Wauquiez Pilot Salon 47

WAUQUIEZ PILOT SALON 47 • Henri Wauquiez began building boats in 1965 and at the turn of the century launched the pilothouse series by the Berret/Racoupeau design team with the Pilot Salon 40, and now the new Wauquiez Pilot Salon 47. With the pilothouse, Wauquiez sought to combine the sailing

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X-46

X-46 • At the leading edge of high-performance cruisers, the X-Yachts fleet has been claiming silver in European IMS racing circuits. Among them, the new X-46 has earned its fair share of mantle-ware in the Med and will be new to the U.S. Zambia at the boat shows this fall

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J/65

J/65 • The new J/65 redefines performance cruising in a boat that will be a couple’s “ultimate” passagemaker This spring J/Boats, based in Newport, Rhode Island, will launch the first of two new 65-foot performance cruising boats that are now in build at Pearson Composites in nearby Warren, R.I.. Although

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Najad 440

Najad 440 Passagemaker • Swedish-built to a Judel/Vrolijk design, the Najad 440 will raise the bar for comfort and speed among midsize offshore cruising boats We have long had a partiality for cruising boats with LOAs in the mid-40s and water-lines in the high 30s. Boats of this sizeare large

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Navy 44

Navy 44 • The dark blue hulls of the U.S. Naval Academy 44s are familiar sights at offshore races, and the veteran McCurdy & Rhodes design will be replaced, beginning in 2005, with a boat from Pedrick Yacht Designs. It is not a boat, according to the U.S. Navy, it

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Pacific Seacraft 31

Taking Pacific Seacraft’s 31 for a sail was like meeting an old friend The economics of boatbuilding favor the construction of large boats. A 45-foot boat takes up practically the same amount of room on the shop floor as a 31-foot boat, but the return on the bigger boat is,

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Tartan 34

TARTAN 34 • There was a time, not so long ago, when boats in the mid-30-foot range were thought of as the “right” size, combining ease of handling with enough waterline to make quick passages. In 1967 the boatbuilding firm of Douglass & McLeod Plastics Corporation, makers of the Tartan

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Valiant 50

VALIANT 50 • The Valiant 47, now morphed into the Valiant 50, has been carrying passagemakers to destinations both far- and near-flung. This Robert Perry double-ender would never be mistaken for the work of any other designer, although Perry himself will be the first to credit those whose work inspired

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Najad 511

Najad 511 • This Swedish import has all the room and all the quality you need for a world cruise Najad 511 The new flagship of the Najad fleet, designed by Judel, Vrolijk & Co. and built by Najad in Sweden, is a trim 51-footer that has all the makings

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Saga 48

SAGA 48 • Designed by Robert Perry and built by Canada’s Saga Marine, the new Saga 48 offers cruisers an elegant design that has been built to the best standards In late October I was given the opportunity to sail hull number one of the new Saga 48 series on

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