Jean­neau 33i

PRICE £50,000-£70,000 YEAR 2010-2014

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This in­jec­tion-moulded, Marc Lom­bard de­sign is a fast cruis­ing yacht, which could be made even sportier by opt­ing for the taller-rigged ‘Per­for­mance’ ver­sion.

She’s quite a beamy boat, which means her ac­com­mo­da­tion is spa­cious and bright. She also has a long wa­ter­line, so is quick off the mark in ei­ther ver­sion.

The cock­pit is a de­cent size with a huge, deep locker and all the im­por­tant con­trols are near the helm, which has wheel steer­ing as stan­dard. The helm seat opens al­low­ing un­re­stricted ac­cess to the tran­som plat­form. Decks are clear of foot-stub­bing clut­ter, with the genoa sheet tracks well in­board, and the fore­deck has a good an­chor locker with the wind­lass plinth below deck.

In stan­dard form she has a fairly con­ser­va­tive sail plan, but plenty pow­er­ful enough for cruis­ing. She points well due to the depth of her cen­tre­board when fully low­ered and stands up to her sail well, although she’s not quite so stiff as the fixed, deep fin-keeled Per­for­mance model. The fixed keel stub, which is also the bal­last, has large wings each side to im­prove sta­bil­ity when beached, along with her twin rud­ders.

Below, the lay­out is sim­ple, yet prac­ti­cal, bright and spa­cious. Head­room is 1.85m (6ft 1in) and her plumb stem al­lows the vee-berth to be po­si­tioned well for­ward, thereby giv­ing plenty of space in the sa­loon. The small chart/cof­fee ta­ble is half over the port set­tee, but it slides aft against the bulk­head and an in­fill al­lows the set­tee to be used as a long berth.

Aft is a huge trans­verse dou­ble berth, de­signed so that you can sit up in bed and read with your legs un­der the cock­pit sole. It’s not al­ways ideal, though, should the per­son sleep­ing on the in­side need to get up in the night.

The L-shaped gal­ley is well equipped with lots of handy stowage, although it could do with a work­top ex­ten­sion.

A beamy hull of­fers plenty of space with­out sac­ri­fic­ing speed

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