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Bavaria Yachts, Germany’s largest pleasure-boat manufacturer (about 3,500 boats and roughly $374 million a year in sales), recently was bought by a group of investors led by Boston-based Bain Capital LLC, for more than $1.3 billion, according to published reports. Bain Capital is a private investment firm that also owns 50 percent of Bombardier.

While Bavaria plots an expansion course on the corporate level, the North American sailboat market might have to wait a bit for new models. Expect to see a two-cabin version of the 40vision (introduced in 2006) with large fore and aft staterooms. Bavaria is expected to announce two new models, the 31 Cruiser and 34 Cruiser, which replace their smaller predecessors, the 30 Cruiser and 33 Cruiser. Features of the new 31, which actually is a 32-footer, include more interior volume, additional opening deck hatches and larger ports, additional winches on the cabin top and cockpit coaming, a new traveler, and an electric transom step. Larger cabins, a head with a wet locker and a cockpit designed for “either relaxing or serious sailing” are hallmarks of the interior of the new 34, which comes standard with a fully battened or the in-mast furling mainsail.


Bavaria 34 Cruiser

LOA: 35 feet, 2 inches

LWL: 30 feet, 2 inches

BEAM: 11 feet, 10 inches

DRAFT: 6 feet, 4 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 12,540 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 660 square feet

ENGINE: 18-hp Volvo Penta diesel

PRICE: $155,000

CONTACT: Bavaria Yachts USA, Annapolis, Md.

Phone: (410) 990-0007.

Beneteau USA will show two new models in its line of cruising yachts, the Beneteau 40 and the Beneteau 43. Like their siblings, these boats were designed by naval architects Berret/Racoupeau with an interior styled by Nauta. Both models feature distinctive yet familiar looks with a rounded coachroof, twin steering wheels and a walkthrough transom. The ambiance below deck is dominated by contrasting light and dark woodwork (which Beneteau calls Alpi-Moabi) and accents of stainless steel. Also on the way for a later premiere is the Beneteau 37, which follows a similar design path as the 40 and 43 and will be available in a two- or three-cabin layout.


Beneteau 43

LOA: 43 feet

LWL: 38 feet, 1 inch

BEAM: 13 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: (shoal/deep): 5 feet, 5 inches/6 feet, 7 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 20,000 pounds

SAIL AREA: 891 square feet

ENGINE: 54-hp Yanmar diesel

PRICE: $200,000

CONTACT: Beneteau USA, Marion, S.C.

Phone: (843) 629-5300.

The success of its 50-foot motorsailer motivated Canadian builder Bruckmann Yachts to ask designer Mark Ellis for the same concept in a bigger package, the Bruckmann 65. Powered by a John Deere diesel, the boat is advertised as being capable of speeds in excess of 11 knots, which puts it in a performance range that’s typical for trawlers. But unlike trawlers, the Bruckmann 65 has a double spreader rig with furling jib, a fully battened mainsail on a Leisure Furl boom, and sail controls that can be handled from the cockpit. Like the 50-footer, the new model will have a steering station in the cockpit and in the pilothouse, which are both on the same level. Bruckmann says each 65 can be customized to the owner’s taste with a variety of interior layouts, hardware choices and finishes.


Bruckmann 65

LOA: 64 feet, 10 inches

LWL: 61 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 17 feet, 10 inches

DRAFT: 7 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 90,000 pounds

SAIL AREA: 2,234 square feet

ENGINE: 200-hp John Deere diesel

PRICE: $2.4 million

CONTACT: Bruckmann Yachts, Mississauga, Ontario.

Phone: (905) 855-1117.

Catalina Yachts has two new models for this year’s shows. The Catalina 320 MkII is an upgraded and refined version of the successful Catalina 320, which has been produced since 1993. Catalina says that the 320 MkII was “influenced by over a decade of comments and input from experienced 320 owners” and maintains the original sail plan, weight and underbody. Topside, the 320 MkII features improved systems and a more efficient deck layout, while the interior now has a longer V-berth, a forward hanging locker, and additional cabinetry and bins. With deep cockpit coamings, wide weather decks and inboard shrouds, the new Catalina 350 targets folks who want to include passagemaking in their sailing plans. A divided anchor locker with double rollers and electric windlass, sail controls led aft on the cabin top, and large winches will serve this purpose. Useful options include electric halyard and mainsail winches, and furling boom or mast. Below, the 350 offers settees that double as sea berths, private cabins and big lockers. Both models are offered with a shallow-draft wing keel or a deep fin keel.


