MONO­HULLS CRUIS­ING

SAIL - - Experience Under Sail -

ELAN GT5 The lat­est from Slove­nia’s Elan Yachts, which builds a wide range of rac­ers and cruis­ers, the Elan GT5 rep­re­sents the first of the com­pany’s planned new “Gran Turismo” se­ries, in­tended to com­bine com­fort with per­for­mance afloat. Aft, in ad­di­tion to a large swim plat­form, the boat boasts a cock­pit gal­ley fea­tur­ing a fridge, grill and other ameni­ties com­mon to much larger boats. For­ward, the clean deck de­sign makes life easy for the crew, and in­cludes ded­i­cated cush­ions for sun­bathing on the fore­deck. Below, the ac­com­mo­da­tion plan in­cludes an “in­verted” saloon ar­range­ment, with the gal­ley for­ward and 180-de­gree “sky­lights” ad­mit­ting scads of am­bi­ent light. Elan Yachts, elan-yachts.com

XC 38 One of the most highly re­garded boat­builders of our time, X-Yachts never dis­ap­points, with the Xc 38 serv­ing as the lat­est ex­am­ple of the com­pany’s ex­cel­lent “cruiser” line. Boast­ing rock-solid con­struc­tion and care­fully ap­pointed join­ery work be­lowdecks, the boat is also seakindly in the truest sense of the word with its deep, pur­pose­ful fore­foot and mod­er­ate lines over­all. Beyond that, the Xc 38 is care­fully laid out so that it can be eas­ily and safely han­dled by a cou­ple, whether knock­ing around the har­bor on a sunny day or on a pas­sage. To this end, the boat in­cludes twin helms, a large and pow­er­ful sin­gle rud­der and a Ger­man-style main­sheet sys­tem. Aes­thet­i­cally, the nearly plumb bow, springy sheer and tra­di­tional tran­som all work to­gether to cre­ate a truly strik­ing yacht. X-Yachts, x-yachts.com

HALL­BERG-RASSY 412

After im­press­ing sailors in Europe for a while now, the first Swedish-built Hall­bergRassy 412 has fi­nally ar­rived in the United States, where this high-qual­ity boat will un­doubt­edly at­tract plenty of at­ten­tion. Con­fig­ured with an aft cock­pit, the HR 412 is de­signed to carry a small crew safely and com­fort­ably ei­ther across the bay or across an ocean. To this end the stan­dard rig flies a slightly over­lap­ping head­sail for easy han­dling (a self-tack­ing jib is also avail­able), while a trade­mark Hall­berg-Rassy wind­screen helps pro­tect the crew in a blow. For­ward, a be­lowdeck head­sail furler and no fewer than seven flush hatches serve to re­in­force the boat’s clean lines. A gen set, wash­ing ma­chine, and bow and stern thrusters are all avail­able as op­tions.

Hall­berg-Rassy, hall­berg-rassy.com

MOODY DS54 The Bill Dixon-de­signed Moody DS54 com­bines the ro­mance of pas­sage­mak­ing with the com­fort and ameni­ties of a power­boat, mak­ing it a com­pelling cross­over de­sign for those sailors con­tem­plat­ing switch­ing to power—be­cause now they don’t have to. Like the suc­cess­ful Moody DS45, the DS54, which missed out on last year’s East Coast boat shows, places the saloon and cock­pit on the same level, with el­e­vated helm sta­tions aft, and state­rooms and other ac­com­mo­da­tions a few steps down for­ward. It’s a novel and ef­fec­tive lay­out for a sail­boat that makes a lot of sense and works even bet­ter. Moody, moody­boats.com

WAUQUIEZ PI­LOT SALOON 48

The French-built Wauquiez Pi­lot Saloon 48 pro­vides a panoramic view of the out­side world from be­lowdecks thanks not only to the boat’s care­fully sculpted, eye-catch­ing deck saloon, but the fact that the en­tire saloon is con­structed on the same level. Beyond that, this blue­wa­ter cruiser fea­tures the same qual­ity for which Wauquiez has long been renowned. Nice touches in­clude room for a dinghy garage aft, a ro­bust seakindly hull and a pow­er­ful rig. Wauquiez, wauquiez.com

SEPTEMBER 2017

Wauquiez Pi­lot Saloon 48

Xc 38

Hall­berg-Rassy 412

Moody DS54

Elan GT5

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