Etap 32s

Quick and sporty if

you want her to be,

but not at the expense

of easy handling, this


yacht has a low, lean hull

topped by a stepped

superstructure – almost

a deck saloon. Below

the waterline she has

a shallow underbody

with a fl at run and

either a standard fi n or

a Warwick Collins-style tandem keel. She tracks well under sail, with plenty

of feel, and slips easily into a steady groove. The big rudder can put a fair

amount of weight on the helm, but it keeps her going straight when other

yachts are beginning to round up in the gusts. Many of these yachts were

fi tted with the EVS steering system. She stands up to her canvas well. The

accommodation – including a roomy aft cabin – is generally good, with some

excellent features such as the ventilation and thoughtfully designed stowage

spaces for large items, but there’s no escaping the fact that there is less room

inside than the equivalent Bénéteau or Jeanneau.

LOA 9.61m (31ft 6in) LWL 8.38m (27ft 6in) Beam 3.42m (11ft 3in) Draught 1.3m or 1.8m

(4ft 3in or 5ft 11in) Displacement 3,890kg (8,575 lb) with shoal-draught keel or 3,700kg

(8,157lb) with deep keel YM test report October 2001