Cruising Over 40′

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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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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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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