Sigma 33

PRICE £10,000-£20,000 YEAR 1978-1991

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Sarah and Andy wanted a boat shorter than 30ft, but with an ex­pressed in­ter­est in club rac­ing, this is too good to pass up! There are some smart 33s out there at good prices. There are also many that have spent most of their life chas­ing, and be­ing chased, round har­bours and buoys – and it shows. The lat­ter are easy to spot and should be avoided. As the Sigma is a pop­u­lar one-de­sign racer, it’s pos­si­ble any boat might have been raced in her past. In­spect­ing the chain­plates and around the mast base is a good place to look for any de­for­mity or move­ment. Also look un­der the floor – rac­ers aren’t renowned for keeping boats dry and the keel bolts are sus­cep­ti­ble to cor­ro­sion.

She has a sim­i­lar lay­out as the pre­vi­ous two boats: vee berth for­ward, fol­lowed by the heads and sa­loon. The sa­loon ta­ble is fixed, (with a leaf to star­board) and L-shaped seat­ing out­board to port, while to star­board there’s a long seat, above which is a nar­row pi­lot berth; this could be con­verted to stowage if needed.

There’s a small Lshaped gal­ley at the base of the com­pan­ion­way to star­board. To port is a good­sized chart ta­ble, for­ward of a good, wide quar­ter berth.

As you’ll ex­pect from a David Thomas boat de­signed for rac­ing, she can be tweaked for good wind­ward per­for­mance and although not as light on the tiller as some boats, will give Sarah and Andy a solidly built boat that won’t limit them to one genre of boat own­er­ship. Once they have found what they en­joy the most, they could do that or get a boat more tai­lored to their needs.

A 33C cruiser has a shorter rig and a longer, shorter fin keel. For rac­ing, she’ll ben­e­fit from a crew of seven, but can be cruised with just two.

I think the ex­tra space of­fered by the Sigma might be worth it, but I’m not the one pay­ing the ex­tra costs of a larger boat.

The Sigma 33 can be raced with six crew, or cruised in com­fort by two Try to find a Simgma 33 which hasn’t been raced hard

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