Matthew Sheahan

Matthew Sheahan

Journalist and broadcaster Matthew Sheahan is a Yachting Monthly columnist. His areas of expertise include new boat tests and the America’s Cup.

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Matthew Sheahan investigates a new mid-range cruiser, the Westerly Ocean 37, to find out what you get for your money There’s one thing that needs clearing up from the start.…

Jeanneau are on a roll at the moment. Over the past few years they’ve avoided the bright lights and excitement of fancy racing machines and radical cruising designs in favour…

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Beneteau are clearly very proud of the new Beneteau First 34.7 have issued several bold statements about the complexity of the new boat in their ever expanding stable. How could…

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When it comes to serious numbers in one ­design yachts, the X-99 rates as one of the most successful designs of modern times, with 600 built since 1985. But after…

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The Beneteau First 47.7 looks set to follow in the footstep of the latest yachts that have come before. Cost has clearly been a big factor but there are other…

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The Bowman Starlight name made a big impact on the performance cruising scene in the Eighties, particularly with the Bowman Starlight 35, of which 102 have been built to date.…

There are some days when you’re pleased to be wrong…today – the first day of the America’s Cup – was one of them. After three months of speculation and deliberation…