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Do fuel prices have you thinking sailboat?

Shows will spotlight racer/cruisers and the next iterations of the gentleman's daysailer

With fuel continuing to sell at record prices, hybrid cars and clean power have moved to the fore of the consumer psyche. It’s a shift in thinking that puts sailboats, which use the cleanest and cheapest source of renewable energy, in position to regain some market share lost over the past several years.

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The boat shows in Newport, R.I., and Annapolis, Md., offer shoppers an opportunity to sample the new wares and decide which best meet their tastes for speed, easy handling and low-emission technology.

And don’t forget the usability factor. Doing one thing and doing it well no longer is enough. Even race boats have to be more than one-trick ponies as a one-design or an IRC racer, preferably with a favorable handicap. Going fast now also requires a semblance of comfort that makes it possible to bring the family on a weekend cruise. And that’s not just utopian thinking, since lightweight interiors and more sophisticated hull construction methods enable builders to achieve both.

But so much fun comes at a cost. Most builders tend to provide a base price, and the customer has to go from there, adding in delivery, commissioning, sails, electronics, choice of joinery, air conditioning, deep-freeze refrigerators, etc. Not to mention currency fluctuation for foreign-produced boats (the majority) and painfully fast-increasing material costs. But hardly anyone buys a base boat these days, so we asked vendors for prices that include commissioning and delivery to an East Coast dealer. But remember, what’s listed here is only a starting point.


Bavaria, Germany’s largest sailboat builder, introduces four new cruising models, including the first of its new Vision deck saloon boats that succeed the discontinued Bavaria Match series. Meant for the smaller-yacht buyer who seeks “below-deck amenities of a true oceangoing yacht,” the Bavaria 30 Cruiser is really a 31-footer that puts a twist on “less is more” with more hull volume, more displacement, more amenities, more sail area, and lighter interiors than the 32. A step up in size, and satisfying coastal and offshore sailing aspirations, is the Bavaria 37 Cruiser, a boat the builder calls a “comfortable cruiser for any condition, with an open layout to appeal to the most discriminating owner.” The Bavaria 46 Cruiser is said to deliver bluewater and coastal cruising performance with a large cockpit and an open, comfortable cabin space below, appointed in African mahogany that imparts “sensations of a classic yacht.” The 37 is available with two or three cabins, while the 46 offers either three or four. Bavaria also plans to show the Bavaria 40 Vision, the first in a new line of cruisers with deck saloon, twin steering wheels, walkthrough transom, and integrated swim platform. On the company Web site, Bavaria refers to the boats as performance-oriented luxury cruisers with more space, more sail area, fast hulls and extensive standard features.

Bavaria 30 Cruiser LOA: 31 feet LWL: 27 feet, 1 inch BEAM: 10 feet, 9 inches DRAFT: (standard/deep): 4 feet, 7 inches/6 feet, 1 inch DISPLACEMENT: 9,240 pounds SAIL AREA: 555 square feet (with genoa)


ENGINE: 18-hp Volvo Penta diesel


PRICE: $101,500

CONTACT: Bavaria Yachts USA, Annapolis, Md.

Phone: (410) 990-0007.

Like Bavaria, Beneteau is set to introduce four new models at the fall shows, including the Bruce Farr-designed First 10R. Marketed as the First 34.7 in Europe, the boat has a powerful sail plan, retractable bowsprit for an asymmetrical spinnaker, and a racing cockpit. It is built at the French company’s U.S. facility in Marion, S.C., using a proprietary molding process that reportedly combines resin infusion and injection. Efforts to build one-design fleets are encouraged. New on the cruising side is the Beneteau 49, offering “initial stability, efficient appendages, a manageable rig, upwind and downwind performance, seakeeping ability, and a balanced helm.” The hull design comes from Berret Racoupeau, while the interior of the two- or three-cabin layout was styled by Nauta, an Italian firm specializing in megayacht interiors. Beneteau also expects to debut two other models, the performance-oriented First 50, designed by Briand, and the Beneteau 46, a midsize cruiser.


