Elan GT5 Review

Car aficionados know that GT stands for Grand Tourismo and that means getting there in a flash, but with style. The Slovenian yard Elan-Yachts, which was taken over by private investors a couple of years ago and now is headed by former Hunter Marine CEO John Peterson, chose this GT-attitude…

Elan E4 Family Edition Review

Elan Yachts’ E series models feature the same signature chines in their hulls, twin rudders and twin steering wheels of the Elan S series, as well as T-shaped keels with low-aspect ratio fins. Both E and S series are built with vacuum infusion and Vinylester resin, and on the outside,…

Oyster 675 Review

The latest of Oyster’s sixth generation designs to hit the water is a beautifully crafted long-distance yacht with impeccable sailing performance, along with bright, spacious, and thoughtfully arranged accommodation. Watch the boats.com First Look Video of the 675, from the 2017 Düsseldorf Boat Show: Oyster’s latest models break with a…

Leopard 50 Review

There’s nothing small or even vaguely uncomfortable about Robertson and Caine’s new 50-foot cat. Introduced at the Miami boat show this year, this Leopard gives 50-feet a whole new dimension and show goers took notice. The Leopard 50 replaces her 48-foot predecessor and highlights some of the now-familiar aesthetics introduced…

X-Yachts X4 Review

Enthralled with watching the 1,000-plus square feet of sail area above my head, I tacked the X-Yachts X4 with just fingertip control on the wheel. I noticed the boat’s responsiveness, and how easily the 106% jib came through the foretriangle, and that’s when it happened—we came to a slow, mushy…

Dufour Grand Large 520 Review

It’s been a few years now since the incredibly revolutionary Dufour Grand Large 500 blasted onto the scene with all kinds of newfangled ideas. The Felci design turned heads, so Dufour ensured that the line grew by quickly introducing the similar Grand Large (GL) 560 and 460. Now in the…

Lagoon 50 Review

Nothing kills innovation faster than incremental improvement. Maybe that’s why nothing inspires it like a clean sheet of paper. Kudos to Lagoon for understanding that and tossing out preconceived notions. With the launch of the new Lagoon 50, the French catamaran builder tapped into true innovation in a world of…

Lagoon 40 Review

French catamaran builder, Lagoon, has been searching for the magic bullet for 20 years. With the new Lagoon 40, they may have found it. The dilemma has been how to replace their uber-popular 380 cat that launched over 800 hulls and is still in (limited) production. Couples loved the layout,…

Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 Review

The first boat in Groupe Beneteau’s “.1” line was the revamped 41 that morphed nicely into the 41.1 a few years ago—a model that basically “fixed” all its predecessor’s initial shortcomings. It became so popular that the French company decided to build on the concept with additional lengths developed on…

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 Review

Every now and then someone takes and age-old idea and changes it up so thoroughly that they kick it up a notch and actually innovate. That’s what Jeanneau did with the new models in their Sun Odyssey line that’ll make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The brand…