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  • Newport, RI About To Explode…With Sailors - By Buttons Padin    Newport, RI, is many things; but one of its claims to fame is being one of the World’s top yachting centers. Always a beehive of marine activity, both professional and pleasure, Newport’s busy summer season is about to begin.   This… Read More
  • Robie Pierce Regattas for sailors with disabilities – After 15 years, still going strong. - By Buttons Padin  Photos: Derek Osarson Robie Pierce Regattas for sailors with disabilities – After 15 years, still going strong.   The 15th annual Robie Pierce Regatta ran from May 30 to June 2, 2024 at the American Yacht Club in Rye, NY, co-hosted by… Read More
  • US Sailing Advisory on Lighted Lifesling - US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee Advisory: Recommendations Regarding Use of the Lifesling at Night US Sailing just released an advisory on lighted Lifeslings:   "US Sailing's Safety at Sea Committee tested a range of MOB recovery techniques at an MOB Symposium in June 2023… Read More
  • 77th Annual Block Island Race: A Game of Chutes and Ladders - By Buttons Padin  Photos: Rick Bannerot The Storm Trysail Club’s description of the 77th running of the Block Island Race summed up the sailing by referring to a familiar kids game: the race was a game of Chutes and Ladders. With winds up and down,… Read More
  • Hanse Fast Lane Offer 2024 -   If you have been considering a new Hanse, take advantage of the FAST LANE offer this Summer to make a significant saving. Until the end of June, each model is available with a selection of upgrade packages to enhance the specification of your new… Read More
  • The Block Island Race - By Buttons Padin & Butch Ulmer The Storm Trysail Club’s annual Block Island Race starts this Friday off Stamford, CT. There are 81 boats registered – not the biggest fleet ever, but keenly competitive. The boats range from Matt Stainback’s 30’ Beneteau First 305 to… Read More
  • MJM 4 Diesel DPI - By Christopher Hughes Welcome aboard the diesel-powered version of the impressive MJM 4 performance day yacht. We recently tested the MJM 4, looking specifically at her performance and handling as powered by the new Volvo Penta DPI advanced drives. https://vimeo.com/920602035?share=copy We begin our look out… Read More
  • Locher, Weiss, Aven Win Larchmont Yacht Club’s 69th Edlu Race - By Buttons Padin Three long-time customers of McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers took home the overall trophies: Kurt and Anne Locher’s J/42 Atalanta was awarded The Edlu Trophy for winning the 39-boat PHRF division and Andrew and Linda Weiss’s Italia 11.98 Christopher Dragon was presented… Read More
  • LIS racing season now in full swing - By Buttons Padin With the conclusion of the American Yacht Club’s Spring Series and Larchmont Yacht Club’s Edlu Race, big-boat racing on the Sound is now well under way with lots of races to add to your calendar. Here’s a look at some of the… Read More
  • Love My Tender - An inflatable tender can make cruising more fun, but it’s important to choose the right one. Here are some tips. Mike Smith | Soundings Magazine Boating is often better with a tender, a jack-of-all-trades dinghy that serves as a gofer for the mothership. But there… Read More
  • Boat Review: Hanse 510, Top 10 Best Boats 2024 Winner - Easy on the eyes and fun under sail, the Hanse 510 is more of a very good thing.             WENDY MITMAN CLARKE SAIL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF January 18 ,2024     You never quite know what’s going to happen on a test… Read More
  • Who better than a J owner to talk about a J? - Who better than a J owner to talk about a J? April 15,2024   We asked some questions to Denis R., currently the owner of a J/99 and soon to be of a J/112E. He shares his feelings about why he chose the J/99 and… Read More
  • Spring 2024 Sailing Calendar - The Sailing Season Is Starting! By Buttons Padin  Photo: Steven Cloutier April is when the regatta season heats-up in the northeast. If you haven’t already, now is the time to register for the regattas you wish to sail, get your crew together, and check with… Read More
  • How Marine Growth Can Damage Your Boat - Mike Smith on keeping algae, grass and barnacles at bay.  Mike Smith | Originally published April 2, 2024 Get Moving When your boat sits still for too long, algae, grass and barnacles take up residence on the bottom, hurting performance and efficiency. Help prevent this… Read More
  • A Spring Commissioning Checklist - A clear checklist driving a logical order of operations makes for smart spring commissioning. CHRISTOPHER BIRCH   MAR 18, 2024 It’s March, and if you’re like most sailors who’ve had to put their beloveds away for the winter, you’re champing at the bit to get down… Read More
  • Top 10 Spring Personal Sailing Checklist - By Buttons Padin McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers can get your boat ready for the upcoming summer season. However, how do you get yourself ready to be on the water? Whether you’re sailing or powering, there are things you should start doing so you’re set… Read More
  • Hanse Yachts Unveils the NEW Hanse 590 - McMichael Staff Editors Launching this summer, the Hanse 590 is the fifth new yacht resulting from the collaboration with the Berret-Racoupeau design team. She has a long list of custom options, and more importantly, several innovative features and design elements including new hull shape, ventilation… Read More
