Cruising and Racing Sailboat Reviews by Boatowners, and Small Racing Sailboat & Daysailer Reviews
Boatowner Boat Reviews
These reviews are by boatowners and include everything from trailerable sailboats to large cruisers, but most of them are in the 25- to 50-foot (and up) range and are cruising boats that are also used in casual racing – and some in serious racing. The below reviews were all published in past issues of SOUTHWINDS.
Review Your Boat
If you are interested in reviewing your boat, first make sure it hasn’t already been reviewed by looking at the below boat list of reviews. Read review guidelines and submit a Boat Review (reviews are paid for). Click here to read and/or download the review guidelines as a PDF.
Small Boat Reviews
Small boat reviews are generally those small boats that have a strong racing class, but many of these are also just non-racing, popular small daysailers. Many, like the Sunfish, started out as a non-racing daysailer, and then they became so popular that racing classes developed. Yet the Sunfish is also one of the most popular beach rentals in the world. The reviews here reflect all aspects of these various boats. Lengths are generally up to about 22-23 feet long, but can be longer. (Contact us to request a boat to be reviewed – Only small daysailers can be requested)
Many sailors turn to trawlers as they get older. For information on trawlers, go to our Trawlers page for 12 articles on Learning About Trawlers. Plus see one trawler review below. Other trawler reviews are welcome. Contact us if interested (boat reviews are paid for).
Reading the Magazine Online
This is page-turning software hosted by another website (“ISSUU.com”) and is quick to go to and easy.
All issues are also available (showing cover photos) at http://issuu.com/southwinds. TO DOWNLOAD the entire issue as a PDF: After you go to the linked page, Click “Download” below the magazine image
“Monohull or Catamaran?”
Read this article by Capt. Ron Butler who cruised on both a catamaran and a monohull. The article will bring up some suprising reasons why he likes the boat he cruised on when he wrote this article. It’s one of the most informative and best comparisons out there of the two kinds of boats. Read or download the issue online here.
“So, You Bought a Boat on eBay?”
Read or download issue PDF
February 2009, page 54
“Buying a Boat Out of Charter”
Read or download issue PDF
November 2014, page 31
(to submit a review of your trawler, contact us for details. Boat reviews are paid for)
Below Boat Reviews Sorted by length
Catalina 30 Boat Review
Gemini 34 (105) (and switching from a monohull)
Catalina 425, Part I of II (The Building of)
Catalina 425, Part II (The Building of)