Valiant 50

VALIANT 50 • The Valiant 47, now morphed into the Valiant 50, has been carrying passagemakers to destinations both far- and near-flung. This Robert Perry double-ender would never be mistaken for the work of any other designer, although Perry himself will be the first to credit those whose work inspired

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Najad 511

Najad 511 • This Swedish import has all the room and all the quality you need for a world cruise Najad 511 The new flagship of the Najad fleet, designed by Judel, Vrolijk & Co. and built by Najad in Sweden, is a trim 51-footer that has all the makings

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Saga 48

SAGA 48 • Designed by Robert Perry and built by Canada’s Saga Marine, the new Saga 48 offers cruisers an elegant design that has been built to the best standards In late October I was given the opportunity to sail hull number one of the new Saga 48 series on

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X-43

X-43 • X-Yachts’ new 43-foot cruiser/racer offers exciting sailing with plenty of comfort. For almost 25 years the Danish company X-Yachts has been successfully building boats for modern sailors who look for fast, safe and comfortable yachts. The company specializes in mixing high quality and performance and the new X-43

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J/133

J/133 • The J/133 achieves the magic combination of terrific sailing qualities with accommodations a cruising family will love Jim Johnstone cut off in mid-anecdote about his years crewing on the classic J Class Shamrock IV. “Simon, ease the main! Ease! Ease! Ease!” he said with an urgency that only

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TARTAN 4400

TARTAN 4400 • BWS’s 250-mile sea trial of the new Tartan 4400 proves that the boat is an elegant new player in the world of liveaboard cruisers We had been looking forward to sailing the new Tartan 4400 from New York Harbor to Annapolis, Md., for several months. The new

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Morris 51

Morris 51 • Designed and built in Maine, the semi-custom Morris 51 blends the best traditions of the sea with the most modern building techniques and the latest sailing systems The Morris 51, designed by Chuck Paine, started life as the Apogee 50 from Able Marine. Several years ago, in

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Najad 373

Najad 373 • A compact cruiser that can fly This new 37-footer from Sweden offers elegant accommodations in a hull that has proven to be both swift and comfortable at sea In the past decade the average size of new designs entering the cruising fleets around the world has continued

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Leopard 47

Leopard 47 • From South Africa, the new Leopard 47 cruising cat offers sumptuous accommodations combined with fine sailing characteristics and on-the-level cruising Cruising with three other couples that we did not know well was a first for us. My wife Rosie and I were in the British Virgin Islands

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Northwind 58

Northwind 58 • An elegant, modern passagemaker from Spain’s premier builder gets a three-day test in blustery Mediterranean The morning departure from Barcelona was hurried as we scurried around the North Wind boatyard in search of spare parts, provisions and a rigger to help us get the in-boom furling mainsail

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