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IS­LAND PACKET 349 Af­ter hav­ing been a bit on the quiet side the last cou­ple of years, iconic Is­land Packet is un­der new own­er­ship and back in the game with its fully revamped Is­land Packet 349. Fea­tures in­clude a fully bat­tened main­sail equipped with a low-fric­tion Battcar sys­tem that drops eas­ily into a pocket boom with an in­te­gral cover and lazy jack sys­tem; a highly cus­tom­iz­a­ble in­te­rior; and hull side ports for in­creased am­bi­ent light be­lowdecks. Three things that haven’t changed are the boat’s trade­mark full-keel, a self-tend­ing Hoyt Boom for the work­ing jib, and IP’s rock-solid build qual­ity. Look­ing for­ward to see­ing more of IP in its lat­est guise! Is­land Packet Yachts, ipy.com

WAUQUIEZ PI­LOT SA­LOON 42 Drawn by Ber­ret Ra­cou­peau Yacht De­sign, the Wauquiez Pi­lot Sa­loon 42 com­bines a so­phis­ti­cated blue­wa­ter hull form with a raised-sa­loon con­fig­u­ra­tion to pro­vide both good per­for­mance un­der sail and su­perb com­fort (and great views of the out­side world!) when be­lowdecks. A plumb stem and nearly plumb tran­som max­i­mize the boat’s sail­ing length, while chines and a broad run aft cre­ate ad­di­tional power and sail-car­ry­ing abil­ity. Com­plet­ing the hull pack­age are twin helms and rud­ders to en­sure con­trol even when the boat is on its ear. As has long been the case with Wauquiez, join­ery­work is im­pec­ca­ble through­out. Wauquiez Boats, wauquiez.com

TAR­TAN 395 The sto­ried U.S. builder Tar­tan is back on the scene with a new sloop from the draw­ing board of the com­pany’s long-time de­signer Tim Jack­ett. Con­ceived as a sporty cruiser that will work equally well day­sail­ing, coastal cruis­ing or cross­ing oceans, the Tar­tan 395 boasts an in­fused epoxy and vinylester hull along with a dou­ble-head­sail rig of the kind long fa­vored by vet­eran pas­sage­mak­ers. Three dif­fer­ent keel op­tions are avail­able, all cast in lead for bet­ter right­ing mo­ment. Best of all, Jack­ett has es­chewed the Euro fash­ion du jour and in­stead cre­ated a con­tem­po­rary it­er­a­tion of the “Amer­i­can” yacht—hard as that look may be to ac­tu­ally de­fine—that will re­main at­trac­tive for gen­er­a­tions to come. Tar­tan Yachts, tar­tany­achts.com

Tar­tan 395

Wauquiez Pi­lot Sa­loon 42

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