Boat Reviews

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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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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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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X-46

X-46 • At the leading edge of high-performance cruisers, the X-Yachts fleet has been claiming silver in European IMS racing circuits. Among them, the new X-46 has earned its fair share of mantle-ware in the Med and will be new more »

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J/65

J/65 • The new J/65 redefines performance cruising in a boat that will be a couple’s “ultimate” passagemaker This spring J/Boats, based in Newport, Rhode Island, will launch the first of two new 65-foot performance cruising boats that are now more »

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Najad 440

Najad 440 Passagemaker • Swedish-built to a Judel/Vrolijk design, the Najad 440 will raise the bar for comfort and speed among midsize offshore cruising boats We have long had a partiality for cruising boats with LOAs in the mid-40s and more »

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Navy 44

Navy 44 • The dark blue hulls of the U.S. Naval Academy 44s are familiar sights at offshore races, and the veteran McCurdy & Rhodes design will be replaced, beginning in 2005, with a boat from Pedrick Yacht Designs. It more »

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Pacific Seacraft 31

Taking Pacific Seacraft’s 31 for a sail was like meeting an old friend The economics of boatbuilding favor the construction of large boats. A 45-foot boat takes up practically the same amount of room on the shop floor as a more »

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Tartan 34

TARTAN 34 • There was a time, not so long ago, when boats in the mid-30-foot range were thought of as the “right” size, combining ease of handling with enough waterline to make quick passages. In 1967 the boatbuilding firm more »

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Valiant 50

VALIANT 50 • The Valiant 47, now morphed into the Valiant 50, has been carrying passagemakers to destinations both far- and near-flung. This Robert Perry double-ender would never be mistaken for the work of any other designer, although Perry himself more »

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Najad 511

Najad 511 • This Swedish import has all the room and all the quality you need for a world cruise Najad 511 The new flagship of the Najad fleet, designed by Judel, Vrolijk & Co. and built by Najad in more »

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Saga 48

SAGA 48 • Designed by Robert Perry and built by Canada’s Saga Marine, the new Saga 48 offers cruisers an elegant design that has been built to the best standards In late October I was given the opportunity to sail more »

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X-43

X-43 • X-Yachts’ new 43-foot cruiser/racer offers exciting sailing with plenty of comfort. For almost 25 years the Danish company X-Yachts has been successfully building boats for modern sailors who look for fast, safe and comfortable yachts. The company specializes more »

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J/133

J/133 • The J/133 achieves the magic combination of terrific sailing qualities with accommodations a cruising family will love Jim Johnstone cut off in mid-anecdote about his years crewing on the classic J Class Shamrock IV. “Simon, ease the main! more »

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TARTAN 4400

TARTAN 4400 • BWS’s 250-mile sea trial of the new Tartan 4400 proves that the boat is an elegant new player in the world of liveaboard cruisers We had been looking forward to sailing the new Tartan 4400 from New more »

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Morris 51

Morris 51 • Designed and built in Maine, the semi-custom Morris 51 blends the best traditions of the sea with the most modern building techniques and the latest sailing systems The Morris 51, designed by Chuck Paine, started life as more »

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Najad 373

Najad 373 • A compact cruiser that can fly This new 37-footer from Sweden offers elegant accommodations in a hull that has proven to be both swift and comfortable at sea In the past decade the average size of new more »

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Leopard 47

Leopard 47 • From South Africa, the new Leopard 47 cruising cat offers sumptuous accommodations combined with fine sailing characteristics and on-the-level cruising Cruising with three other couples that we did not know well was a first for us. My more »

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Northwind 58

Northwind 58 • An elegant, modern passagemaker from Spain’s premier builder gets a three-day test in blustery Mediterranean The morning departure from Barcelona was hurried as we scurried around the North Wind boatyard in search of spare parts, provisions and more »

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Kanter 54.5

Kanter 54.5 • strong, nimble and aluminum—is slated to carry a crew of two on an upcoming extended world cruise. BWS joined Steve and Karyn James aboard Threshold for a 300-mile shakedown from Greenwich, Conn., to Annapolis, Md. Got any more »

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Island Packet 485

Island Packet 485 • The new 51-footer from Island Packet is a comfortable cruiser, capable of making faster passages than you might expect The folks at Island Packet in Largo, Fla., have been making sailboats that are immediately recognizable as more »

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Outbound 44

Outbound 44 • Bulletproof cruising, semi-custom detailing and sophisticated blue-water performance describe this powerful Schumacher design. In the July/August 2000 issue of Blue Water Sailing, we ran a design profile on what we called at the time a “bright new more »

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Sabre 426

SABRE 426 • The newest sloop from Sabre combines sweet sailing smarts and practical cruising amenities In September the most recent addition to the Sabre Yachts catalog debuted at the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, sporting the solid standards and more »

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Oyster 49

Oyster 49 • Contemporary charm and classic yachting merge as one Oyster makes no bones about the fact that the company builds high-end yachts for a high-end market in which quality comes at a price and the people who seek more »

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Malo 41

Malo 41 • From Sweden, oceangoing and spry We had a great time aboard the Swedish-built Malö 41, and found plenty to recommend this solid pretender to the thrones of Hallberg- Rassy and Najad. In the July 2002 issue of more »

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Northwind 43

Northwind 43 • Spanish offshore cruising agenda with an S&S pedigree The Spanish sailing heritage embraced the age of seaborne empire and the unveiling of the New World, but it didn’t end there. Given the Med to the south and more »

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Island Packet 420

Island Packet 420 • Not long after Bob Johnson and his scrupulous team at Island Packet Yachts introduced the Island Packet 420 in 1999, BWS had the opportunity to sail aboard a brand-new one on a springtime romp from Norfolk, more »

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Silver Phantom 44

SILVER PHANTOM 44 • A truly elegant pilothouse sloop from New Zealand Over the past 20 years New Zealand has produced not only many of the world’s best and most successful sailors but also many of the planet’s most accomplished more »

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Northwind 43

Northwind 43 • European style and modern cruising performance combine elegantly in this Spanish-built passagemaker Over the years, we have sail tested hundreds of boats, but we never really know in advance what moment of a sail test will crystallize more »

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Saga 35

SAGA 35 • A scaled-down cruiser by Boby Perry offers performance, manageablility and long legs The autumn wind came at last to Chesapeake Bay during the second week of December. And it came in force. I had just completed a more »

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Shannon Pilot 43

SHANNON PILOT 43 • Another breakthrough concept for Shannon, combining wheelhouse comfort with aft-cockpit Walt Schulz, president and founder of Shannon Yachts, remains committed to the cautious design mindset that has enabled almost three decades of Shannons to become icons more »

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J/40 Gryphon

J/40 Gryphon • She’s now safe and reliable – and still fun to About three years ago my wife Raine and I sailed our J/40 Gryphon down Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay under the Newport Bridge and south past Block Island. more »

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X-482

X-482 • A high-end European performance cruiser with blue-water appeal In ways both subtle and stunning, Denmark-based X-Yachts has parlayed two decades on the European production front into a strong contemporary U.S. presence. More the steady evolution of a solid more »

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Prout 33

Prout 33 • Around the world on a catamaran. In August of 1992 we made the big announcement: “We’re leaving in October to sail around the world!” The faces of our friends bore emotions as varied as their comments, everything more »

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