Najad 450 – test and review

Has Najad kept its reputation for world-travelling yachts with ‘front-room’ comfort in its latest offering? Sam Jefferson finds out Photos: Joe McCarthy When it comes to boatbuilding, you’d have to say the Swedes have really had an important influence. Aside from introducing the incomparable Folkboat, they have set the benchmark…

X-Yachts’ new X4 – tested and reviewed

The new X4 aims to find the perfect balance between performance and comfort. Sam Jefferson reports Seven years ago, when X-Yachts first launched the pioneering Xc range of performance cruisers, owner Niels Jeppesen must have thought he had cracked the market. The boats were lauded by almost everyone and sold…

Record number of kit winners at DAME Awards 2016

A record number of new marine products have won coveted DAME Awards for design at the world’s biggest marine trade show in Amsterdam this year. Torqeedo took the overall DAME Award Chairman of the DAME Awards jury, yacht designer Bill Dixon, presented the overall winner’s award to Torqeedo for its…

Get out there with the RYA

‘Push The Boat Out’ is taking to the water once again. The RYA campaign to get more people into sailing and windsurfing will run at clubs across the UK from 13-21 May and is open to individuals of all ages. Some 66,000 people have got out on the water since…

Grand Soleil 46LC – tested and reviewed

Grand Soleil is well known for its stylish cruiser-racers. Yet its new 46LC is an out-and-out cruising yacht. Why? Sam Jefferson discovers a number of compelling reasons For those of you not fully acquainted with Grand Soleil yachts, I’m going to tell you a very brief story relating to this…

MS sailing challenge

In May 2017, 65 individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), from 15 countries will take on a week-long sailing challenge in Croatia. The Oceans of Hope event aims to give challengers the opportunity to enjoy life at sea and rebuild confidence. As organiser Robert Munns said: “I want to tell the…

Maiden voyage

Tracy Edwards’ yacht Maiden, which hit the headlines when her all-female crew sailed her around the world in the 1989-90 Whitbread Race, has returned home. The Bruce Farr designed racing yacht, which carried Edwards to victory in two legs of the epic race and saw her ranked second overall, was…

Sailors warned on CO poisoning

The RYA has unveiled their Be Alarmed campaign, to alert sailors to the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, and the lifesaving role a carbon monoxide sensor can play. The campaign urges sailors to fit an alarm, avoid blocking up cabin ventilators and service on-board appliances such as stoves, ovens…

Arcona 465 – test and review

Sam Fortescue went to Stockholm to discover the newest Arcona – the thoroughbred, all-carbon Arcona 465 The Arcona 465 is a sailor’s boat, a dynamo generating sailing excitement. Not of the buckle-up and hang-on-for-your life variety, but the Arcona 465 is simply a beautifully balanced, gloriously responsive cruiser’s dream. Swedish outfit Arcona has…

Peer-to-peer boat charter launched at London Boat Show

Borrow a Boat, a new online charter service, was launched at this year’s London Boat Show. Its website borrowaboat.com is a one-stop online marketplace, connecting sailors with boatowners looking to rent their boat. It has 4,000 boats on its books in locations around the world and is looking to expand…