Author Archives: derek

New Outremer – Nice!

Outremer Cats A few years back, Outremer was down on its luck a bit. This is a company that has always had performance as first priority, and for a while in the 1990s they built some very innovative (and at … Continue reading

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First AC 45 Regatta This Week!

The lead up to the Americas Cup regatta in San Francisco for 2013 begins this week in Cascais, Portugal. This is the training series regatta featuring the AC 45 one design cat. This will be the first time all the … Continue reading

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Tough Business!

The last few years have been very difficult for many of us economically here in the US, and worldwide. The boating industry, while not as critical to the fabric of our society as many other things, has been hard hit. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Pitchpole

There is a discussion going on in another online forum I read about multihull capsizes. I thought I would just take a moment, and explain how most capsizes happen. This is a discussion that really is only relevant to racing … Continue reading

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VMG

Everyone talks about it and it makes excellent cocktail discussion-Velocity Made Good. But, do you know how it affects your sailing? Do you know where your own boat sails best? What angles really do get you there fastest? Back in … Continue reading

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Super Cats

Having just been at the Catana factory in Canet en Roussillion, France, I started thinking about something I really don’t completely understand. In an era when fuel is so outrageously expensive, when will megayacht owners realize that megacats are just … Continue reading

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European Sea Trial

One of the great bi-products of being a broker and journalist in the boat business is that I actually get to go sailing sometimes. Last week was one of those deals. I have a client who is looking for the … Continue reading

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Three Little Birds

I just did a review of a very cool performance cruising trimaran called Three Little Birds for Multihulls Quarterly magazine. The boat was built by Aquidneck Customs, from Bristol RI. Fantastic boat! Absolutely epitomizes the idea that everyone has their … Continue reading

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