Sadly Etap no longer makes yachts. But we have had our Etap 28i for 29 years and still love it.
In theory unsinkable, we haven't tried, but you should float full of water
. No electrics or engine
at that point, but should be able to sail home!
Because of the foam which makes it unsinkable, you suffer from storage
. So be prepared relative to other boats the same size.
We find that we can sail here to windward up to about force 5 and have sailed downwind in a 7-8. But the boat
is light so she does bounce.
For light wind
sailing, using the right sails
, she is a dream. We have sailed all over the south and east coasts of england
with trips to Netherlands
, Channel Islands and the West Country. We have sailed her with two reefs
and a pocket sized jib
in quite bad weather
We have never spent the cash for heating
, but do have a chart plotter, all the nav instruments and a autopilot
. We have replaced sails
three times in 29 years. We had a major service
on the engine
15 years ago! We have replaced the sail drive seal three times.
For a couple or a couple with small children
this is a good boat that will be enjoyable to sail. Much smaller than most boats in the Channel these days, but manageable by female crew. My wife can do everything on board without an electric winch