Catalina 320 MkII

LOA: 34 feet, 3 inches

LWL: 28 feet

BEAM: 11 feet, 9 inches

DRAFT: (shoal/deep): 4 feet, 4 inches/6 feet, 3 inches

DISPLACEMENT (shoal/deep): 11,700/11,300 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 521 square feet

ENGINE: 29-hp Yanmar diesel

PRICE: $111,500

CONTACT: Catalina Yachts, Woodland Hills, Calif.

Phone: (818) 884-7700.

Show attendees who like their vessels sleek will remember the CrossCurrent 33, a dayracer with Spartan accommodations for four. Built by Maxi Dolphin in Italy and distributed by CrossCurrent Marine of Barrington, R.I., the boat features vacuum-bagged hull laminate with E-glass and PVC foam core, plus carbon reinforcements in high-load areas, carbon spars (including the Hall EZV boom), a retractable bowsprit, more than 500 square feet of upwind sail area, and a scant displacement of 4,500 pounds. CrossCurrent’s specifications list includes Bose stereo speakers, teak deck and boom lights. The keel is removable for trailering the boat in a canted position without special permits, and can be illuminated with flush-mounted LED lights to provide underwater mood lighting.


CrossCurrent 33

LOA: 32 feet, 6 inches

LWL: 30 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 10 feet, 5 inches

DRAFT: (shoal/deep): 6 feet, 2 inches/7 feet, 2 inches

DISPLACEMENT (shoal/deep): 4,600/4,500 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 516 square feet

ENGINE:21-hp Yanmar Saildrive

PRICE: $359,000

CONTACT: CrossCurrent Marine, Barrington, R.I.

Phone: (401) 330-6135.

This fall Dehler introduces three new models, which it calls “perfectly balanced regatta cruisers:” the production racer/cruiser Dehler 34, the semicustom Dehler 44 and the custom Dehler 60, its largest boat. Designed by Alex Simonis and Marten Voogd, these boats feature hulls and sail plans that are optimized for IRC racing. Custom portlights, recessed spray hood stowage (on the 44 and 60), flush-fitting hatches, full-length skylights with integral LED lighting, drop-leaf dining tables that recess into the cockpit sole on gas springs, and an integral life raft locker are some of the features being touted by Dehler. The 34, built in monocoque construction, is headed for the crowded segment of racer/cruisers in the 34- to 36-foot range. The Dehler 44 and 60 also are available with the SQ premium package that includes Core-Cell sandwich core, carbon spars, Harken racing hardware, and upgraded sail wardrobe by North Sails. Though these boats won’t be at the fall shows, Dehler expects their North American debut some time in 2008.


Dehler 44

LOA: 44 feet, 11 inches

LWL: 37 feet

BEAM: 12 feet, 9 inches

DRAFT (shoal/deep): 6 feet, 3 inches/8 feet, 2 inches

DISPLACEMENT (shoal/deep): 18,518/18,078 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 1,040 square feet

ENGINE: 54-hp Volvo Penta Saildrive

PRICE: $400,000

CONTACT: Dehler North America, Chicago.

Phone: (773) 843-2497.

Promising cruising experience in style and comfort, Dufour Yachts of La Rochelle, France, introduces the 425 Grand’large and 525 Grand’large to the U.S. market. The 425 is a midrange member of the Grand’large line that includes seven models from 32 to 50 feet, designed for “long-distance sailing” with an eye on comfort, style, easy handling and performance. The 425 is available with a two- or three-cabin layout, and comes standard with twin steering wheels. As the Grand’large flagship, the 525 represents a “unique cruising concept for comfortable and secure liveaboard, long-term bluewater cruising and dynamic sailing performance combined with style and elegance.” A low-profile coachroof, clean deck layout with control lines led aft, a bowsprit, dinghy storage in the transom, and dual steering wheels are just a few of the 525’s key features. Customers can choose from several layout options with three or four cabins and an inline or L-shaped galley.


Dufour 425 Grand’large

LOA: 42 feet, 4 inches

LWL: 36 feet, 10 inches

BEAM: 13 feet, 7 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 18,700 pounds

DRAFT (shoal/deep): 5 feet, 9 inches/6 feet, 11 inches

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 904 square feet

ENGINE: 40- or 55-hp Volvo Saildrive

PRICE: $259,000

CONTACT: Dufour USA. Annapolis, Md.

