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Redoz I own an Atoll 43 and have for the past 6 years. I don't agree with either the descriptions of the boat, hull or sailing ability. First the hull is designed by Phillipe Briand. He knows a thing or two about yachts. Second, I am not sure what the delivery trip was that created the impression it was a pig but apart from going to windward, especially in a chop, when it does not point well, it performs better than could be expected from first glance. It does however need to be sailed and some thought given to sail balance. But so does every yacht, Atoll demanding a bit more care than most to obtain proper performance. Third, the amenity of the yacht far outweighs any reservations about its looks. It is a party upstairs, sleep downstairs configuration. The galley and saloon are on the one level and adjacent, separated only by a huge fridge and cupboard. Deck space is expansive. It may not be to everyone's taste but she was a very successful charter boat for 5 years and kept by me after that for private use. My family love it. It is not a passage maker. Although having said that we have done many miles inside the Barrier Reef.
Last, I spent 12 months with my family cruising in a "submarine" and apart from foul weather or adverse conditions the Atoll was far far preferable. Go have another look at one. Regards