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1978 Colvic UFO 34

US$ 20,731*
St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Interested in this boat? Tel: 01481 726335
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Year:
1978
Length:
34'
Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Hull Material:
Fiberglass
YW#:
78824-3563112
Current Price:
£ 15,995 Tax Not Paid (US$ 20,731) 

UFO 34

is a cruising and racing fibreglass monohull sailboat class. It is a sloop based on a design by Holman and Pye.[2] The design features a spade rudder and a Bermuda rig with a large, overlapping headsail. Over 150 UFO 34's have been built both in the United Kingdom and Australia.[1]

The UFO 34 is a seaworthy yacht for offshore voyages, including extreme weather conditions, which also performs well in yacht racing. UFO 34 yachts competed both in the disastrous 1979 Fastnet and 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht races, where lives and yachts were lost in the extreme conditions.[3][4] UFO 34's performed effectively in both races, winning class IV in the Fastnet race and retiring without incident in the Sydney to Hobart.[5][6]

UFO 34's are seaworthy yachts that have few vices and make a good all-round fast cruiser/racers.[12][7] The UFO 34's stability index has been calculated at 122.4 with a Limit of positive stability of 119.1,[6] which is above the minimum stability index of 115 required for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.[22]

Six UFO 34's competed in the 1979 Fastnet race,[23] which experienced winds averaging 50 to 55 knots, gusts to 68 knots and waves as high as 50 feet.[24] None of the UFO 34's sustained significant structural damage to the hull.[25] Among the 58 boats in Class IV (34 ft), two of the six finishing yachts were UFO 34s: Black Arrow finishing 1st and Mahuri 3rd.[20] Three of the other UFO 34s retired without major incidents. Apart from two knockdowns Kamisado coped effectively with the storm and retired to Plymouth.[26][27] The only UFO 34 that had significant issues was Sandettie, which was rolled, dismasted and swamped. However Sandettie's crew were able to jury rig emergency rigging and sail to Lands End, where they were towed to Penzance.[11]

During the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race the UFO 34 Not Negotiable experienced winds in excess of 65 knots (Force 12, +73 mph, +118 kph) for approximately 6-8 hours.[28] During this period breaking waves of 4-8 metres, with the occasional 12 metre wave were also encountered. Apart from one knockdown to 80 degrees, Not Negotiable had no issues and safely retired to Eden.[6] The main technique utilised was to "...keeping our nose into it and ploughing forward and just ducking and weaving around the worst of the waves worked for us fine".[28] Note that this is similar to the successful storm tactics employed by the UFO 34 Windrift of Clyde when the yacht was actively sailed with the bow into the sea.[29]





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