 Beneteau First 10R LOA: 32 feet, 9 inches LWL: 28 feet, 8 inches BEAM: 11 feet DRAFT: 6 feet, 7 inches DISPLACEMENT: 9,715 pounds

SAIL AREA: 750 square feet (with genoa)

ENGINE: 21-hp Yanmar Saildrive

DESIGNER: Farr Yacht Design

PRICE: $134,900

CONTACT: Beneteau USA, Marion, S.C.

Phone: (843) 629-5300.

Dufour Yachts continues to addcruising-oriented boats to its Grand’large line. The Dufour 325 is the newest and smallest model in this range, yet still offers space for a crew of six. Available with wheel or tiller steering, the boat draws around 5 feet, a boon for accessing shallower waters. Using resin infusion for the sandwich deck construction, Twaron hull reinforcements in the keel area and a structural interior grid that’s laminated to the hull bottom, Dufour keeps an eye toward performance by increasing stiffness and saving weight.

 Dufour 325 LOA: 32 feet, 2 inches LWL: 30 feet, 5 inches BEAM: 11 feet, 2 inches DRAFT: 5 feet, 1 inch DISPLACEMENT: 10,360 pounds


SAIL AREA: 580 square feet (with genoa)

ENGINE: 19-hp Volvo Penta Saildrive

DESIGNER: Umberto Felci/Patrick Roseo

PRICE: $139,000

CONTACT: Dufour USA Inc., Annapolis, Md. Phone: (410) 757-9401.

Belgian builder Etap Yachting NV offers the flagship Etap 46ds, a stylish deck-saloon cruiser with bluewater capabilities that won the European Boat of the Year innovation award of 2006, as well as a younger and smaller sibling, the Etap 28s, a coastal and near-offshore cruiser. Both boats depart from convention with modern interiors by the Italian design firm Bertone. The 28s ($99,000) also offers such brainy options as a tandem shoal-draft keel and a whipstaff steering system. Like all Etap yachts, the 46ds and the 28s are touted as unsinkable, featuring the company’s “ship-in-ship” double-skinned construction. Etap says the new models are in high demand in Europe, hinting that their official U.S. debut might occur at the winter/spring shows of 2007.


 Etap 46ds LOA: 47 feet, 5 inches LWL: 41 feet BEAM: 14 feet, 5 inches DRAFT (deep/shoal): 6 feet, 8 inches/5 feet, 1 inch DISPLACEMENT (deep/shoal): 26,350/27,100 pounds

SAIL AREA: 1,120 square feet

ENGINE: 75-hp Yanmar Saildrive

DESIGNER: Von Ahlen Yacht Design/Etap Yachting NV

PRICE: $550,000

CONTACT: Etap Marine LLC, Summit, N.J.

Phone: (908) 918-1886.

In contrast to the high-volume builders is the Friendship Yacht Co., which plans to showcase the Friendship 53, a larger version of its semicustom Friendship 40 daysailer introduced in 2004. Lavish overhangs and elegant proportions combined with a large cockpit and powerful rig are synonymous with modern daysailers. Designed by Ted Fontaine and available in a two- or three-cabin layout, the 53 has more room, more amenities and longer legs than smaller boats of the genre. Like the Friendship 40, the 53 has a centerboard, refined sail-handling systems and practically all the options in the book, just in case someone asks what the $2.3 million price tag gets you.

Friendship 53

LOA: 52 feet, 10 inches

LWL: 38 feet, 9 inches

BEAM: 14 feet, 11 inches

DRAFT (board up/down): 4 feet, 11 inches/10 feet, 6 inches

SAIL AREA: 1,482 square feet

DISPLACEMENT: 42,070 pounds

ENGINE: 78-hp Yanmar Saildrive

DESIGNER: Ted Fontaine

PRICE: $2.35 million

CONTACT: Friendship Yacht Co. LLC, Portsmouth, R.I.

Phone: (401) 682-9101.

Launched by Cantiere del Pardo in Europe in 2005, the Grand Soleil 37 officially reaches U.S. shores this fall. Designed as a cruiser/racer by Botin & Carkeek, the GS 37 has compiled a good record, winning handicap races in IRC 2, thus continuing a Grand Soleil tradition. Like the larger 45- and 50-footers, the 37 features sandwich construction with a galvanized steel grid laminated to the hull bottom for a strong, light structure. The boat is available in two- or three-cabin layouts.

