Per below:-Almands had a reputation for being slow, and very poorly built. My sense is that they would not be much fun if you are really into sailing. They were beamy and so had a lot of room for their length. They might make a minimum length liveaboard for not a huge amount of money. Watching them underway, they are not good in light air, heavy air or a chop. These boats are getting pretty long in the tooth so a survey would be in order. I wish the news were better.
We own and have been cruising in an Allmand 31 for ten months. After having it on the great lakes for several years we had it shipped to Charlesto where we boarded and started our first cruising experience. We enjoyed it so much that we are making a five year commitment for cruising. The boat sails well, is very forgiving (feels very safe) and is very attractive. It handled well in all weather, surveyed well and is in every respect a lovely boat. We are now looking at bigger boats because of the captains height and our long term commitment. We are finding the field narrow for space and comfort compared to what we already have. Many bigger boats don''t have the head room, bunk length or storage. The Allmond has been a great boat for us.
Thanks for the reply. We feel that everyone is entitled to their own opinion as long as it is based on fact. I wonder what kind of experience you had on an Allmand that would leave you with such a bad opinion.
Our fellow cruisers were in fact quite impressed with our boats performance, style, and grace.
The boat also did well racing on the Great Lakes. Respectfully, Nl836
I have never been aboard a Allmand 31 however I have seen them try to sail in light air and they fail at this. The Allmand 31 has a Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 13.44, a ballast displacement ratio of 33%. Combined with only a 4'' draft this design relies too much on it''s beam for stability.
Our boat is a C&C 35-1. It has a SA/DR of 19.2 and a ballast/displacement raio of 48% and for that matter a more desireable (for sailing) beam length ratio too.
Have you ever sailed on a C&C 35? or maybe a C&C 33 or how about a C&C 40??
Look at Grampions. They have a lot of headroom and seem to be your kind of boat.
Mike, We have friends who have a C&C 41. It is a very nice high performance boat. They enjoy racing but are not cruisers. There is not enough living space to live onboard and cruise for length of time that we plan. The boat is very nice and very fast but we are not into racing. We are cruisers who enjoy sailing and more interested in comfort than speed. We are looking at many boats to try and find the right one for us. Sincerely, NL836
Hi NL. I have talked to over 20 Allmand owners on the internet. All of them tell me there isn''t much out there that is as roomy as the Allmand 31 in that size range. I have researched many boat books that I have and also find that to be true. The C&C is a good boat. However, compared to the Allmand, you lose two lockers, the aft cabin to a quarterberth, and the rudder is unprotected. Allmand owners like thier boats for both cruising and sailing. One owner sold his Allmand and a few years later still has yet to fond something that has the features he is looking for in something else. I also dont think a trawler is the answer. It is not a sailboat and you all said you like to sail. I think (another opinon) that you might have to go with something like the 36 Hallberg Rassy or 36 Najad from Norway. Both good boats, but expensive. However, not as expensive as the Island Packet or Shannon. Good luck!
I think I see a trend developing here with this type of boat discussion. Mike and Jeff are performance sailors., I enjoyed your postings regarding the Express. But you are trying to influence people who have a differing interest in sailing then your own., and just because they don''t care much about the speed or light air performance they get out of these fat slow boats, thats no reason to advise them to turn their interests toward stinkpots. I love to race just as much as the next guy. Its just as much fun, in my opinion, to race a slow boat against another slow boat as it is to race a fast boat against another fast boat. Jeff and Mike have good light air and performance advice but they seem to upset the actual owners of the boats they wouldn''t consider owning.
