TRADEWIND 35

PRICE £30,000-£60,000 YEAR 1982-1997

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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

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