Category Archives: Boat Reviews

Boat Review: Tartan Fantail

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 … Continue reading

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Blue Water Boat Review: Najad 44AC

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 from calms to gales, … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Outbound 52

On January 25, 2008 I joined Phil Lambert of Outbound Yachts aboard hull number one of his new Tim Kernan-designed Outbound 52 in Norfolk, Virginia. Planning to be at February’s Miami Strictly Sail boat show, Phil needed to get the … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Island Packet SP Cruiser

Biscayne Bay and the sounds of South Florida are not Blue Water Sailing’s usual sailing grounds, not the least because the water is anything but blue and is for the most part remarkably thin. Few offshore cruising boats can venture … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Malo 37

Built in Sweden by traditional craftsmen, the Malo 37 offers all the quality of a proper ocean-sailing yacht in a design suitable for a cruising couple. The west coast of Sweden is home to several of the world’s premier builders … 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: 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 … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Seawind 1000X

The Seawind 1000X combines modern construction techniques with innovative design to create a cruising cat that is unlike all others in her class. The morning after the Newport International Boat show in Newport, R.I., broke clear and bright with the usual … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Lagoon 420

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 Sail Miami boat show and motored south to the broad shallow expanses … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Tartan 5300

I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Tartans. In 1963 or so, my parents and our neighbors in partnership bought an early Tartan 27—the classic S&S design that launched the company. For years, we cruised and … Continue reading

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Boat Review: 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 Fenn and national sales manager … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 58

Over the years, we have sailed and tested many of the Beneteaus to come to market in North America. And last fall after the Annapolis sailboat show, we had our first opportunity to sail aboard the relatively new Oceanis 58, … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Blue Jacket 40

The new Blue Jacket 40 that is scheduled for launch in December is a unique project among American builders and promises to be one of the most interesting new boats to come along in years. Tim Jackett, who was CEO … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Oyster 575

The Rob Humphries design sets a benchmark in the mid-50s luxury cruising fleet. Late in 2009, BWS had the chance to visit the Oyster facilities in the east of England, and during a factory tour was able to wander around … Continue reading

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Boat Review: 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 … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Rivolta 43 Vintage

As seen at 2012 United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD! The new 43-footer from Rivolta Yachts blends traditional Maine styling with a dash of European flair Rivolta Yachts rolled out the plans for a new and interesting 43-foot Vintage … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 509

The trade winds were huffing and puffing the afternoon we got out on Miami’s Biscayne Bay to test sail the new Jeanneau 509, which made for fun and sometimes exciting sailing. The big Philippe Briand design was certainly up to … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Morris M52

In an age when so many cruising boats are evolving toward hulls with large interior volumes, long waterlines and short rigs suitable for the Intracoastal Waterway, the new Morris M52 looks like a throwback to another simpler, more gilded age. … 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: J/95

The day BWS test sailed the J/95, the stars were not aligned for a proper and in-depth trial. First, the Coast Guard pulled us over for a safety check—we passed—then the spinnaker shackle popped while screaming along behind the asymmetrical … Continue reading

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