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HOOD 24

Chris Hood, builder of the drop-dead gor­geous CW Hood 32 daysailer, has come out with another eye-catch­ing daysailer, this time de­signed by Stephens War­ing Yacht De­sign of Belfast, Maine. As is the case with Hood’s 32-footer, the new Hood 24’s clas­sic lines be­lie its thor­oughly mod­ern un­der­body, which comes com­plete with spade rud­der and bulb keel. Top­side, the boat’s square-top main and slightly over­lap­ping head­sail pro­vide plenty of power while re­main­ing easy to han­dle for a sin­gle­han­der. There’s also a spa­cious cock­pit with room for as many as a half-dozen sailors. It would be hard to imag­ine a nicer way to spend an af­ter­noon on the wa­ter than aboard a boat like this. CW Hood Yachts, cw­hoody­achts.com; stephenswar­ing.com

VENTURA 23 Where do we start with the Ventura 23? With the 8ft-long cock­pit that pro­vides room for a fam­ily of five? Or should we start with its 6ft—that’s right 6ft—of head­room be­lowdecks? (In a boat with a 23ft LOA no less!) Then again, maybe we should talk about the boat’s four berths and two set­tees, or the func­tional gal­ley and en­closed head. Or maybe we should talk about the fact it can make 9 knots off the wind un­der sail or up to 25 knots un­der power. Or with the fact that it’s trail­er­a­ble or…oh, we give up. You’re just go­ing to have to check out this clever lit­tle sloop for your­self! Ventura Sport Boats, ven­turas­port­boats.com

SEASCAPE 14 Af­ter mak­ing its mark with such off­shore, short­handed cruiser-rac­ers as the Best Boatswin­ning Seascape 27 and Seascape 24, the Slove­nian-based boat­builder (re­cently ac­quired by Group Beneteau) is now ven­tur­ing into the dinghy space with its new Seascape 14. Of course, this be­ing Seascape, not just any dinghy de­sign would do, and to this end, the Seascape 14 can be sailed ei­ther sin­gle­handed un­der main alone, or sin­gle­handed or dou­ble­handed with a main, jib and A-sail. The hull is vac­uum-in­fused in vinylester resin to keep it as light as pos­si­ble, in the in­ter­est of boat­speed and easy launch­ing. The mast, which breaks down into two parts, and sprit are both car­bon fiber. Wide sec­tions aft and chines serve to pro­mote easy plan­ing. Seascape, thinkseascape.com

CORSAIR 760R An evo­lu­tion of the com­pany’s stan­dard 760 and 760 “Sport,” the Corsair 760R (“R” for rac­ing) in­cludes such go-fast fea­tures as a tall ro­tat­ing alu­minum wing mast (car­bon is an op­tion) with high-mod­u­lus shrouds and a hull in which the cuddy has been min­i­mized and the cock­pit en­larged in the in­ter­est of pro­vid­ing room for boathandling and min­i­miz­ing weight. Like the 760 and 760 Sport, the 760R also fea­tures longer, more buoy­ant, wave-pierc­ing amas than the Dash 750 from which they were all de­rived, thereby en­sur­ing sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity even when the boat is hard-pressed in a blow or a rough sea­way. Corsair Ma­rine, cor­sair­ma­rine.com

RS21 SPORT BOAT The UK’s RS Sail­ing has long-since made a name for it­self by pro­duc­ing a dizzy­ing ar­ray of small boats for ev­ery­one from rank be­gin­ners to high-per­for­mance skiff sailors. Now comes the RS21 Sport Boat, a per­for­mance keel­boat specif­i­cally de­signed and man­u­fac­tured for club and fleet own­er­ship with an eye to­ward mak­ing one-de­sign sport boat rac­ing ac­ces­si­ble for as many sailors as pos­si­ble. As such it in­cludes all the fun fea­tures you would ex­pect from a sport boat, like an A-sail fly­ing from a re­tractable sprit, com­plete sail con­trols and a spa­cious cock­pit with room for four sailors to hurl their el­bows around han­dling lines. Chines aft pro­vide ad­di­tional form sta­bil­ity, which works with the boat’s 50 per­cent bal­last ra­tio to help keep the boat on its feet while un­der a press of sail. The two-part, car­bon-fiber mast is light and easy to step by hand. A durable My­lar lam­i­nate main­sail, jib and gen­naker are sup­plied as stan­dard. RS Sail­ing, rs­sail­ing.com

RS21 Sport boat

Ventura 23

Seascape 14

Corsair 760R

Hood 24

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