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The Blue Water Sailing School Fleet

Dufour Gib’Sea 43: Third Wish and Weatherbird

Weatherbird cruising off the shore of a Caribbean island

An excellent all-around cruising yacht, the Dufour Gib’Sea 43 is built to combine comfort with performance. There’s ample space and headroom in the well-lit areas below deck, and access to the ship’s mechanical and electrical systems is easy and well-defined. Three double cabins and one with bunks provide accommodations for a crew of five.

The Gib’Sea 43 received one of Cruising World magazine’s Boat of the Year awards in 2001. Her flexibility and balanced nature make an excellent fit for both beginning and experienced cruisers.

Location - Fort Lauderdale, St Thomas, Newport

  • The galley onboard Gib'Sea 43
  • Gib'Sea 43 nav station
  • Gib'Sea 43 saloon
  • Bunks of Gib'Sea 43
  • Forward cabin
  • A head
  • Layout of Gib'Sea 43

Dufour Gib’Sea 51: Gitana

A Gib'Sea 51 at sea

The same spacious interior that makes the Gib’Sea 51 popular with charter companies also provides a good teaching environment. With three double cabins, two more doubles that convert into bunks, and five heads this yacht has enough room to serve our larger classes without feeling cramped.

Location - Fort Lauderdale

  • One of the forward cabins
  • The double berths can convert into bunks
  • The nav station
  • The saloon of a Gib'Sea 51
  • The layout of a Gib'Sea 51

Island Spirit 37: About Time

About Time, an Island Spirit 37 catamaran

The Island Spirit 37 is rugged, fast and remarkably spacious. The ample sail area gives her a good turn of speed while the careful arrangement of deck gear makes sail handling a pleasure. All controls are close to the wheel and the steering is light and responsive. Deck layout features a uniquely easy access off the transom "sugar scoops" straight into the roomy cockpit, uncluttered decks, wide anti-skid steps up at the mast, and walk-up louvered front windows. About Time is the main boat used for our cruising catamaran courses at the Fort Lauderdale base.

Location - Fort Lauderdale

  • The saloon on About Time
  • The galley on About Time
  • A cabin on About Time
  • The cockpit on About Time
  • Layout of About Time

Lagoon 440: Sundance and Ciao Italia

A Belize 43 catamaran at sea

Naval architects Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost based their design of the Lagoon 440 on the latest long-range cruising multihull technological developments. Even at first glance, it is apparent that care has been taken in the aesthetic and functional design of the yacht: on deck, the coachroof lines are long and elegant, the forms are dynamic, spaces are cleverly used, ergonomics are optimal.

Location - Fort Lauderdale

  • Inside a Fountaine Pajot Belize 43
  • The layout of a Fountaine Pajot Belize 43
  • A cabin aboard a Belize 43
  • The Belize 43 saloon and galley

Leopard 44: Salty Candy

With Leopard 44s sailing in all corners of the world and tens of thousands of ocean passages, it is clear that this blue water cruising catamaran has lived up to the awards and praise that it has received. This boat was built for astute sailors with a craving for fun sailing experiences in the most unexpected cruising grounds.

Since 2010, over 100 Leopard 44s have been delivered around the world on their own bottoms. Some people might see this new generation catamaran as “unconventional” but the right term to describe this incredible blue water cruiser is “innovative”! One of the many interesting features this yacht offers is the forward cockpit with direct access from the saloon. This innovation combined with the sailing performance and ease of handling earned the Leopard 44 multiple awards.

All running rigging runs aft, allowing this yacht to be single-handedly sailed from the comfort and safety of the protected helm station with double helm seat and hardtop bimini. The interior of the Leopard 44 wasn’t left out and offers all the comfort and space that you need aboard, high ceilings, L-shaped galley, large cabins, separate showers in en-suite heads, plenty of storage and incredible visibility.

Location - St Thomas, Caribbean, Colombia

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