Quick Look: Passport Vista 615

Alvah Simon reviews this ocean voyager for the 2010 Cruising World Sailboat Show in our January 2010 issue

Passport

Passport's Vista 615 is an extremely capable ocean voyager that's beautifully designed and meticulously executed. It shatters the "Made in China" stereotype as the quality of the fit and finish of its bilges exceeds the main saloons found on many other boats. From engine to electronics, genset to galley, the complex operating systems are simply superb. Twin helm stations, the convenient running rigging and hardware layout, a self-tacking solent rig, and powerful bow thrusters all combine to make handling this beauty a breeze.

On-deck innovations include a large area aft specifically sculpted to secure the dinghy on deck instead of leaving it dangling on davits. Below, there are no second-class citizens, for the guest cabin is nearly as spacious as the owner's. Massive tankage and generous stowage define the term "long-legged," ensuring that the Vista 615 should prove to be a popular passport to adventure.

Specs

LOA 61' 5"
LWL 53' 0"
Beam 17' 6"
Draft 7' 11"/6' 6"
Sail Area 1,701 sq. ft.
Displacement 64,776 lb.
Water 425 gal.
Fuel 510 gal.
Engine 180-hp. Volvo
Designer Bill Dixon
Price $1,875,000
Passport Yachts
(410) 263-0008
www.wagnerstevens.com