September Boat Show Preview 2017

With the fall boat shows ahead, here’s BWS’s overview of what's new and interesting in the cruising marketplace among monohulls  (published September 2017) [caption id="attachment_10337" align="alignleft" width="246"] Amel 55[/caption] Amel The French builder Amel has long been a unique player in the cruising market and their boats have been likened

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Green Energy Afloat

To be truly self-sufficient, a cruising boat needs to use solar, wind and water energy to top up the battery bank  (published November 2016) In the first leg of our five year circumnavigation, we sailed and cruised from the East Coast of the U.S. to New Zealand via the Panama

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Smart Charging

Choose an alternator and smart charger to fit your battery bank (published November 2016) Marine engines come with an alternator rated between 50 and 70 amps as standard equipment. This is spec’d to charge the starting battery and does double duty to also charge your house batteries. For most owners

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HH 42 IRC Performance

BWS joins the crew of the new HH42 to compete in the New York Yacht Club’s 2016 Regatta at Newport and came away bloodied but amazed  (published November 2016) It has been a very long time since I have sailed at the front of a flat out racing machine where

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The Many Emotions of Completing a Voyage

(published October 2016) The sun glistened brilliantly off the Strait of Juan de Fuca as we sailed eastward through Race Rocks wing-and-wing and then turned north towards Victoria to close our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. It was three months to the day and 1,141 nautical miles later, and after coming

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X-Yachts XC 45

(published September 2016-boat show preview) X-Yachts of Denmark is one of Europe’s leading builders of performance cruisers and racer-cruisers. With their northern European design ethos and reputation for high quality craftsmanship, X-Yachts is also among Europe’s premier builders of fine yachts. The XC 45 (cruising) was the first of the

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Passport 545

(published September 2016-boat show preview) The Passport 545 is a much decorated cruising boat with Cruising World’s Boat of the Year and Sail’s Best Boats awards to its credit. The boat started life as a center cockpit aft cabin design that was an immediate success. It was followed by the

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Oyster 625

(published September 2016-boat show preview) Among luxury, larger monohulls for long range cruising, the Oyster brand is one of the most famous and respected. The 625 that will be on display this fall, is a perfect example of what the modern Oyster line is all about. It is a large,

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Outremer 51

(published September 2016-boat show preview) This will be the second year that the Outremer 51 will be on display at the fall shows and we include it here because it represents the new direction Outremer is taking with their designs. BWS has sailed the 51 offshore and can vouch for

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Seascape 24

(published September 2016-boat show preview) Seascape is a Slovenian company that was founded by passionate small boat sailors and Mini-transat veterans —they sail 6.5 meter boats across the Atlantic 0cean! The team developed the Seascape 18 using principles developed for the Mini-6.5 boats but tailored for coastal racing and weekending

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