... Arpege 30 .. I had the fun of doing some long distance races on an Arpege 30 many years ago. It was a slow boat in light air and had a small rig to allow it, I think, to rate half ton class. Good little boat and popular but boring to sail....
Your notion of popular and boring is curious
The Arpege won the 1967 half ton cup and made 6th in 1970, 8th in 1971 and won many top races. The boat contrary to most of the other top half toners was not only a good racer but also a great cruising boat with lot's of interior space for the time. There are very few sailboats that have sold 1500 boats of the same model and that means that this was a truly great dual boat.
Calling boring to sail to a boat that had won on his time the most prestigious racing world trophy for that size of boats, it is an interesting opinion. Maybe you find your Baba 30, designed 10 years later and still with a full keel a more amusing boat to sail. Everybody has is tastes in what regards sailboats. No wrong or right here.
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The half ton cup was to sailboat development, between the late 60's and the 80's, what the mini racer class is today for revealing the talent of young designers that later become some of the better worldwide NA, many of them still major names today in what regards boat design and innovation. All cutting edge designers then and amazingly, some still remain cutting edge designers today contributing actively for the development of sailboat design.
Just have a look at the names that were involved on the development of those boats:
Michel Dufour, Philippe Harlé, Peter Norlin, André Mauric, Finot
, Sparkman and Stephens, Van De Statd, Philippe Briand
, Michel Joubert
, Doug Peterson
, Ron Holland
, Bruce Farr
, Jean Berret, Daniel Andrieu, Tony Castro
, Ed Dubois
, Jacques Fauroux, Rob Humphreys
, Georg Nissen, Stephen Jones, Håkan Södergren, Judel & Vrolijk
, Hugh Welbourne
, Vallicelli, German Frers
Some other opinions and facts about the Dufour Arpege:
The Arpege was, in my view, anyway, the first really modern GRP production yacht. I saw one for the first time at the 1969 Boat Show and was amazed at the genius of the design. It provided very spacious, light and well-ventilated accommodation, a huge navigatorium, six proper berths with none crammed into the forepeak, a comfortable cockpit and a nice clean deck without angles or sharp corners.....
The Arpege was a noted performer, too. I am sure it won the Round The Island Race at its first attempt - John Oakley at the helm, I think, and went on to win offshore and inshore races all over the world. In any kind of weather the boat was so well balanced it steered with a light touch on a tiller so short and fragile-looking that it seemed to belong to another much smaller boat.
Many Arpeges have made long ocean voyages, too.
1001 Boats: Dufour Arpege
Michel Dufour's innovative design was little short of revolutionary back in 1966, with its intricate interior mouldings and brilliant detailing. Today, though, she appears more idiosyncratic than brilliant, although those who have sailed her say she is perfect for fast offshore cruising. She was a huge success (over 400 a year being built at one time) and set Dufour on the road to becoming one of Europe's biggest boatbuilders...
Her interior pioneered the use of internal mouldings, with slots to locate bulkheads and foam sandwich for the decks. Beamy and shallow bodied with a high-aspect rig, she performed well on the racing circuit....
Although not to everyone's taste, the interior works well, particularly offshore. There were several variants, the most significant of which were an extended counter and a deeper fin. Both are desirable ...
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In 1965, Michel Dufour introduced the leading-edge Arpege, a 30-foot racer/cruiser that combined cruising elements with a winning race pedigree and would serve as the basis of what is today Dufour Yachts.
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The Arpege was designed by Michael Dufour in 1966 as the first of his volume production boats. It quickly gained a reputation in Half Ton Cup racing. However, it was also a spacious boat, with a very broad beam for its time, as a review in 1966 commented "it is astonishing how much space below the increase in beam makes."
Michel Dufour was quite innovative when it came to interior layouts, and the Arpege was no exception. Instead of squeezing in a double berth forward, the small forepeak was dedicated to sail and other storage. A private athwartships head is aft of the forepeak. The saloon features opposite facing settees with pilot berths above. I like this arrangement. When coupled with a lee cloth, pilot berths are excellent sea berths located out of the traffic flow. I always commandeer a pilot berth if it’s available.
The Arpege has an impressive galley for a 1960s-era 30-footer. Opposite the galley is the nav station, again an unusual feature in an older small boat, and the nav desk is large enough to work comfortably. The galley and the nav station can be closed off from the saloon for added privacy. There are quarter berths port and starboard, and if you can resist filling them up with gear, they make great sea berths. There is adequate storage below the settees and, of course, excellent storage in the forepeak. The table is designed to be stowed away and can also be used as a cockpit table. The finish work is really quite nice, trimmed in mahogany. There’s even a built-in wine rack....
Two of the owners that I managed to communicate with in France explained that they sailed all over the Bay of Biscay every year and that the Arpege is really at its best in heavy weather. The chap I spoke with in Oakland, who has sailed his Arpege extensively offshore, confirmed this notion.
Mike Addelman owns a 1973 model that he sails on Biscayne Bay in Miami. When asked about the boat’s performance parameters, Addelman told me via e-mail that he is surprised how well the Arpege points and not surprised that it tracks well too. While it doesn’t accelerate like a modern boat, it doesn’t slow down easily either. He noted that several years ago, he finished third in class in the Columbus Day Regatta despite a weekend of very light wind. ...
Dufour Arpege 30
It seems to me and to many like a very innovative boat for his time, a great cruiser that could also win races and top ones too. A great design that was also a great success among sailors with about 1500 boats made. Describing it as a a "was a slow boat in light air ..but boring to sail" seems not go with the overall picture.
Some photos of the hull:
Dufour Arpege archive data - Yachtsnet Ltd. online UK yacht brokers - yacht brokerage and boat sales
Just look at this keel on an almost 50 year old
mass produced main market cruiser: