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N ew sail­boats at this year’s shows are engi­neered for ocean voy­ag­ing, day­sail­ing, gunkhol­ing and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Our col­leagues at Sail mag­a­zine helped us com­pile the fol­low­ing pre­view of boats ex­pected to be shown in Newport, An­napo­lis and Mi­ami.


The French-built Wauquiez Pi­lot Sa­loon 48 pro­vides a panoramic view of the out­side world from a sin­gle-level deck sa­loon. The master state­room is aft, with stowage and an en-suite head with a sep­a­rate shower. The guest cabins are for­ward, and they share a head. The Pi­lot Sa­loon 48 also has a dinghy garage aft, a ro­bust hull and a pow­er­ful rig. LOA: 48 feet, 5 inches • BEAM: 15 feet, 1 inch • DRAFT: 6 feet, 11 inches • PRICE: un­avail­able • CON­TACT: Wauquiez Boats, Neuville-en-Fer­rain, France, +33 (0)3 20 03 14 61.


The Hallberg-Rassy 412 has been avail­able in Europe for a while, and the first hull re­cently ar­rived in the United States, where the Swedish boat is likely to at­tract plenty of at­ten­tion. The 412 has an aft cock­pit that can carry a small crew up the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way or across an ocean. A stan­dard rig flies a slightly over­lap­ping head­sail for easy han­dling, and Hallberg-Rassy’s sig­na­ture wind­screen helps pro­tect the crew in a blow. A con­cealed be­low-deck head­sail furler and seven flush hatches re­in­force the boat’s clean lines. Live­aboards and long-dis­tance cruis­ers may want op­tions such as a gen­er­a­tor, wash­ing ma­chine, and bow and stern thrusters. LOA: 41 feet, 5 inches • BEAM: 13 feet, 6 inches • DRAFT: 6 feet, 7 inches • PRICE: $443,526 • CON­TACT: Hallberg-Rassy, El­lös, Swe­den, +46 (0)304 54 800.


From one of the most re­spected yards in the world comes the Nautor’s Swan 54, a blue­wa­ter cruiser that can take you just about any­where. Not mess­ing with some­thing that isn’t bro­ken, the Swan 54 mar­ries mod­er­ate dis­place­ment and a vee hull form with Swan’s con­struc­tion tech­niques. Fin­ish work is out­stand­ing, and the Swan 54 sails as good as she looks. LOA: 54 feet, 1 inch • BEAM: 15 feet, 7 inches • DRAFT: 8 feet • PRICE: $1.3 mil­lion • CON­TACT: Nautor’s Swan USA East, Newport, Rhode Is­land, (401) 846-1090.


Dis­cov­ery has built some of the world’s ul­ti­mate blue­wa­ter cruis­ers. Its Ron Hol­land-de­signed Dis­cov­ery 58 is the lat­est. The 58 is avail­able with in­board twin wheels or a sin­gle wheel in the well-pro­tected cock­pit. Stan­dard sail-han­dling aids in­clude in-mast furl­ing, twin head­sails with a self-tack­ing jib and elec­tric winches. The 58’s pro­nounced over­hangs and mod­er­ate dis­place­ment/hull lines cre­ate a nice bal­ance be­tween speed and sea­keep­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. LOA: 58 feet, 8 inches • BEAM: 16 feet, 8 inches • DRAFT: 7 feet, 8 inches • PRICE: $1.68 mil­lion • CON­TACT: S&J Yachts, An­napo­lis, Mary­land, (410) 639-2777. souther­lyy­

XC 38

The X-Yachts Xc 38 is the lat­est in the builder’s cruiser line. With ro­bust con­struc­tion and qual­ity join­ery work, the Xc 38 has a deep, pur­pose­ful fore­foot that pro­vides a seakindly ride in rough seas. The lay­out is de­signed for a cou­ple, with twin helms, a sin­gle rud­der and a Ger­man-style main­sheet sys­tem. The plumb bow, grace­ful sheer and tra­di­tional tran­som add to her good looks. LOA: 40 feet • BEAM: 12 feet, 6 inches • DRAFT: 6 feet, 6 inches • PRICE: $322,244 • CON­TACT: Rodgers Yacht Sales, Mys­tic, Con­necti­cut, (860) 536-7776.


Slove­nia’s Elan Yachts builds a wide range of rac­ers and cruis­ers. Its GT5 is the first in a Gran Turismo se­ries of boats engi­neered to com­bine com­fort and per­for­mance. On board this 43-footer are ameni­ties of­ten found on larger boats, such as a cock­pit gal­ley with a fridge, grill and other good­ies. For­ward, a cleanly engi­neered deck makes things easy for crew, and a cush­ioned sun­pad is on the fore­deck. There’s an “in­verted” sa­loon ar­range­ment, with the gal­ley for­ward and 180-de­gree “sky­lights” beam­ing light be­low. LOA: 43 feet, 4 inches • BEAM: 12 feet, 10 inches • DRAFT: 8 feet • PRICE: un­avail­able • CON­TACT: Elan, Be­gunje na Goren­jskem, Slove­nia, +386 4 53 51 109.


Crafted of alu­minum, the Boreal 47 is a cen­ter­board cruiser from France that’s de­signed to look af­ter its crew in any kind of weather. The dog­house/hard dodger in­cor­po­rates a nav­i­ga­tion sta­tion with wrap­around views of the out­side and has a clever vent that cir­cu­lates out­side air into the aft state­rooms un­der the cock­pit. The in­te­gral cen­ter­board al­lows the boat to take the ground with ease. Con­cen­trat­ing the 47’s weight amid­ships, in­clud­ing a deep an­chor-chain locker, pro­vides a seakindly mo­tion in strong seas. Twin dag­ger­boards help ease steer­ing loads, and a sprit is for­ward for run­ning with light-air sails. LOA: 45 feet, 3 inches • BEAM: 14 feet, 1 inch • DRAFT: 8 feet, 2 inches • PRICE: un­avail­able • CON­TACT: Boreal Yachts, Mini­hyTréguier, France, +33 (0)2 96 92 44 37.


The Tar­tan 395 has a fast, sea­wor­thy hull, twin wheels, mod­er­ate over­hangs, a fully bat­tened main and stout con­struc­tion. It’s all pack­aged in a boat that com­bines past and present aes­thet­ics. An ex­ten­sive op­tions list means buy­ers can or­der only what they need for their par­tic­u­lar sail­ing style. LOA: 39 feet, 6 inches • BEAM: 12 feet, 10 inches • DRAFT: 6 feet, 2 inches • PRICE: $340,000 • CON­TACT: Tar­tan Yachts, Fair­port Har­bor, Ohio, (440) 392-2628. tar­tany­


Southerly is known for stout, fast blue­wa­ter cruis­ers. That tra­di­tion con­tin­ues with the Southerly 540. She has a tall, pow­er­ful rig with swept-back spread­ers and a dou­ble head­sail con­fig­u­ra­tion to fa­cil­i­tate dou­ble-handed sail­ing. A vari­able-draft keel helps in shoals or shal­low water, open­ing a world of in­shore ex­plor­ing. LOA: 55 feet, 2 inches • BEAM: 15 feet, 9 inches • DRAFT: 3 feet, 6 inches (keel up), 11 feet (keel down) • PRICE: $1.24 mil­lion • CON­TACT: S&J Yachts, An­napo­lis, Mary­land, (410) 639-2777. souther­lyy­