Phone: (410) 757-9401.

New from Belgium builder Etap is the 28s, which follows the 46 DS that made waves last year with an ultramodern interior designed by the Italian firm Stile Bertone. The 28s is a voluminous 28-footer marketed as a couple or family cruiser. Aside from strikingly different looks above and below deck, the boat has an open cabin layout forward with a removable bulkhead so that the V-berth can be configured for different uses, and a separate double berth aft. It is equipped with a Bergstrom aluminum rig and self-tacking jib, and can be ordered with a shallow-draft tandem keel (see Page 58).


Etap 28s

LOA: 29 feet, 5 inches

LWL: 27 feet, 8 inches

BEAM: 11 feet

DRAFT (deep/shallow): 5 feet, 9 inches/3 feet, 6 inches

DISPLACEMENT (deep/shallow): 8,140/8,404 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 440 square feet

ENGINE: 19-hp Volvo Penta Saildrive

PRICE: $130,000

CONTACT: Etap Marine, Summit, N.J.

Phone: (908) 918-1886.

To encourage comfortable cruising with a performance bent, the unabashedly Italian Grand Soleil 40 boasts medium displacement, reduced wetted area, a longer waterline, an efficient sail plan and high-aspect ratio keel and rudder profiles. The hull was designed by Marcelino Botin (who also worked for Team New Zealand at the recent America’s Cup) and Shawn Carkeek, while Patrick Roséo styled the interior. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the deck layout and hardware selection (Sparcraft, Lewmar, Harken) has a slant toward performance, while the atmosphere below reflects Grand Soleil’s Italian heritage.


Grand Soleil 40

LOA: 40 feet, 4 inches

LWL: 34 feet, 9 inches

BEAM: 12 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT (shoal/deep): 5 feet, 9 inches/7 feet, 1 inch

DISPLACEMENT: 15,000 pounds

SAIL AREA (standard/racing): 910/1,100 square feet

ENGINE: 27- or 40-hp Volvo Penta Saildrive

PRICE: $319,000 (East Coast)

CONTACT: Mareblu Nautical Imports, Annapolis, Md.

Phone: (410) 757-9401.

There’s a trio of new boats from Hanse Yachts of Greifswald, Germany, the first German boatbuilder to list shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Leading the pack of newcomers, all designed by Judel/Vrolijk, is the Hanse 430e, a cruising yacht built using epoxy. Hanse cites flush hatches, an open stern, jib with below-deck roller furling, twin wheels, hidden sail control lines, and a tapered mast as features of its high-end models. The “individual cabin concept” lets owners choose from about 70 combinations of interior layouts, upholsteries, colors and wood trims. Hanse also will roll out two smaller models, the 320 and 350, that promise big-boat features in a smaller package but also performance and easy handling with full-battened mainsails and self-tacking jibs.


Hanse 350

LOA: 34 feet, 7 inches

LWL: 31 feet, 5 inches

BEAM: 11 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT (shoal/deep): 4 feet, 8 inches/6 feet, 1 inch

DISPLACEMENT: 10,699 pounds

SAIL AREA: 698 square feet

ENGINE: 21-hp Yanmar Saildrive

PRICE: $158,000

CONTACT: Hanse Yachts US, Annapolis Md.

Phone: (410) 626-1493.

Hunter Marine replaces the successful Hunter 44 with a new deck saloon model, the 45DS, with a larger cockpit and improved aft stateroom. The twin wheel configuration provides better ergonomics at the helm and easier transom access from the cockpit. A cockpit table on centerline also serves as a hand-hold, foot brace, drink holder and cold storage bin. The 45DS has a Bergstrom aluminum rig, double-ended mainsheet and Hunter’s customary stainless steel traveler arch. The distinctive wraparound windshield was adopted from the 45CC, introduced in 2006. Below, Hunter included a Pullman cabin forward, with the head/shower compartment in the forepeak, which shuffles the geometry and opens more space for storage. The expanded aft stateroom features a queen-size berth, expanded storage capacity and private access to the aft head.


Hunter 45DS

LOA: 44 feet, 10 inches

LWL: 39 feet, 2 inches

BEAM: 14 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT (shoal/deep): 5 feet/6 feet, 6 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 22,936 pounds

SAIL AREA (standard): 962 square feet

ENGINE: 54-hp Yanmar diesel PRICE: $280,000

CONTACT: Hunter Marine, Alachua, Fla.

