Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Western Connecticut, USA
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Re: Interesting Sailboats
Looks way nicer than the 10.10 (to be fair we have to wait for the 1080)...
I think what surprised me most about the A35 was simply how large it is for a 35-foot boat. I've sailed on a lot of 35-foot boats, including J/109s, J/105s, 1D35s, Santana 35s, etc., and the A35 felt bigger than all of them, except perhaps the 1D35, which is a pure race boat. In the photos you don't really get a good sense of how big it is.
One thing is certain, the owner of the boat I toured loved his boat. I probably spent an hour peering into every corner and listening to him extoll its virtues non-stop. The U.S. dealer (if there is one) needs to fly this fellow to boat shows and let him talk - they will sell a lot of these boats.
By contrast, none of the J/109 owners I've sailed with were this enthusiastic about their boats. But maybe it's just traditional J/Boat owner personality.
We deal in lead, friend.