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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: Beneteau Sense 55

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

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Boat Review: Seaward 46RK by Hake

By Captain Jeff Grossman and 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: Norstar 40

The Robert Perry-designed Norstar 40 began life as the classic Nordic 40 and is still one of the best mid-size cruisers ever built. Gary and Steve Nordvedt are second generation boat builders in the Pacific Northwest who have seen designs … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Pacific Seacraft 40

While attending the annual Pacific Seacraft open house at the builder’s new 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 have been … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Discovery 50

The Discovery 50 cruising catamaran offers luxurious accomodations in highly advanced cruising hulls powered by a rig fit for girdling the globe. On a Sunday morning in June, we set off from the little Massachusetts island of Cuttyhunk for the … 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: Oyster 46

Last summer 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 Island, I … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Jeanneau 53DS

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

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