Grand Soleil 545

The new GRAND SOLEIL 545 packs eye-catching Euro styling in a 54-footer that sails like the wind. In our efforts to sail trial the new Grand Soleil 545, Simon and I ended up spending a night and two days aboard the boat to get a real feel for what it

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Rivolta 43

RIVOLTA 43 VINTAGE • The new 43-footer from Rivolta Yachts blends traditional Maine styling with a dash of European flair This fall, Rivolta Yachts rolled out the plans for a new and interesting 43-foot Vintage cruising boat. Conceived by the father and son team Piero and Renzo Rivolta as a

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Morris M52

MORRIS M52 • The new S&S design being built by Morris Yachts combines classical lines with a modern hull and advanced building techniques The M series of Sparkman & Stephens designed sloops that Morris Yachts has been building for the past five years has proven to be a truly successful

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Norstar 40

NORSTAR 40 • The Robert Perry-designed Norstar 40 began life as the classic Nordic 40 and still is one of the best mid-size cruisers ever built. Gary and Steve Nordvedt are second generation boat builders in the Pacific Northwest who have seen designs and styles of cruising boats come and

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Rustler 44

RUSTLER 44 • "A Pure Blue-Water Cruiser from Britain". British designers and builders have a well earned reputation for creating cruising boats that can stand up to the rigors of offshore and even high latitude sailing. There’s a good reason for that. Britain is pretty far north and swept by

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Jeanneau 57

JEANNEAU 57 • The Philippe Briand-designed 57-footer offers exciting performance coupled with luxurious accommodations. Jeanneau has an answer to the recession: Go forward boldly and creatively. As one of the world’s largest builders of cruising and racing monohulls, and as a key subsidiary of Group Beneteau, Jeanneau has had a

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Catalina 445

CATALINA 445 Live-aboard Cruiser Catalina listens to what cruisers and customers want—the all-new and innovative 445 is the latest result. At first sight you know there is something different about the new Catalina 445. The design’s topsides appear lower than her sister ships and the cabin top has a lower

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J/95

J/95 • J Boats launches an innovative new 31-foot, centerboard cruiser-racer that is offshore capable and has the draft of a Sunfish. The day BWS test sailed the new J/95 the stars were not aligned for a proper and in-depth trial. First, the Coast Guard pulled us over for a

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Thin Water Cruising Boats

THIN WATER CRUISING BOATS • BWS takes a look at the fleet of cruising monohulls drawing less than five feet Pacific Seacraft 37 Blue water tends to be deep water and that is what lies between the land masses we live on and the islands or continents we want to

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Jenneau 44i

Jenneau 44i • The new Jeanneau 44i offers great sailing qualities in an innovative and comfortable cruising boat. It was our sixth and last day in the B.V.I. aboard the brand new Jeanneau/Sunsail 44i, which was hull number one in the Caribbean.  We had stopped in Soper’s Hole for lunch

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