Mystery Sailboats
Be the First to Identify One and Claim Your Free eBook!

If you've subscribed to our free Newsletter, The Sailboat Cruiser, you'll know that in every issue since #34 there's been a 'Mystery Sailboat' section where readers are invited to test their sailboat recognition skills. 

So if you think you recognise #67, #50 or #53, drop me a line with your suggestion and I'll be in touch. If yours is the first correct submission I'll send you the eBook of your choice from our eBook library.

The Current Mystery Sailboat:

#68 September 2021 

'Xenon', a modern deck saloon cruising sailboat'Xenon', a modern deck saloon cruising sailboat, but what is the make and model?

'Xenon' was correctly identified by Torsten, from Germany, as a Sirius 40 DS. Torston chose 'Secrets of Sailboat Fishing' as his complementary eBook.

More about the Sirius 40DS...

Previous Mystery Sailboats...

#67 July 2021 

A cutter-rigged sailboat motors down the River Tamar towards Plymouth Sound and the open sea.Dandelion, an Oceanic 46 motors down the River Tamar towards Plymouth Sound and the open sea.

Identified by her current owners

More about the Oceanic 46...

#66 May 2021

'Ciao Bella', a Catalina 25 sailboat'Ciao Bella', a Catalina 25 on the rocks but later salvaged.

With thanks to Michael Wilcox, who correctly identified her.

#65 March 2021

'Capers' a Hylas 46 sailboat in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica, West IndiesCapers, a Hylas 46 at anchor in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica, West Indies

Suggestions for 'Capers' included a Tayana 48, a Hylas 46 or 49.

Thank you all for your suggestions, but an on-line image search for each suggestion revealed that 'Capers' is in fact a Hylas 46.

Read more about the Hylas 46...

#64 February 2021

'Sweet Dreams', a Stephen Custom 47 sailboat at anchor in Deep Bay, Antigua, West Indies'Sweet Dreams', a Stephen Custom 47 at anchor in Deep Bay, Antigua, West Indies

Although there were a number of suggestions for the identity of 'Sweet Dreams', which looked like a Wauquiez 48 but wasn't, none were correct.

How can I be so sure? Well, I spotted something in the pic that I should have seen earlier - the burgee of the Ocean Cruising Club flying on the flag halyard.

Being a member of the OCC, I was able to look up 'Sweet Dreams' in the members handbook and there it was - a Stevens Custom 53. Incontrovertible evidence if ever there was!

#62 November 2021

A Franchin 47 sailboat at anchor"Wanna buy a lobster, Skip?"

I thought this one got everyone beat, but then I received two emails. The first from Alfredo who said it was an Italian boat, a Francini 47.

The second was from the owners themselves who confirmed it was indeed a Francini 47, so well-done Alfredo.

#61 October 2020

A Jongert 21S at anchor off the Cornish coastI spotted this handsome vessel anchored off Goran Haven, Cornwall UK

Several readers thought this one was a Swan, but the most popular suggestion was that it was a Jongert, and after a little research I was inclined to agree with them - it was a Jongert 21S.

Read more about the Jongert 21S...

#60 September 2020

The sleek-lined Frers-designed Swan 51 sailboatA simple and efficient sloop rig on this attractive cruising yacht

There were quite a few suggestions for this one, including:

  • Bavaria 51;
  • Grand Soleil 44;
  • Swan 51.

After some more research I'm pretty sure she's a German Frers designed Swan 51.

Read more about the Swan 51...

#58 June 2020

A little Harbour 54 sailboat at anchorAn impressive centre-cockpit cutter anchored off Chatham Bay, Union Island in the West Indies

There were quite a few suggestions for last month's Mystery Boat, including:

  • Beneteau 57;
  • Fontaine 57 Circe;
  • Gulfstar.

But by far the most popular suggestion was that she's a Little Harbour - and I'm inclined to agree with that, maybe a 54?

Read more about the Little Harbour 54...

#57 May 2020

A Tayana 37 cruising cutter on a mooringA heavy-displacement cruising cutter moored in Prickly Bay, Grenada, West Indies

There were many suggestions for last month's Mystery Boat, including the Crealock 37, Hans Christian, Baba 30, Cabot 36 and Westsails of various sizes.

But the most popular by far was for the Tayana 37 and that's what she proved to be. Many thanks to you all for your input.

Read more about the Tayana 37...

#56 April 2020

A Malo 50 at anchor in Prickly Bay, Grenada, West IndiesThis attractive sailboat sports a very neat bimini

Many thanks to Eric of Gothenburg, Sweden, who successfully identified last month's Mystery Boat as a Malo 50.

Any idea why she called a 50? She certainly isn't 50' overall - more like 38' to 40' I would say.

Read more about the Malo 50...

#54 January 2020

A CSY 44 under sailA cutter, but the skipper has chosen not to rig the staysail

Many thanks to all of you who successfully identified last month's Mystery Boat as a CSY 44 mid-cockpit cutter.

#53 November 2019

A staysail ketch about to drop her anchor off St Georges, Grenada, West IndiesIdentify this staysail ketch and claim your free eBook!

