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Sarabande 33
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Description: Sarabande 33
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sun December 27, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The Sarabande 33 was built in France and looks a lot like the "BenJeanneaus", but she seems to be built at least a little better. (I know, because I inadvertantly "parked" her on her keel, rudder and turn of the bilge on the way up the ICW from Florida. Got blown ashore in a severe thunderstorm. Absolutely no damage.) The keel is a parallelogram with a tear-shaped cross section drawing 5 feet and the rudder is on a partial skeg.

Sloop rigged with rollerfurling 150 and high aspect ratio main. The sugar scoop transom is great for swimming and barbecueing, but of course cuts into interior space. She's got the interior of a 31 in 33 feet.

The 18 hp Volvo diesel pushes her to hull speed at about 2000 rpm and burns > 1/2 gal/hr.

The shoal draft allows us to cruise about anywhere in the Chesapeake we'd like. Pointing ability is good, about 40 degrees, and upwind speed is good. Off wind performance is also good. We have not yet gotten a PHRF rating, and the boat is not listed in the USSA Handbook.

The interior is mostly built-up teak, with some pre-formed seating and berth areas. Stand up head with shower, hanging locker opposite just aft of the spacious v-berth.

The previous owner had done away with the centerline saloon table and I was most unhappy with his substitute, so I replaced the table and built in storage. Very happy now.

A small, but adequate nav station uses the after part of the starboard settee for seating, and has room for a few electronics. Opposite is the compact u-shaped galley with two burner propane stove w/oven, refrig and single sink.

A so-called double quarter berth is in what used to be a private stateroom aft, but the owner removed the door. He left the hanging locker at least.

The only real problem I've had has been the result of items the owner, and then inadvertantly, I added. He installed an air conditioner and 12 volt refrigeration on the port side. Then I added a 6 gallon water heater, also on port. It was then that I realized we had a noticeable list to port. After much consultation, it was decided to add several hundred pounds of lead to starboard. If I ever opt for Rolls batteries and figure out how to move the hot water tank to stbd., I'll be able to remove it.

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