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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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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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: 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: 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: Tartan 4700

For 50 years, Tartan has been building high quality production cruising and performance cruising boats in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio that have set a worldwide standard for integrity and design quality. But until recently, the company was never known … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Blue Jacket 40

For the past 30 years, you could not sail into a harbor anywhere in North America, and most of the rest of the world, too, without seeing a cruising boat built by either Tartan or Island Packet. These two American … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 55

The morning we took the new Oceanis 55 for a test sail off Miami Beach, the wind was gusting to over 20 knots from the east and seas outside Government Cut were short and steep. The gang aboard for the … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Morris 29

Like her larger sisters in the M-class line of luxury daysailers and coastal cruisers, the Morris 29 combines lovely classic hull lines with a modern keel and spade rudder to give her owners a special boat that will turn heads … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Sabre 456

The Sabre 456 was launched in 2010 and has drawn a lot of attention from both Sabre owners and would-be Sabre owners. The Jim Taylor design is an upgrade of the Sabre 452 that was introduced several years ago with … Continue reading

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