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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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