The sailing world fails miserably in recruiting young adults and young families. This summer we have witnessed an outburst of anger towards the leisure marine industry. Are they guilty in killing sailing or are expectations among newer generations of sailors too high? Lets explore!
From afar she looks like a Swedish folkboat. Yet, coming closer you will notice the hump over the companionway, raised bulwark, the round hatches and other details separating her from her nordic sisters. Built in 1969 she’s our new project boat. A Contessa 26.
Recently we were invited to Nautor Swan in Finland to test sail the new Swan 78. We had the pleasure of having Germán Frers himself onboard to reveal all the details behind his latest design. The Swan 78 is a powerful boat. The whole day she would glide gracefully through the water in great speed and superior comfort.
The 1926 Nathanael Herreshoff-designed NY40 MARILEE recently underwent a complete restoration by French & Webb in Belfast, Maine. This restoration turned out to be an amazing story. To the excitement and joy to the sailing community around the world, the story is now available to everyone. Alison Langley’s documentary film is a must - see for any mariner. Watch the full documentary here.
Leica Cameras are part of our common visual history. Production started in 1925 and the small 35mm cameras has been documenting historical events and intimate moments ever since. Like another iconic brand, Nautor Swan, Leica Cameras have remained relevant. Something which is much harder than being popular. We took the latest mirrorless model out into the open ocean to see how it would cope with yachting photography.
To encourage the virtues of Corinthian sailing, the new ClubSwan 36 will belong in a strict amateur Owner/Driver class with a maximum of 50% the crew being professionals. Having said that, the design, concept and build of this new racer is all but amateur. And what pleasure it was to listen to the men and women behind this iconic brand during a recent visit to Nautor Swan in Finland.
This year saw many new and innovative products for sailors. We took a look at a few products that we thought was rather clever. And we found some things that could actually be put to use onboard and ashore.
Elin Rose, born in Iceland, is not your ordinary sailor. Unlike the many dreamers out there, she actually quit her 9-5 job to go sailing full time. To fund her lifestyle she took up digital entrepreneurship building a successful ecommerce business. Read our interview and find out how you can do the same!
The Sentijn 37IQ is the lovechild of Yvonne Kuijpers and Paul Matthijssen from The Netherlands. Designed by the legendary Dick Koopmans, this clever 37 ft yacht will take you offshore in style and safety.
Among the proud boatbuilders on the island of Orust, Sweden, who can trace their boatbuilding roots back to the middle ages, a slow and careful development in design and build has always been a trademark. However, the new Malö Yachts 49 seems refreshingly modern.
A little elbow grease, some cleaning and tidying up can fetch you a premium when selling your yacht. Follow our walk through for a successful sale. This guide is also very useful for those who wants to prep their yacht for the summer.
We love small boat sailing and could not pass up on the chance of talk to Norwegian sailor and adventurer Magne Klann who is about to embark on an epic passage. Sailing singlehanded onboard an RS Aero, a 4 meter ultra lightweight racing dinghy a 1000 miles from the northernmost cape of to the southernmost cape of Norway.
Part 3 of our interview with the builders of Outremer catamarans, Allures Yachts, Garcia Yachts and Gunboat. Read how the La Vagabonde collaboration happened and and their thought on sustainability in the yachting industry.
Part 2 of the interview with President of Grand Large Yachting that consists of Allures Yachts, Garcia Yachts, Outremer Catamarans and Gunboat. Read more about Allures plan to launch a very special catamaran with the best parts from the other brands.
Grand Large Yachting was founded in 2003 in France by Xavier Desmarest and Stephan Constance and consists of five shipyards and two service based companies, with headquarters across France and in the US. The brands are well know amongst sailors as Allures, Garcia, Outremer and Gunboat and the whole endeavour started with a dream. Find out what that dream was in our 3 part interview.
Adventurer and sailor Kari “Ruffe” Nurmi took his modest 30 ft Bavaria Yacht all the way from Finland to Svalbard. Other than the Polar Bear who had their inflatable dinghy for breakfast, the modest cruiser and her crew fared very well indeed. Goes to show you can sail far into the Arctic in a small cruising sailboat. Read his fascinating story here!
Svalbard is high up on the list of future sailing destinations for many yachtsmen and women around the world. And it is growing in popularity. There is good reason to believe 2018 will be another record year for the Norwegian archipelago in the high arctic. Are you curious if you and your yacht should go? Read on as we walk you through the list of things you must know.
Swedish/American couple, sailors, charter captains and popular podcasters Mia Karlsson and Andy Schell from 59º North are coming to Norway and the Arctic this season. We get to hear their fascinating story on how Andy almost ended up in outer space as an astronaut but instead chose to sail the worlds oceans with Mia onboard "Isbjörn" their wonderful S&S Swan 48 instead.
Never before have so many cruising yachts made their way into the higher latitudes. With cruising in the high north comes great responsibility as our oceans are falling victim to climate change and pollution. There is a way out, and that is to fall in love as our interview with the WWF reveals.
Shortly after 3:20pm on New Year's Day in 1995, a monster wave crashed into the Draupner oil platform in the North Sea off the coast of Norway. The wave would alter oceanography forever. Rouge, or freak waves have been known among mariners for centuries but have been a mystery to science. Now a new research project will try to photograph them for the first time in 3D.
In this third part of the popular series we take a look at a few yachts that each represents unmatched quality, long traditions of craftsmanship and great bluewater potential. However, the builders have chosen lots of different approaches to achieve the same goal.
"Go small - go now" - Is this a sorry excuse for being lazy and unwilling to put in all the hard work and money to finance a big boat? No, we disagree. Many who have opted for a small and seaworthy yacht, have probably been out cruising while you were stuck in traffic on your way to the office all these years.
In this series we will check out some of the most desirable bluewater yachts on the market. New and older yachts you would want if you got your hands on a substantial amount of cash. Whether it was from a lottery ticket or years of hard work-the choice is yours!
A significant and exciting new development in the world of yacht building: Sweden Yachts, Malö Yachts, CR Yachts and Regina of Vindö Yachts, are joining forced as Sweden Yachts Group. This is great news for all fans of Swedish Blue Water Cruisers.
Today Sweden Yachts have released drawings for a new 48 ft cruiser. The 48 ft yacht will offer a more modern twist on their previous designs. The hull and stern are slightly wider than on earlier models providing more cabin and deck space.
At 69.6492° N, 18.9553° E ice has formed on the decks of the yachts and the mountains around the city of Tromsø is covered in snow. Now is the time to let yourself fall into that YouTube Rabbit Hole and just enjoy!
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The new Hallberg-Rassy 340 replaces the popular 342, with more than 300 hulls made. This is a contemporary design by German Frers with the beam lead aft with a plum bow, longer waterline, a more powerful sailplan, twin rudders and optional twin wheels. The yard promises a little more of everything from the previous model.