  • A Strong Alternative To Outboard Power - Here’s why the Volvo Penta DPI Aquamatic has become a strong alternative to outboard power on luxury day boats. Charles Plueddeman A brace of outboards is the most popular power choice for the current generation of large center console models, day boats and sport cruisers,… Read More
  • Compass Variation and Deviation - Buttons Padin Last summer I was navigating a large boat (Ok, it was the 12 Meter INTREPID) using the Narragansett Bay racing chart. In prep for the weekend’ racing, I had laid out the course and distance between all the various marks using my Navionics… Read More
  • US Sailing recognizes Bob Johnstone -   Robert L. Johnstone, lll has been named the 2023 recipient of the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US Sailing’s most prestigious annual award, going to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in this country in any associated activity.… Read More
  • Exploring Hydrogen for the Marine Industry - Yamaha commitment to being carbon neutral has resulted in the first hydrogen engine for recreational boaters.  McMichael Staff Editors  Yamaha unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered outboard for recreational boats at the 2024 Miami International Boat Show. https://vimeo.com/922562301?share=copy The announcement included a prototype fuel system integrated… Read More
  • SHE DID IT! - NY skipper Cole Brauer becomes the first US woman to sail solo around the world.  By Buttons Padin  NY skipper Cole Brauer, 29, hugs family, pops champagne as she becomes first US woman to sail solo around the world. She sailed her way into the… Read More
  • Cole Brauer Nears Finish - Positioned to become the first American woman to singlehandedly circumnavigate the Earth. By Buttons Padin  The media has been abuzz with updates on this young sailor – and not just the sailing media but also Forbes, People Magazine, the NY Times, NBC News, and many… Read More
  • An Offshore Speedster that Passes the Family Test - The J/99’s double-handed win in the Sydney-Hobart Race may get the headlines, but ask any of the 140+ owners what they love most about their boat, and chances are they’ll highlight everything else the boat does well that sets it apart from its single-purpose competition.… Read More
  • Caribbean 600 Recap - One of the last boats to cross the finish line was local Larchmont boat In Theory, but they were well ahead of their IRC Two competitors. By Buttons Padin Images: © Arthur Daniel/RORC Peter McWhinnie & Paula Kirby’s JPK 1080 In Theory (USA) placed 1st… Read More
  • ARGO Repeats C-600 Multihull Victory - Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo (Larchmont YC, USA) has taken Multihull Line Honors in the 2024 Caribbean 600 in an elapsed time of 01 Day 08 Hrs 08 Mins and 40 Secs.  By Buttons Padin Images: © Arthur Daniel/RORC Source: RORC Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo (Larchmont… Read More
  • The Race Everyone is Tracking: C-600 Update - Update for Day 2 of RORC's Caribbean 600 Race. By Buttons Padin The RORC’s Caribbean 600 is now into its second day with many of the boats still facing over 400 miles to the finish. At the time of this writing – 1220 ET (UTC+5),… Read More
  • Caribbean 600 Starts Monday - The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s major Caribbean race will start its 15th edition Monday, February 19.  By Buttons Padin The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s major Caribbean race, the Caribbean 600, will start its 15th edition Monday, February 19 at 1100 AST. A spectacular fleet of… Read More
  • Mercury introduces Joystick Steering for Single-Engine Vessels - Mercury expands their joystick steering system to include single-engine vessels. By McMichael Staff Editors Mercury Marine have been providing simple, easy to operate joystick steering for years, from large diesel engines to outboards. Now, Mercury is introducing joystick steering for single-engine vessels.   https://vimeo.com/913068410?share=copy  … Read More
  • QUICK Gyro Stabilizer at MJM - MJM have announced they are adding Quick Gyro to their list of available options for future boats. By McMichael Staff Editors MJM have added the QUICK Gyro to their production line. The X10 will be available on both the MJM 4 and the MJM 42.… Read More
  • North Sails Announces NPL RENEW - North Sails have announced a new sustainable sailcloth for cruising. McMichael Staff Editors    From North Sails: "North Sails RENEW is a sustainable sailcloth for cruising boats 25-45 ft. RENEW sailcloth is constructed with more than 90% raw materials from alternative bio-based sustainable sources, with… Read More
  • COMING SOON: Hanse 360 - Hanse recently unveiled their newest vessel, the Hanse 360 By McMichael Staff Editors  Exciting news! Hanse Yachts have unveiled their latest vessel, the Hanse 360. This is the fourth collaboration between Hanse and the well known designers at Berret-Racoupeau.   The team at Hanse tell… Read More
  • Olympic Sailing Update - Russian and Belarusian sailors may sail as AINs By Buttons Padin Following the outbreak of the invasion of the Ukrainian by Russia two years ago, many international sporting organizations banned athletes from Russia and Belarus from competing in their events. World Sailing was among those… Read More
