I recently bought an Atlantic 31 and I really like it! True, they were manufactured in Greece
between mid 80's - mid 90's by a company now gone defunct.
The 31 and the 49 is a Jacopin (J&J) design - and the main reason why I got mine. I believe that their designs were really fairly groundbreaking for their time (in Greece
at least - fast hulls, wide stern sections, open transoms, nice woodwork interiors), and their build quality is regarded as standard. I have not heard any bad words - everyone over here (in Greece that is) consider them to be well-built, honest standard boats. Above all, when talking of 20+ year old boats, it all depends on the amount of care taken!
Most, if not all, the fittings were imported and are therefore recognisable (Goiot, Lofrans
, etc) - and therefore also easily serviced/replaced. The hulls were made in Greece and from my research
the consensus says thick, quality resin hulls, average gelcoats (spider cracks, etc).
Both the 31 and 49 have a reputation for speed and many are still raced - since many are privately owned nowadays. Indeed, they were widely used in the charter
industry and have therefore withstood a lot of abuse. Even so, I see a lot of them still going strong and owners seem to like them.
To be honest, I would not cross the... Atlantic Ocean
in one (sic), but if you want an economic boat that looks good, sails
fast and has a nice interior
... check them out. Right now their prices are low - but the same applies to anything in the Greek market... A 49 foot boat is an awkward thing to own (i.e. expensive) and they can be purchased for very reasonable sums.
Just my 2 cents - although I must stress that I am no pro, just a weekend sailor... If you need more help, hire a pro!
You may want to check some boats in this classifieds website (Car.gr -
), although it's not all translated into english
All sailing boats
Atlantic sailing boats
PS> Keep in mind that Ex-charter boats are VAT liable in Greece, if transferred to private use. The tax is calculated on the current
, not the original purchase price