Beneteau Launches New First 53

The First series of racer/cruisers was launched by Beneteau in 1977 and remains today a standard for combining spirited sailing and racing performance with comfortable cruising accommodations. In the flee,t there are designs that remain classics many years after they have gone out of production, including First 38, the First

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Pocket Cruisers That Sail Far

It is not the size of your boat that matters, it is the size of your dreams  (published June 2018) Today’s cruising fleet is made up of boats that are much larger than they were only just a decade ago. There is a lot to be said for the comfort

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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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Excess Catamarans

“Nothing Succeeds Like Excess” (Oscar Wilde)   Last fall at the Cannes boat show, the Beneteau Groupe, which is the world’s largest builder of recreational vessels, introduced their all new Excess line of cruising catamarans. The Excess 12 and 15 are the first two designs in the line and at

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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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Beneteau 30.1

FROM INLAND WATERWAYS TO HIGH SEAS With an overall size of under 9x3 metres and a light displacement of less than 4 tonnes, the Oceanis can be trailed by road by a professional, without having to deal with an extra-wide load. If you prefer to go to your sailing grounds

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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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