After looking at the large number of reviews available on the website I think the Azuree is a fast boat, but it seems to have difficulties to get into planing like a Pogo
Even with quite some wind, speeds down wind are far away from the Pogo.
May be this is exactly the effect of 1-1.5 tons additional weight we discussed before?
Exactly. The Azuree 40 is basically a Class 40 hull with a "normal" cruising interior, an heavy one. The basic version boat weights 1800Kg more than the Pogo and has a relatively big tankage for a boat with those characteristics (320L of water and 120L of fuel). This is a kind of boat that tries to make a "normal" boat out of a Pogo. Well, it has a better interior, but as you have said, it does not plane like a Pogo
Remember when you have asked why there was not more cruising boats like the Pogo and I have replied:
There are however several cruising boats that are made around the Pogo idea of cruising. We have already talked about some and we will talk of more. There are one that is not so radical (better interior), it's fast and it is not as expensive as the others. Anyway you would have to pay for such a boat at leat more 50 000 euros than for a comparable Elan or Salona.
Well, I has thinking about the Azuree 40
I had also said that :
The reason why you don't see them on mass production boats (Elan seems to be an exception) is because those boats are more expensive to build and because those boats are designed for Ocean downwind sailing and that is just not the type of sailing most sailors do. Going upwind a Pogo will not be faster and would be more uncomfortable. If the sea is rough, the Pogo will be slower than a good cruising racer. I have already refereed the case of a racing Pogo (class 40) that on the two last editions of the "Sydney-Hobart" (mostly am upwind race was slower than an almost standard First 40 (cruiser racer).
Also boats like the Pogo, to really enjoy their sailing potential, need to carry not too much load and that implies a kind of a spartan way of cruising ( a bit like a guy that prefers to cruise on a motorcycle than on a car). It will be a lot more fun but it is just not for most of the people.
This one carries a bigger load, so it is really a heavy motorcycle and heavy motorcycles give not so much fun to ride
They have another version, lighter that is called fast cruiser that uses some 50% of carbon and its lighter 200Kg. The tests I have read were with this version that has a 2.6m draft. The boat sails well.
I have saw the stability curve of that one and it was all right, but I don't need to see the one from the cruiser version to know that I would not have liked. The cruiser version has a reasonable draft of 2.1m but only more 50kg of ballast
. Something wrong here, for having a similar curve the short keel boat should have several hundred kg more, not more 50kg
. I would not have that one, neither the one with the 2.6M keel, because that's too much (even for me
) for cruising.
Besides I don't like the puffed look the boat has, like if it was a blown out Pogo. Don't like the chic trendy interior also. It is not the quality of the design but I don't found it adapted to a fast boat. It seems out of place to me.
As positive points you have a fast boat (yachting world says that it goes at 7K upwind and 10 downwind), specially downwind with a good cruising interior at a fair price. The fast cruising version costs 190 000 € and the "normal" cruising version 147 000 €, prices without taxes and without extras.