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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: Lagoon 39

On the Tuesday following this 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: Jeanneau 53

In the Fall of 2011, BWS had the opportunity to test sail the Jeanneau 53 on the Chesapeake Bay. The afternoon was lovely and the breeze light but steady at about 8 knots. With Jeanneau America’s Paul Fenn aboard, we set … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Bavaria 32

Last summer, Bavaria USA introduced four new models to the U.S. market. The smallest of the fleet is the Bavaria 32, which packs a lot in a fairly small package. Designed by Farr Yacht Design, who designed all of the … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 45

Two summers ago I signed on to crew aboard the brand new Beneteau Oceanis 45 on the delivery leg between the Newport, R.I. boat show and the Norwalk, Conn. boat show. It’s a run of about 140 miles across Block … Continue reading

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Boat Review: S & S 30

For those who may have forgotten, Olin Stephens was the Twentieth Century’s resident genius of yacht design, our own nautical Da Vinci. In every aspect of the sailing game from dinghies like the Lightning to offshore racers like Finisterre to America’s … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Dufour 405 Grand Large

The new Dufour 405 Grand Large combines a sweet performance hull and rig with a classic yacht-style interior. The old adage says that whenever you have two boats sailing in the same direction, you have a race. While casual cruisers … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Hunter 40

A look at the new Hunter 40 from the March edition of BWS.  By Andrew Cross Last year, when Hunter filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was subsequently purchased by Marlow Acquisitions, LLC, it was hard to see what direction the … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Shannon 43

The Walter Schultz’ designed Shannon 43 first turned heads in 1986, and after 20 years of production her classic look, seaworthy construction and sailing performance have proven her to be a hardy bluewater cruiser with timeless appeal. After a summer … 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: 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: 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: 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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