Grand Soleil 37 LOA: 38 feet, 1 inch LWL: 32 feet, 1 inch BEAM: 12 feet, 1 inch DRAFT (standard/deep): 6 feet, 11 inches/7 feet, 10 inches SAIL AREA: 807 square feet


DISPLACEMENT: 13,640 pounds

ENGINE: 27-hp Volvo Penta Saildrive

DESIGNER: Botin & Carkeek

PRICE: $265,000

CONTACT: Mareblu Nautical Imports, Annapolis, Md.

Phone: (888) 479-2248.

Hanse Yachts promotes a “crossover concept” that combines space and performance to cover “a wider range of sailing activities.” Of specific interest is the modular cabin system that allows owners to select from a number of layouts and appointments. Don Walsh, U.S. representative for Hanse, emphasizes two new models, the Hanse 370 and 400, both designed by Judel/Vrolijk. As the winner of the European Yacht of the Year Award, the Hanse 400 impressed with production quality, performance and the variety of interior options. Her smaller sister is the successor to the 371 and is meant for fast, comfortable cruising and long-distance voyaging, while remaining manageable for a family crew. Both boats also are available in epoxy laminate. Also on display will be the Hanse 540, an updated version of the former Hanse 531.


 Hanse 370 LOA: 37 feet, 3 inches LWL: 32 feet, 11 inches BEAM: 12 feet, 4 inches DRAFT (standard/shoal): 6 feet, 4 inches/5 feet, 2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 15,000 pounds

SAIL AREA: 941 square feet (with genoa)

ENGINE: 29-hp Yanmar Saildrive

DESIGNER: Judel/Vrolijk & Co./Hanse Yachts

PRICE: $180,000

CONTACT: Hanse Yachts (Don Walsh), Annapolis, Md.

Phone: (410) 626-1493.

Keeping a finger on the pulse of the mainstream sailboat market, Hunter Marine introduces the 45 CC, a center cockpit yacht that replaces the 456, and the Hunter 49, which follows the 46. “We took a long time playing with floorboard height, the flow of the boat fore and aft, and the center of gravity,” says designer Glenn Henderson, who emphasizes the streamlined look of the 45 CC. On this boat, the master stateroom is placed aft and the guest cabin forward, both with generous headroom and separate head/shower compartments. The aft-cockpit Hunter 49 is advertised as “a luxurious passagemaker with a versatile floor plan for extended offshore cruising.” It also is Hunter’s new flagship, available in three- or four-cabin layouts with such standard features as ash slats, teak cabinetry and a 23-inch flat panel television with DVD/CD player and Bose surround-sound system. Both boats are offered with standard or furling mainsails, Hunter’s customary traveler arch and non-overlapping headsails.

 Hunter 45 CC LOA: 44 feet, 3 inches LWL: 39 feet, 2 inches BEAM: 14 feet, 6 inches DRAFT (deep/shoal): 6 feet, 6 inches/5 feet DISPLACEMENT: 22,950 pounds


SAIL AREA: 962 square feet

ENGINE: 75-hp Yanmar turbo diesel

DESIGNER: Glenn Henderson/Hunter PRICE: $294,000 CONTACT: Hunter Marine, Alachua, Fla.

Phone: (386) 462-3077.

Specifically addressing those considering the switch to power, Island Packet introduces the SP Cruiser, a three-cabin motorsailer that offers “trawler-like comfort and motoring qualities while retaining the ability to make passages under sail.” Departing from the customary cutter rig with Hoyt jib boom, the SP Cruiser is a sloop with a self-tending jib on a track and a trim console in the aft cockpit. While retaining Island Packet’s signature full keel, the SP also has a fuller stern for running under engine and two cockpits, one abaft the deckhouse and one forward on the coach roof, abaft the mast. Island Packet estimates a range of 1,000 nautical miles under power, at an average speed of 6 knots.