  • Assisted Docking System from Volvo Penta - McMichael Staff  Upgrade your boating experience.   Volvo Penta Assisted Docking simplifies boat docking by removing the dynamics of wind and current, and improves your control for maneuvering in tight spaces. A hybrid between automated docking and manual docking, it lets all boaters feel more… Read More
  • Every Second Counts - Buttons Padin | McMichael Yacht Brokers  There is an often-shared point-of-view that the Olympic bronze medalist gets more satisfied or is happier to be on the podium than the silver medalist. The second-place competitor is likely to spend the rest of his or her life… Read More
  • Hanse 510 named Top 10 Best Boats of 2024 by SAIL Magazine - The honor comes as yet another example of Hanse Yachts commitment to innovation and sailing excellence.  The Sailboat Review Team | SAIL Magazine | January 2nd, 2023  It's awards season over and Hanse Yachts. The Hanse 510 was just named one of SAIL Magazine's "Top… Read More
  • Yamaha to Unveil Hydrogen Outboard at Miami Show - The prototype engine is part of a company initiative to achieve carbon neutrality in Scope 3 emissions by 2050. Eric Colby | Dec 12, 2023   Yamaha Motor Co. announced that it will be display a prototype hydrogen-powered outboard at the Miami International Boat Show,… Read More
  • Nominee Spotlight: Hanse 510 - The Hanse 510 touts a roomy cockpit, large but manageable sail plan, and peak performance, but perhaps what really sets this boat apart in its class is its endless options. Andrew Parkinson | October 5, 2023 https://vimeo.com/794898812 The Berret-Racoupeau-designed Hanse 460 turned heads as a 2022… Read More
  • Starlink: How to Make it Work Best for You - By: Christopher Birch  | November  30,2023 Starlink has changed the game for cruising sailors, but caution—and hacks—are still useful. A dark cloud has been hanging over Starlink antennas lately. Sailors around the world have been bypassing the $5,000 per month maritime version of Elon Musk’s… Read More
  • Wood, Water & Sarah - By Robin Stout | Fall 2023 Issue    We met Sarah Schelbert in Antigua 2022 when she sailed her boat into the harbor with her dog and asked if she could race in the Classic Regatta. She turned out to be the life of the… Read More
  • Outboard maintenance: How to keep your tender engine in great shape - By: Jon Mendez  | November  21,2023 With winter approaching, now is the time to think about outboard maintenance. These tough little workhorses don’t need much in the way of maintenance but they all suffer from lack of regular use and a few simple steps now… Read More
  • Let’s Get Ready to Frostbite! - By Buttons Padin  Photo: Doug Reynolds  Put away the summer shorts...it’s time for long johns, poly clothing, and warm boots. Autumn is upon us and Frostbiters are getting ready to head out on the water for six months of racing on the colder side of… Read More
  • 2023 Global Solo Challenge – Cole Brauer - By Brett Lyall | McMichael Yacht Brokers    After winning the 2023 Bermuda One-Two at just 29 years old, Cole Brauer is back on the open ocean. She is one of five Americans on the roster of 20 skippers competing in the 2023 Global Solo Challenge.… Read More
  • Live to Sail Again Another Day - By Buttons Padin  Offshore sailing is one of the most challenging and exhilarating sports in the world, demanding skill, stamina, and courage from those who take part. For sailors, there is nothing quite like the feeling of being out on the open sea. But while… Read More
  • J/45 Crowned SAILING WORLD Boat Of The Year- Best Performance Crossover - J/Boats.com | Article excerpts from Sailing World Magazine  (Newport, RI)- The exceptional J/45 delivers an equally exceptional sailing experience in a luxury crossover racer. The Johnstone family and their builders take their time to get it right. It’s what makes J/Boats synonymous with proper and purposeful sailing… Read More
  • Top 10 Best Boats Review: J/45 - This evolution of a larger J/Boat promises all-around performance in a handsome package. CHARLES J. DOANE UPDATED: MAY 30, 2023 ORIGINAL: APR 3, 2023 It has been nearly 20 years, a full generation, since J/Boats has produced an offshore-capable boat that can be both raced… Read More
  • New DH Race Ends LIS Sailing Season - Buttons Padin | McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers Photo Credit: Doug Reynolds  Reflecting the increasing popularity of doublehanded racing, LYC and the Storm Trysail Club created the Bitter Ender, a season-closing doublehanded regatta sailed for the first time last Friday night, October 13. Starting off… Read More
  • Knots – The Essential Six - Buttons Padin | McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers There was a print ad for Dewars Scotch in 1985 profiling Gary Jobson who since has become ubiquitous with sailing. In that ad, Gary’s quote was, “If you can’t tie good knots, tie lots of them.” I… Read More
  • Lessons Learned – The 2023 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta - Buttons Padin | McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers Photo Credit: Steve Cloutier  One of the stated objectives of the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) is to demonstrate to college sailors that the sport of sailboat racing is more than just racing 420s...big boat sailing and racing… Read More
  • Hanse 510 | Top 10 Best Boats Nominee 2024 – SAIL Magazine - Exciting news from the sailing world. The Hanse 510, one of three new vessels designed by Berret-Racopueau, has been nominated for Top 10 Best Boats Nominee 2024 by SAIL Magazine. SAIL's team of seasoned experts are very careful when making there selections; making it an… Read More
