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When you’re sail­ing, you want to con­nect to the world im­me­di­ately around you; when you’re back in the slip, it’s time to con­nect to the wider world. Prob­lem is, there’s been no neat and tidy way to hook up phone, in­ter­net or TV ca­bles. This is where Smart­plug’s BDCOAX in­let comes in. It looks just like the com­pany’s ex­cel­lent shore­power in­let, but can be mod­i­fied to take var­i­ous types of ca­ble—a classy way to get con­nected in your slip. $82. Smart­plug, smart­plug.com

There are lots of epoxy prod­ucts on the mar­ket, and those that score highly with sailors tend to be rea­son­ably priced, easy to use and ef­fec­tive. Pet­tit’s EZ-Tex is all three. It’s a twopart com­pound that mixes in a 1:1 ra­tio and bonds to just about any sur­face, above or below the wa­ter­line. I’ve used it to fill fas­tener holes in the deck, and it mixes eas­ily and dries rock hard. It can be sanded, drilled, and painted. Avail­able in 4- and 16oz kits, EZ-Tex is white in color. $19.99 (4oz), $39.99 (16oz). Pet­tit Paint, pet­tit­paint.com

JEAN­NEAU 51 The Jean­neau 51 pro­vides many of the same in­no­va­tions that proved so suc­cess­ful on the Jean­neau 54 in a smaller, more af­ford­able and eas­ier-to-han­dle pack­age. Most ob­vi­ous of these are the cutouts in the aft cab­in­trunk bulk­head that ex­tend the cock­pit benches a foot or so for­ward of the com­pan­ion­way, thereby of­fer­ing a pair of cozy nooks to hang out in un­der the dodger. Other shared fea­tures in­clude a mag­nif­i­cently large, ar­tic­u­lated drop-down swim plat­form, well-con­fig­ured twin helm sta­tions and a loung­ing area for­ward. Un­der sail the boat is easy to man­age, eas­ily driven and re­fresh­ingly seakindly un­der­way. Jean­neau, jean­neau.com JEAN­NEAU SUN ODYSSEY 440 The first of the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Jean­neau’s sto­ried Sun Odyssey line, the Philippe Briand-de­signed Sun Odyssey 440 in­cludes a num­ber of truly in­no­va­tive fea­tures: first and fore­most among them, in­clined sid­edecks that slope down around the twin helms to make for as safe and smooth a tran­si­tion from the cock­pit for­ward as pos­si­ble. Other high­lights in­clude an asym­met­ri­cal cock­pit with a ded­i­cated L-shaped loung­ing area to star­board; room for a por­ta­ble fridge unit in the cock­pit ta­ble; and a low boom that makes it that much eas­ier to tend to the main. The re­sult is a truly ground­break­ing boat that is as sea­wor­thy and good-look­ing as it is com­fort­able, whether on the hook or on pas­sage. Jean­neau, jean­neau.com BAVARIA CRUISER 34 Over the years, Ger­many’s Bavaria Yachts has shown a tremen­dous abil­ity to get a lot of vol­ume into a lim­ited LOA, and the new Farr-de­signed Bavaria Cruiser 34 is no ex­cep­tion. The first thing you no­tice when step­ping aboard is the large cock­pit, roomy enough to ac­com­mo­date an op­tional dou­ble helm and an ex­pan­sive swim step. How­ever, the wizardry doesn’t stop there, as the 34 can also be or­dered with as many as three separate good-sized cab­ins be­lowdecks. Bavaria em­ploys its new pro­pri­etary VacuTec vac­uum-in­fu­sion con­struc­tion process to en­sure the hull is as light and stiff as pos­si­ble, so that per­for­mance, as is the case with all the Farr-de­signed Bavarias, is very good. Bavaria Yachts, bavari­ay­achts.com

BENETEAU SENSE 51

An evo­lu­tion of Beneteau’s Sense 50, the new Sense 51 boasts a deck lay­out that works equally on the hook in a Caribbean an­chor­age or on pas­sage be­tween is­lands. New fea­tures in­clude a dou­ble bow roller with a sprit for fly­ing Code O’s or other reach­ing sails; an op­tional hard­top with an open­ing cen­ter sec­tion for get­ting in and out of the sun and rain; an aft gal­ley be­hind the twin helm seats; and a closed-in cock­pit con­fig­u­ra­tion that pro­vides greater se­cu­rity un­der­way while still al­low­ing easy ac­cess to the drop-down swim plat­form. The over­all look is both very mod­ern and very French, with blunt ends, chines aft and a wedge­shaped cab­in­trunk—all nicely ex­e­cuted. Beneteau beneteau.com/us

