Boat Review November 2008 Issue

Etchells-inspired e33 - A Practical Sailor New Sailboat Review

The first-ever Robbie Doyle-Jeremy Wurmfeld collaboration balances performance sailing with basic comforts in this modern daysail boat.

The “trophy daysailer” market is rife with branding, image, and various forms of snob appeal. The e33, however, makes its pitch on practical grounds. Reports from the field highlight the performance/comfort/control combination that makes the e33 a fun raceboat. You don’t need a big crew, you can exercise your tactical talents to the max, and you give away nothing in boatspeed. Our time sailing the e33 convinced us that it is not only a legitimate “performance sailboat,” but that attaining that performance is sinfully easy. The e33 daysailer’s bonus points include a cockpit that takes up more than half the deck space and can hold five or six adults comfortably; cockpit-led control lines; carbon-fiber spars; and a hydraulic headstay control. Below, Spartan accommodations include berths for four, an enclosed head, and a built-in cooler. With the look of a classic and the innovative design of a modern daysailer, the e33 is e Sailing Yachts’ intelligent, inspired, comprehensive attempt to capture the fun of performance sailing.

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