Duellist

Alan Hill, who had a penchant for robust,

no-nonsense yachts, designed this 32ft

centreboarder in 1978, with the East Coast

in mind – she’s all about easy handling and

comfortable family cruising. She’s steady

and docile under sail, and slow in stays,

but tacks easily even with the centreplate

up. The full-bodied hull is blessed with

excellent directional stability. Duellists

have sported a variety of coachroof

profi les, but most are cutter-rigged

with a small, boomed staysail and

high-cut yankee.

Down below, there’s a

generously proportioned

double vee-berth in the

forepeak, heads (with

shower) and hanging

locker to port and

starboard abaft the

mast step. The simple

but comfortable saloon

furniture is fi tted around

the centreboard case – the plate can be

raised in 20 seconds, with about 32 turns of the winch. Further aft are

a good-sized galley, an adequate nav-station and a useful quarterberth

stretching under the cockpit.

 

LOA 9.83m (32ft 3in) LWL 8.66m (28ft 5in) Beam 3.25m (10ft 8in) Draught 1.12m (3ft 8in)

plate up, 1.93m (6ft 4in) plate down Displacement 5,487kg (12,096lb)