Beneteau 46.1

(published October 2018) When Beneteau launched the all new Oceanis 51.1 last winter at the Miami boat show, it was obvious that the new line of designs under the Oceanis banner was going to revolutionize the brand. With a hard chine that runs the full length from bow to stern,

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The Rebirth of Island Packet

(published April 2018) Over the weekend of March 16 and 17, something happened that many sailing industry veterans had hoped for but never quite believed would occur: Island Packet Yachts had a large, friendly IPY Owners’ Rendezvous at the factory in Largo, Florida. More than 60 owners representing 33 boats

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2018 Miami Sailboat Show Preview

For the last decade or more, the sailboat section of the big Miami boat show, called Strictly Sail Miami, has been held at Bayside at Miamarina near downtown Miami. The powerboat section of the show moved to Virginia Key, next to Key Biscayne, two years ago and has settled in

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Moody Deck Saloon 54

The new Bill Dixon design is a proper yacht that a couple could easily sail around the world  (published March 2018) It was a beautiful autumn morning when I met up with the new owners of the Moody 54 that had been in the just finished Annapolis Sailboat Show. The

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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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X Yachts X4 from Denmark

This thoroughly modern new design is a perfect dual-purpose boat for families who love to both race and cruise  (published August 2017) The term racer-cruiser has always given me pause primarily because it seems this moniker represents too many tradeoffs for a boat to do both well. The concept has

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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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