 Island Packet SP Cruiser LOA: 41 feet, 1 inch LWL: 34 feet, 9 inches BEAM: 12 feet, 9 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 8 inches DISPLACEMENT: 21,000 pounds

SAIL AREA: 714 square feet

ENGINE: 100-hp Yanmar turbo diesel

DESIGNER: Bob Johnson

PRICE: $330,000

CONTACT: Island Packet Yachts, Largo, Fla.

Phone: (727) 535-6431.

Over the past couple of years, J/Boats has shown concern for sailors who no longer want to call for crew just so they can leave the dock. New introductions reflect this focus and include the J/65, an offshore racer/cruiser that combines a high-performance hull with luxurious accommodations and such pushbutton conveniences as hydraulic furling and power winches. Nearly 25 feet shorter, the J/124 is no less ambitious in its promise as a vehicle for connoisseurs who love to go fast with minimal crew and still enjoy some overnight comforts. Lastly, the company also shows a 30-footer, the J/92S, a modified version of the venerable J/92, featuring a new sail plan with bowsprit, modern deck layout, improved appendages and a new bow shape. The result, according to J/Boats, is more oomph, more stability and more fun, whether sailing around the buoys or carting the kids around.

 J/92S LOA: 30 feet LWL: 26 feet, 8 inches BEAM: 10 feet DRAFT: 6 feet, 3 inches DISPLACEMENT: 5,610 pounds


SAIL AREA: 505 square feet

ENGINE: 13-hp Volvo Penta Saildrive

DESIGNER: Rodney Johnstone

PRICE: $120,000

CONTACT: J/Boats Inc., Newport, R.I.

Phone: (401) 846-8410.

Jeanneau is introducing three new models: the Sun Odyssey 39i, Sun Odyssey 39 DS and Sun Odyssey 49 Performance. Designed by Marc Lombard and built using Jeanneau’s proprietary Prisma Process — a resin-injection method for deck construction — the Sun Odyssey 39i has garnered early praise by European owners for her accommodations, deck layout and turn of speed. Co-designer Vittorio Garroni styled the 39 DS (the deck-saloon model of the 39i) in Jeanneau tradition with a coupé coach roof, large ports and high coamings that protect the cockpit all the way aft to the twin wheels. A few steps up in size, the 49 Performance targets cruisers “looking for above-average performance at a price that won’t break the bank.” A longer waterline, plumb bow, moderate beam, tall rig, more sail area, and a raft of performance features make it clear that this boat can tick off the miles quickly.


 Sun Odyssey 39i LOA: 38 feet, 10 inches LWL: 35 feet, 1 inch BEAM: 12 feet, 8 inches DRAFT (standard/shoal): 6 feet, 6 inches/4 feet, 11 inches DISPLACEMENT: 16,000 pounds

SAIL AREA: 765 square feet

ENGINE: 40-hp Yanmar Saildrive

DESIGNER: Marc Lombard, Jeanneau Design

PRICE: $163,000

CONTACT: Jeanneau America Inc., Annapolis, Md.

Phone: (410) 280-9400.

With the M42, Morris Yachts of Bass Harbor, Maine, is extending the successful daysailer concept to a larger boat, similar to what Newport R&D did with the Alerion Express and Ted Fontaine with the Friendship. Teak trim, lavish overhangs, clean decks, plenty of technology to help move the beast without an army, and a large cockpit for al fresco sailing characterize the M42. More accommodations, more headroom, more of a galley and an enclosed head with separate shower somehow found space below. If all that isn’t reason enough to take a look at this boat, perhaps its Sparkman & Stephens design heritage is.


LOA: 42 feet, 3 inches

LWL: 30 feet

BEAM: 11 feet, 3 inches

DRAFT (standard/deep): 5 feet, 8 inches/6 feet, 11 inches DISPLACEMENT: 14,362 pounds

SAIL AREA: 707 square feet

ENGINE: 39-hp Yanmar Saildrive

DESIGNER: Sparkman & Stephens

PRICE: $625,000

CONTACT: Morris Yachts, Bass Harbor, Maine.

Phone: (207) 244-5509.

