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Boat Reviews By Owners

1968 -- 33' 0" ALLIED YACHTS

Model: Luders 33

Cockpit: Cockpit is just about right for four peeps. Low cabin top means great visibility but rain in the face. Beam is narrow aft so wheel is awkward. Nice big lazarettes will hold tons of junk.

Cabin: Over 6 feet headroom all the way through to v-berth. Old-style glassed-in wood furnishings (no inner liner). Workmanship average but heavy-duty. Large windows mean lots of light. Fake woodgrain needs updating.

Construction: Industrially-built with hand-laid glass and exquisite gelcoat. Decks rock-solid after 35 years. Cockpit sole squishy but easily fixable. Otherwise no cracks or creaks. Hull-deck joint has hundreds of bolts -- not one of them leaks.

Handling: A pleasure to sail but needs lots of wind. Leisurely acceleration. Points wonderfully. Tacks easily. Massive keel means little roll and a smooth ride. Not suitable for the racing crowd though. Miserable handling under power. Backing up is an adventure.

Engine Room: Massive, heavy Westerbeke 107 mated to a dinky prop. Deafeningly noisy due to no sound insulation. That said, it has been totally reliable. Engine controls are primitive but solid.

General Comments: Best suited for round-the-world cruising. Proven offshore capabilities. Heavy construction and full keel mean comfort and safety in any conditions.

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Date Submitted: 2006-02-02

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