Al­lures 45

PRICE From £225,000 YEAR 2012-2017 (45.9 post 2017)

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This in­domitable cen­tre­boarder first ap­peared as a 44 in 2007 but was up­dated to the 45 in 2012. Un­like some alu­minium yachts, the hull pan­els are rolled to pro­vide a rounded rather than hard-chined hull, and she has a GRP deck and coachroof.

The hulls are fab­ri­cated by Gar­cia be­fore be­ing fit­ted at the Cher­bourg-based Al­lures yard. She has a 9/10ths frac­tional ‘slut­ter’ rig with a big main­sail, run­ning back­stays and sin­gle-line reef­ing. A furl­ing genoa and stay­sail are stan­dard, with the op­tion of a furl­ing code zero for down­wind sail­ing.

The cock­pit is roomy with cork-cov­ered seat­ing. Twin wheels are stan­dard, stowage is good, and an arch sup­ports var­i­ous an­ten­nae, plus a so­lar panel if re­quired.

Decks are wide and un­clut­tered, with the high to­erail fa­cil­i­tat­ing ac­cess for­ward. Two rollers han­dle twin an­chors, with the short bowsprit keep­ing them clear of her stem. Just be­hind the in­ner stay is a full-depth sail locker.

Her ac­com­mo­da­tion is airy and light thanks to the large win­dows, and stowage is ex­cel­lent. The cen­tral set­tee clev­erly con­ceals the cen­tre­board cas­ing. A twin-leaf sa­loon ta­ble seats six in com­fort and, with the two small leaves folded, low­ers to form a large dou­ble berth. She has a chart ta­ble with seats ei­ther side and good views out­side. A wellap­pointed lin­ear gal­ley uses the back of the cen­tral bench seat for sup­port and there’s room for a full-size cooker with oven and fridge-freezer. A large, 550l wa­ter tank sits un­der the sa­loon sole.

To port, aft, there’s a work­shop/tech­ni­cal cabin, ideal for hous­ing all the ex­tra blue­wa­ter cruis­ing gear, plus a small work bench.

Un­der sail, she is pow­er­ful but needs to be reefed on time as most of her bal­last is in the hull. She ex­hibits a seakindly mo­tion un­der­way, so liv­ing on board un­der­way is very re­lax­ing.

A pow­er­ful sailer, but needs to be reefed on time The lay­out be­low is prac­ti­cal and works well at sea

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