Etap 46

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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Etap yachts stand alone among the builders of cruising boats because the company is the only builder whose boats are certified by the E.U. as "unsinkable." In fact, Etaps, including the new Etap 46, are designed to sail home even with a hole a yard square below the waterline. None of us plan to hole our boats, but wouldn't it be comforting to know that all would be well if a container did cross our bow?

The new Etap 46 that will debut in the U.S. this fall embraces a thoroughly modern Euro style. In fact, Italian designer and style maven Stile Bertone played an important role in defining the 46's "look."

The sail plan has been designed to be handled by a couple. Genoa sheets lead aft to large self-tailing winches near the helmsman. The main sheet runs to an electric winch that sits on a pedestal in the middle to the cockpit. The sail plan shows a large in-mast furling main and small genoa that will be easy to tack.

The 46DS (for deck saloon) has an open airy interior that features a raised dinette to port from which you can sit and watch the world go by. By raising the dinette, the builders have created enough space beneath it for a large double cabin. The large master cabin aft has a centerline double berth, ample storage and an en suite head with separate shower stall. The guest cabin forward has a double berth, enough storage for clothes, gear and spare parts and its own head.

Innovative, unsinkable, comfortable and easy to sail - that is the essence of the new Etap 46.

Hanse Yachts from Germany is on a roll and will be introducing two entirely new designs this year and two completely reworked designs from proven hulls.

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