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Etap 35i


afloat Hampshire


Etap, Steenovenstraat 2, B-2390  Malle, Belgium.






35' 0"

Sail area

503 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details


28' 6"


7/8ths fractional sloop

This Etap 35i is a very well looked after one-owner example with some useful changes from new on the original standard specification. One rather nice upgrade is a Sailtainer boom - a more expensive and in many ways superior alternative to in-mast furling. Like all Etaps, she is unsinkable, and the double-skin construction gives her good noise insulation and freedom from condensation. She has a very light and airy interior, with light oak joinery and large saloon windows, and overall a very modern look.


11' 6"


2 plus saloon


5' 0"


max 7


11,464 lbs


Volvo MD2003SD diesel


3,836 lbs



Keel type

Winged fin keel and spade rudder


Etap were originally a large Belgian company with a variety of products, and have been building yachts since 1970. In 1990 the yacht building division was split off as a separate company, Etap Yachting. In 2008 the Etap yachting division was bought by Dehler, but in 2009 Dehler then became insolvent. Etap has now restarted as an independent company, and is again building yachts from 22 to 48 ft.

Etaps have always been 'different' - all their boats are unsinkable, with double skins and closed-cell polyurethane foam. This also gives excellent insulation to the interior, minimising condensation. The company makes extensive use of custom aluminium and stainless fabrications produced in-house. Etaps have never been cheap, but are very well engineered and built.


In production from 1991 until 1994, with about 50 built, the Etap 35i was designed by Phillippe Harle and Alain Mortain and is a modern fast cruiser with a very attractive and light interior. She has some unusual but practical design features, and all the high quality engineering that made Etaps different from other production boatbuilders. This particular example is still in her original ownership from new, and had some non-standard features fitted from new.

'Yachting Monthly' tested an Etap 35i in 2010 and reported "....She's a joy to sail: light responsive and manoeuvrable, with passage-making potential to boot" and ".... this is a very well designed yacht that is a dream to sail".

Etap 35i for sale

Yachtsnet photographs May 2017

Saloon - Etap 35i for sale
Forecabin vanity unit
Etap 35i for sale - saloon


The saloon table has, as well as bottle lockers in the centre, a strong S/S rail to act as a handhold at sea. Similar handhold rails are fitted above the many opening lockers along the hull sides and around the galley area.

Accommodation plan
Chart table

The chart table has a strong fold-out seat that tucks away under the chart table when not needed.

Chart table detail
Galley detail


all May 2017

Aft cabin
Etap 35i for sale

The windlass location is non-standard - the standard windlass position is inside the anchor locker, but this does not allow chain to fall easily, hence the setup as fitted is better.

Bow detail

Sailing - Etap 35i for sale
In-boom In-boom slot cover

The boom is mounted about a foot higher on the mast than standard to allow more head clearance in the cockpit and companionway, with minimal effect on performance. The mainsail stows inside the Sailtainer boom, with a slot cover and small headboard cover all that is required to give it total protection from dirt and UV when stowed.

In-boom mainsails are more common on large superyachts, but on any size of boat have a lot of advantages. The in-boom system rolls the sail, complete with full-length horizontal battens, down into the boom for reefing or stowing. Unlike the more common in-mast reefing, if the roller system did ever jam you can still drop the mainsail.

Cockpit aft
Cockpit forward
Ashore - owners photo
Prop and wing keel
Overhead photo of this yacht for sale

The photo above was taken in the Mediterranean, where the owners kept this yacht for some years before bringing her back to the UK. She has been very well looked after, and offers an interesting and very practical alternative to other production yachts.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Volvo Penta MD2003SD three-cylinder 1,280cc diesel, raw water cooled with Saildrive, run 1,175 hours approx. Saildrive gaiter replaced 2011.

Fuel tank capacity

105 litres


Two bladed with ropecutter


100Ah services battery and 70Ah engine starting battery

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator and shorepower battery charger

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

7/8 fractional sloop rig, Selden alloy mast, Sailtainer boom and rod kicker, S/S standing rigging new 2011/12


Fully battened mainsail, Two mains bought when new 1993 but one unused until quite recently.


Roller genoa by Sanders Sails, new 2012

Genoa furling



Butler Verner cruising chute with snuffer

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 40 two speed self-tailing

Secondary/halliard winches

2 x Lewmar 30 two speed self-tailing

Bower anchor

16 Kg Delta with 51 metres chain and warp

Kedge anchors

Breton 8 Kg with 8 metres chain and warp

Anchor windlass

Lofrans electric windlass - new 2008




Autohelm ST4000 wheel pilot

Steering compass

C. Plath Merkur on binnacle

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 6 fenders

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine AD70D 7" colour plotter with Autohelm GPS



Depth sounder

Raymarine ST60+



VHF radio

Husun Compact

Safety/emergency equipment


Horseshoe with floating light

Radar reflector


Bilge pumps

Electric pump


Cabin layout

Forecabin, saloon, heads and aft cabin


max 7 ( vee-double forecabin, saloon with settees with port convertible to double, double aft cabin )

Water tank capacity

2 x 150 litres ( more tankage than standard for design ). Hot and cold pressurised water to heads and galley.


Eno three-burner and oven


Refrigerated coolbox



These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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