BAVARIA OPEN 46

(published September 2016-boat show preview) BWS attended the big multihull boat show in France last April and had a chance to get a first look at the new Bavaria Open 46 cruising cat. Bavaria Yacht bought Nautitech Catamarans recently and immediately brought out the Open 40, which is a thoroughly

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Balance 526

(published September 2016-boat show preview) The new Balance 526 cruising catamaran built by Nexus Yachts of South Africa for multihull impresario Phil Burman, is a new and elegant entry into the performance end of the market. The Balance brand was created to deliver modern, well designed and fast cats to

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Amel 55

(published September 2016-boat show preview) The Amel 55 is not exactly a new boat but in the Amel way, the 55 you see on display this fall will be a new and improved version of the 55 you might have seen last year. If you are a cruiser and have

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Elan Impression 45

The new Elan Impression 45 is a thoroughly modern family cruising boat that can be tailored to each owner's needs  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) The afternoon after the Annapolis sailboat show that we had a chance to give the new Elan Impression 45 a sail trial turned out to be very

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Salty Super Cruiser CNB 76

The new 76-foot cruising sloop from France’s CNB in Bordeaux, provides superb sailing performance in a luxury yacht that will turn heads  (published August 2016) Newport, Rhode Island is no stranger to luxury sailing yachts. All summer long super cruisers and mega yachts come and go without causing much fuss

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Go Small, Go Far, Go Now

BWS's annual guide to great monohulls for coastal cruising, weekending and daysailing  (published June/July 2016) BWS has always been published for sailors who sail over the ocean’s horizon as they head to new landfalls whether that is down the coast or to some foreign land. But, BWS is also for

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Hanse 315

Hanse's new addition is small but mighty  (published June 2016) Hanse Yachts builds big impressive boats. The German manufacturer’s 67-foot flagship recently splashed in Europe and it is a muscle-bound speedster. But sometimes, it takes extra know-how to build small rather than big and the Germans have gotten it right

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The Age of Super Cruisers

In this modern gilded age, family cruising boats have grown and grown and grown  (published May 2016) It has happened so gradually and so steadily over the last 15 years that you would hardly have noticed that the average size of a family cruising boat has increased to the point

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Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62

First sea trials aboard hull number one of a rockin' new flagship  (published September 2016) It’s not often that I get the scoop on a new design, much less one that is built across the Atlantic where European builders play their cards close to their vests. So, this summer, I

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