Category Archives: Boat Reviews

Boat Review: Discovery 50

On a Sunday morning in June, we set off from the little Massachusetts island of Cuttyhunk for the homeward leg of a two-day cruise from Newport, Rhode Island. It was a fine spring morning, but the breeze had been south … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Hunter 33

Hunter has long been a leader in offering sailors a wide range of boats, from sailing dinghies to 50-foot cruisers. But the company may be best known for its mid-size cruisers, which offer expansive living spaces in boats that are … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Oyster 46

A few summers ago I had the good luck to be invited to join the Oyster Rendezvous in Newport, Rhode Island, where I would sail in daily races aboard owners’ yachts. On the first day’s run from Newport to Cuttyhunk … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS

The October afternoon we set off from the docks in Back Creek near Annapolis, we had aboard Jeanneau America president Paul Fenn and national sales manager Jeff Jorgenson plus BWS editor Andrew Cross. Good sailing hands all around. Andy took … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Seaward 46RK

By Captain Jeff Grossman & Captain Jean Levine, AMS 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 stage for our test sail … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Beneteau Sense 55

Is the Sense series from Beneteau the ultimate single-hulled “mono-maran”? At the very least, it’s a mold-breaking design built for luxurious family cruising. On the Saturday afternoon of the Strictly Sail Miami show, Beneteau USA’s president Wayne Burdick and a few others … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Bavaria Vision 42

As I drove by scenic Mystic Seaport on my way to the marina where we were to set off for a test of the new Bavaria Vision 42, I noticed that the big flags on the classic ships were standing … Continue reading

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Rustler 44

British designers and builders have a well-earned reputation for creating cruising boats that can stand up to the rigors of offshore and even high latitude sailing. There’s a good reason for that. Britain is pretty far north and swept by North … Continue reading

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2013 Boat Show Preview

The fall and winter boat show season is upon us and with that comes excitement from not only boat builders, but boat buyers as well. As always, BWS is happy to give you a rundown on what to expect as … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Dufour 36P

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 reality on the waters of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. With six of us aboard, … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Jeanneau 53DS

The Jeanneau 53 aft-cockpit, deck-saloon sloop is a production-built passagemaker with true yacht styling that BWS had the opportunity to test sail in the fall of 2011 on the Chesapeake Bay. The afternoon was lovely and the breeze light but steady … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Catalina 355

After the 2011 Annapolis Sailboat Show, I had the chance to spend the better part of a lovely fall afternoon sailing the Catalina 355 with her designer Gerry Douglas, who is in charge of production for the company. The wind … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Born in the USA

The Great Recession has had a dramatic affect on the sailing industry and wreaked havoc with many American builders, some of whom are gone and some who are gradually getting back on their feet as the economy slowly recovers. But … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Jeanneau 469

Last February, after the Miami Strictly Sail boat show at Miamarina, we had a chance to spend a couple of hours sailing the new Sun Odyssey 469 that had been introduced at the show in the tropical waters off Miami … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Catalina 275

This coming fall, Catalina Yachts will introduce their all new Catalina 275 Sport at the Annapolis sailboat show. The 27-footer follows on the heels of the successful launch of the 315 18 months ago. While the 315 was a true … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Tartan 40

The 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 than at just … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Pacific Seacraft 40

A few years ago while attending the annual Pacific Seacraft open house at the builder’s facility in Washington, N.C., I had the opportunity to sail a Pacific Seacraft 40 on the Pamlico River for a few hours one afternoon. Although I … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Island Packet

The Island Packet 360 debuted at the Annapolis sailboat show a few years ago and caused a nice stir among the boatbuilder’s many fans. The new boat shows some definite evolutionary traits while maintaining the qualities that make Island Packets … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Moody DS 45

We sailed the Moody DS 45 in Newport, RI on one of those clear, warm fall days that make me realize how lucky I am to go sailing as part of my job. I was out with my old friend … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Rivolta 43 Vintage

Piero Rivolta is a man of many parts. He was born in Italy and spent his early years designing and building some of the most famous cars in Europe. Now, he lives in Sarasota, Fla. where he has become a … Continue reading

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