Month: September 2012

At Sea or at Bay

Originally published in several Maryland newspapers, 3/23/90       At Sea or at Bay  by Tom Dove  Several hundred sailors will flock to the annual Safety at Sea Seminar at the Naval Academy on the weekend of March 31 to hear about preparation for offshore voyaging. They will get Read More …

Just Launched – Beneteau 390

First published in SAIL Magazine, 1989 Just Launched – Beneteau Oceanis 390 by Tom Dove Lots of thought and cruising experience went into the detailing of the Beneteau Oceanis 390. Major things like the expansive skylights and secure companionway design plus minor items like rollers on the chocks and the nice drawer catches all point Read More …

Just Launched – Classic 59

First published in SAIL Magazine, 1988 Just Launched – Classic 59 by Tom Dove If the name “L. Francis Herreshoff” alerts your senses and you are looking for a large yacht that has all the safety and comfort features needed for extended open-water or coastal cruising, look at the Classic 59. The new boat is Read More …

Just Launched – Elite 364

First published in SAIL Magazine,1988 Just Launched – Elite 364 by Tom Dove French-Canadian by heritage, Cruiser-Racer by design, the Elite 364 is a European-American boat that offers good value for money spent. Philippe Harle’s design team gave the 364 modern hull lines, a high-aspect rig and ellliptical keel for swift performance on the race Read More …

Just Launched – Hunter Passage 42

First published in SAIL Magazine, 1989 Just Launched – Hunter Passage 42 by Tom Dove The term “center cockpit” often creates an image of the typical charter boat of a decade ago: roomy, heavy and forgiving of error, but slow in any single-digit breeze. The Hunter Passage 42 should go a long way toward changing Read More …

Just Launched – Hunter Vision 32

First published in SAIL Magazine, 1988 Just Launched – Hunter Vision 32 by Tom Dove With the Vision 32,┬áHunter Marine has identified several major technological trends in the sailing marketplace and made them affordable in a production boat. Unstayed masts, wing keels, full-battened mainsails with lazyjacks, walkthrough transoms and large cabins for entertaining have appeared Read More …

Just Launched – Island Packet 32

Originally published in SAIL Magazine, 1989 Just Launched – Island Packet 32 by Tom Dove Island Packet has been building a reputation on its modern full-keel yachts for ten years. The newest model, the Island Packet 32, continues the company’s tradition of solid, spacious, well-detailed cruising vessels with good speed and easy handling. It is Read More …

Just Launched – Jeanneau 36

First published in SAIL Magazine, 1989 Just Launched – Jeanneau 36 by Tom Dove There will be no neutral feelings toward the Jeanneau 36. Boat show visitors either stepped aboard and stayed to inspect it closely or took a quick look and left immediately. The double aft cabin layout with two semicircular private heads will Read More …

The Four Ages of Boating

Originally published 2/16/90 in several Maryland newspapers The Four Ages of Boating by Tom Dove Boating is a sport for all ages but it is not the same to all ages. At different times in our lives we draw different things from the boating experience. I can identify four ages of boating: youth, young adult, Read More …

Good New Sailboats – 1990

First published in several Maryland newspapers, 1990 Good new sailboats by Tom Dove The sailboat market has been depressed for several years, and that bad news for builders is generally good news for boat buyers. You can get a high-quality vessel at a reasonable price on the used market and only the most successful builders Read More …