My point is why buy a slow boat when you can buy a fast boat? Top ten reasons:
1. It''s always windy here and a lot of sail area is never needed.
2. This boat was cheaper because of low demand for it.
3. I am afraid of tipping so low sail area is for me.
4. I want a boat that looks like a sailboat but we motor all the time.
5. When I bought this boat there was no mast in it and the salesman said it was a good boat.
6. What''s a J boat?
7. What''s PHRF?
8. We belong to a support group and don''t care what you know.
9. We have refrigeration and lots of ice cubes all the time so we run the engine anyway.
10. This boat is better than the Buccanner we had and don''t try to tell me it isn''t.
Having read all the controversy I feel like I started a needless debate that has resulted in two polarized factions, and produced some sarcastic humor. I think that some people just don''t get it! It''s OK for someone to want a boat for a lot of reasons another person can''t accept. That is what makes this a wonderful country --- freedom of choice. That is why some people by Shannons and others buy Hunters. If people are happy with their choices and happy with the product they buy, then others should respect that and not try to dminish others or put them down. I have a camera, a Leica, and consider it one of the best avaialble. However, I can see why people buy Nikons, Pentax, Cannons and even disposable camers. And I certainly wouldn''t go around making fun of people simply because they chose to buy another camera. Some people like a comfortable slow boat and are happy with their choices...... Lets stop this nonsense and get on with more productive discussions than a list of satirical jibes.
It might sound masachistic but I''ve kind of enjoyed this message boards postings, for some reason its brought a smile to my face to see these differences of opinion, like you say, its what makes our country great....thank you sclafever for starting such lively debate, thank you Mike and Jeff for your input., It would be great if my Centaur could sail as fast as the boats you have but, for some reason I can''t find a way to explain to you, I love this boat and so do my family and friends...and thank you Gene and Hank for your supporting comments from all of us slow dancing sailors...Rick R
For the record, the original post asked for any information about Almand 31''s and I gave my opinion and in an email exchange with the original poster my basis for that opinion. My goal was to be informative not to make a judgement whether the fact that the boats are slow (and we all seem to agree that they are slow boats) should discourage you from buying one. We sail for a variety of reasons and ideally take from the sport what appeals to us.
While reasonable levels of performance is a part of what interests me because it means more sailing and less motoring (and I really hate motoring) and I see performance as a safety issue as well, there is plenty of room out there for all of us, fast or slow, out there to enjoy the water.
It is not about trying to beat other boats, I do that out on the race course but in the area that I sail, the winds tend to be light occationally puctuated by heavy air. Most of us prefer to sail a specific number of hours on a given day. That time underway will vary with conditions and the individual, but for every 5 miles that you can comfortably sail in a day on the Chesapeake Bay, there are probably 20 to 30 additional anchorages that you can choose from. The difference in miles comfortably sailed in a day between my previous boat with a rating of 174 and my current boat with a rating of 129 amounts to 5 to 10 miles extra in a day and as result means a much wider selection of places that I can go in a weekend and wildly more choices when I go out for a week or more.
The other part of this is that I genuinely enjoy voyaging under sail. I have been known to cruise for over a week without starting the engine. During that week I sailed on and off the anchor and in and out of slips. There is an aesthetic that I enjoy. Do I judge you if that is not important to you..No. But if you ask my opinion of the Allmands I will tell you that from my perspective, watching them under way and looking at their ratings and talking to owners who have talked honestly about their boats, these are not great sailing boats. They do offer a lot of room for their length, something that has never mattered to me, but which is obviously of importance to the people who buy them.
In any event, I have owned fast and slow boats (if you think an Allmand is slow I had a 1939 Stadel Cutter that rated near 300), I just happen to prefer faster boats these days. Just because I happen to prefer to go fast, I really don''t judge you for prefering to go slow or being comfortable motoring more than I prefer to. In any event, good luck to all in the New Year ahead.
Jeff, among other things... I really like the cabin layout...suits my group. Have met several Allmand owners and they''re very happy with their choice. I''ve looked at a few and just missed a ''beauty'' - deal pending went through...
Thanks, Hank. I have seen that one and it just requires too much work. I''d like to have a boat in the water this season. Yes, have checked the Mariner and the Noreaster.
Now, I''m spending time checking out the net. You never know.....