Elan GT5

Built in Slovenia, this new 40-foot Rob Humphries design brings the real meaning of “Gran Tourismo” to the yachting world  (published January/February 2018) It was a lovely, light air morning on the Chesapeake Bay the day after last fall’s Annapolis sailboat show when we got a chance to give the

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Sailing to the Extreme

Five offshore adventures that will build your blue water skills and may change your life  (published August 2017) There is no better way to build the skills and confidence you need for safe offshore cruising than by making long offshore passages with experienced instructors and experienced skippers. Here are five

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Chartering Around the World

You can experience the best cruising grounds the world has to offer, one week at a time  (published August 2017) We keep going back to the BVI for a week of chartering sometime during the winter and it certainly is one of the world’s best, easiest and most convenient island

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Beneteau Oceanis 51.1

The new Berret-Racoupeau design is a dream to sail—fast, handy, seaworthy and very comfortable  (published January 2018) From the first day that I saw the drawings and renderings of the new Beneteau Oceanis 51.1, I had been looking forward to taking this fairly radical new design out for a test

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Catalina 425 ‘Circumnavigation’

With the owner and designer aboard, BWS takes hull number one of the new 425 off on an adventure (published October 2016) There is something about a tropical isle on the horizon that calls to me, as it does to just about every cruising sailor. The turquoise water of the

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Passages South

How to plan a fall passage from the East Coast to the tropics  (published September 2016) Several falls ago, I found myself aboard Peter Johnstone’s 68-foot sled Mojo headed south from Newport, RI to Antigua in the eastern Caribbean. We had caught the tail end of a fresh cold front

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Elan Impression 45

The new Elan Impression 45 is a thoroughly modern family cruising boat that can be tailored to each owner's needs  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) The afternoon after the Annapolis sailboat show that we had a chance to give the new Elan Impression 45 a sail trial turned out to be very

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Jeanneau 54

The new Philippe Briand design is a family cruiser with passagemaking capabilities  (published March 2016) The first thing you notice about the new Jeanneau 54 as you walk down the dock is just how large the boat is for a 54 footer. The transom with its wide fold-down swim platform

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