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Design Reviews

In which our writers, led by the talented Art Paine, describe new boats, old boats, boats in progress, and other designs that inspire.

A Plucky Build-it-Yourself Design for Lake Sailing

The Goat Island Skiff is easy to build and fun to sail, and when the wind dies, it can be rowed as well.

Umiak

Middle school students build an Inuit Umiak and learn confidence and skills

Mavis

A decade-long rebuild of a classic Irish yacht

French & Webb Levant 15

A fixed-keel sailboat designed by Chuck Paine and built at French & Webb

Hunt Ocean 63

The latest offshore cruising yacht from Hunt Yachts

Sunbeam V

After a long refit, Sunbeam V’s return is ray of sunshine for islanders

Calvin Beal 42

A bigger boat for a lobsterman who moved his operation farther offshore

Back Cove 39O

The 39O cruiser is a bigger version of the 34O, Back Cove’s first outboard model

Hood 57 LM

A custom motoryacht from Hood, Lyman-Morse, and Stephens-Waring

Ellis 28

A midsize sportfishing boat that breaks from convention

Wesmac Super 46

An extra-wide version of Wesmac’s standard 46-footer

Wheeler 38

A tale of Hemingway's yacht and reverse-engineering

Avocette

A “Resto-Mod” project from Yachting Solutions—a hybrid of restoration and modification

Reuel Parker Works New Magic

Reuel Parker has designed a classically inspired powerboat for shallow-water cruising. It is being built by Hylan & Brown.

Hinckley Electrifies

Hinckley’s all-electric luxury launch breaks new ground for the company.