Phone: (386) 462-3077.

Five years after Island Packet Yachts introduced its first center cockpit model, the IP485, the builder will show its latest version of this concept, the IP465, which replaces the smaller 445. The new boat has a traditional transom stern, larger aft cabin, bigger lazarette and an extended aft deck for storing gear, water toys or a dinghy up to 10 feet. An optional retractable boom extension facilitates the dinghy’s launch and retrieval from the aft deck with a hoist system. The 465 is equipped with Island Packet’s roller-furling cutter rig, a Hoyt jib boom for the staysail, and a larger main for more sailing horsepower. A draft of 5 feet and mast height of 62 feet above design waterline make the 465 Intracoastal Waterway friendly.


Island Packet 465

LOA: 48 feet, 9 inches

LWL: 38 feet, 1 inch

BEAM: 14 feet, 4 inches

DRAFT: 5 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 34,500 pounds

SAIL AREA: 1,122 square feet

ENGINE: 75-hp Yanmar turbo diesel

PRICE: $600,000

CONTACT: Island Packet Yachts, Largo, Fla.

Phone: (727) 535-6431.

J/Boats will display the new J/122, a 40-foot sprit boat that targets sailors who like to race and cruise. The boat combines go-fast features such as a Hall carbon mast, rod rigging, asymmetrical spinnaker and a low-VCG keel. Developed in cooperation with and built by J/Europe in France, the J/122 comes with a non-overlapping sail plan (including roller-furling jib) and has a simple deck layout. Further proof of its dual purpose is found in the cockpit design, which features a traveler that runs across the cockpit sole forward of the pedestal and a below-deck mainsheet system, as well as comfortable seating and an optional removable storage box. The J/122 is available either in a three-cabin configuration with one head forward or a two-cabin/two-head cruising layout.



LOA: 40 feet

LWL: 34 feet, 7 inches

BEAM: 11 feet, 11 inches

DRAFT: 7 feet, 2 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 14,900 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 865 square feet

ENGINE: 40-hp Volvo Saildrive

PRICE: $370,000

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

Phone: (401) 846-8410.

The sailboat show in Annapolis will see the North American premiere of the Jeanneau 45DS, a new deck saloon model that mixes “performance, interior luxury, great lines and ample storage for toys and accessories,” according to Chris Rohrer from the company’s U.S. office. The design work on this boat was split between Phillipe Briand, Vittorio Garroni and Jeanneau’s own design department. Indirect lighting and contemporary furnishings define the interior look. A transom garage for a life raft, water toys or rolled up inflatable holds the large items and offers access to a 5.5 kW generator through a subfloor. Jeanneau also will display existing models like the Sun Odyssey 36i, Sun Odyssey 42i, and Sun Odyssey 45 Performance, which are offered with performance packages that include a taller rig, more sail area, better sails and deeper keels.


Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45DS

LOA: 45 feet, 11 inches

LWL: 37 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 14 feet, 4 inches

DRAFT (shoal/deep): 5 feet, 4 inches/6 feet, 8 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 22,900 pounds

SAIL AREA: 953 square feet

ENGINE: 54-hp Yanmar diesel

PRICE: $275,000

CONTACT: Jeanneau America, Annapolis Md.

Phone: (410) 280-9400,

Connoisseurs of neo-classic sailboats with modern amenities should look for the Morris M52, the new flagship of the M line that also includes the M36 and M42. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, the M52 retains ease of handling and classic lines of the smaller models but also offers more space above and below, including two staterooms with en-suite heads. Antique white bulkheads and gloss-varnished solid mahogany joinery in the interior are reminiscent of a bygone era. Sail handling with the fractional carbon rig was kept simple, with self-tacking jib, in-boom furling, hydraulic vang, backstay, and primary and main halyard winches. Sheets and control lines are led to rope clutches and winches in the cockpit, within reach of the helmsman. A high-performance bulb keel of moderate draft and a high aspect ratio spade rudder also support the M52’s quest for speed, stability and control.


Morris M52

LOA: 52 feet, 10 inches

LWL: 37 feet, 10 inches

BEAM: 13 feet, 11 inches

DRAFT: 5 feet, 10 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 27,520 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 1,116 square feet

ENGINE: 54-hp Yanmar Saildrive

PRICE: $1.25 million

CONTACT: Morris Yachts, Bass Harbor, Maine,

Phone: (207) 244-5509.

