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New Boat: Updated e33

2009 September 1

When the e33 came on the market in 2007, it was immediately recognized for being a design that could appeal to a wide variety of sailors. Equally at home as a family daysailer, club racer or singlehanded boat, the e33 was among the first multifunctional daysailers to make up a growing segment of the sailboat market. Two years later, e Sailing Yachts, which is led by Olympic and America's Cup veteran sailor Robbie Doyle and designer Jeremy Wurmfeld, has changed the mainsail design and begun offering some other options that should make it even more versatile and improve performance.

The options start under the water. The boat is now offered with shoal draft and lifting keel options.

With the lifting keel option, first used on hull No. 14, the boat draws 6 feet, 6 inches, when sailing but allows the keel to be lifted to a 4-foot draft for powering. The keel has a lead bulb mounted on a carbon-fiber foil and is lifted through a hydraulic system operated from the cockpit-mounted panel. The design allows the keel to be completely stable in all positions, according to the company.

The shoal keel option offers a fixed 4-foot, 9-inch draft perfect for sailing in shallow waters. The foil has an integrated bulb, which the company says provides the same righting moment and equal lift to the standard draft version.

Along with the new keel options, a new high-tech, square-top mainsail will be standard on all new e33s. Similar to the sails used at the highest levels of the sport-the America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race-the sail does not change the overall sail area but rather redistributed the working sail area to allow better performance in a broader range of wind speeds. The sail should allow the boat to have more power in light air and make it easier to depower in higher winds.

The hull design, with its expansive cockpit, remains unchanged, as does the carbon fiber swept-spreader rig that does not require a permanent backstay. Down below, some owners will be pleased to find a true head and black water system. Depending on where the boat is sailed, PHRF ratings vary from 99 to 108.

The e33 was an exciting boat when it was first introduced. With these changes, even more sailors could be finding it is the right boat for them.

LOA 33'; LWL 27'1"; Beam 8'9"; Draft (standard) 5'9", (shoal) 4'9", (lifting) 4'-6'6"; Displ. 5,900 lbs.; Sail Area 530 sq. ft.; Fuel 10 gal.; Water 10 gal.

Base boat price: $179,900

e Sailing Yachts
43 Norman St.
Marblehead, MA 01945
(877) 439-2248