That Azuree sure is ugly....
On a more serious note, some downsides for me... I don't like the idea of having a mainsheet traveler in the middle of the cockpit like they have. Add the two wheels and the chartplotter set-up and you have a crowded cockpit. Likewise, the foresail tracks are weird, having 2 tracks on each side for a genoa and smaller foresail, just adds complexity and indicated to me they weren't in synch on sailplan and rigging which is a red flag. I don't like the sprit going into the hull, just creates a weak spot and possible leak. No (or hidden) anchor locker so a big hassle dropping the hook every time. >2M plus draw is a downer for me to get into the nice spots in the Med in high season.
I'm sure it's a nice boat, but aside from some wood veneer that gives no additional stowage, I don't see the upside argument. You can get another 180L of water on a 10.50 for a moderate fee. Engine performance is a ratio of displacement to torque so 80 litres of diesel is more than enough for extended cruising when a boat moves very well at under 10 kts of wind.
The RM 10.50/1060 is a better compromise than this one in my opinion. Otherwise, go bigger with an Opium 39 and swing keel.
As for the "old" Pogo 40 and the "new" S2, completely different boat and performance. I don't doubt the upwind performance and comfort of a X or Salonas, First or J would be like or better and if you are in sailing grounds where this is a major factor, you would need to take that into consideration. To each his own and as long as you have the €/$/Ł, you can get whatever you want these days.
I agree with almost everything. But on what regards the traveler in the middle of the cockpit and the anchor locker I think you better look again
. The traveler is in between the two wheels, and they have an anchor locker with a windlass and the double bowsprit has an anchor roller between sprits.
Take a look at the comments on the photo:
But I definitively agree with you that the boat is ugly, for this type of boat
When I saw the first photos and boat tests I thought to myself : What a waste of a good idea!! The boat offer an interesting compromise, a good price.... why the hell they have to make it ugly?
Yes I think that the Opium 39 is a better compromise, but it is also slightly more expensive than the basic version. Anyway I think the Opium 39 is not available anymore because Wauquiez doesn't exist anymore.
I hope that the new Elan 40 (that would have some similarities with this boat) will be a better and more beautiful boat. That one is a boat that I wait with great expectation.