When players like the New York Yacht Club, Nautor’s Swan and the design office of German Frers get on the same page, it’s going to be a big deal. This time, the deal is the new Club Swan 42, a racer/cruiser designed and built to the requirements of the NYYC One Design committee. The brief sounds somewhat familiar, defining the new vessel as a “racer/cruiser with the ability to win races and provide enjoyable cruising.” Swan promises the latest in design and construction, a choice of two cabin layouts, a bright and airy interior, complete inventory of standard equipment, an intelligent list of options, and, for the first time, a retractable bowsprit. Expect crowded docks.

 Club Swan 42 LOA: 42 feet, 7 inches LWL: 37 feet, 1/2 inch BEAM: 12 feet, 10-1/2 inches DRAFT: 8 feet, 10-1/2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 15,179 pounds


SAIL AREA: 1,175 square feet

ENGINE: 40-hp Yanmar Saildrive

DESIGNER: German Frers

PRICE: $515,000

CONTACT: Nautor’s Swan USA, Newport, R.I.

Phone: (401) 846-1090.

W.D. Schock Corp. of Corona, Calif., the company that builds and markets boats like the Harbor 20, the timeless classic Santana 22 and the Schock 40, a high-performance racer with canting ballast twin foil technology, introduces the Harbor 25 daysailer. Seeking to emulate the success of daysailers that offer traditional looks and 21st-century performance, the Harbor 25 combines handsome lines, fin keel and balanced spade rudder, easy handling (self-tacking jib, roller furling and lazyjacks), a large cockpit and modest accommodations for overnighting, with a private head compartment.


 Harbor 25 LOA: 25 feet, 9 inches LWL: 21 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 8 feet, 1 inch DRAFT: 5 feet DISPLACEMENT: 3,900 pounds

SAIL AREA: 356 square feet

ENGINE: 12.5-hp Honda Saildrive

DESIGNER: Steven Schock

PRICE: $75,000

CONTACT: W.D. Schock Corp., Corona, Calif.

Phone: (951) 277-3377.

After a hiatus from the racing scene, Danish builder X-Yachts is making a comeback with the X-35, a boat that should interest performance-hungry clients who either want to race under IRC handicap or participate in a one-design class. In its first year, X-35 fleets had been established in more than a half-dozen European countries. The first boat in the United States went to Hawaii, but more are expected in the contiguous 48 soon. The X-35 was kept relatively low-tech, with aluminum spars and a setup for symmetrical spinnakers, but the cockpit layout, deck hardware and sailing performance define its primary purpose as a racer. Judging by an interior that sleeps six to eight, the X-35 also could handle the kids on a cruise when racing is in recess.

 X-35 LOA: 34 feet, 10 inches LWL: 29 feet, 11 inches BEAM: 10 feet, 9 inches DRAFT: 7 feet, 1 inch DISPLACEMENT: 9,780 pounds


SAIL AREA: 796.5 square feet (with genoa)

ENGINE: 20-hp Yanmar Saildrive

DESIGNER: X-Yachts Design Group

PRICE: $227,500

CONTACT: X-Yachts USA LLC, Stamford, Conn.

Phone: (800) 926-2878.,


Broadblue Catamarans is bringing the Broadblue 385 to U.S. waters in an attempt to replicate the success of its 435. Billed as a fast, responsive, coastal cruiser with bluewater capability, the builder promises good performance on all points of sail — even when loaded for cruising — less water over the bow, and a smoother ride with more control to maximize comfort and safety at sea. The boat is available in two- or three-stateroom configurations, with one or two heads. The rig options are Standard, with a small main and large jib, or Sport, with a large main and smaller headsail.


 Broadblue 385 LOA: 38 feet, 6 inches LWL: 35 feet, 9 inches BEAM: 19 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 5 inches DISPLACEMENT: 15,432 pounds

SAIL AREA (Standard/Sport): 750/820 square feet

ENGINE: twin 20-hp Volvo Penta Saildrives

DESIGNER: Broadblue Catamarans

PRICE: $346,500 (Standard)

CONTACT: Broadblue USA LLC, Oriental, N.C.

Phone: (252) 249-0358.