  • J/88 North American Championship Recap - Andy Graff Wins J/88 North American Championship Buttons Padin | McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers The weather was the story over the first days of the four-day J/88 North American Championship hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club September 28-October 1. With the opening day getting in… Read More
  • Hanse 460: Top 10 Best Best Boats Review - The new Hanse combines quick, easy sailing with commodious living and cruising. Tom Dove | SAIL Magazine Originally Published Aug. 23rd, 2023  Technology and disposable income are changing sailing and making luxurious boats available to more people than ever. The Hanse 460 is a perfect… Read More
  • Sailboat Rigging | Top Ten List - By Buttons Padin | McMichael Yacht Brokers  Top-10 things you should know to optimize your rig for safety and performance! 1. Salt water can be your rigging’s enemy Fresh water rinsing Simply put...salt is bad – lines, fittings, sails, acrylics, gelcoat   2. Corrosion control… Read More
  • American Yacht Club Fall Series - There is still time to register for the AYC fall classic on Long Island Sound! Mark your calendars now to get your team organized for the last big blast of sailing offshore for the 2023 sailing season. The fall classic on western Long Island Sound,… Read More
  • Vineyard Race “Fireballed”! -         From J/Boats Newsletter | Sept 10th, 2023  J/Teams wins record SIX divisions! (Stamford, CT)- Labor Day weekend's Vineyard Race is a classic American yachting event. The 238.0nm course stretches from Shippan Point to the Buzzards Bay Light tower at the entrance… Read More
  • Paying It Back and Forward – A McMichael Legacy - By Buttons Padin  People who enjoy sailing and powerboating recognize the role marine service companies play in enabling fun and safe boating. Some of these service providers help you buy or sell the right boat; others help keep those boats in proper working condition. It… Read More
  • Diesel Engines – Things You Should Know & Have - By Buttons Padin  Top-12 things you should know to operate your engine including what spare parts and tools to have, what to watch for when starting-up, and more!   1: Read the owner’s manual Get to know your engine Your specific engine model   2:… Read More
  • Vineyard Race 2023 - By Buttons Padin  Follow this weekend’s Vineyard Race   Long Island Sound’s big boat racing season has two major bookend regattas: The Block Island Race that starts the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and the Vineyard Race starting the Friday of Labor Day Weekend. Beginning… Read More
  • How Are “Best Boats Winners” Selected? - By Buttons Padin  Every year, the major yachting media companies publish their own list of the best new boats introduced that year. Each had its own name for the award, naturally, but they are largely created using the same methodology. But what is that methodology… Read More
  • Boat Review: Gagliotta Lobster 35 - The Lobster 35 marks the Italian builder’s first foray into the U.S. market. By Carly Sisson | Originally published Dec 10th, 2018  The 35 is a Down East yacht that represents a new direction for Gagliotta. The handsome, semi-custom dayboat is the company’s first yacht… Read More
  • Around Long Island Regatta 2023 Now Underway - By Buttons Padin Sea Cliff Yacht Club’s annual Around Long Island Race started this afternoon at noon. With 70 boats racing over a 207 nm course, the first boats should be finishing early afternoon Friday with smaller ones crossing the line over the evening and… Read More
  • Mercury Racing Unveils 500-hp Outboard -   By Eric Colby | Originally published June 15th, 2023 The high-performance division of Mercury Marine marked its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the supercharged V-8 outboard. Mercury Racing marked its 50th anniversary June 14 by unveiling a V-8 500R outboard during a black-tie… Read More
  • YAMAHA MARINE ANNOUNCES “READY TO REPOWER” SALES EVENT -   KENNESAW, Ga., July 11, 2023 —Yamaha Marine celebrates the 2023 boating season with the announcement of the “Ready to Repower” sales event. For a limited time, customers who purchase select eligible, new Yamaha four-stroke outboards in the 150-to-425 horsepower range have the opportunity to add dealer… Read More
  • B&G® Debuts New Hercules® Sailing Processor Range Offering Increased Connectivity and Compatibility -   Southampton, UK – (June 8, 2023) – B&G®, the world’s leading sailing electronics manufacturer, today announced the launch of the Hercules® sailing performance processor, delivering advanced data in an instant, with enhanced settings, and maximized connectivity and compatibility. Additionally, B&G is introducing a new Hercules expansion… Read More
  • 4th of July Boating Safety Reminders -     By: McMichael Staff  4th of July Boating Safety Reminders The Fourth of July is one of our most special holidays. The main highlight of course is the fireworks, and many boaters choose to enjoy them on the water. And while it is a… Read More
  • Regulator 41 -   By: Capt David Lear |September 24, 2015 Boat Review: Regulator 41 I always thought of Regulator boats as “overbuilt,” a term I use to ­describe boats made to excel even in the worst of conditions. But after testing the new 41 center console, I’m… Read More
