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At harbour speeds, we can appreciate that by having an aft cockpit and using the deckhouse as both the wheelhouse and the saloon, the Seaward 35 makes best use of her length.
After years of relatively static currency exchange rates, the volatile money markets of 2016 make the UK used-boats scene of special interest writes W M Nixon. The thought that a shrewd purchase could save you thousands of euro on the…
Linssen Yachts on show in Maasbracht, Holland
During its annual open days (from Saturday 19 to Monday 21 November), Linssen Yachts in Maasbracht, Holland sold no less than five yachts. This represents a value of approximately EUR 2.5 million. The news comes hot on the heels of…
Foiling Beneteau: Game on–the Bénéteau Racing Division will have to produce a first batch of 50 foiling Figaro Bénéteau 3s for the end of 2018
In 2019, as the Solitaire Le Figaro race celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the Figaro Bénéteau 3 will take over from its illustrious predecessor, the Figaro Bénéteau 2, which has been sailing the length and breadth of the French and Atlantic…
The Finot-designed First 310 was remarkably roomy by comparison with most boats of similar overall length when she first appeared in 1990.
It says much for the growing reach of Leinster Boats that a Galway-based owner has turned to Ronan Beirne’s Dun Laoghaire firm to sell on his First 310 writes W M Nixon. The boat is advertised on Afloat Boats for…
By paring back to the essentials of a seaworthy design, the Westerly Griffon 26 successfully achieved her own special style.
There’s something about the Westerly Griffon 26’s determined dedication to simplicity which gives this little sloop designed by the late Ed Dubois a certain style writes W M Nixon. For starters, describing her as “little” seems immediately inappropriate, for if…
The Dehler 35 of 1994 is in the midst of the finest transitions of German engineering skill
We usually talk of boats as being soundly built (or not) writes W M Nixon. Yet as the Dehler range has developed down the decades, it’s every bit as likely you’ll hear them being described as “exceptionally well engineered”. There’s…
The timeless appeal of the Cornish Shrimper is indicated by the fact that more than a thousand now sail the seas
With the current prospect of foil-borne IMOCA 60s disappearing towards the horizon at phenomenal speeds in the Vendee Globe Race to remind us of how modern life is just all rush and bustle, we could be forgiven for thinking in…
 Sun Fast 3600 design has been voted IRC boat of the year by the UNCL in France
The Sun Fast 3600 design that has been sailed to offshore height's by Howth Yacht Club's Conor Fogerty has been named IRC Boat of the Year by the UNCL, “Union Nationale pour la Course au Large,” which assembles a jury…
The Tyrrell Yard in Arklow in the 1960s, with a variety of craft under construction, including a pilot cutter. And just to add an extra something special, it’s highly likely that is Francis Chichester’s Gipsy Moth III nearing completion at the centre of the photo
The long-lived boatbuilding name of Tyrrell of Arklow carries a resonance far beyond the shores of Ireland writes W M Nixon. In its impressive history, the dominant figure was Jack Tyrrell himself, whose own experiences of seafaring infused all the…
Clean, simple, effective – the immaculately-maintained Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i at Crosshaven fulfills designer Marc Lombard’s clear concept
Boat owning these days is an increasing challenge, with unavoidable costs and spiralling maintenance charges always needing to be balanced against the hoped-for return in trouble-free sailing pleasure writes W M Nixon. It’s very easy to be enchanted by the…
Antix of Royal Cork
Technical gremlins caused Antix to be advertised 'in error' last Friday on the Ancasta boat sales site. The Irish Commodore's Cup winning yacht is not for sale on its website, yacht brokers Ancasta have confirmed to Afloat.
Lynx, a Sailing school entry was tenth overall in a fleet of 63–boats in this year's Volvo Round Ireland race. Above the INSS Reflex 38 sets out on her 700–mile journey off the Wicklow coast. She is now for sale at €60k.
Lynx, the successful Irish offshore Reflex 38 racer that has featured at the top of Ireland's offshore racing fleets for the past five seasons or more is seriously for sale by current owners, the Irish National Sailing School (INSS) in…
View more than 75 yachts on one day at Pedro Boats in Holland
View more than 75 yachts in one day? That's what Dutch boat builder Pedro Boats is offering at its 40,000 m ² large showrooms in Zuidbroek, near the German border. The showrooms is open from Tuesday til Saturday from 9:00-17:00. The…
When the First 375 first appeared in 1985, she was very much in the forefront of yacht design, and now her good looks have acquired a classic status
A First 375 has appeared on Afloat's Boats for Sale this week and there’s a timeless elegance to the general appearance and lines of the First 375 which suggests something beyond basic naval architecture in her creation writes W M…
The upgraded 1985 Westerly Merlin
In these hectic times, with volatility a fact of life, the new buzzword is “manageability” writes W M Nixon. It may not provide slogans which set the world on fire. You won’t see people marching in their droves along O’Connell…
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