Funny, we had the Allmand 31 (tall rig) and now sail the Cabo Rico 34. We found the Allmand 31 very good for gunkholing...shallow draft, excellent ventilation with all opening ports, roomy cockpit, comfortable bunks, she is a wide boat...doesn't point worth a darn and will not win a race but she was not built for that. We found that we needed to keep water in the holding tank to keep appropriate trim. The holding tan (under port settee) is HUGE and we had, I guess too much weight on the starboard side with propane tanks and oven, and who knows what else.
We did some work to get her to something we found presentable. We had her professionally painted topsides, non-skid, new canvas and sails and furler but the biggest job was to redo the overhead. These vessels have lousy glued fabric for the overhead...it fails, it looks dirty and removal is a nasty job. We replaced it with a vinyl with mahogany trim, coach roof insides at the ports were lined with cream painted wood. She became as good looking as one of these boats could become. We had someone who just had to buy her and we dreamed up a price we would never pay and they bought her.
She did suit our needs for Chesapeake Bay sailing. Build quality is mediocre at best but provides a roomy platform that moves on the water and will take you where you probably wish to travel. Our vessel had a newer Yanmar that was reliable.
Our Cabo Rico is a much steadier vessel in a seaway. I would not look forward to heading to Bermuda in the Allmand but would not think twice about the CR 34. When you spend lots of time aboard, space is important. Both vessels have aft cabins. The CR has 165 gal of water and 42 gals of fuel. The Allmand 31 had about 45 gal water and 40 gal fuel. Both vessels had 3gm30f Yanmars.
Sorry to run on so. Hope this helps.
sv "Tango, CR 34
lying Oxford, MD