  • Alerion 38 Express -   By: Bill Springer |UPDATED: AUG 2, 2017 ORIGINAL: JAN 29, 2007 It could be said that Garry Hoyts Alerion Express 28 was ahead of the big daysailer trend when it was launched in the early 1990s. I took his latest entry in this growing… Read More
  • Alerion 38 Alerion 38 Express -   By: Bill Schanen | Originally Published November 10th, 2007  An elegant hybrid that joins modern performance and traditional beauty Out there, in the fog, Block Island beckoned. We didn't mind that it beckoned from a point directly upwind. We had a weatherly boat and… Read More
  • Hanse 348 Wins Best Value Award -   By: Herb McCormick December 11, 2018 Cruising World judges found lots to like about the Hanse 348 Value. How does one determine it? Price is most certainly a factor. In the case of new boats, and our Boat of the Year competition, it means something more. As… Read More
  • Coming Soon: Hanse 410 - Exciting news is on the horizon at Hanse Yachts. The latest addition to the Hanse family, the Hanse 410, will be unveiled later this summer. This latest model again combines impressive innovative design with the essential Hanse values: fast cruising and easy sailing. Designed with… Read More
  • First look: Hanse 510 – decidedly different style -   By: Toby Hodges January 23, 2023 The new Hanse 510 follows in the footsteps of the 460 and is another marker that Hanse is moving in a decidedly different direction Hanse’s second model from the board of the Berret-Racoupeau design studio, the Hanse 510,… Read More
  • Amel 60 review: This modern cruiser is a true benchmark for quality -   By: Matthew Sheahan  March 12, 2020 The French yard has built 50+ years of knowledge into its new world cruising flagship the Amel 60, reports Matthew Sheahan I’m guessing that rival manufacturers of bluewater cruisers know when their prospective clients have been to Amel.… Read More
  • Key West To Clearwater… In One Day Aboard An MJM 40z! - Originally published February 6, 2017   Onboard: TOM DUPONT (Owner) and DENNY OGDEN As the crow, or in this case, as the gull flies, it is about 215 nautical miles from Key West to Clearwater, Florida. And after having made the decision to voyage out… Read More
  • What Running Aground Can Mean For Your Engines -     By: PETER FREDERIKSEN  APR 26, 2018 You know to check your running gear when you run aground but hitting bottom can also impact your engine(s) in surprising ways. The affects of running aground aren't always easy to spot. Making Sound Choices Pay attention… Read More
  • What to do if You Run Your Boat Aground -     By: CAPT. RICHARD THIEL | UPDATED: NOV 11, 2021 | ORIGINAL: JUN 6, 2016 Cruise for long enough and you’ll touch bottom. What’s the plan for when you do? Getting Grounded Sooner or later you’re going to run aground. What you do next… Read More
  • Boat Review: Amel 50 - Originally published June 21, 2021   By Tom Dove   It is possible to cross an ocean in almost anything that will float, just as you could cross the United States on anything with wheels. But to voyage safely, swiftly and comfortably calls for a good… Read More
  • 2015 Riva 63′ Virtus – $1,650,000 - Meticulously Maintained Riva Virtus! $35,000 Engine Service Just Completed!!!! This Riva has always been a northern boat and stored inside a heated facility September thru April. The design of this Riva Virtus is an exciting mix of Luxury and High Performance. She is a true eye… Read More
  • Foam Laying at J Composites - https://vimeo.com/819185290 After infusion and sandwich construction, it is important to highlight the know how and attention to detail. Behind the word "infusion" and "sandwich" different levels of quality can be hidden. That is why it is important to explain how J Composites use this technology… Read More
  • MJM Precision Construction Process - https://vimeo.com/772083278 Go behind the scenes at the MJM facility in Washington, NC and see how we produce performance yachts that are lighter, faster, stronger, more capable and with an extremely high degree of precision.     View MJM Models  Read More
  • How to Care for Your Boat’s Diesel Engine - Originally published  MAR 10, 2023 ELLEN MASSEY LEONARD- Sail Magazine Small diesel engines tend to be remarkably reliable. Even in the harsh saltwater environment, marine diesels can last for decades and thousands of hours, largely because they are entirely mechanical (other than the gauges, alternator,… Read More
  • 2023 AMERICAN YACHT CLUB SPRING REGATTA - Only one more month to go before the 2023 AYC Spring Regatta. The overall response to the new three-day Spring Regatta format has been very positive with registrations well ahead of last year. This is the 44th edition of this great racing tradition and McMichael… Read More
  • Test Sailing the Hanse 455 Performance Cruiser - Originally published September 1, 2015 Adam Cort - Sail Magazine The mark of a good boat is not how well it performs when all is well, but when it or its skipper is under some kind of stress. I’m not talking about killer gales here,… Read More
  • Seamanship: Rethinking Anchoring - Originally published March 16, 2023 Adam Cove - Sail Magazine It’s 0930 and we are approaching our destination, having gotten under way early to avoid melting under the Caribbean sun. As my wife, Alison, and I sail Ben-Varrey, a 1969 Luders 33, through the anchorage, we… Read More
  • Can One Prospective Members Meeting - Time: Thursday March 23rd @ 6:30 PM Location: Huguenot Yacht Club - New Rochelle, NY The Can One Evening Race Association is inviting sailors who are interested in joining their Thursday night racing series to a meeting and dinner for those who are interested. On… Read More
