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The IC-24 is a remarkably comfortable, responsive and stable performance one-design boat, perfect for daysailing or racing. It was invented by Chris Rosenberg and Morgan and Dick Avery in 2000, essentially starting with the very popular J-24 and some cutting tools. Many of us realized that the J-24 performed beautifully, but was very uncomfortable to sail. Chris and his friends did something about it – they removed the cockpit and part of the cabin and replaced it with one of the more ergonomically comfortable cockpits ever made. The result is one of the most pleasing 24′ keelboats you’ve ever sailed.
The Hobie Wave is a 13′ beach cat that is a blast to sail by adults and kids alike – easy for beginners and fun for experienced sailors as well.
“The symmetrically shaped hulls and keel design provide lift while eliminating the need for daggerboards, and its rotomolded polyethylene construction is nearly indestructible. Equipped with thoughtful features including a comptip mast and Hobie Bob mast float to prevent turtling if capsized. A large, fully-battened, boomless mainsail is powerful in the light stuff, but is designed to reduce power in an unexpected gust. The three-piece mesh trampoline is heat melded for the ultimate in longevity, has two main sections and is simple to adjust.” -Hobie.com
The Hanse 385 is something of a throwback. Don’t misunderstand me; this sleek new design from Judel/Volijk & Co. is thoroughly modern, from its efficient fractional rig to innovative epoxy construction and flexible interior arrangement plans. With its reverse sheer, long waterline and low-profile cabintop the Hanse 385 has “today” stamped all over it. (It’s a look I like.) So why is it a throwback? Like many top-quality production boats from the 1970s and 1980s, the Hanse 385 refuses to be easily classified. It’s not a dedicated bluewater cruiser and it’s not a flat-out racer. It is, however, a lot of both. The marketing team at Hanse Yachts calls it the crossover concept, a fast boat with a terrific interior. In the old days we called it a racer-cruiser. Pardon the cliché but the more things change, the more they stay the same. When it comes to sailing that’s not a bad thing.
Like the 385, the 445 has a three-cabin layout, large aft swim platform and wonderful self-tacking jib. What makes it different is that it’s bigger – more room below (about 6’8” of standing headroom), more storage — it has garage sized storage for fenders, lines, spare anchor and rode just aft of the main anchor locker. It is also a significantly more powerful rig and will readily sail at 7+ knots close hauled. The other benefit of the 445 is that it is big enough to have davits for a hard bottom dinghy with outboard which is quite nice for cruising.