in a more »

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Kadey Krogen 55 Expedition

Kadey Krogen 55 Expedition • The respected builder of displacement cruisers celebrates its 30th year with the introduction of a new, blue-water capable 55-foot trawler While the popularity of trawlerstyle cruisers may seem a relatively recent phenomenon, Kadey-Krogen has been more »

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Sabre Spirit

With the new SABRE SPIRIT, the designers, Jim Taylor Yacht Design and the Sabre Design Team, set out to recapture what makes most people fall in love with sailing in the first place. Instead of focusing on interior volume and more »

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J/122

J/122 • The new J/122, built by J/ Europe in France, was introduced at the 2006 Paris Boat Show and then introduced in North America at the annual J/Boat Open House last spring. A long, lean and decidedly sleek 40 more »

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Jenneau Sun Odyssey 36i

Jenneau Sun Odyssey 36i • The new Jeanneau 36i combines a sleek Mark Lombard-designed hull with a simple but powerful rig that results in a cruising boat that will truly sail well. And, Jeanneau offers the boat with a “performance” more »

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Jenneau Sun Odyssey 39DS

Jenneau Sun Odyssey 39DS • The Sun Odyssey 54DS that was introduced several years ago set a trend for the French builder that continues to steamroll along. The DS designs have been so well accepted around the world by those more »

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Jenneau Sun Odyssey 42i

Jenneau Sun Odyssey 42i • As Jeanneau has been innovating with its production techniques by introducing injection molded decks, they have also been innovating with hull and rig designs that will set the boats apart in the cruising fleet and more »

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Najad 44AC

Najad 44AC • The new Najad 44AC (aft cockpit), which was introduced in Sweden in 2006, makes its U.S. debut this fall. A real departure for Najad, the 44AC is the first aft cockpit design launched by the builder and more »

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Sun Fast 3200

SUN FAST 3200 • Popular sailboat manufacturer Jeanneau’s 50th anniversary is this year, and to celebrate, they debuted a boat that will change your image of daysailers. Resembling an Open 60 more than a classic cruiser, the new Sun Fast more »

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Tartan 4300

TARTAN 4300 • In the August issue of BWS, we ran a full design review of the new soon-to-be launched Tartan 4300. Hull number one is due to premiere at the Newport (R.I.) boat show in September. The new boat more »

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Island Packet 465

Island Packet 465 • BWS stopped by the Island Packet plant in Florida this summer to see the first 465 under construction. The new boat is distinctive in several ways but still maintains the builder’s high standards and dedication to more »

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Wauquiez Centurian 40s

WAUQUIEZ CENTURIAN 40s • One of the most venerable names in European boat building, Wauquiez has a well earned reputation for crafting elegant, performance cruising boats. The new Centurion 40s continues the company’s tradition. The hull and deck are infusion more »

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Oyster 53

Oyster 53 • On a 1,400-mile offshore sea trial BWS puts the Oyster 53 through its paces in all conditions and comes away impressed Sailing into headwinds of 18 to 22 knots in the shallow waters off of northern Florida more »

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Island Packet SP Cruiser

Rain or shine, deep water or shoal, IPY’s new 41-foot motorsailer will take you there and back in comfort and at amazing speeds Biscayne Bay and the sounds of South Florida are not Blue Water Sailing’s usual sailing grounds, not more »

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Lagoon 420 Hybrid

Lagoon 420 Hybrid • Lagoon Catamarans, a member of the giant Group Beneteau, has become one of the world’s leading catamaran builders. The company has built hundreds of boats for charter fleets around the world and even more for cruisers more »

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Leopard 46

Leopard 46 • The new Leopard 46, which is marketed in the U.S. by The Moorings, takes many of the new design ideas introduced last year in the Leopard 40 and expands them dramatically. Designed by Mevlin & Morrelli, the more »

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Maine Cat 41

Maine Cat 41 • The builders of Maine Cat catamarans have built 54 MC 30s and have started work on the 55th. The small, open-bridgedeck cruiser has proven incredibly popular, not the least because it was designed to be as more »

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Manta 42 MKII

Manta 42 MK II • The Manta 42 Mk II has become one of the most popular cruising cats in this size range built in North America. With more than 80 boats out there cruising the world, the design and more »

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St. Francis 50

ST. FRANCIS 50 • Another South African built boat from a builder that has earned a worldwide reputation for blue-water catamarans, the St. Francis 50 was created by noted yacht designer Angelo Lavranos to be a pure cruising passagemaker and more »