  • 10 Seamanship Skills Every Skipper Should Master - The 10 common mistakes... and how to avoid them. We ask the experts about the skills every good skipper should have in their armoury. By Toby Heppell - Yachting Monthly Originally Published April 22, 2020 It’s easy to get into bad habits when we go… Read More
  • Essential saildrive checks for your boat - Originally published May 17, 2021 Theo Stocker - Yachting Monthly   Maintaining a saildrive is just as important as caring for the engine itself. Dennison Berwick explains how to give your stern gear some much-needed attention Essential saildrive checks for your boat The season draws… Read More
  • J70 TUNING GUIDE - Originally published by Northsails.com | February 3rd, 2023  After countless hours sailing, testing and competing in the J/70 One Design, North Sails has updated our tuning notes and tips in an effort to get sailors and teams up to race winning speed quickly with our… Read More
  • Boat Review: J70 UPWIND TIPS FOR BIG WIND AND CHOP - NORTH SAILS North Sails J70 expert Zeke Horowitz reflects on the 2023 Bacardi Invitational Winter Series in Miami, Event 2, and shares his key takeaways after winning the event. The second event of the Bacardi Invitational Winter Series delivered the best sailing conditions a fleet of J70s could ask for.… Read More
  • Boat Review: J Boats J70 Speed Guide - NORTH SAILS By: Tim Healy: November 3, 2022   Who sails a J70? Our competitors in this class range from what we might call “classic” J/Boat club or Corinthian teams to fully professional teams like us. The boat appeals to these different groups because it’s… Read More
  • EdgeWater 230 CC Boat Test - This boat boasts design and construction features more typical of larger boats, plus top-notch finish and features. By Dean Travis Clarke - Boating Magazine  November 13, 2018 The trends I see in recreational boats consist of increased sophistication, elegance in styling, and more features, both standard… Read More
  • Marine Power Innovation Awards 2022: Volvo Penta Coastal Series Sterndrives - By: Kevin Falvey - Boating Magazine Originally published February 7, 2023 The Coastal Series improves maintenance and ownership. The engines and drives that comprise Volvo Penta’s Coastal Series mark a watershed in this popular marine drive train. Whether used to re-power an existing boat, or in new… Read More
  • Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62 - SAIL MAGAZINE By: ZUZANA PROCHAZKA UPDATED: AUG 7, 2017 ORIGINAL: JUL 6, 2017 Sometimes I get lucky. When I stepped aboard Beneteau’s new flagship, I was the first journalist (from anywhere) to examine and sail hull #1 of the new “Oceanis Yacht” line. The word… Read More
  • Coronado 23 Cuddy - Style Performance & Family Fun By Christopher Hughes   Her owners describe the Coronado 23 Cuddy as spacious, comfortable, a blast to drive and beautifully stylish. After seeing her in person and spending some time onboard, we are inclined to agree. It is a rare… Read More
  • Boat Review: Hanse 510 - Chloé Torterat | Bateaux.com  Originally published January 20, 2023  Hanse 510 : a sailing boat with more than 100 possible configurations After the innovative Hanse 460, awarded Sailboat of the Year, Hanse Yacht launches its second design by Berret-Racoupeau. The Hanse 510 offers a hull… Read More
  • Boat Works: Re-bedding Ports - Ellen Massey Leonard - SAIL Magazine  Originally published Nov 8th, 2022   The old saw that the happiest day in a sailor’s life is the one on which they sell their boat is funny, of course, because of the fact that owning a boat can… Read More
  • Boat Review: Hanse 588 - By Charles J. Doane - Sail Magazine Originally published March 13, 2018 This new full-size performance cruiser from Hanse replaces the successful Hanse 575, and includes updates and improvements developed with the help of input from active owners. With an extremely malleable interior (encompassing 72… Read More
  • Boat Review: Dehler 30 - By Adam Cort - Sail Magazine Originally published July 21,2021       I’ve long believed that while they may not be as much fun, the best sail trials are the ones that take place in drifters since it’s then that a boat’s performance—or lack… Read More
  • How to Clean Teak: Top Tips for Keeping your Boat’s Decks Pristine - Jon Mendez  Motorboat and Yachting Magazine    Teak decks look lovely as well as being hardwearing, grippy and gentle underfoot. The one downside to real teak is keeping it clean. To maintain that just-fitted look takes a lot of work, ideally with a weekly hose-down… Read More
  • Boat Review: Dehler 46 - This German built racer-cruiser keeps the sailing simple By Robert H. Perry - Sailing Magazine Originally published July 2, 2022   We can have some fun this month comparing two new European production boats that have almost the same LOA. As you would expect, both boats… Read More
  • Boat Review: Dehler 34 - Thirty years later, a new hull is set to replace a popular classic. By Zuzana Prochazka - SAIL Magazine Originally published Feb 1, 2017   What better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic model than to introduce a brand-new design to succeed it?… Read More
  • V10 outboard: Mercury claims world first with new 400hp motor - Hugo Andreae  Motorboat and Yachting Magazine    Mercury’s new 400hp Verado is the world’s first V10 outboard engine. Hugo Andreae takes a closer look… Every time we think outboard engine design has reached its peak, someone finds a way to top it. First it was Yamaha’s monster 425hp… Read More
