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Boats & Gear

Evaluations of both new and older sailboats (primarily cruising sailboats) and of boat gear.

  In its own way this may have been the most important in-the-water exhibit at this year's Annapolis show.  No salesmen, ho hype---just a team of riggers changing out the standing rig on a 30-year-old Westsail 32.  What was significant was the material they were using.  No wire, no toggles, no turnbuckles.  Instead all the...
  There are worse fates to be endured in this workaday life than getting to sail a new J/Boat with Al Johnstone on a gorgeous fall day on Narragansett Bay.  Conditions were just about perfect: bright sunshine with a brisk southwesterly blowing 15-18 knots and looking to get brisker.  Al, who designed our ride, the...
  Speaking of Volvo Open 70s, another thing I got to see at the Newport show was the inside of one.   I went down to Boston in May when the whole Volvo Ocean Race fleet was in town, and even though I had press credentials... even though I was crewing on a race marshal's...
  This is another neat new item that caught my attention at the Newport show back in September.  At first I laughed out loud when I saw it, as it seemed so over the top.  A carbon-fiber RIB dinghy with a teak deck!  Talk about overkill.  But then I inspected the craft in detail and...
I encountered this little weapon of a boat, the K650, at the Newport show, hunkered down on a trailer. A sport boat I guess i s what you'd call it, though what it looks like is a miniaturized Volvo Open 70. Which makes sense, since its designer, Juan Kouyoumdjian (a.k.a. Johnny Unpronounceable), has a portfolio...
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