#51 July 2019

A Flying Dutchman 12 cruising cutter'Seawings' leaving her mooring in Admiralty Bay, Bequia, West Indies

One of the crew identified this attractive cutter as a Flying Dutchman 12

Read more about the Flying Dutchman 12...

#50 April 2019

A Swedish sailboat at anchor off St Georges, Grenada, West IndiesIdentify this Swedish-flagged sloop and claim your free eBook!

#49 March 2019

A Seadog 30 ketch'Wagtail' anchored in Nelson's Harbour, Antigua, West Indies

Many thanks to all of you who correctly identified last month's mystery boat as a Seadog 30 Ketch.

Apparently, there were two versions of the Seadog 30; the twin keel version and the Deep Seadog which had a deep fin keel. The difference is not obvious from an on the water photo. The interesting thing is that of the 140 built almost all are still sailing.

Read more about the Seadog 30...

#48 February 2019

A Bowman 46 centre-cockpit ketchA Bowman 46 centre-cockpit ketch at anchor in English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies

Thank you Rokas for correctly identifying last month's mystery boat as a Bowman 46 Yawl.

Read more about the Bowman 46 Yawl...

#47 December 2018

A Jouet 1300 sailboat moored in Anse D'Arlet, Martinique, West Indies'Nema' moored in Anse D'Arlet, Martinique, French West Indies

Only one of you got this one right. One person thought it was a Columbia 43, several thought it was a Dufour.

But thanks Jason, after researching your suggestion on line I came across a pic of an identical boat. So thanks Jason, you're right - she's a Jouet 1300.

Read more about the Jouet 1300...

#46 October 2018

A Nicholson 476 on a mooring ball in Cornwall's Helford River in the west of England'Elfin Lady' moored on the Helford River in Cornwall, UK

We got a great response to last month's mystery boat 'Elfin Lady'...

"She’s ours!" said Phil and Sarah from West Cornwall, "She’s a Nicholson 476 Bluewater".

Read more about the Nicholson 476...

#45 September 2018

A Bowman 57 staysail ketch on a mooring ball in Cornwall's Helford River in the west of England'Cristina R' moored on the Helford River in Cornwall, UK

Several of you suggested that last month's mystery boat 'Cristina R' was a Bowman 57.

A couple of minutes searching for pics on the internet of Bowman 57s proved that you were absolutely right!

Read more about the Bowman 57...

#43 April 2018

This magnificent sailboat is clearly a Chuck Paine design.'Mr Curly', at anchor off Gosier, Guadeloupe

No-one was able to this one ('Mr Curly'), so after 3 issues we admitted defeat and moved on. But recently we were chatting with another cruising couple in Grenada who in passing mentioned their boat. Guess what? 'Mr Curly'!

They commissioned her as a Bougainvillea 60, designed by Chuck Paine and built in Ontario by Kanter Yachts. But prior to commencement of the build the owners decided to make her more suited for tropical rather than the North Atlantic cruising.

Chuck Paine was involved and the modified design was re-named the Southern Cross 62. So there you have it. Mystery solved!

 #42 February 2018

The canoe-sterned Westsail 32 cruising yacht'EllaMia' on a mooring in Nelson's Harbour, Antigua, West Indies

"Too easy, said John Bukowsky about last month's mystery boat (shown below), it's a Westsail 32".

Leonard Webb also was of the opinion that it was a Westsail 32, but they were the only two - so maybe it wasn't so easy.

Read more about the Westsail 32...

#41 January 2018

A Bayfield 40 staysail ketch'Island Girl' at anchor in Rodney Bay, St Lucia, West Indies

The weight of opinion is that last month's mystery boat (shown below) is a Hayden Gozzard designed Bayfield 40, built in Canada.

Read more about the Bayfield 40...

#40 November 2017

A Bavaria 55 under full sailThe fractionally-rigged 'Anna Maria' reaches south off Dominica in the West Indies

'Anna Maria' was correctly identified by Rick Frost, who recognised the similarity with his friend's Bavaria 40.

Read more about the Bavaria 55...

#38 August 2017

A heavy displacement, canoe-sterned Tashiba 40 cutter preparing to drop the hook in Five Islands Bay, Antigua.'C-Drifter', a heavy displacement, canoe-sterned cutter preparing to drop the hook in Five Islands Bay, Antigua.

This one wasn't a Westsail or a Hans Christian as had been suggested by a number of you. 

'C-Drifter' is in fact a Bob Perry designed Tashiba 40 which was also marketed as the Baba 40 and the Panda 40.

Read more about the Tashiba 40...

#37 May 2017

Hinckley Sou'wester 42 Mk2

#36 April 2017

A small centre-cockpit sloopKarate MkI (Aft cabin version)

This centre-cockpit sloop was on passage from Martinique to Guadeloupe. 

Thank you, Paul, for identifying her.

More about the Karate MkI

#34 January 2017

An Islander 34 cruising sloopA masthead sloop from the 1960's at anchor in the sheltered water of Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

This one was almost identified correctly by a reader as an Islander 37. He was a few feet short of the mark, but he put me on the right track...

Read more about the Islander 44...

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