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By Thomas Kjaersgaard. The ETAP 32s might be a relatively new boat to Canadian waters but it's hardly a newcomer to the yachting world. However it is a newly redesigned yacht, one of the latest in a long line of extremely well designed vessels from ETAP Yachting, a Belgian builder with a thirty-five-year tradition of yacht design and construction and almost 7, ETAPs sailing all over the world.

This builder has managed the seemingly impossible: combining tradition with modern, sporty-looking and leading-edge boats - boats that deliver the modern aesthetics many Canadian buyers demand. At the same time, they have incorporated the most important part of their experience - not just lines and style but wisdom. It's no surprise that this yacht has earned several prestigious awards since it was introduced in A near-perfect 32' boat?

I spent a week getting to know her in the dead of winter down in Florida. It's a tough job, but someone had to do it. The ETAP 32s is a European built boat with beautiful lines, a treat to sail with a super-efficient and functional design. It's also a Class A rated, blue water offshore yacht.

One unique aspect of the ETAP 32s is that you could fire a cannonball through one side and out the other and not sink it! That's due to its double hull construction with foam in between. It's virtually a hull within a hull, with positive flotation in between. Even in a completely flooded condition, water only rises to the level of the settee bunks in the main cabin. This means even in a distress situation the crew can still cook hot meals, dry out clothing, assess damage and make any repairs and keep food from being contaminated.

Even better, the yacht maintains sufficient stability and seaworthiness to be able to sail slowly and safely out of danger. On Deck The clean, uncluttered deck layout allows crew to move around safely without obstruction and with secure footing. This type of anti-skid is great - it actually works. It's not in the mold, but fitted instead, and is designed to last at least 10 years. The cockpit sole and cabin top have a more conventional molded pattern of dimpled anti-skid.

For the purist aboard, the cockpit seats are flush teak recessed into the fiberglass benches. They too are slip-resistant. Her toe rail is best-of-breed. Imagine a stylish toe rail that looks like an upside-down grab rail made from anodized aluminum. The rail is through-bolted and back-plated at all attachment points and goes nearly all the way around the boat.

The well-constructed toe rail ensures that deck water drains away instantly. With the main mooring cleats integrated into the rail, fewer holes are drilled into the deck.

The rig is a sporty looking fractional model by Selden with double swept back spreaders and all lines running aft to the cockpit, including a single line reefing system. There are no dedicated cleats in the cockpit area for the genoa sheets. The only cleating for genoa sheets is courtesy of the self-tailing Lewmar Ocean Series winches.

In fact, there are almost no cleats at all on the deck of the 32s. The sails are quickly and easily presented to the wind. The Selden Furlex system on board handles the genoa beautifully, while the mainsail features a simple system for dousing.

Another really clever feature designed to make life aboard even more comfortable is an innovative detachable mid-cockpit traveler, giving you extra cockpit room when entertaining aboard. While on the water you can also remove the traveler and attach the mainsheet block to the eye on the cockpit sole.

When guests arrive you can easily remove the traveler and swing the entire boom and mainsheet assembly to one side. A split backstay also shares the load where it matters. Below Deck This boat is equally inviting below. The interior is all business and walks the line between modern and traditional, without compromising either.

The sinks are round, and as long as your plates aren't also round and exactly the same diameter - well then - life is good. The finish throughout is in cherry wood and all wood is done in a matte finish.

There is standing head-room of 6'3" in the main galley area though it drops slightly to about 5' 9" at the front of the saloon to allow an unrestricted forward view through the panoramic saloon windows. The main table offers plenty of room to spread out and enjoy a full broadsheet newspaper.

You could seat five for dinner comfortably or eight for hors d'oevres. The interior of the 32s is stylish with matching curtains for windows and portholes. Two private cabins, one fore and one aft, allow room for six bunks, including two well-designed mid ship sea berths. The aft cabin is larger and roomier, but after trying each we think most owners will claim the forward berth.

Both cabins boast adequate room, accessibility, ventilation and overall comfort. Storage space onboard the 32s is ample for two people. One of the trade-offs for guaranteed unsinkability is that conventional storage space under the v- and aft cabin berth is already spoken for; this area is injected with closed cell foam.

There are several places where you can stow your gear, and for weekend use it'll never be an issue. The navigation station is well laid out, and plotting on a folded chart is no problem at all.

Lighting throughout the boat is excellent, using a series of independently switched pot lights. The only area that suffers from low lighting is the galley. An additional overhead light would more than suffice. Underway The boat we tested featured an innovative "performance shoal draft" keel.

This unique tandem keel design is designed to offer a shallow draft without significantly compromising windward performance; the shoal draft of 4'3" allows her to go places where other deep keels dare not go.

You might pick up a couple of knots if you go for the deep draft option but we like the tandem keel model. You don't make way at all when you're aground. Sailing under full main and headsail we enjoyed varying winds over several days and throughout the test. We regularly sustained 5.

One afternoon the wind made knots true. We sailed under headsail alone for a short time headed for an anchorage. In sustained windy conditions, a mainsail alone with a single reef and lightly furled headsail is preferable to sailing with genoa alone. In spite of the reduced sail area, still towing the dinghy, we were happily making 4.

The 19 hp Volvo Penta Diesel pushed the boat along beautifully under power. Towing the dinghy along we were comfortable and making 6 knots at just less than 3, RPM. The Volvo was quiet and reliable with a very efficient saildrive unit for propulsion. The balance and weight distribution issues are handled very well; the boat feels great under sail and motor. The tandem keel configuration seems perfectly balanced under sail and behaves no differently than a deep draft boat.

One unexpected pleasure under sail was how quickly the rig and boat responded to minor tweaking. Under motor the boat turns on a dime. The ETAP 32s is a real gem. It's a boat that makes you smile when you see it. With a proven track record of thirty-five years, it's comforting when you're out on the water to know you're on the safest production sailboat offered in Canada.

The ETAP 32s could be the ideal choice for many Canadian sailors since it is ideal for family cruising or for a crew of two who want the ultimate in peace of mind. Keel: 2, lb. Mainsail: SQ. Genoa: sq. As fate would have it, an older gentleman came to see the boat and decided on the spot to purchase it.

Little did I know that many years later, I would be doing their profile for Canadian Yachting. In my 45 years of teaching sailing and boating there has never been a subject more aligned with my love of boating and cruising than this one. Each person I talked with about Safety at Sea spoke with commitment and passion about the importance of creating a Safety Ethos Culture of Safety aboard each boat, fleet, club and association.

Read more about Safety at Sea We all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour.

We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint.

Our Virtual Show will continue to grow so visit frequently and check it out. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection. By Amy Hogue Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Read more about Kingston That is how it is supposed to look after a few summers of use. Mary and I have a process for planning a cruise. It actually starts well in advance while the boat is laid up for winter.

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Calculations Help. It provides a reasonable comparison between yachts of similar size and type. It is based on the fact that the faster the motion the more upsetting it is to the average person. Consider, though, that the typical summertime coastal cruiser will rarely encounter the wind and seas that an ocean going yacht will meet. Numbers below 20 indicate a lightweight racing boat; 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser; 30 to 40 indicates a moderate bluewater cruising boat; 40 to 50 indicates a heavy bluewater boat; over 50 indicates an extremely heavy bluewater boat. The CSF compares beam with displacement since excess beam contributes to capsize and heavy displacement reduces capsize vulnerability.


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