Does the Etap 35i live up to Belgium’s reputation for building unsinkable boats?

Product Overview

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Etap 35i


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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.

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Beam:3.5m (11ft)
Price Guide:£50,000-£68,000
LOA:10.6m (31ft 6in)
Draught:1.6m (6ft 3in)
Displacement:6,940kg (8,619 lb)
LWL:8.7m (26ft 7in)