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Design Reviews

Dreamboats From the Past

This aspiring young artist loved boats, particularly for their great looks. A couple of his favorites are Francis Kinney’s Pipe Dream Sloop and a vintage Trumpy poweryacht.

Brooklin Boat Yard: Northern Rose

A double-ended sailboat, inspired by K. Aage Nielsen, designed by Joel White, and completed by Brooklin Boat Yard.

Shanty Cat

The 28-foot-long Shanty Cat features a small house on a stable catamaran hull.

Hamlin’s Marine: Edendriver 17

Hamlin Marine’s new Edendriver 17 combines practical downeast character with South Carolina elegance.

Maine Cat Catamarans: Maine Cat 38

Maine Cat’s latest catamaran is light and strong at 38 feet, thanks to the company’s unique thermoformed-core build process.

Back Cove Yachts: Back Cove 32

The new Back Cove 32 is both practical and elegant.

Maine Yacht Center: Great American IV

Maine Yacht Center refitted the hi-tech IMOCA 60, Great American IV, for Rich Wilson who is competing for the second time in the grueling Vendée Globe, a 28,000-mile solo circumnavigation.

French & Webb: Webfoot

French & Webb’s new FW39 Webfoot is a 39’ cold-molded powerboat with a hull form reminiscent of the Maine lobsterboat and "sailorly" touches throughout.

Oldie But Goodie

In which MBH&H writer Art Paine describes “the first boat he ever loved,” the Ostkust, and explains why it remains a great design.

The Paine 14

The Paine 14 is Chuck Paine's cold-molded interpretation of the Herreshoff 12 1/2.

From Classic Icon to Iconoclastic

In the last decade of the 20th century, the Hinckley Company – for a long time associated with sailing yachts of classically traditional design – underwent a change of course, and launched a spectacularly successful series of jet boats. It was only a matter of time, though, before a new generation of sailors again looked to Hinckley. The result is the new Hinckley Bermuda 50 — a dramatically modern looking, high-end sailboat.

Stella Blue

Designed by Stephens Waring and built by Tumblehome Boatshop, Stella Blue goes fast like a classic wooden Gentleman’s Racer but handles well and has room for the whole family.

Winter Bonding Project

So you want to build a boat with your son. Magazine publisher John K. Hanson, Jr. thinks the New Zealand Scow Moth will make a perfect father-son project.

The Golden Mean

Finding the perfect sailboat for lake use takes some thought, especially if you want something fast that won’t hit too many rocks, and has room for company.

A Great Looper

This powerboat was designed specifically for the “Great Loop”—up the East Coast, through the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi, and back up the coast to New York.