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Design Reviews

Downeast Boats

Getting powerboat enthusiasts to agree on exactly what’s in the DNA of a “downeast cruiser” is a tricky proposition.

Yacht Tender

A power tender under construction at Artisan Boatworks was inspired by a Herreshoff classic.

Blue Jays, and Lightnings, and Lasers, Oh My

Are you looking for the perfect little lake yacht? Might we suggest a Bluejay, Lightning, or Laser?

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.