Boat Review April 2017 Issue

Used Boat Review: Vineyard Vixen 29

The curvacious Vineyard Vixen 29 embodies Tom Hale’s dream.

The Vineyard Vixen 29 was born of another time—a fact that confers upon her some limits, yes, but also an undeniable magic. She is a canoe-stern monohull, 23 feet on the waterline and usually sloop-rigged, that arguably delivers as seakindly a sailing experience as any vessel of her size. While her cabin may edge over toward the camping side of the comfort continuum, her cockpit is more spacious and accommodating than that of some 40-footers, including Passports and Valiants. And while she won’t be the first on the course to get going in light air, once the breeze is up past 8 or 10, the Vixen’s romp is incomparable.

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