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Archambault Grand Surprise
Having sailed Grand Surprise and 35, those are great sailing boats! Fast, great feel, near perfect amateur crew racing deck layout, and well built. Not an extended cruiser and not ideal undersides in terms of space and ergonomics but a great sailing machine.
Never talked here about the Grand Surprise I guess because the model is older than this thread but it is certainly a great boat an hugely popular in France. A regatta boat, a day sailer or weekend cruiser. The boat has about the same size of the A31 but it is an absolutely different boat, narrower, lighter and pointed clearly for crewed racing while the A31 can do that but also be an offshore solo racer with a much better cruising interior, for a much higher price.
Few boats can offer the same performance and fun by the same price. That's why the Grand surprise is so popular among the ones that like sailing fast.
Compare the A31 with the Grand Surprise and you will see that the only thing they have in common is its length:
Two great boats. Look at the Grand Surprise Speed:
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