Category Archives: Boat Reviews

Boat Review: Lagoon 52

FLYING THE 52 The sun was getting a bit low when we got the Lagoon 52 away from the marina docks and headed out the cut toward the open sea. Compared to the 39, the 52 felt vast yet was … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Catalina 445

At first sight you know there is something different about the Catalina 445. The design’s topsides appear lower than her sister ships and the cabin top has a lower profile. The cockpit is large and has twin wheels and throughout … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 38

Being that I am slightly obsessed with sailboats, I usually get excited when something new and bold hits the market. It is a rarity, though, when I am overly enthusiastic to see the interior of a boat first—I guess I’d … Continue reading

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Boat Review: 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” on Nantucket Sound. The … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Hunter 40

When Hunter filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was subsequently purchased by Marlow Acquisitions, LLC, it was hard to see what direction the new company would be headed. The big question within the industry was, will this be a Hunter of … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Lagoon 39

On the Tuesday following last winter’s Strictly Sail Miami boat show, the two Lagoons that debuted at the show were cut loose from the docks so we could get a chance to sail the innovative new designs from the world’s … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Swan 46

Since the company’s 1967 debut with the Swan 36, Nautor’s Swan has been a leading name in top-end racer/cruisers. In recent years their designs have moved increasingly toward the racing end of the compromise, where they have racked up notable … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Allures 45

At first glance the Allures 45 looked every bit the capable blue water voyager I had expected, ready and willing to take a competent crew around the world many times over. From the floating docks of the Annapolis boat show, … Continue reading

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Boat Review: S&S 30

BWS had the pleasure of sailing this great little cruiser after last year’s Strictly Sail Miami show… For those who may have forgotten, Olin Stephens was the Twentieth Century’s resident genius of yacht design, our own nautical Da Vinci. In … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Antares 44i

It was a crystal clear August day when we set out from Gloucester, MA to give Bob and Jan Crandall’s new Antares 44i Sea Spray a test sail. We cleared the harbor mouth, zigged our way through the lobster pots and rolled … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Tartan Fantail

We had our first look at the new Tartan Fantail 26 at the 2012 Annapolis sailboat show, and we must admit—of all the boats we planned to test after the show, the little 26-footer was one we really looked forward … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Hanse 495

Hanse Yachts of Germany has been exporting their modern cruisers to North America for nearly a decade. We have reviewed several of the models in the pages of BWS and have discovered that the designs tend to stir definite responses from … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Jeanneau 44i

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 the Caribbean. We had stopped in Soper’s Hole for lunch and had a few hours before we had … Continue reading

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Boat Review: 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 … Continue reading

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Boat Reviews: Hallberg-Rassy 372

In honor of their 70th anniversary, here’s a short review of the HR 372. The German Frers-designed Hallberg-Rassy 372 is another cruiser under 40-feet that will appeal to couples and young families. The 372 replaces the popular HR 37. HR … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Beneteau Sense 46

As I stepped out of the car, clouds hurried across the sky, giving way to sunshine and what promised to be a picture-perfect day to sail the new Beneteau Sense 46 in Annapolis, MD. With hard chines, a generous beam … Continue reading

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Boat Review: XP 44

The new XP 44 from the Danish builder X-Yachts, is a thoroughly modern racer-cruiser built in classic northern European style. By George Day Flying overnight from the East Coast of the U.S. to Europe always gives me a through-the-looking-glass sense … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Malo 37

The west coast of Sweden is home to several of the world’s premier builders of custom, semi-custom and production cruising boats. The names Hallberg-Rassy, Najad and Farr may be familiar to many North American sailors, but one of the oldest … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Oyster 54

It was one of those perfect Indian Summer afternoons in Newport, R.I. when we set off from the mooring in Brenton Cove to give the Oyster 54 Tom Tom a whirl around Narragansett Bay. The sky was clear, the air … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Catalina 385

The afternoon we test-sailed the new Catalina 385 on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, the breeze was a pleasant 10 knots out of the northeast and the bay fairly calm. As we motored out of Back Creek, we rolled out … Continue reading

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