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)