PRICE £30,000-£60,000 YEAR 1982-1997
In 1982, designer John Rock stretched the Tradewind 33 design, refining her keel and rudder and adding a clipper bow while retaining the flush decks and low coachroof that gave her such a powerful oceangoing appearance. Although she lacks speed and agility, and has rather limited accommodation, with over 70 built, the marque is still sought after by those wanting a traditional bluewater cruising yacht. Boats were available at all stages of build, so few interiors are the same. A lack of hatches and small portlights can make it dingy, although this can also convey a cosy, snug feel. Half-height bulkheads isolate the quarterberth, galley and nav area from the saloon, keeping hot stuff from straying out of the galley and allowing the navigator to concentrate on chart work.
The L-shaped galley is practical and a crashbar and bum strap provide a secure cooking environment underway. A corridor leads forward to spacious heads and a slightly cramped forecabin, though layouts differ. Headroom ranges from 1.8m-2.1m (6-7ft) in the saloon and both the long settees and pilot berths above make excellent sea berths.
Covered with Treadmaster or teak, her flush decks provide bags of space for sunbathing and sail repairs. The anchor stows in a twin roller on a planked bowsprit, while a manual windlass feeds the chain below. The well-supported mast was keel or deck-stepped, the latter being the most common, and cutter rig was standard with a furling yankee/genoa and hankedon staysail.
The cockpit is narrow, but removable seats aft improve access underway. Stowage is plentiful, including a spacious lazarette.
Being hefty means she needs 10-12 knots of wind to get going, although she then doesn’t need reefing below 18-20 knots. She heels little and her decks stay resolutely dry, but a large downwind sail is a must.
Flush decks give a powerful demeanour to this solid boat