Newport R&D earlier this year introduced the Alerion Express 33, a gentleman’s daysailer that slots between the successful Alerion Express 28 and 38. Like her sisters, the 33 has a classic hull with good-size overhangs above the waterline and modern appendages like a fin keel and a spade rudder below. It comes standard with a carbon fiber mast and has undergone some modifications to deck, cockpit, cabin and topsides. The rig makes due without a backstay, so the main can have a pronounced roach, and the small non-overlapping and self-tending jib is rigged to a Hoyt jib boom. This and other features, such as electric winches at the steering wheel and sail control lines led aft to the cockpit, are concessions to the boat’s appeal for single- and short-handed sailing.


Alerion Express 33

LOA: 33 feet

LWL: 26 feet, 7 inches

BEAM: 9 feet, 3 inches

DRAFT: 5 feet, 3 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 8,700 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 611 square feet

ENGINE: 20-hp Yanmar Saildrive

PRICE: $220,000

CONTACT: Newport R&D, Portsmouth, R.I.

Phone: (401) 683-9450.

The wait for a daysailer from Sabre Yachts is over. The builder will introduce the 36-foot Sabre Spirit, a vessel that blends traditional looks with a modern sail plan and efficient appendages. Designed by Jim Taylor, the Spirit promises the “performance of a youthful sportboat with ‘grown-up’ ease of handling.” A slim hull with overhangs, a small coachroof and a large cockpit honor the category’s design traditions. Efficient foils, a modern sail plan with roller furling and self-tacking jib, and a full carbon fiber rig indicate how serious Sabre is about performance. The interior, with 6 feet of standing headroom and fine joiner work, is simple and functional, including a full galley, forward-facing nav table and an enclosed head, so it is fit for more than just daysailing (see Page 58).


Sabre Spirit

LOA: 36 feet, 8 inches

LWL: 28 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 10 feet, 5 inches

DRAFT (shallow/deep): 5 feet/6 feet, 7 inches

DISPLACEMENT (shallow/deep): 9,920/9,300 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 668 square feet

ENGINE: 27-hp Volvo Saildrive

PRICE: $275,000

CONTACT: Sabre Yachts, South Casco, Maine.

Phone: (207) 655-3831.

A racer at heart and a head-turner on the water, the Synergy 350 RL is a “lightweight high-performance boat that is responsive and agile yet easy to sail and without the need for a big crew,” according to the builder. A mix of angular and round shapes and a low coachroof with wraparound windows are the elements that distinguish this boat’s appearance. The interior sleeps four and can be custom- tailored to the owner’s tastes. But one of the most interesting features of the 350 RL is the carbon composite mast built with nanotube technology, making it lighter and stronger than conventional carbon spars.


Synergy 350 RL

LOA: 35 feet, 2 inches

LWL: 29 feet, 2 inches

BEAM: 9 feet, 10 inches

DRAFT (shoal/deep): 5 feet/7 feet, 6 inches

DISPLACEMENT (shoal/deep): 4,500/ 4,000 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 543 square feet

ENGINE: 15-hp Yamaha Saildrive

PRICE: $200,000

CONTACT: Synergy Yachts, Richardson, Texas,

Phone: (800) 606-3106.

Tartan Yachts of Fairport Harbor, Ohio, has announced the debut of the new Tartan 4300 at the Annapolis sailboat show. The boat features “traditional styling coupled with a hull and rig that are designed to deliver optimal cruising performance in a very easy to sail yacht,” according to the company. Tartan assures performance and a balanced hull design that can extend sailing range, both for weekend cruising and offshore passages. Advanced keel designs and a light carbon rig ensure a low center of gravity and good sail-carrying ability. The interior has a forward owner’s stateroom and either a single or split aft cabin. On tap for a possible launch later next year is the C&C 131, a 43-foot racer/cruiser by Tartan’s sister company C&C Yachts. This boat will interest performance-minded clients who like a fractional upwind sail plan, carbon spars and PBO standing rigging


Tartan 4300

LOA: 43 feet, 1 inch

LWL: 37 feet, 11 inches

BEAM: 13 feet, 7 inches

DRAFT (shallow/deep): 5 feet, 10 inches/8 feet, 3 inches

DISPLACEMENT (shallow/ deep): 23,800/21,800 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 994 square feet

ENGINE: 55-hp Saildrive

PRICE: $375,000

CONTACT: Tartan Yachts, Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

Phone: (440) 357-7777.


