Cruising Under 40′

BLUE WATER BOATS | BENETEAU OCEANIS 38

With a unique and flexible design, the Beneteau Oceanis 38 is going to evolve with your sailing style in mind By Andrew Cross Being that I am slightly obsessed with sailboats, I usually get excited when something new and bold more »

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2013 Boat Show Preview

2013 Boat Show Preview • The fall and winter boat show season is on the horizon and with that comes excitement from not only boat builders, but boat buyers as well. As always, BWS is happy to give you a more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | CATALINA 275

Catalina Sport Pocket Cruiser Racer • The new 27-foot sport cruiser from Catalina puts the fun back into sailing for those just starting out or those downsizing from a bigger cruising boat. This coming fall, Catalina Yachts will introduce their more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | THE NEW LAGOON 52 & 39

The New Lagoons Arrive – The new 52 and 39 are the trend setters for the future of the Lagoon fleet. On the Tuesday following this winter’s Strictly Sail Miami boat show, the two Lagoons that debuted at the show more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | S & S 30

S & S 30 • This Olin Stephens design from 1935, updated by the S&S team, is one of the sweetest little cruisers ever built. For those who may have forgotten, Olin Stephens was the Twentieth Century’s resident genius of more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | TARTAN FANTAIL 26

Tartan Fantail 26 •  The new daysailer-weekender from Tartan Yachts packs a lot of performance in a compact package. We had our first look at the new Tartan Fantail 26 at the Annapolis sailboat show last fall, and we must more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | BLUE JACKET 38 by Island Packet

Blue Jacket 40 • The new Tim Jackett-designed performance cruiser is being built by Island Packet. The new Blue Jacket 40 that is scheduled for launch in December is a unique project among American builders and promises to be one more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | DUFOUR 36P

Dufour 36P • The new racer-cruiser from France is a winner in both categories. The summer afternoon we test-sailed the new Dufour 36 Performance was warm and clear and the promise of a sea breeze was turning steadily into a more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | CATALINA 315

Catalina 315 • The new Catalina offers sprightly sailing performance in a hull with a remarkably spacious interior The morning after last winter’s Strictly Sail Miami show wrapped up, I met Gerry and Tina Douglas on the deserted piers at more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | HANSE 495

Hanse 495 • The future is here in the new German-built Hanse 495—more space, greater comfort, better sailing qualities and a truly modern look. Hanse Yachts of Germany has been exporting their modern cruisers to North America for nearly a more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | ISLAND PACKET 360

Island Packet 360 • This new mid-size bluewater cruiser will make a fine and sensible couple’s cruising boat The Island Packet 360 debuted at last fall’s Annapolis sailboat show and caused a nice stir among the boatbuilder’s many fans. The more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | CATALINA 385

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Catalina 385 • This mid-size family cruiser combines traditional good looks (and values) with a long list of innovations and refinements The afternoon we test-sailed the new Catalina 385 on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, the breeze was a pleasant more »

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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