The Sun Odyssey 440 has in­clined side decks that slope down around the twin helms, pro­vid­ing a safe and smooth tran­si­tion from the cock­pit for­ward. Other fea­tures in­clude an asym­met­ri­cal cock­pit with an L- shaped loung­ing area, room for a portable re­frig­er­a­tor in­side the cock­pit ta­ble and a low boom that helps when tend­ing the main. LOA: 41 feet, 5 inches • BEAM: 14 feet • DRAFT: 5 feet, 3 inches • PRICE: $272,900 • CON­TACT: Jeanneau Amer­ica, An­napo­lis, Mary­land, (410) 280-9400. jean­neauamer­


The Gunfleet 43’s cen­ter-cock­pit con­fig­u­ra­tion and non-over­lap­ping head­sail make this boat for­giv­ing and com­fort­able in a sea­way. Con­trol lines are within reach of the helm to ac­com­mo­date short­handed crews and solo watches. Twin rud­ders are stan­dard, and a cen­ter­board/keel ar­range­ment is as an op­tion. The be­low-deck ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude an en-suite master state­room aft. LOA: 44 feet, 1 inch • BEAM: 13 feet, 4 inches • DRAFT: 6 feet, 9 inches • PRICE: $690,000 • CON­TACT: Gunfleet Marine, Suf­folk, United King­dom, +44 1473 694747. gun­fleet­ma­


The an­gled lines of the Beneteau Oceanis 51.1’s deck and cabin trunk are what first catch the eye, but even more no­tice­able is the stepped hull for­ward. Steps are a de­sign el­e­ment that has long been found on mul­ti­hulls. The 51’s hull flares out­ward im­me­di­ately above the wa­ter­line, cre­at­ing a well-de­fined chine that al­lows for a roomy in­te­rior while cre­at­ing a nar­row, slip­pery pro­file un­der the wa­ter­line. Per­for­mance-minded buy­ers may check out the First ver­sion, which is avail­able with a taller alu­minum or car­bon mast that adds as much as 35 per­cent more sail area. That ver­sion also in­cludes a deeper, high­aspect keel with a lead bulb. LOA: 52 feet, 4 inches • BEAM: 15 feet, 9 inches • DRAFT: 7 feet, 7 inches • PRICE: $404,500 • CON­TACT: Beneteau Amer­ica, An­napo­lis, Mary­land, (410) 990-0270.


The Fareast 19R has the same com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance and qual­ity con­struc­tion as its larger 28R sis­ter ship, but at a lower price point. High­lights in­clude a resin-in­fused hull, a T-keel with a car­bon fin and lead bulb, a car­bon rud­der, tiller and tiller ex­ten­sion, and a re­tractable alu­minum sprit. The 19R’s sim­ple, back­stay-free rig makes it pos­si­ble to fly a square-top main. Fareast cut its teeth build­ing top-qual­ity foils in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Bei­jing Olympics, and its build qual­ity to­day re­mains strong. LOA: 19 feet, 5 inches • BEAM: 7 feet, 3 inches • DRAFT: 3 feet, 11 inches • PRICE: $ 19,800 • CON­TACT: Stur­gis Boat Works, West Yart­mouth, Mas­sachusetts, ( 508) 778- 9187. stur­gis­boat­ EA­GLE 54

De­signed like a day­sailer, the Ea­gle 54 is a prod­uct of Hol­land’s Leonardo Yachts. The hull is con­structed us­ing epoxy with a foam core and car­bon fiber in the frames. This pro­vides lightweight strength and stiff­ness. Her high-as­pect fin keel with bulb pro­vides lift and sail-car­ry­ing abil­ity, and all hal­yards and sheets are led aft be­neath the boat’s teak decks, di­rectly to the helm. LOA: 54 feet, 5 inches • BEAM: 10 feet, 8 inches • DRAFT: 7 feet, 3 inches • PRICE: $968,492 • CON­TACT: Rodgers Yacht Sales, Mys­tic, Con­necti­cut, (860) 536-7776. rodger­sy­acht­


