Quick Look: Archambault A-35

Jeremy McGeary reviews this sporty racer/cruiser for the CW 2009 Sailboat Show

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Resin-infusion construction and a simple glass-module interior that employs doorless galley cabinets and minimal joinerwork place the Archambault A-35 squarely in the sporty, racer/cruiser category. Any lingering doubts will be dispelled by the carbon mast, the tiller, the open transom and the view of the boat sailing when heeled on the edge of its transom.

Designed by Joubert-Nivelt in the current IRC idiom, the A-35 carries its wide beam all the way aft, which provides for a generous cockpit and matching full-berth cabin beneath it. The bow is quite narrow and the V-berth is separated from the saloon by an arch bulkhead with a curtain for privacy. Stylish clamshell-shaped deadlights in the cabin trunk pour light into a cabin that's already airy and white-gelcoat bright.

An asymmetric spinnaker flown off the optional sprit will heat up performance, but the built-in fridge should help keep the crew cool whether sailing round the marks or the bay.