Two years after introducing the 60-foot Eleuthera, Fountaine Pajot, the world’s largest builder of cruising catamarans, adds the Mahe 36 to the bottom of its size chart. Like the larger models, the Mahe 36 has the trademark overhanging coach roof and a level transition from cockpit to saloon through a sliding glass door. Built using resin-infusion technology, the boat is light and stiff, which helps performance. The Mahe’s interior, available with two or three double cabins, is appointed in light maple and benefits from headroom that equals or exceeds 6 feet, 2 inches.

 Mahe 36 LOA: 36 feet, 1 inch LWL: 35 feet, 7 inches BEAM: 19 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 9 inches DISPLACEMENT: 14,300 pounds


SAIL AREA: 830 square feet

ENGINE: twin 20-hp Volvo Penta Saildrives

DESIGNER: Olivier Flahault Design/Joubert-Nivelt

PRICE: $219,000

CONTACT: Aero-Yacht Ltd., Setauket Harbor, N.Y.

Phone: (631) 246-6448.

French boatbuilder Lagoon breaks new ground with its latest model, the Lagoon 420, which comes standard with twin electric auxiliary engines for lower emissions, less fuel consumption, less maintenance and less noise. With full batteries (two banks of six each) the boat has enough power to motor for approximately two hours. When the charge is down to 80 percent, a 13.5 kVA/110V generator kicks in to recharge the batteries. Under sail, the free-turning propellers provide energy that also is used for charging. Lagoon says the 420 is designed for ocean cruises, and delivers outstanding speed and handling. The boat, built of sandwich construction that includes vacuum bagging and resin infusion and injection, is available in both owner and charter layouts.


 Lagoon 420 LOA: 41 feet, 4 inches LWL: 40 feet, 4 inches BEAM: 24 feet, 7 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 24,700 pounds

SAIL AREA: 1,054 square feet

ENGINE: twin 8 kW electric (approximately equal to 40-hp diesel) DESIGNER: Marc VanPeteghem & Lauriot Prévost

PRICE: $380,000

CONTACT: Lagoon America, Annapolis, Md.

Phone: (410) 280 2368.

Joining the stable of The Moorings charter cats under private ownership is the new Moorings 4600, which was splashed in South Africa this summer. The Moorings calls this Morrelli & Melvin design “a bluewater cruising catamaran that combines spacious living accommodations, high-quality construction and great performance.” Like the larger Moorings 6200, the new boat has a raised steering station that’s integrated into the hardtop over the cockpit. The 4600 has four double cabins with en-suite showers, air conditioning and an galley-up in the saloon. A Signature version with upgraded fabrics, galley appliances, dishware and entertainment system is offered for the crewed charter trade. For private owners the boat is available as the Leopard 46, with either a four-cabin layout or a designated owner’s hull and three cabins.

 Leopard 46 LOA: 46 feet, 4 inches LWL: 44 feet, 7 inches BEAM: 24 feet, 10 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 5 inches DISPLACEMENT: 24,200 pounds


SAIL AREA: 1,593 square feet

ENGINE: twin Volvo Penta 55-hp Saildrives

DESIGNER: Morrelli & Melvin

PRICE: $459,000

CONTACT: The Moorings, Clearwater, Fla.

Phone: (800) 521-1126.

The Multihull Co. is adding the Dolphin 600 performance cruising cat to its offerings. Designed by Philippe Pouvreau, the boat is built at the Dolphin yard in Aracaju, Brazil, and the base version includes a long list of equipment. The Dolphin’s appeal, however, is its bent for performance, as evidenced by its long and narrow hulls, large rotating carbon mast and dual daggerboards for better pointing. Each hull has two cabins and one head, but the interior can be customized to the buyer’s specifications. In addition, the Dolphin 600 is offered as a day-charter boat.


 Dolphin 600 LOA: 59 feet, 10 inches LWL: 59 feet, 10 inches BEAM: 25 feet, 7 inches DRAFT (board up/down): 3 feet, 3 inches/7 feet, 6 inches DISPLACEMENT: 33,100 pounds

SAIL AREA: 1,593 square feet

ENGINE: twin 55-hp Volvo Penta Saildrives

DESIGNER: Phellipe Pouvreau

PRICE: $950,000 The Multihull Co., Philadelphia.

Phone: (215) 508-2704.