jboats under sail 400When J/Boats set out to make their latest model, their thinking moved away from a boat that you had to tweak all the time, worry about having enough sandwiches to feed the crew, ensuring that you had big strong lads to do the heavy lifting and making certain that you had new sails for the big regattas.

Beneteau Oceanis 34 1 under sail 400Boats have been in high demand for the past two years and there’s no sign of this easing. Sailboats, that can move with the power of the wind, have made an especially significant comeback probably because of the high prices of fuel.

Viko S35 400I am lucky to have the opportunity to helm many types of boats. I am even more lucky to sail boats on champagne fall days when many boats are either being hauled for the winter, or are already under shrink-wrap.

SunOd380 Rick Tomlinson 400Every few years, boat builders refresh their current offering and rename their models. The clear giveaway is usually a switch in the numbering system.

Fountaine Pajot Isla 40 sailing 400The weather wasn’t cooperating for our test of the new Fountaine Pajot Isla 40. Rain, storm clouds and gusty winds greeted us when we arrived at the Outer Harbour Marina in Toronto, Ontario. But the ladies were game.

Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42On a beautiful summer morning in July, I hopped aboard a new-owner delivery from the Outer Harbour Marina in Toronto to the Port Credit Harbour Marina in Mississauga, with the President of Navy Point Yacht Sales, Steve McPherson. I don’t know if I have ever referred to a boat as pretty, but this adjective fits the Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 to a tee.

Beneteau Oceanis 40.1Sailing seems to have become about size. More and more couples are buying big, perhaps thinking they can’t cruise on anything under 50 feet and I’ve seen relative newbies plunking down cash for a 60-footer.

Dufour 530French sailboat builder, Dufour Yachts, has, for a long time now, marketed two lines: Performance and Grand Large – the first was speedy and the second swanky (read: comfort-laden).

Dufour 430 Grand LargeWithout the optional bow thruster, getting the new Dufour 430 out of the impossibly crowded docks at Vancouver’s Granville Island was a challenge, but long-time broker Richard Hargreaves got us out without mishap.

DSC03016Beneteau saw an opportunity to add a little thrill to any cruising adventure, so they took the hull of the First 53 racer (introduced just last year), and with a few fashionable changes, created the Oceanis Yacht 54, the new entry-level of Beneteau’s swanky Oceanis Yacht line.

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