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2003 ETAP 32s

5 October, 2011 by EVAN

About this Sailboat:

2003 Cruising World Boat of the Year winner for innovation: vertical steering system, tandem keel, and unsinkability.
Unsinkable construction certified by Bureau Veritas and by the French Merchant Marine. CE category A. Etap yachts are built with double hulls. The space between the two hulls (decks as well) is injected with high-buoyancy closed-cell polyurethane foam. The distribution is precisely calculated the assure the correct buoyancy, stability, and positive flotation without compromising the living spaces.

According to Sail magazine, “Sail judges were impressed with enough other aspects of the boat, particularly its performance under sail, that unsinkability becomes almost a moot point.”

According to Blue Water Sailing magazine, “The philosophy of the company (Etap) has been to adopt the best innovations in materials, design, and manufacturing techniques. Unlike many production builders, each boat is built by a team or work cell that is responsible for building a specific boat from start to finish. It is a production method used by Saab and Volvo among automobile manufacturers, and it results in a finished product that carries the pride and craftsmanship of true modern shipwrights.”

Not only are Etap yachts unsinkable, meaning they will float when fully flooded, but in order to achieve this certification, they must also be maneuverable and able to recover from a 90 degree knockdown even when fully flooded. There are several documented instances of fully flooded Etap sailboats actually sailing and motoring to safety.
Located in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Equipment on Board:

2 burner stove with oven
Dual sinks/corian counter tops
Webasto heater
Water heater with pressurized water
Head with shower, fresh water shower to cockpit
Electric and manual bilgepumps
Starter and house batteries
6 bunks in 2 cabins and main cabin

Etap Vertical Tiller
Shallow draft tandem keel
Plow anchor on roller, manual windlass, 80 ft chain and 50 ft line
Cabin dodger (used with cruising main)
Lazy jack system with integrated sail bag for main

Icom VHF with DSC
Raymarine Chartplotter
Stereo with Sirius Satellite Radio and 6 disc changer
Raymarine Autohelm with remote control
Windex with digital and analog regular and close hauled display
Digital and Analog compass displays
Raymarine Tridata display

Cruising main (3 reef points)
Cruising genoa (150%)
Racing Main (3 reef points)
Racing Genoa 3DL (148%)
#3 Jib
Storm Jib
0.5oz and 0.75oz symmetrical spinnakers
Carbon Fiber spinnaker pole
Asymmetrical cruising spinnaker with spinnaker sock
Aluminum adjustable whisker pole

Selden aluminum rig
7/8 Fractional with 2 sets swept back spreaders, baby stay, and adjustable backstay
Furlex roller furler headstay
Removable Inner headstay for storm jib
Adjustable spinnaker pole track
All control lines lead to cockpit for shorthanded sailing including reef lines

Brokers Comments
This is the only Etap 32 currently offered for sale in North America. Only one owner and always fresh water sailed in Lake Michigan. Steel cradle is included.

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