Energy 48 Power Cruiser

Noted in the last issue of PBB, in a Rovings item about Scully’s Boats in Morgan City, Louisiana, was the local economic predictor: “As oil goes, so goes Louisiana boatbuilding.”… Read more »

Scully’s Aluminum Boats workboats

Scully’s Aluminum Boats

As oil goes, so goes Louisiana boatbuilding. That’s the message I got loud and clear from visiting several yards along the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Lafayette earlier this… Read more »

The Viking 80 CC sportfisherman (24m)

R2O at Viking

In the early days of composite boatbuilding before glass fibers, the pioneers experimented with natural reinforcement materials such as palm fronds and sisal. And once glass fibers were employed, builders… Read more »

The newest model in the Vanquish yachts fleet, the VQ54 (16.5m)

The High End of High Speed

A six-year-old Dutch builder of large, high-speed, ax-bow motoryachts recently introduced its latest model, the VQ54 (16.5m). It joins the VQ32, VQ43 MK2, VQ48 and VQ48DC (9.8m, 13.1m, and 14.6m),… Read more »

Bénéteau with foils.

A Bénéteau with Foils

Followers of extreme sailing may know of Bénéteau’s several-year program to develop a production monohull with foils. Well, let’s qualify the term foils. The new 32‘  (9.75m) Figaro Bénéteau 3… Read more »

Ian Farrier

Remembering Ian Farrier

New Zealand multihull designer and builder Ian Lindsay Farrier, 70, died suddenly in San Francisco, California, on December 8, 2017, culminating a career that began in 1973 in Australia. While… Read more »