Hi This an old thread but I have an Edel 35 and wanted to offer some info.
The construction is not cored with foam or balsa. The construction is monolithic like the Outremer
The boats hulls do not flex due to the beams, that would be disastrous.
The great seakindly motion is a direct result of the narrow hulls which offer a softer ride much like a deep narrow keeled monohull
does compared to a flat bottom mono. She has a short rig for her size, because she is easily driven.
I fitted a reaching strut on the bow to increase sail options and fly a decent Asym spinnaker
They are very similar to a Wharram
in that you have to go outside between the hulls and centre pod and are minimalist. Which suits me.
They are like having a porsche convertible compared to a volvo
They are fast. I have had mine up to over 15 knots and an Italian guy I know had his at 22knots on a surf.
Its a pity that they arent still making these boats. I love mine. It weighs just 2.5 tons so feels like a small boat when you are docking
. You can push it around like a dinghy
. Mine has a retractable outboard
which, when it stopped working last season, I simply took off, had it repaired in a shop( coil was faulty) and put it back on. It cost a lot less than having a diesel mechanic
come down to the boat. Also I can raise the motor
right out of the water
so my boat speed isnt affected by the drag.
These boats sail well and the engine
really is an auxiliary the way its supposed to be. I sail mine single
handed. I did fit two extra winches on the cabin
top ,and have all the lines coming back to the steering
station. On my previous cat, I had to run 15 feet from one side of the cockpit
to the other to get to the sheets
when tacking. Not so on the EDEL. I have a tillerpilot so I go into the pod when its raining and I have reduced sail enough to make it safe to steer herself. At the moment I am sailing in Greece
, fantastic cruising grounds.
The reason EDEL 35 are cheap
is because boats are unfortunately sold at the dock
. Entry level sailors are more impressed with the condo on the water
than sailing ability and motion of the boat. It takes a while to appreciate the simple joy of a well designed/made hull
slicing through the water.
They are great boats. If you find one...snap it up!