Month: August 2012

Just Launched – Kanter 42

First published in SAIL Magazine, 1988 Just Launched – Kanter 42 by Tom Dove From the time you see the Kanter 42 dockside, with her graceful, moderate lines and strong rubrail, you know this is not a floating condo, but a seagoing yacht. Manfred Kanter Senior and Junior continue a family tradition of building high-quality, Read More …

Just Launched – Navy 44

First published in SAIL Magazine, 1989 Just Launched – Navy 44 by Tom Dove A rollicking sail in 20-25 knot winds at Annapolis convinced all 13 of us aboard that the U.S. Naval Academy was getting exactly what it wanted in the new Navy 44. What the Navy asked for was a replacement vessel for Read More …

Just Launched – Pearson 34

First published in SAIL Magazine, 1988 Just Launched – Pearson 34 by Tom Dove Pearson Yachts has a long reputation for building substantial, good-performing sailboats. They continue it with the new Pearson 34, a comfortable, fast vessel easily sailed by one or two people of average skill. The wide side decks, modified T-shaped cockpit and Read More …

Just Launched – Sabre 34 Targa A-C

Published in SAIL Magazine, 1988 Just Launched – Sabre 34 Targa A-C by Tom Dove Sabre yachts occupy a niche between custom vessels and standard production boats; they are upscale without being unaffordable. Catering to the experienced sailor who wishes to race competitively and cruise long distances comfortably has provided steady growth for the company Read More …

Just Launched – Taswell 49

Published in SAIL Magazine, 1988 Just Launched – Taswell 49 by Tom Dove Any list of the world’s top quality yacht builders would have to include Ta Shing, and their new Taswell 49 illustrates the reason. This center cockpit long range cruising cutter combines a moderate hull form with intelligent detailing and an interior that Read More …

Just Launched – PDQ 34

First ¬†published in SAIL Magazine, 1989 Just Launched – PDQ 34 by Tom Dove If you can keep your way when those about you are losing theirs, you are probably sailing a PDQ 34. This spacious catamaran has remarkable light air ability. According to Canadian builder David Slater, the PDQ 34 is at its best Read More …

Just Launched – Condor 30

First published in SAIL Magazine, 1990 Just Launched – Condor 30 by Tom Dove The Condor 30 may not impress you dockside with its functional, simple interior but take it sailing and your opinions will change quickly. We thoroughly enjoyed sailing this boat which has all the fun of a planing dinghy combined with the Read More …

The Multihull Thrill

First published 11/24/89 in several Maryland newspapers The Multihull Thrill by Tom Dove After thirtysomething years of sailing monohull boats, I finally got a chance to find out what all the catamaran and trimaran fuss is about. As part of my continuing assignment to test new sailboats for SAIL magazine, my wife, Pam, and I Read More …

New Boat Features 1988

Originally published in several Maryland newspapers; 11/11/88 Test sailing the new boats by Tom Dove One of the perquisites of being a boat tester is that you can try out all the newest technology on somebody else’s boat without having to buy it. My wife, Pam, and I have sailed a number of new and Read More …

1989 United States Sailboat Show

Originally published in October 1989 What’s New In Sailboats by Tom Dove At the 1989 United States Sailboat Show sailors will see an evolution and refinement among traditional monohull craft and a blossoming of designs in multihulls. The Dennis Connor/Michael Fay America’s Cup aberration last year may have generated more hard feelings than sportsmanship but Read More …