Jeanneau 51

(published April 2017) When I woke just after dawn and checked the weather app on my phone, I could see we were in for a storm. The radar showed a massive squall line that reached from Cuba in the south all the way to Jacksonville in the north and it

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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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September Boat Show Preview 2017

With the fall boat shows ahead, here’s BWS’s overview of what's new and interesting in the cruising marketplace among monohulls  (published September 2017) [caption id="attachment_10337" align="alignleft" width="246"] Amel 55[/caption] Amel The French builder Amel has long been a unique player in the cruising market and their boats have been likened

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HH 42 IRC Performance

BWS joins the crew of the new HH42 to compete in the New York Yacht Club’s 2016 Regatta at Newport and came away bloodied but amazed  (published November 2016) It has been a very long time since I have sailed at the front of a flat out racing machine where

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Catalina 425 ‘Circumnavigation’

With the owner and designer aboard, BWS takes hull number one of the new 425 off on an adventure (published October 2016) There is something about a tropical isle on the horizon that calls to me, as it does to just about every cruising sailor. The turquoise water of the

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X-Yachts XC 45

(published September 2016-boat show preview) X-Yachts of Denmark is one of Europe’s leading builders of performance cruisers and racer-cruisers. With their northern European design ethos and reputation for high quality craftsmanship, X-Yachts is also among Europe’s premier builders of fine yachts. The XC 45 (cruising) was the first of the

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Passport 545

(published September 2016-boat show preview) The Passport 545 is a much decorated cruising boat with Cruising World’s Boat of the Year and Sail’s Best Boats awards to its credit. The boat started life as a center cockpit aft cabin design that was an immediate success. It was followed by the

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Oyster 625

(published September 2016-boat show preview) Among luxury, larger monohulls for long range cruising, the Oyster brand is one of the most famous and respected. The 625 that will be on display this fall, is a perfect example of what the modern Oyster line is all about. It is a large,

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