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FAREAST 19R

A smaller ver­sion of the slip­pery and pow­er­ful Fareast 28R, which won a SAIL Best Boat’s award back in 2016, the Fareast 19R of­fers the same com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance and qual­ity con­struc­tion at an af­ford­able price point. High­lights in­clude a vac­uum- in­fused hull, lift­ing T- keel with a car­bon fin and lead bulb, car­bon rud­der, tiller and tiller ex­ten­sion and a re­tractable alu­minum sprit. The back­stay­less rig makes it pos­si­ble to fly a pow­er­ful square- top main, and hard­ware is by Harken. In con­trast to many other other Asian boat­builders, Fareast is not just an out­sourc­ing out­fit, but an in­dige­nous op­er­a­tion that first cut its teeth build­ing top- qual­ity foils in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Bei­jing Olympics. The re­sult­ing build qual­ity of its boats is there­fore sec­ond to none. Fareast/Stur­gis Boat

REV­ERSO AIR Imag­ine it: a per­for­mance dinghy that breaks down into four separate seg­ments small enough to be fit into the back (as op­posed to on top) of a mid-sized SUV, and which can be eas­ily as­sem­bled with­out us­ing any tools in mere min­utes. The 11ft Rev­erso is a clever lit­tle dinghy from France that can not only be sin­gle­handed, but can ac­com­mo­date ei­ther two adults or an adult and a cou­ple of kids. And make no mis­take, this is not just a toy, but a se­ri­ous sail­boat, with a per­for­mance square-top main, hik­ing straps, su­per-chic tum­ble­home bow and flared hik­ing winglets for get­ting your weight out­board in a breeze. The four sec­tions when “nested” take up a space mea­sur­ing just 3ft by 4ft 9in by 2ft 5in. All-up weight is a mere 165lb. Rev­erso/Red Beard Sail­ing, red­beard­sail­ing.com

UFO FOILER Ever since full-foil­ing be­came part and par­cel of Moth racing, the builders and de­sign­ers of the world have striven to find a way to bring that same per­for­mance to the masses, and now the Rhode Is­land-based fa­ther and son team of Steve and Dave Clark may have fi­nally cracked the code with the UFO foiler. Nom­i­nally a cata­ma­ran (since the hulls ideally spend lit­tle ac­tual time in the wa­ter) the boat em­ploys a Moth-style T-keel in which a wand con­trols a set of trim tabs to reg­u­late lift and height when air­borne. Thanks to the afore­men­tioned twin hulls, get­ting out to where you can ac­tu­ally start foil­ing is no longer a hair-rais­ing balanc­ing act, and the cost is less than $8,000, putting it well within the range of or­di­nary sailors. Ful­crum Speed Works, ful­crum­speed­works.com

MAL­BEC 18

Big boats are im­pres­sive, but there is a joy to small boats that can’t be beat. The brain­child of Ar­gen­tinian naval de­signer Her­aldo Nor­bert Ruesch, the Mal­bec 18 pocket cruiser has a 6ft-long cock­pit, while below, there’s room for a Porta-Potti and sleep­ing ac­com­mo­da­tions for a fam­ily of four, as well an op­tional slide-out gal­ley with sink. A high-as­pect rig and cen­ter­board work to­gether to pro­vide the nec­es­sary per­for­mance for the boat to also serve as a nifty lit­tle club racer. Aes­thet­i­cally, we love the way the Mal­bec 18’s chines, springy sheer and care­fully mod­elled cab­in­trunk all work to­gether to cre­ate a look that is both sporty and pur­pose­ful. Ven­tura Sport

Boats, ven­turas­port­boats.com

HO­BIE GET­AWAY Ho­bie Cat has been up­grad­ing a num­ber of its most suc­cess­ful beach cats to in­cor­po­rate the lat­est in mul­ti­hull de­sign, and the most re­cent model to re­ceive this treat­ment is the 17ft Get­away: a sporty lit­tle work­horse of a boat that can carry up to six sailors. Up­grades in­clude wave-pierc­ing bows and an ex­tra 6in of LOA in the in­ter­est of in­creas­ing boat­speed and car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity. Fea­tures car­ried over from the orig­i­nal in­clude a roller-furl­ing jib, EZ Loc rud­ders for beach­ing and launch­ing, and a fully-bat­tened boom­less main. The hulls are also still ro­to­molded, mean­ing they are more than up to the chal­lenge of reg­u­lar beach­ings and/ or any­thing the kids can and in­evitably will throw at it. Ho­bie Cat, ho­bie.com

ZIM HART­LEY 15

The lat­est de­sign from Bri­tain’s Hart­ley Boats, the ro­bust 15ft 5in Zim Hart­ley ro­to­molded dinghy is one of those great-look­ing lit­tle boats that man­ages to com­bine plenty of zip with safe, pre­dictable per­for­mance un­der sail. The wide beam cre­ates an ex­tremely sta­ble plat­form, while the high boom, “gnav” over-boom strut vang and in­ter­nal bench seat­ing make life pleas­ant for both pas­sen­gers and bud­ding fu­ture Olympians. Other fea­tures in­clude a cen­ter-mounted hoop that raises the main­sheet out of the cock­pit at the same time it pro­vides a sturdy hand­hold, self-bail­ing cock­pit and a sim­ple asym­met­ri­cal spin­naker. Zim Sail­ing, zim­sail­ing.com

Fareast 19R SEPTEMBER 2017

Zim Hart­ley 15 SAIL MAG­A­ZINE

UFO Foiler

Mal­bec 18

Ho­bie Get­away

Rev­erso AIR

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