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CURRENT ISSUE | APRIL 2014

BWS INTERVIEW: Gregor Tarjan Multihulls in America World Cruising: Highlights of the Society Islands A cruiser’s guide to one of the South Pacific’s most dreamy destinations by Nadine Slavinski Cruising Life: The Other Higher Education “A Whale-Ship was my Yale more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | APRIL 2014

SPARE PARTS We put over 60,000 miles on our Mason 43 Clover during an extended circumnavigation and during those years we had to repair just about everything on the boat at least once, if not three times. In that self-sufficient more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | CONTEST 42CS

A semi-custom, luxury cruiser from Holland, the new Contest 42CS offers megayacht styling in a cruising boat for discerning couples and families. 

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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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BLUE WATER BOATS | ALLURES 45

Equal parts performance and comfort, the Allures 45 will take you wherever you want to go By Andrew Cross At first glance the Allures 45 looked every bit the capable blue water voyager I had expected, ready and willing to more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | BAVARIA CRUISER 41

As Bavaria’s Daniel Kohl and I walked down the dock toward the new Bavaria Cruiser 41 that we were going to take out for a test sail, it became increasingly apparent that our afternoon of sailing was going to be more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | X-YACHTS XP 44

The X Factor • The new XP 44 from the Danish builder X-Yachts, is a thoroughly modern racer-cruiser built in classic northern European stlye by George Day Flying overnight from the East Coast of the U.S. to Europe always gives more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | OYSTER 54

Oyster 54 • The Oyster 54 offers true blue water capabilities in a cruising boat that will make a great couple’s floating home. It was one of those perfect Indian Summer afternoons in Newport, R.I. when we set off from more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | BAVARIA VISION 42

Bavaria Vision 42 : The new cruising sloop from Bavaria of Germany gets a short but full-blown test As I drove by scenic Mystic Seaport on my way to the marina where we were to set off for a test 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 | JEANNEAU 469

Jeanneau 469 • The 469 is the newest design in the ever-evolving Sun Odyssey line from Jeanneau that keeps getting better and better. Last February, after the Miami Strictly Sail boat show at Miamarina, we had a chance to spend 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 | RIVOLTA 43 VINTAGE

Rivolta 43 Vintage • The vision of a special yacht becomes an elegant, fast sailing reality. Piero Rivolta is a man of many parts. He was born in Italy and spent his early years designing and building some of the more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | BLUE JACKET 40

Blue Jacket 40 Tim Jackett and Bob Johnson collaborate on a new performance sloop that redefines the American-style, family cruising boat For the past 30 years, you could not sail into a harbor anywhere in North America, and most of more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | BENETEAU OCEANIS 55

Beneteau Oceanis 55 • The new Oceanis 55 is a powerful cruising sloop loaded with modern innovations The morning we took the new Oceanis 55 for a test sail off Miami Beach, the wind was gusting to over 20 knots 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 | HUNTER 40

Hunter 40 • Life begins at 40 for this innovative new cruiser by Andrew Cross. Last year, when Hunter filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was subsequently purchased by Marlow Acquisitions, LLC, it was hard to see what direction the new 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 | BENETEAU SENSE 46

Beneteau Sense 46 • Fall head over heels for the stability and performance of Beneteau’s latest offering by Andrew Cross. As I stepped out of the car, clouds hurried across the sky, giving way to sunshine and what promised to more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 41DS

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS • The new deck saloon design embraces simple cruising elegance while offering innovative sailing systems. The October afternoon we set off from the docks in Back Creek near Annapolis, we had aboard Jeanneau America president Paul 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 | MORRIS 52

Morris M52 • A graceful Sparkman & Stephens design, the new M52 is a sailing craft of which dreams are made. In an age when so many cruising boats are evolving toward hulls with large interior volumes, long waterlines and more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | JEANNEAU 509

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 509 • Jeanneau and Philippe Briand score another winner with their newest 50-foot cruiser. The trade winds were huffing and puffing the afternoon we got out on Miami’s Biscayne Bay to test sail the new Jeanneau 509, more »

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2012 Boat Show Preview

2012 BOAT SHOW PREVIEW: MONOHULLS • This fall and winter across the country, boat builders will be rolling out their latest models at national and regional boat shows. Once again, Blue Water Sailing is happy to bring you a preview more »

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DESIGN REVIEW | PACIFIC SEACRAFT 61

Pacific Seacraft 61: Catari • People who build boats—particularly those who create custom boats for special clients—are in the business of making dreams come true. It’s not always easy, but put together a collaborative client who knows what he wants, more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | BAVARIA VISION 46

BAVARIA VISION 46  • Last summer, we spent a day in Annapolis, MD with the Bavaria USA team getting a first look at the brand new Bavaria Vision 46. Included in the party was Daniel Kohl from Germany, who is more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | BENETEAU SENSE 55

Beneteau Sense 55 • Is the new Sense from Beneteau the ultimate single-hulled “mono-maran”? At the very least, it’s a mold-breaking new monohull built for luxurious family cruising. On the Saturday afternoon of the Strictly Sail Miami show, Beneteau USA’s more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | SEAWARD 46 by HAKE

Seaward 46RK by Hake • Smooth sailing on Biscayne Bay in Hake’s newest model. It was a beautiful Florida winter day on Biscayne Bay just after the Miami Boat Show. Sunny skies and a warm, light, easterly wind set the 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 | MOODY DS 45

Moody DS 45 Magic • The Bill Dixon-designed pilothouse cruiser combines elegant indoor-outdoor living with fine sailing and cruising capabilities. We sailed the Moody DS 45 in Newport, RI on one of those clear, warm fall days that make me more »

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BLUE WATER BOATS | HYLAS 56

Hylas Yachts makes a luxurious world cruiser for a couple or family • The Hylas 54 proved to be one of the most successful 50-foot plus cruising boats ever built and continues to set a standard for a couple’s ultimate 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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BLUE WATER BOATS | BENETEAU OCEANIS 45

BENETEAU OCEANIS 45 • This thoroughly modern cruiser offers great sailing in a design that will make a comfortable floating home By George Day (Photos courtesy Gilles Martin-Raget) Last summer I signed on to crew aboard the brand new Beneteau more »

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BRUCKMANN 50 | Classic Mark Ellis Designed Motorsailer

Bruckmann 50 MKII • It was a lovely summer afternoon when we set off from Falmouth, Massachusetts in the company of three Bruckmann 50s to see if we could get some photos of the big motorsailers engaged in “synchronized sailing” more »

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TARTAN 4700 | An American Original

Tartan 4700 • For 50 years, Tartan has been building high quality production cruising and performance cruising boats in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio that have set a worldwide standard for integrity and design quality. But until this year, the more »

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