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Owned an Allmand since 2001
This is an interesting post. The Allmand 31 does a great job for what it was built. Is it great at racing, no. I have never raced it, but I have sailed with a Hunter 33.3 and other boat friends and we stay up with them especially in heavy air. I actually did not expect that especially with very old sails. As far as quality it is built like a tank, extremely heavy and the hull to deck joint is better that most. It is much better than a Hunter or Catalina. I have a friend that had one in Florida that they lived on for years during the winter. I always call it a poor man's Island Packet. They are getting some age on them, but if it has been taken care of and if the owner has watched water infiltration these are great boats for a cruiser. Everyone likes the design and looks of my boat and I will not get rid of it till I get retire to Florida and sell it in Ohio. The 3'10" draft has it perks, you can go almost anywhere, of course it does cause some sliding. However the hull design is unusual and when the mid ship gets in the water from heel it sails well.
I think this boat is a bargain in the lower level, You could buy a 3 or 4 year old Macgregor and get a really poorly built boat and poor sailing.
Have fun, buy a boat and enjoy life.