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