Are you looking for used boats in the 9-10 meter range? Let us give you a hand: here are five models of vessels, from 25 to 32 thousand euros, of which you can still find many examples in Italian ports.
COMET 303 – FUNCTIONAL AND FUN
Designed in 1988 by Vallicelli Studio, Comet 303 was produced until 1991. Although no longer competitive for racing, the 303 remains a hull still with good sailing potential, credit to the more than 56 square meters of canvas for 3,800 pounds of displacement and the clean, unforced water lines. The interior layout, with the toilet aft and two separate cabins, is still current. Counter-molded furniture definitely proves to be functional because it limits surface maintenance. Very large charting area and kitchen. Data: length. 9.50 m; width. 3.15 m; price from 30,000 euros.
DUFOUR 32 CLASSIC – DEDICATED TO PURE CRUISING
French shipyard Dufour’s Classic range, of which this 32-footer is among the smallest models, consists of pure cruising hulls designed by the Jakopin brothers’ J & J studio. Hull of traditional lines, with fairly pronounced deckhouse that allows in the interior discrete heights up to the bow, has masthead rigging without steering wheels. The transom has an integrated step and ladder. The interior includes two double cabins, aft and forward, a bathroom to the right of the access ladder, and a large saloon. The central dinette has a table with folding doors, while the L-shaped kitchen is of fair size. Data: length. 9.96 m; width. 3.30 m; price from 31,000 euros
DEHLER 32 – A TRUE EVERGREEN
The Van De Stadt-designed hull has traditional lines, rounded shapes, tapered ends and a relatively short waterline. Ideal for cruising even in extreme weather conditions, it allows smooth sailing; interior volumes are habitable and well distributed with the two classic double cabins forward and aft and dinette with fold-down table to accommodate two more people. The sail plan calls for 7/8 fractional rigging, one order of spreaders, a sail area of 53 square meters, displacement of 4 tons and a draft of 1.50 m. The mainsail luff, located in the middle of the cockpit, makes maneuvering a little less easy. More than 570 examples left the yard from 1985 to 1996. Data: length. 9.60 m; width. 3.25 m; price from 27,000 euros.
BENETEAU FIRST 31.7 – THE WORD IS ENOUGH
The hull is descended from that of the Figaro, a one-design racing monotype from Beneteau, and has been in production since 1998. The design is by Finot, equipped with abundant sail area, which allows good speeds even in light winds. On deck, the deckhouse is rounded, leaving room for comfortable walkways. The standard rudder is tiller mounted, thus increasing cockpit space. Below deck, the standard layout is with two cabins, bathroom to the right of the drop-off opposite the L-shaped galley. In the center is a dinette with convertible sofas. Data: length. 9.85 m; wd. 3.23 m; price from 25,000 euros.
BAVARIA 32 HOLIDAY – WHEN THE NAME SAYS IT ALL
Designed by the J & J studio, the Bavaria 32 Holiday is a ten-meter with a sail plan that is ideal for cruising: the mainsails placed in the scallop and the aquartier spreaders that are as wide as the maximum beam allow the mast profile to be lightened, reducing pitching and rolling, and avoiding the use of steering wheels and stay. In addition, the large mainsail and reduced jib benefit ease of maneuvering. Spacious interiors made of mahogany include two separate staterooms, the saloon with two bench-seats, an L-shaped galley, and a large chartroom. To the right of the access staircase is the counter-molded toilet. Data: length. 9.75 m; wd. 3.25 m; price from 32,000 euros