Sabre 426

SABRE 426 • The newest sloop from Sabre combines sweet sailing smarts and practical cruising amenities In September the most recent addition to the Sabre Yachts catalog debuted at the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, sporting the solid standards and pretty lines that people freely associate with the popular Maine-based

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Oyster 49

Oyster 49 • Contemporary charm and classic yachting merge as one Oyster makes no bones about the fact that the company builds high-end yachts for a high-end market in which quality comes at a price and the people who seek it aren’t shy about paying for the privilege. The brand-new

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Malo 41

Malo 41 • From Sweden, oceangoing and spry We had a great time aboard the Swedish-built Malö 41, and found plenty to recommend this solid pretender to the thrones of Hallberg- Rassy and Najad. In the July 2002 issue of BWS we suggested, “In the world of well-found cruising sailboats,

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Northwind 43

Northwind 43 • Spanish offshore cruising agenda with an S&S pedigree The Spanish sailing heritage embraced the age of seaborne empire and the unveiling of the New World, but it didn’t end there. Given the Med to the south and east, and the Atlantic by way of the notorious Bay

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Island Packet 420

Island Packet 420 • Not long after Bob Johnson and his scrupulous team at Island Packet Yachts introduced the Island Packet 420 in 1999, BWS had the opportunity to sail aboard a brand-new one on a springtime romp from Norfolk, Va., across the Gulf Stream to Bermuda. It was one

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Silver Phantom 44

SILVER PHANTOM 44 • A truly elegant pilothouse sloop from New Zealand Over the past 20 years New Zealand has produced not only many of the world’s best and most successful sailors but also many of the planet’s most accomplished boat- builders. Today, EnZed builders craft more luxury mega yachts

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Northwind 43

Northwind 43 • European style and modern cruising performance combine elegantly in this Spanish-built passagemaker Over the years, we have sail tested hundreds of boats, but we never really know in advance what moment of a sail test will crystallize our thoughts about the vessel we plan to inspect. Sometimes

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Saga 35

SAGA 35 • A scaled-down cruiser by Boby Perry offers performance, manageablility and long legs The autumn wind came at last to Chesapeake Bay during the second week of December. And it came in force. I had just completed a season of light-air collegiate sailing, so I was excited to

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Shannon Pilot 43

SHANNON PILOT 43 • Another breakthrough concept for Shannon, combining wheelhouse comfort with aft-cockpit Walt Schulz, president and founder of Shannon Yachts, remains committed to the cautious design mindset that has enabled almost three decades of Shannons to become icons of seaworthiness, manageability and long-distance voyaging. On the other hand,

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J/40 Gryphon

J/40 Gryphon • She’s now safe and reliable – and still fun to About three years ago my wife Raine and I sailed our J/40 Gryphon down Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay under the Newport Bridge and south past Block Island. It was a fairly typical late season sail – blustery

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