BENETEAU SENSE 57 In many ways a larger ver­sion of the Sense 51, the Beneteau Sense 57 of­fers many of the same fea­tures—in­clud­ing an op­tional hard­top with an open­ing cen­ter sec­tion, an aft gal­ley be­hind the boat’s twin helm seats and a dou­ble an­chor-roller/bowsprit with a tack point for fly­ing reach­ing sails—along with that much more vol­ume for ac­com­mo­da­tion space be­lowdecks. As is the case with the rest of the Sense line, the divi­sion be­tween the top­sides space and be­lowdecks is min­i­mal, with just three easy steps lead­ing from the cock­pit to the saloon. As is also the case with the Sense 51, chines, a nearly plumb bow and sleek lines make for a boat that is both sharp and “Euro” in ap­pear­ance. Beneteau, beneteau.com/us

BENETEAU OCEA­NIS 51.1 While the “taut,” an­gu­lar lines of the deck and cab­in­trunk on the Beneteau Ocea­nis 51.1 are what first catch the eye, even more no­tice­able is the “stepped hull” for­ward. Specif­i­cally, in a nod to what has long been a fea­ture aboard many mul­ti­hulls, start­ing at the bow the hulls flare out­ward im­me­di­ately above the wa­ter­line. This pro­nounced chine, pro­vides ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion space while re­tain­ing a nar­row, slip­pery pro­file below the wa­ter­line. For those in search of ex­tra per­for­mance, a “First” ver­sion is avail­able with an ex­tra-tall alu­minum or car­bon mast that adds up to 35 per­cent more sail area, and a deeper, high-as­pect keel with a lead bulb. Much more than a staid cruis­ing boat, this Ocea­nis prom­ises sparkling per­for­mance com­bined with spa­cious, well de­signed ac­com­mo­da­tions. Once again, Beneteau has found a way to con­tinue to push the lim­its of mono­hull de­sign. Beneteau, beneteau.com/us

BO­REAL 47 The Bo­real 47 is an at­trac­tive cen­ter­board cruiser built in alu­minum and de­signed to take care of its crew in any kind of weather. Its unique dog­house/hard-dodger in­cor­po­rates a deck-level nav sta­tion with wrap­around views of the out­side world and a dis­crete vent with a baf­fle sys­tem that pumps air into the aft cab­ins below the cock­pit. Col­li­sion bulk­heads fore and aft, a bul­let­proof com­pan­ion­way door and tall stand-pipe through-hulls are just a few of the fea­tures that make this a tough “go any­where” yacht. The in­te­gral cen­ter­board al­lows the boat to take the ground with ease, and the con­cen­tra­tion of weight amid­ships, in­clud­ing a deep mid­ship an­chor-chain locker, makes for an easy mo­tion in a strong se­away. The unique twin dag­ger­boards aft help ease steer­ing loads, plus there’s a hefty sprit for­ward for fly­ing light-air sails. Bo­real, bo­real-yachts.com

NAUTOR’S SWAN 54

A boat that chan­nels the ab­so­lute best of all that Nautor’s Swan has rep­re­sented over the decades, the Swan 54 is a ro­bust, seakindly blue­wa­ter cruiser that is fully ca­pa­ble of tak­ing you just about any­place in style, safety and com­fort. Un­like those boats that slav­ishly fol­low the lat­est trends, the Swan 54 mar­ries tried-and-true prin­ci­ples of ma­rine de­sign (think mod­er­ate dis­place­ment and a deep V hull form) with the lat­est in ma­te­ri­als and con­struc­tion tech­niques to pro­vide a su­perla­tive and sea­wor­thy pack­age. Fin­ish work, both be­lowdecks and top­side is out­stand­ing. Bot­tom line: this Swan is a truly ex­cep­tional yacht that sails as good as it looks. Nautor’s Swan, nau­tor­swan.com

SEPTEMBER 2017

Beneteau Sense 51

Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 440

Bavaria Cruiser 34

Jean­neau 51

Bo­real 47

SAIL MAG­A­ZINE

Nautor’s Swan 54

Beneteau Sense 57

Beneteau Ocea­nis 51.1

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