The Juan Kouy­oumd­jian- de­signed ClubSwan 50 is dra­matic in terms of aes­thet­ics and per­for­mance. Her re­verse sheer not only looks good but also helps re­duce windage at high an­gles of heel. Other go­fast per­for­mance fea­tures in­clude a high-as­pect steel fin with a lead bulb, a lightweight tum­ble­home bow and sprit to help keep weight out of the ends, twin rud­ders, all-car­bon con­struc­tion for the spars and hull, and a hull that’s op­ti­mized to com­bine sta­bil­ity and plan­ing per­for­mance. Teak decks are stan­dard. LOA: 50 feet, 9 inches • BEAM: 13 feet, 9 inches • DRAFT: 11 feet, 6 inches • PRICE: $1.3 mil­lion • CON­TACT: Nautor’s Swan USA East, Newport, Rhode Is­land, ( 401) 846- 1090.


At 15 feet, 5 inches over­all, the roto-molded Hart­ley 15 is the lat­est de­sign from Great Bri­tain’s Hart­ley Boats. It’s a boat that com­bines speed with pre­dictable per­for­mance un­der sail. The 6- foot beam pro­vides a sta­ble plat­form, while the high boom, vang and in­ter­nal bench seat­ing im­prove the ease of sail­ing. Other fea­tures in­clude a cen­ter-mounted hoop that raises the main­sheet out of the cock­pit, a self-bail­ing cock­pit and an asym­met­ri­cal spin­naker. LOA: 15 feet, 5 inches • BEAM: 6 feet • DRAFT: 4 feet (max) • PRICE: $9,700 • CON­TACT: Zim Sail­ing, War­ren, Rhode Is­land, (401) 237-6117. zim­sail­


Drawn by de­signer Her­aldo Norbert Ruesch, the Mal­bec 18 has a 6-foot-long cock­pit, enough space be­low for a fam­ily of four and an op­tional slide-out gal­ley with a sink. The rig and cen­ter­board pro­vide note­wor­thy per­for­mance, and the boat can serve as a smart club racer. The Mal­bec 18’s chines, grace­ful sheer and cabin top cre­ate a look that’s both sporty and pur­pose­ful. She’s trail­er­a­ble, too. LOA: 18 feet • BEAM: 7 feet, 2 inches • DRAFT: 3 feet, 6 inches • PRICE: $19,795 • CON­TACT: Ven­tura Sport Boats, Ma­rina del Ray, Cal­i­for­nia, (646) 533-7166. ven­turas­port­


Prest-o change-o, it’s the Reverso: a per­for­mance dinghy that breaks into four seg­ments that can fit into the back of a medium-sized sport util­ity ve­hi­cle. The builder says the boat re­assem­bles with­out tools in min­utes. This 11-footer from France can be sailed sin­gle-handed, or it can ac­com­mo­date two adults, or an adult and a cou­ple of kids. The boat has a per­for­mance square-top main, hik­ing straps, a tum­ble­home bow and flared hik­ing winglets for get­ting your weight out­board in a breeze. It weighs 165 pounds, mak­ing it portable. LOA: 11 feet, 2 inches • BEAM: 4 feet, 9 inches • DRAFT: un­avail­able • PRICE: $10,900 • CON­TACT: Red Beard Sail­ing, Bal­ti­more, (410) 925-7701. red­beard­sail­


Hobie’s lat­est beach cat to re­ceive an up­grade is the 17-foot Get­away. Wave-pierc­ing bows and an ex­tra 6 inches of over­all length are in­tended to in­crease speed and car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity. (It can now take six sailors.) Fa­mil­iar fea­tures from the orig­i­nal Get­away in­clude a roller-furl­ing jib, EZ Loc rud­ders and a bat­tened, boom­less main. The Get­away’s hulls are roto-molded, keep­ing the de­sign rugged and beach­able. LOA: 16 feet, 7 inches • BEAM: 7 feet, 8 inches • DRAFT: 10 inches • PRICE: $8,399 • CON­TACT: Hobie Cat Co., Ocean­side, Cal­i­for­nia, (760) 758-9100.

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