  • Mercury Sales and Service - McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers is proud to announce we are now a certified Mercury Marine sales & service dealer. Mercury has been leading the way in outboard engine innovations with many new and exciting products. Many of our boat owners and customers have boats… Read More
  • Emoticon crowned J/109 North American Champions - J/News - J/Boats  (Southport, CT)- With an outstanding fleet of sixteen boats from across the northeast and midwest, the 2022 J/109 North American Championship benefitted from unusually nice fall sailing conditions on Long Island Sound. Hosted by the beautiful, quaint Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, CT, the… Read More
  • Boat Review: J/121 - J/121's for Sale: JACKHAMMER | WINGS  By Adam Cort - Sail Magazine Originally published Feb 8th, 2018 Every boat design strives for something new. But a new kind of racing? In fact, that's exactly what designer Alan Johnstone and the rest of the folks at… Read More
  • RYCK 280: The Ultimate Stylish All-Rounder - Sail-World  By Catherine Lorho  RYCK is an exciting new range of luxury sports day boats that combine all the versatility of a RIB with high-quality appointments usually found on luxury tenders. RYCK is a freshly launched line of fast, walk-around center-console boats capable of adapting… Read More
  • MJM Yachts – A Stunning Line For Comfort And Performance - Great Lakes Scuttlebutt  By Savannah Hess  It’s dark outside and you lay in bed, awake, turning each choice of boat over in your head, wondering which of them is “right,” which of them is worthy. Perhaps, instead, it’s when you step off your current boat… Read More
  • Sailing World 2023 Boat of the Year Best Crossover: J/45 - The exceptional J/45 delivers an equally exceptional sailing experience in a luxury crossover racer. By David Reed - Sailing World Powerful, is how the judges described the J/45’s sensation upwind, and great visibility from the helm across the backs of the hiking crew. Walter Cooper Sailing… Read More
  • We Test The New MJM 35z With Twin Outboards. WOW! - Cruising Odyssey By Peter Janssen It was a Chamber of Commerce summer morning when we headed out of Newport Shipyard on Zinnia, hull number one of the new MJM 35Z, with a beautiful light blue sky, the wind coming in from the ocean at an… Read More
  • J45 sailing Cruising World 2023 Boat of the Year: Best Performance Cruiser - This division truly lived up to its name, with a solid lineup of five nominees that lit up under sail. By Cruising World Editorial Team  One of two categories with a solid lineup of five nominees, the Performance Cruiser class provided the judges with tremendous sailing… Read More
  • Jboats J45 Sailboat Review: Race-ready and Cruising-compatible J/45 - Race-ready and cruising compatible, the handsome and powerful J/45 presents an offshore sailor with options. By Mark Pillsbury - Cruising World - November 29, 2022 The J/45 Onne Van Der Wal  Sailing performance was definitely a factor for Erik Asgeirsson when he began his search for… Read More
  • Evolution of a Dream - By Capt. Ken Kreisler  Being able to occupy a very special place in the highly competitive and rarified air of personal yachts takes an equally exceptional boat building vision; one whose foresight can not only stay ahead of the curve, but define it as well… Read More
  • Dayboat Dream - Jeanne Craig - Soundings Online  Party guests are mingling near the docks at Sail Newport in Rhode Island as a harvest moon ascends over Brenton Cove like a deep-orange spotlight. Right on cue, the star of the show—the MJM 4—arrives to make her public debut.… Read More
  • Tested: MJM 4 - By Ken Koenig | Power and Motoryacht Photos by Onne van der Wal Shuttle Run A pre-squall sprint from Connecticut to Jersey aboard an MJM 4 proves that comfort and speed can live in harmony. A last-minute request from Dan Harding, editor-in-chief of Power & Motoryacht magazine,… Read More
  • MJM3 article by Southern Boating Out For The Day - By Steve Davis | Southern Boating Boats are described with catchphrases From the Bottom Up all the time, but when MJM tagged its new MJM 3 day yacht “all-weather,” it meant it. A cloudy afternoon turned to rain on the Pamlico River along the shores… Read More
  • MJM 3 Line Of Succession – Breakthrough Dual Console For Todays Boating Enjoyment - By Capt. Ken Kreisler While knowing it would be making a splash with its new 3z Outboard, MJM is instead creating a tidal wave of excitement in the under 40-foot market. Inspiration comes from many places. In the case of highly esteemed MJM, and as… Read More
  • New Boats: J/9 - By Sail Magazine Although they don’t generally make it into print, there’s often a backstory to the boat tests we do at SAIL: case in point my sail trial of the J/9, winner in the “daysailer” category of SAIL’s 2022 Best Boats” awards. Checking the… Read More
  • Review of new J/45 by Yachting World - By Rupert Holmes The J/45 is a fast, but civilized, cruiser with a timeless appeal that will resonate with J/Boats’ many long standing devotees We’re close-hauled, sailing the new J/45 at 7.5 knots and catching up with a modern 55-footer, but slowly falling into her… Read More
