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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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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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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Building a la Francaise

Boats have changed and the process of building them has even more so. Beneteau, the world’s largest production boat builder, shares some secrets to developing lighter boats with greater fuel efficiency, increased longevity and enhanced cost-effectiveness  (published February 2017) Groupe Beneteau builds nearly 8,500 boats annually spread over more than

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September Boat Show Preview 2017

With the fall boat shows ahead, here’s BWS’s overview of what's new and interesting in the cruising marketplace among monohulls  (published September 2017) [caption id="attachment_10337" align="alignleft" width="246"] Amel 55[/caption] Amel The French builder Amel has long been a unique player in the cruising market and their boats have been likened

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Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62

(published September 2016-boat show preview) The brand new Oceanis Yacht 62 adds a whole new dimension to the meaning of luxury production yachts. The new boat combines the design and build acumen of Groupe Beneteau from across its spectrum of yacht building companies, including the luxury Monte Carlo powerboat line.

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Salty Super Cruiser CNB 76

The new 76-foot cruising sloop from France’s CNB in Bordeaux, provides superb sailing performance in a luxury yacht that will turn heads  (published August 2016) Newport, Rhode Island is no stranger to luxury sailing yachts. All summer long super cruisers and mega yachts come and go without causing much fuss

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Go Small, Go Far, Go Now

BWS's annual guide to great monohulls for coastal cruising, weekending and daysailing  (published June/July 2016) BWS has always been published for sailors who sail over the ocean’s horizon as they head to new landfalls whether that is down the coast or to some foreign land. But, BWS is also for

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The Age of Super Cruisers

In this modern gilded age, family cruising boats have grown and grown and grown  (published May 2016) It has happened so gradually and so steadily over the last 15 years that you would hardly have noticed that the average size of a family cruising boat has increased to the point

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