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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Buzz-Worthy Boat Brains

Today's multi-function displays (MFDs) do so much more than manage charts  (published April 2017) If the engine is the boat’s brawn, the multi-function display (MFD) is the brain and if what’s at your chart table is more than a few years old, Mach-speed changes in technology are leaving you at

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Dufour Grand Large 460

The French builder dials in the sweet spot with their new, three-cabin ultra-modern family cruiser, complete with built-in grill  (published March 2017) Good ideas are catching. Once you’ve had one, it’s only natural to want to leverage it. That’s why French builder, Dufour, picked the most popular features from their

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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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Laying Up in Grenada for Hurricane Season

Where do you hide when summer storms threaten?  (published September 2016) If you need a seasonal respite from cruising, the lovely island of Grenada is just the ticket. Just about 12 degrees north latitude, this mountainous and lush island hides natural hurricane holes among the bays of its southern coast.

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Color Outside the Lines

A charter in the Greek Cyclades Islands puts rainbows to shame  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) I had always thought that if Greece were a color, it would be white: all that ancient white marble architecture of the Acropolis and the dry yellow-white rocky hills of its thousands of islands. But after

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Hanse 315

Hanse's new addition is small but mighty  (published June 2016) Hanse Yachts builds big impressive boats. The German manufacturer’s 67-foot flagship recently splashed in Europe and it is a muscle-bound speedster. But sometimes, it takes extra know-how to build small rather than big and the Germans have gotten it right

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Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62

First sea trials aboard hull number one of a rockin' new flagship  (published September 2016) It’s not often that I get the scoop on a new design, much less one that is built across the Atlantic where European builders play their cards close to their vests. So, this summer, I

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Close to Home Charters

Interesting, educational and fun places to charter around or near North America  (published March 2016) So you want a boating getaway but don’t want the travel headaches including long flights, currency issues, minimum charter time commitments and language barriers? That’s easy—just charter close to home. Whether you’re looking for small

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Once is Not Enough

Five bareboat charter destinations you'll want to visit again and again  (published October 2015) Asking me about my favorite charter destination is like asking for my favorite flavor of ice cream. I mean, it’s ice cream, what’s not to like? But truth be told, I do have a few favored

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