British builder Broadblue Catamarans announces two new models for 2008, the Broadblue 415 and Broadblue 485. The 415 is billed as a high-volume cruiser that offers comfort, elegance and seakeeping abilities. Broadblue uses a traditional construction method with hand-laid fiberglass, isophthalic resin and Kevlar reinforcement in high-load areas. Above the waterline and on deck the laminate is cored with end-grain balsa, while below the waterline it is solid glass. Broadblue also says the cat is virtually unsinkable “due to its watertight bulkheads and buoyancy compartments fore and aft.” Scheduled for a mid-2008 launch, the 485 is Broadblue’s new flagship, a “powerful, comfortable and safe bluewater cruiser” with qualities that invite single or short-handed sailing. The 485 will be CE rated for Category A (ocean), and construction materials are Lloyds approved.


Broadblue 415

LOA: 41 feet, 6 inches

LWL: 37 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 22 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 20,000 pounds

DRAFT: 4 feet, 1 inch

SAIL AREA: 1,088 square feet

ENGINE: twin 30-hp Volvo Saildrive

PRICE: $520,000

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

Phone: (877) 695-0358.

French builder Fountaine Pajot is expected to show two new cats: the Orana 44 and Salina 48, offshore cruisers with a “semiflybridge” (a Bimini is optional). Fountaine Pajot dealer Aero Yacht says features such as all-composite construction with infusion technology, high bridge decks, quality fittings and drag-reducing hulls make each vessel a “true sea boat and a great value for sailors looking for a new and proven liveaboard cruiser.” The boats are available either with four cabins and two heads or in a luxury layout with an owner’s suite in the starboard hull.


Fountaine Pajot Salina 48

LOA: 47 feet


BEAM: 25, feet 3 inches

DISPLACEMENT (light): 23,100 pounds

DRAFT: 3 feet, 7 inches

SAIL AREA: 1,463 square feet

ENGINE: twin 40-hp Volvo Saildrives

PRICE: $630,000

CONTACT: Aeroyacht USA, Setauket Harbor, N.Y.

Phone: (631) 246-6448.

Lagoon Catamarans says it will introduce two new versions of its popular Lagoon 380. The 380 Club is marketed as an entry-level yacht, while the 380 Premium features a more extensive equipment package, including more drawers and lockers, standard curtains, stainless steel oven, dinghy davits and a cockpit cooler. Both models are offered with three or four double cabins. Lagoon catamarans also feature a new interior look with contrasting colors and wood trims — for example, light oak cabinetry and dark laminated floors. The 420 Hybrid, launched last year and featuring hybrid electric propulsion, also is scheduled to make the show rounds. In late 2008 the company plans to launch the Lagoon 400, the first of a new generation of Lagoon cats that will feature a standard hardtop. In 2009 the company plans to add the Lagoon 620, a 62-footer that will be available with four, five or six double cabins. The new flagship will have a steering station with twin wheels at the aft end of the flybridge.


Lagoon 380 Club/Premium

LOA: 37 feet, 11 inches

LWL: 36 feet, 1 inch

BEAM: 21 feet, 5 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 9 inches

DISPLACEMENT (light): 16,005 pounds

SAIL AREA (100 percent): 829 square feet

ENGINE: twin 21-hp Yanmar Saildrives

PRICE: $290,000 (Club), $310,000 (Premium)

CONTACT: Lagoon America, Annapolis, Md.

Phone: (410) 280-2368.

A new version of an existing catamaran will be shown by The Moorings, which plans to add a three-cabin layout for the Moorings 4000, a Morrelli-Melvin design that premiered in 2004 ( ). Seawind Catamarans of Australia has introduced the Seawind 1160, the 38-foot sister of the venerable Seawind 1000 cruising cat introduced in 1994. The company says the new boat, which won a sailboat-of-the-year award in Australia, blends “superior use of space and outstanding performance attributes.”


Seawind 1160

LOA: 38 feet

LWL: 35 feet, 7 inches

BEAM: 20 feet, 3 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 5 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 13,200 pounds

SAIL AREA: 820 square feet

ENGINE: twin 29-hp Yanmar Saildrives

PRICE: $411,000

CONTACT: Seawind USA, San Diego.

Phone: (619) 571-3513.