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TomCat 9.7

TOMCAT 9.7 • The new TomCat 9.7, the big sister to the original 6.2, is an entry-level performance cruising cat from Canada that combines fine sailing characteristics with an innovative interior plan. From the outset the builders envisioned a cruising more »

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Morris M42

Morris M42 • Simple elegance and swift sailing make this new weekender some-thing special During September’s Newport International Boat Show, we had the opportunity to go for an evening sail aboard the new Morris 42 Weekender on Narragansett Bay (R.I.). more »

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Jenneau 49

Jenneau 49 • The 49 classic with the new Performance Package puts a lot of pace in a proven passagemaker The new Performance 49, which is being introduced this year with a taller rig, slab reefing main, foil furling headsail, more »

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J/92

J/92 • At the other end of the design spectrum, J/Boats is bringing an updated version of the popular J/92 to the market. The new J/92s is a simple, stable 30-foot sprit boat that has an inboard diesel, an enclosed more »

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J/124

J/124 • The folks at J/Boats always march to the beat of their own drum, and they have thousands of sailors who hear that beat and follow. Last winter they launched the new J/124 that is designed to appeal to more »

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Lagoon 420

Lagoon 420 • Lagoon Catamarans, which is part of Group Beneteau, remains a leader in production cruising catamaran design and construction. The company has supplied hundreds of boats to charter fleets around the world and hundreds of private owners are more »

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Morris M42

Morris M42 • Maine boatbuilder Morris Yachts introduced their M36 two years ago, and the new daysailer/ weekender was such a success that the company is now introducing a big sister in the form of the Morris M42. Designed by more »

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Najad 440 AC

Najad 440 AC • From Najad Yachts in Sweden, the new Najad 440 AC offers coastal and world girdling sailors a cruising boat that combines a sleek, fast Judel/Vrolijk design with the proven quality and style of one of Sweden’s more »

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New Moon 25

New Moon 25 • Eastsail Yachts has been building traditional pocket cruisers near the New Hampshire coastline for a generation. This summer the company launched the New Moon 25, drawn by Yankee yacht designer Eliot Spalding. With a springy sheer, more »

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Northwind 68

Northwind 68 • Spanish boatbuilder Northwind, based in Barcelona, has a long history of building custom and semi-custom cruising boats. The Northwind 68 is the latest semi- custom cruiser to be launched from their yard. The big sloop was designed more »

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Island Packet SP Cruiser

Island Packet SP Cruiser • In the past few years interest in motorsailers for extended cruising has seen a renaissance as sailors moving up in age and some new cruisers contemplate the pleasures of a truly comfortable doghouse from which more »

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Ovni 395

Ovni 395 • Another unique introduction from a French builder this fall is the Ovni 395 built by Alubat Yachts on France’s Atlantic Coast. Designed by Philippe Briand, the 395 is a hard-chined aluminum hull cruiser that has a lifting more »

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Wauquiez PS41

WAUQUIEZ PILOT SALON 41 • Wauquiez Yachts has two Pilot Saloon models that are available this year in the U.S., the new Wauquiez PS 41 and the PS 47 that was introduced last year. The PS 41 evolved from the more »

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AERODNYE REBORN

Aerodyne. Longtime readers of BWS will know that we have kept an eye on Aerodyne Yachts since we saw the first Rodger Martin—designed 38 at the Newport International Boat Show and over the years have run reviews of all four more »

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Tartan 3400

TARTAN 3400 • The new Tartan 3400 combines high-tech construction and modern design with classic Tartan styling The name Tartan has become synonymous with enduring cruising boats that combine satisfying sailing performance with top construction and comfortable, well thought out more »

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Swan 46

SWAN 46 • After a decade’s focus on fully-crewed racing boats, Nautor’s Swan reinvents its blue-water cruising identity with the Swan 46 Since the company’s 1967 debut with the Swan 36, Nautor’s Swan has been a leading name in top-end more »

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Shannon 43

THE SHANNON 43 proves her versatility and timeless appeal on a 400-mile sea trial The Walter Schultz’ designed Shannon 43 first turned heads in 1986, and after 20 years of production her classic look, seaworthy construction and sailing performance have more »

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Island Packet 440

Island Packet 440 • The new aft-cockpit Island Packet 440 promises liveaboard comfort in an offshore cruiser Getting underway offered little relief from the heat of the day as we headed out of Newport Harbor, R.I., and shaped for the more »

