Beneteau Evasion 32
André Bénéteau launched this design in 1973 – the first cruising yacht of any size produced by his company. She was a long-keeled, wheelhouse motorsailer and was, in some ways, ahead of her time. The wheelhouse contained a large dining area to starboard facing a reasonably sized galley and an internal steering position – but no chart table. Forward, down a couple of steps, was a second dining table with a large heads compartment opposite. Right forward was a double cabin. Both the dining tables dropped down to form double bunks. Her high-volume hull, tall superstructure and long keel meant performance under sail was sedate, but her 40hp diesel gave powerful motoring. Build quality was moderate. Only a few Evasion 32s were imported into the UK, but the concept expanded to eight models from 22ft to 37ft.
LOA 12.95m (42ft 6in), LWL 10.90m (35ft 9in), beam 4.12m (13ft 6in), draught 1.80m or 2.30m (5ft 11in or 7ft 7in), displacement 8,265kg (18,220lb). Price guide: £25,000 to £30,000.