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APHRODITE 34
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Description: APHRODITE 34
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed May 27, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We find the design to be relatively fast and seakindly. It is a handsome and unusual boat, particularly below the water line. The large spade rudder is hung on a pronounced, whaleboat-like skeg which gives the boat both nimbleness and directional stability. It is comfotable and dry going to windward in a 40 knot breeze, the most we have experienced.
In winds over 15 knots it will sustain 7 to 7.5 knots of speed.

On the downside, headroom is short forward, the head is a bit cramped, the stainless steel icebox could be better insulated, etc. etc. but this is of course a sport and this vessel is a distinct expression of the Swedish understanding of it.
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ruiz488
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Registered: December 2006
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Review Date: Thu January 11, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Aphrodite 40 Ketch
Cons: None

The Aphrodite 40 Ketch is a wonderful centercockpit Swedish made cruiser which used to be part of the Najad group.
It looks very much like many Scandinavian boats, with a glass windshield protected CC, teak decks and excellent craftmanship. You could take it for a HR, a Malo or Najad. Hull and deck are balsa cored.
The sailing characteristics are excellent, very well balanced, seaworthy and totally fiable. ( Lost all power, singlehanded, out of St Pet. heading towards SC and the boat self steered for 4 days with practically no intervention).
Also fast and well mannered in most conditions including light winds. SA/disp 17.5 and Disp/LOA 242.
The interior is all wood and extremely well appointed. Despite being a ketch, the main mast is tall offering very good windward capabilities. Fin keel, iron ballast bolted outside, hunged semibalance rudder. The winches are well designed, and deck equipment realistic. Sails by Elvstrom, excellent.
Only one small criticism, and common in early European boats. Although equipped with 2 baths, these are not very convenient as the flooring is teak grate and the rest also wood and is not as easy to maintain and clean as fiberglass.
In general remarks a great crusing boat to go anywhere with, including transatlantic and beyond. Totally fiable and of top quality and finish.
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