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Lagoon 500

Lagoon 500 • The new 50-foot cruising catamaran from Lagoon provides owners with a fine sailing catamaran that is brimming with innovations and luxurious living spaces The new Lagoon 500 had its American debut at this fall’s Annapolis Sailboat Show more »

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Santa Cruz 53C

SANTA CRUZ 53C • Known for their successful ultralight racers, Santa Cruz Yachts unveiled their first fully dedicated performance cruiser at the Oakland boat show. The Santa Cruz 53C has the same hull form as the racy 52 but features more »

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Seawind 1160

SEAWIND 1160 • Designed and built in Australia, the new Seawind 1160 is the sister ship to the highly successful Seawind 1000 and 1200. Conceived as a pure cruising boat with excellent performance characteristics, the 1160′s builders set out to more »

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Shannon Shoalsailer 35

SHANNON SHOALSAILER 35 • With a home in the Florida Keys and a desire to explore them by sail, shallow coastal gunkholing rather than ocean passages were the inspiration for designer Walt Schulz’s Shoalsailers by Shannon Yachts. The Shoalsailer 35 more »

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J/124

J/124 • J/Boats is renowned for its high performance cruisers that serve it up from the racecourse to a summer cruise. The design for the new J/65 was reviewed in BWS’s June issue, and though hull number one was launched more »

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Kanter Bougainvillea 65

Kanter Bougainvillea 65 • Designed around its creature comforts as much as on-the-water performance, the aluminum Kanter Bougainvillea 65 delivers luxurious living in a Chuck Paine–designed package. Since the owners planned to spend much time on the dock, the large more »

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Lagoon 500

Lagoon 500 • It will be hard to miss the new Lagoon 500 at Annapolis this fall. The 51-foot-long, 28-foot-wide cat was designed by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost for ocean crossings and luxurious cruising. They say it more »

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Leopard 43

Leopard 43 • A name already well established in cruising circles, Leopard Catamarans launched the new Leopard 43 designed by Simonis-Voogd. Leopard is the private sales branch of The Moorings and the charter version, the Moorings 4300, will soon be more »

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Malo 40

Malo 40 • Based on Orust Island in Sweden, a stone’s throw from where Najad and Hallberg-Rassy got their start, Malö Yachts has been building sailboats since 1939, and fishing boats for generations before that. The hardy North Sea conditions more »

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Morris 42

Morris 42 • Morris Yachts on Mount Desert Island, Maine, has been building top-quality, semi-custom yachts since 1972 whose pleasing lines and sailing ability draw stares in every harbor they enter. Last year Morris took a break from the ocean-capable more »

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Najad 380

Najad 380 • Following in the Najad tradition of building high-quality, center-cockpit cruising boats capable of passagemaking and cruising from the North Sea to the tropics and anywhere in between, the Najad 380 has proven her mettle in European waters more »

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Sun Odyssey 45

SUN ODYSSEY 45 • Jeanneau will be showcasing two new models in the Sun Odyssey line this fall. The Sun Odyssey 45 derives its style from the successful 49, which debuted in 2003, both designed by Philippe Briand. The Sun more »

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Island Packet 440

Island Packet 440 • Island Packet has been building full-keel cruising boats since the 1970s and this year will be adding the Island Packet 440 to its line. Following the success of the IP37, the 440 is the first aft more »

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Oceanis Clipper 523

Oceanis Clipper 523 • Beneteau will be introducing the Océanis Clipper 523 this fall to replace the Beneteau 50. Designer Groupe Finot kept an eye to luxury and comfort as well as reliability and cruising range when designing this newest more »

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Oyster 82

Oyster 82 • Designed by Rob Humphreys as a scaled-down superyacht, the new Oyster 82 is the superlative performance cruiser. The characteristic Oyster deck saloon provides enough room for a small soirée in addition to a more than adequate nav more »

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Privilege 495

Privilege 495 • Designed for both charter work and private, long distance cruising, the Privilege 495 couples the comfort afforded by a larger catamaran with the safety and performance demanded by those planning to move aboard. At 49 feet, five more »

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Wauquiez Pilot Salon 47

WAUQUIEZ PILOT SALON 47 • Henri Wauquiez began building boats in 1965 and at the turn of the century launched the pilothouse series by the Berret/Racoupeau design team with the Pilot Salon 40, and now the new Wauquiez Pilot Salon more »

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