Does the Etap 35i live up to Belgium’s reputation for building unsinkable boats?
An excellent cruising boat – fast, seaworthy, thoughtfully designed and very reasonably priced considering the high quality of build. Etaps also tend to hold their value well on the second-hand market.
The unsinkability factor and double-skin construction is a reassuring bonus, offering soundproofing, thermal insulation and eradicating condensation. One fly in the ointment is the optimistic addition of the aft ‘cabin’. I believe that very few yachts under 40ft LOA should have one, and on this boat it’s no more than a giant locker.
Read the full review in the April 2010 issue of Yachting Monthly.