Performance and comfort combine to create a cruiser that will be happy at sea or anchor by Andy Cross
The spinnaker had just filled and was getting trimmed when someone hollered, “Heat it up!” I obliged from the windward helm and then watched our boatspeed jump while I brought us closer to the wind—three and a half knots quickly became five, then seven, then eight.
This was our second spinnaker set of the day and the evening breeze was filling in nicely on the Pacific Ocean off Venice Beach, California. The Wednesday night Sunset Racing Series was going on in our midst and normally laser-focused racers were turning their heads to watch us go by. We weren’t doing anything special, the new 560 is just a real looker.
It is always a treat to spend more than a few hours learning about a new boat, which was the case in late August when I met Eric Macklin from Dufour Yachts in Marina Del Rey to sail and learn about the company’s big new beauty, the 560. Read more.