  • McMichael part of Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta - Again this year, McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers is a sponsor for the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, the largest single intercollegiate regatta of the year. Hosted jointly by Larchmont Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club, the IOR will race this Saturday and Sunday (October 8-9)… Read More
  • McMichael sponsors the 2022 J/109 North Americans - The J/109 North American Championship is returning to Long Island Sound for the first time since 2012 and McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers is proud to be a participating sponsor for the Championship. This year's J/109 NAs are being hosted by Pequot Yacht Club in… Read More
  • New MJM 4: Fast, Quiet – and Fun – CRUSING ODYSSEY REVIEW - By PETER JANSSEN September 28, 2022 “Hang on,” warned Peter Johnstone, the chairman of MJM Boats, as he nailed the throttles all the way forward on his new 46-foot MJM 4 off Newport, Rhode Island. And WOW! The acceleration was fast, almost explosive, as the… Read More
  • AB Inflatables Now On Display At McMichael - McMichael yacht yards & brokers announces the opening of its New AB Inflatables showroom where you can see and inspect a range of AB models. Years of innovation and craftsmanship have made AB Inflatables a respected name in rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) with both… Read More
  • MJM Yachts 42 Introducing The MJM 42 - Performance & Luxury For Your Shared Adventures The MJM 42 is a uniquely styled Carolina Downeast cruising design. She is the highest evolution of a couples liveaboard performance yacht. Her modern accommodations are designed like a luxurious hotel suite with a large head and open concept,… Read More
  • Sailboat Offshore Damage Control Check-list - In addition to being an industry supporter of the Newport-to-Bermuda Race, McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers is a sponsor of the upcoming Storm Trysail Hands-on Safety-at-Seminar that provides a range of safety tips and guidelines for sailors of any level. Here is what STC prescribes… Read More
  • RYCK 280 Ryck 280: The Head-turning Walkaround - Yachting News  By Luca DiAmbrosio  Sporty and Beautiful The Hanse Yachts group, the second largest boat manufacturer in the world in terms of numbers of boats sold, is simply unstoppable. There are in fact numerous brands belonging to the German group that have written nautical… Read More
  • Hail And Farewell – Larry Head Retires From McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers - In the Navy, when one of the ship’s leaders leaves for retirement or another duty post, the wardroom traditionally throws a Hail and Farewell party for the departing sailor. Just before Christmas last month, McMichael feted Larry Head (photo), Lead Mechanic and part of the… Read More
  • Sailboat Pre-season Rigging Tips - Top-10 Things You Should Know To Optimize Your Rig For Safety And Performance. Fresh water rinsing Simply put…salt is bad – lines, fittings, sails, acrylics, gelcoat Corrosion control is critical Swages, rigging fitting Watch for chafing Lines, sails against shrouds, Be mindful of rig tension… Read More
  • sailboat restoration She Came In Looking For A Facelift And Left Looking Like A Movie Star! - A long-time customer of McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers has been servicing and storing his vintage J/44 for years at our yard. Over the years, however, the boat’s topside paint has faded and lost its luster. The owner wasn’t looking for a new boat, but… Read More
  • Mcmichael Becomes IYRS Industry Partner - The International Yacht Restoration School, Newport, RI McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers is proud to be an Industry Partner for IRYS. Our participation helps fund scholarships and other expenses IRYS students face during the term at the school. These scholarships are not only critical for… Read More
  • rocking the boat sponsor McMichael Becomes Sponsor Of Rocking The Boat Serving Teenagers In The South Bronx - Rocking the Boat will present its one-of-a-kind fall fundraiser, Rocking Manhattan, from October 2-9, 2021. The event has two components: over 100 individuals in 12 teams will row 29.5 miles around the island in Whitehall gigs in one day while, over a span of eight, dozens more… Read More
  • hurricane prep Hurricane Season Prep - Our customers rely upon McMichael to help protect their boats during storms. They bring their boats to our Post Road and Rushmore Yards where some are hauled (for subsequent relaunch), some are put on moorings in our protected cove, and others are secured to our… Read More
  • jboats-j45 Seahorse Magazine Praises New J/45 - Nobody Does It Better (Really) With great performance and a comfortable as well as practical interior, the new J/45 offers sparkling cruising performance as well – should you so wish – as giving you a genuine shot at the racing silverware Mention the phrase “performance… Read More
  • Online Bermuda Race – Prize-giving Video - Yes, the “Thrash to the Onion Patch” was altogether different this year than in any previous year, and so was the awards ceremony. Goslings’ host Andrew Holmes hosted this year’s Prize-Giving, while also leading us on a tour of several high points of the Bermuda… Read More
  • Eight Bells – Howard Mcmichael, Jr. – May 19, 1938 – June 2, 2020 - It is with great sadness that we share the news that Howard McMichael, Jr. died at the age of 82 on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Howie, as he was known to family and friends, suffered a stroke on Thursday, May 28, from which he never… Read More