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The Other Boat


The Other Boat

With all this AC horseshit going on, and some of the other regattas that get our attention, we sometimes forget about some other very cool stuff happening. Here’s a bit…

Dean Barker has the Archambault built M34 boat number one on order and we understand that Archambault have 10 orders in total at this point and a production target of 5 boats a month with first one due in the water in April 2010.

The M34 will race the tour in 2011 and there is talk of a transatlantic race.

Said Barker (translated): "I found the M34 project in the Salon of La Rochelle. I was immediately impressed by the strict one design, the characteristics of the vessel itself and the browser program that is very motivating. In July 2011, I would race the initial round of the Tour with my friends with the "Nexus Dean Barker Team." Team New Zealand has already participated in two editions of the Tour de France Sailing and we keep very good memories, in addition, the arrival of this new boat will motivate everyone."

One thing which may be of interest is that estimated charter fee for the tour is around Euro 30k ($45k) and a total budget of $175-$300. As an owner one can buy the boat and either charter it to make that income or race the boat and see the majority if not all of the campaign costs covered by sponsorship, with of course the assumption that sponsorship could be found!

So for the sake of comparison, would you choose an M34 with the tour/revenue possibilities, and the excitement of a brand new design, or a Melges 32, with established fleets and great buoy racing? Comment here.