Island Packet 349

If you are ready to “go small and go now,” then the new IPY 349 may be just the new cruising boat for you  (published February 2019) Right after the Annapolis sailboat show last fall (2018), I had the chance to go for a sail on the brand new Island

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The Elegant, New Hylas 48

Hylas reboots the company with an elegant, raised-saloon, center-cockpit sloop that is a born passagemaker  (published November/December 2018) I’ve had the good fortune to sail Hylas yachts many miles, particularly the 54 that became the company’s most popular and successful model. The Hylas concept has always been to offer good,

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Tartan 395

(Published November/December 2018) I was scheduled to take the brand new Tartan 395 out for a sail on the Tuesday after the Annapolis sailboat show in October. But, at 4 pm when we were to set sail, the wind died completely leaving Back Creek, The Severn River and the Chesapeake

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Fitting Out

Whether you are getting ready for a spring launch or going through your annual haul out, here’s a guide to the essential tasks  (published April 2018) Most cruisers are fairly hands on and will undertake many if not most of the chores in an annual prelaunch refit when getting our

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Grand Soleil 46LC

The new Grand Soleil 46LC is a very interesting, high quality cruiser that will take her owners anywhere in style, comfort and speed  (published April 2018) Grand Soleil is an Italian builder of fine cruising and racing boats that has been a European leader for more than four decades and

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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490

The latest generation of Sun Odyssey combines innovative design details with a true performance cruising hull and rig and a bright, comfortable interior  (published April 2018) The brand new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 was introduced at the Miami International Boat show in February to rave reviews. The 490 is the

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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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Summer Sailing Vacation Guide

How to plan a summer sailing vacation that will take you to new cruising grounds and help you build cruising skills along the way  (published March 2018) Before we took off to sail our own boat on an extended cruise that ended up being a circumnavigation, Rosie wanted to build

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