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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: 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: 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 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: 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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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: 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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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: 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: Hunter e33

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

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Boat Review: Hallberg Rassy 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 has built more than 8,000 cruising boats over the years, so it is … Continue reading

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Boat Review: J/124

The folks at J/Boats always march to the beat of their own drum, and they have thousands of sailors who hear that beat and follow. They designed and launched the J/124 to appeal to sailors who want something pure and … 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: Catalina 445

Catalina listens to what cruisers and customers want—the innovative 445 is the latest result. At first sight you know there is something different about the new Catalina 445. The design’s topsides appear lower than her sister ships and the cabin … Continue reading

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