Tag Archives: Blue Water Sailing

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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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 | 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 | 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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CURRENT ISSUE | SEPTEMBER 2012

September 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Adding Reef Points by Heather Hamilton. Destinations: Into the Wild, The perils and rewards of South Georgia Island by Peter Smith. Practical Passagemaker: Shake Down South, A cruising family gets reacquanted more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | SEPTEMBER 2012

Ways to Own Your Own Boat • Owning a boat is immensely satisfying. You’re the master of your own ship and you can fit it out just the way you want it, then sail it wherever you want to go. 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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CURRENT ISSUE | AUGUST 2012

August 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Sheet Lead by Connie McBride. Destinations: Finding Refuge, A tale of two approaches to an enchanted Australian cove by Anthony Baxter. World Cruising Adventures. The Best Destinations for Long Weekend Charters. 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 | 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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CURRENT ISSUE | DECEMBER 2011

December 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Boat Rat’s Tip: Rust Not, Want Not, Pete Dubler writes about putting your engine up for a long rest.  In BWS Interviews, the king and queen of cruising, Lin & Larry Pardey, more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | DECEMBER 2011

THE GIFT OF SAILING • As we sail into the holiday season, we begin to think about the gift giving that goes on among families and friends. We sailors are easy, since we are always happy to receive anything to 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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CURRENT ISSUE | NOVEMBER 2011

November 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In  Classic Passages: A Bounty of Adventure, Edo Ankum writes about chasing history down the Swahili coast. In Practical Passagemaker: New river Exit, we take a look at 10 tricks for a successful more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | NOVEMBER 2011

GO GREEN, GO SAILING • As anyone who has ever sailed knows, a boat under sail has no carbon footprint. Sure, running a diesel will create carbon emissions, and we all run our engines at times. But, in the raw, more »

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Worklist: Tools & Accessories for Predeparture

The following is an expanded gear list from Bill Biewenga’s article “The Bare Essentials” in the October 2011 issue of Blue Water Sailing. MECHANICAL Toolboxes made of rigid but not brittle plastic, carpet or closed cell foam on bottom Vice more »

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Product Survey

The following is an expanded provisioning spreadsheet from Marci Paravia’s article “Provisioning in the Pacific” in the October 2011 issue of Blue Water Sailing. Survey Says: (Prices from June 3, 2010 Papeete [$1.00 U.S. = ± 89.36 Polynesian Francs (XPF) more »

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Jenneau 44i

Jenneau 44i • The new Jeanneau 44i offers great sailing qualities in an innovative and comfortable cruising boat. It was our sixth and last day in the B.V.I. aboard the brand new Jeanneau/Sunsail 44i, which was hull number one in more »

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Kadey Krogen 58

Kadey Krogen 58 • Powerful Passagemaking Aboard the Kadey-Krogen 58, a 250-mile trip from Annapolis to New York City is a breeze, so to speak The September afternoon we departed the Maryland shore to head north to New York was more »

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Lagoon 420

Lagoon 420 • Combines great liveaboard with modern sailing and powering systems This innovative cruising cat combines great liveaboard accommodations with thoroughly modern sailing and powering systems. We set off from Miami’s Bayside Marina in the midst of the Strictly more »

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Lagoon 440

Lagoon 440 • One of the most popular crusing cats in the world If you have ever sailed on a cruising catamaran, the first time may well have been aboard a charter cat in the Caribbean. There is no doubt, more »

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Morris 48

Morris 48 • “Next Generation” world cruising boat. A sailboat really tells you what it is all about when you are under sail and you gradually start to round up from a broad reach and trim steadily through a beam more »

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Najad 570

Najad 570 • The New Flagship from the Swedes The island of Orust off Sweden’s west coast has long been home to some of the world’s best boat builders, so it is no surprise that in addition to Najad the more »

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Nordhaven 56

Nordhaven 56 Motorsailer • The new 56-foot motorsailer from Nordhavn brings to the cruising world a boat that is an evolutionary cruiser with roots that go back more than 30 years. Built by Pacific Asian Enterprises and designed by one more »

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Island Packet 465

Island Packet 465 • The boat’s distinctive beige hull with the short bowsprit was heeled over at about 10 degrees as it reached comfortably and steadily before the clearing northwest breeze. In the background some 10 miles distant lay the more »

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Outbound 52

Outbound 52 •  The builder of the modern classics Outbound 44 and 46 launches the new world-class, blue-water cruiser—the Outbound 52. On January 25 I joined Phil Lambert of Outbound Yachts aboard hull number one of his new Tim Kernan-designed more »

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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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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 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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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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Oyster 53

Oyster 53 • On a 1,400-mile offshore sea trial BWS puts the Oyster 53 through its paces in all conditions and comes away impressed Sailing into headwinds of 18 to 22 knots in the shallow waters off of northern Florida 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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