RM's - nice but haven't sailed on one visited in boat shows.
Pretty good reputation as a do anything boat, but nowhere near the performance of the Pogo, Bongo, .... Well thought out, a number of transat & other trips. Pricey but again, good reputation with the builders & owners.
Yes, I agree (not about the price). I have visited the factory and I was impressed. These boats deserve a special place in this thread (as very interesting boats), they are fast, but they are not on the same category of Pogo (or Bongo) so we will talk about them later...I will only say that I like them a lot...and that the RM 1200 is the boat my wife prefers (it could be worse
Here is an english SF3200 site, just do the .com part for french, or hit the french flag in lower left.
sunfast3200, Sail boat
This is supposed to be the equal to a half an open 60. If funds were there, one about 3-4' or about 1-1.5 meters longer would be nicer frankly. But if one ended up in my slip, I'd be a happy camper! Hopefully this depression the US is having ends sooner than later so I can maybe order a new one. if not, then if I am lucky, someday maybe I can find a used one. I might have to go to Europe, oh well, buy use, do the transquandra, sail to east cost US, truck up here to the NW US! or sail thru panama up left coast to Washington where I am.......hmmmmmm
Another that interests me is the Beneteau Figarou(sp?) but the chance of getting one here in the states is slimmer than slim. It is not even listed on the US site, the European sites list it. I have not had a chance to really look it over, but from what I can tell, similar specs design usage of the SF/Pogo boats. Then again, an Open 40 would be kewl too!
BB74 is right. The Figaro are race boats, less comfortable (for cruising) than a Sunfast 3200 and very technical boats…made for the best Ocean solo sailors to fight with equal arms. On the Figaro the guys from the open 60 meet with the kids from the Minis , and the “Figaristes” just to see who is the fastest.
I remember the comment of a well known Open 60 sailor that also races the “Figaro”: He says that perhaps the Figaro could have more “power” but while on an Open 60 they have to manage the boat (not to break) with a Figaro is full blast all the time – the boat can take anything.
But there is another boat that is adapted for what you want. It is an Oceangoing boat, a little faster than the Sunfast, bigger and a lot better under IRC racing: The A35
The boat is a winner. Take a look:
It is also the boat that has won the last Transquadra in Duo. But for the Transquadra they fit the boat with a different Keel, for better efficiency ... but that would penalize the boat under IRC (that’s the stupidity of any rating rule, you do not design the better boat, but only the fastest boat under the rules).
They have a racing version but also a very fast cruising one…and that one comes with a very acceptable interior. Beautiful boat anyway.
I believe you want to say a 40 class boat and not an Open 40. Almost all the 40 Class boats on the used market are racing boats. The cruising ones are very few....and with a 3 meters draft you are very limited in what regards cruising. Of course, if you plan to be a rich man
, you can buy the new baby from Pogo, the 12.50.
This one, like its little brother, the 10.50, has a movable keel and variable draft. An incredibly beatiful boat, even better than the 10.50 and with movable ballast...but at a price that is not for everybody, I am afraid (I want one).
Regarding the availability of these kinds of boats in the States, I would look to Maritinica. Lots of French boats there.
If you have the money go right now for this one
Opium 39 Martinique
Very good price, very fast boat…and also a very good cruising one.
The Opium 39 is a Lombard designed boat. Its production (very small series) stopped some years back, but the design is so up to date that Wauquiez is going to start producing them, replacing its 40 cruising-racer
Wauquiez - Les Bateaux LumiÃ¨re