X-43

X-43 • X-Yachts’ new 43-foot cruiser/racer offers exciting sailing with plenty of comfort. For almost 25 years the Danish company X-Yachts has been successfully building boats for modern sailors who look for fast, safe and comfortable yachts. The company specializes in mixing high quality and performance and the new X-43

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J/133

J/133 • The J/133 achieves the magic combination of terrific sailing qualities with accommodations a cruising family will love Jim Johnstone cut off in mid-anecdote about his years crewing on the classic J Class Shamrock IV. “Simon, ease the main! Ease! Ease! Ease!” he said with an urgency that only

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TARTAN 4400

TARTAN 4400 • BWS’s 250-mile sea trial of the new Tartan 4400 proves that the boat is an elegant new player in the world of liveaboard cruisers We had been looking forward to sailing the new Tartan 4400 from New York Harbor to Annapolis, Md., for several months. The new

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Morris 51

Morris 51 • Designed and built in Maine, the semi-custom Morris 51 blends the best traditions of the sea with the most modern building techniques and the latest sailing systems The Morris 51, designed by Chuck Paine, started life as the Apogee 50 from Able Marine. Several years ago, in

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Najad 373

Najad 373 • A compact cruiser that can fly This new 37-footer from Sweden offers elegant accommodations in a hull that has proven to be both swift and comfortable at sea In the past decade the average size of new designs entering the cruising fleets around the world has continued

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Leopard 47

Leopard 47 • From South Africa, the new Leopard 47 cruising cat offers sumptuous accommodations combined with fine sailing characteristics and on-the-level cruising Cruising with three other couples that we did not know well was a first for us. My wife Rosie and I were in the British Virgin Islands

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Northwind 58

Northwind 58 • An elegant, modern passagemaker from Spain’s premier builder gets a three-day test in blustery Mediterranean The morning departure from Barcelona was hurried as we scurried around the North Wind boatyard in search of spare parts, provisions and a rigger to help us get the in-boom furling mainsail

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Kanter 54.5

Kanter 54.5 • strong, nimble and aluminum—is slated to carry a crew of two on an upcoming extended world cruise. BWS joined Steve and Karyn James aboard Threshold for a 300-mile shakedown from Greenwich, Conn., to Annapolis, Md. Got any dinner plans this evening?” asks captain and owner Steve, as

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Island Packet 485

Island Packet 485 • The new 51-footer from Island Packet is a comfortable cruiser, capable of making faster passages than you might expect The folks at Island Packet in Largo, Fla., have been making sailboats that are immediately recognizable as IPs since 1979, when they started things off with the

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Outbound 44

Outbound 44 • Bulletproof cruising, semi-custom detailing and sophisticated blue-water performance describe this powerful Schumacher design. In the July/August 2000 issue of Blue Water Sailing, we ran a design profile on what we called at the time a “bright new player in the performance cruiser field.” A solid-fiberglass, solent-rigged sloop

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