The Finngulf 33 although sold in relatively low numbers in the UK has acquired an excellent reputation for good sailing performance in all conditions. In recent years we have had a number pass through our brokerage, the quality of build and attention to detail always stands them above other boats in the class. The hull form has a more traditional quality to its shape than some of the more modern performance cruisers in this size range however the easily driven hull shape provides crew with rewarding and comfortable performance in all conditions. Below decks the traditional influences are evident throughout with high quality solid wood joinery creating a comfortable and practical living space.
A well presented one owner example of the class 'Flying Finn' offers a great opportunity to acquire a modern, solidly built performance cruiser which feels far more substantial above and below decks than many modern yachts of this size.Currently lying ashore in North Argyll the boat is antifouled and ready to be launched and sailed away. To secure the boat ready for this summer early viewing is highly recommended.
The hull is of balsa cored, hand laminated GRP construction using a mixture of CSM/biaxial woven roven fibres and polyester resin, additional uni-directional fibres being used in high stress areas of the hull. Below the water line the hull has been built using a clear gelcoat and isophalic resin in the outer layer of cloth; providing increased protection against osmosis.
The deck moulding is constructed in the same method as the hull with additional reinforcing laminate in way of highly loaded through deck fittings. Both deck and hull topsides mouldings are finished in white gelcoat with teak laid side decks, foredeck and cockpit.
The boat is fitted with a fractional 19/20 tapered aluminium Selden keel stepped mast spar and boom. Mast extrusion of Selden MDS profile for use with Selden multi wheeled batten cars. Boom fitted with single line reefing system for 3 reefs with all lines lead aft to cockpit. The forestay is fitted with a thru deck Furlex 200TD keeping the furling drum inside the anchor locker, maximising luff length, foils with twin luff grooves. A Selden Rod Kicker and mast stowed spinnaker pole compliment the standard rig set-up. Backstay tensioning is via a 12:1 purchase system operable from the cockpit.
Mainsail - Owen Sails 2012. Fully battened, slab reefing on Selden MDS mast cars.
Genoa - Owen Sails 2012. Tri-Radial cut roller reefing genoa.
Cruising Chute - Bank Sails 2008. Very little use. Kept bagged off boat with all sheets & gear
The Volvo Penta D1-30 (30hp) engine is fitted in a dedicated, fully sound insulated engine space beneath the companionway steps. The engine is fitted with a Volvo Penta saildrive, Volvo Penta 3 blade bronze folding prop and Ambassador type rope cutter. Engine hours recorded at 465. With the engine at 2000rpm a comfortable cruising speed of 6.3 knots can be achieved in calm water.
Domestic Batteries - 2 off 100Ah Lead Acid, deep cycle, marine batteries. (2016)
Engine Battery - 1 off 70Ah Yuasu battery. (2016)
The below decks accommodation gives a light and airy feel, with all of the deck hatches and portlights able to open. The blue coloured alcantara upholstery works well with the traditional finish of the satin varnished teak used through out the interior and while the accommodation is light and airy it also has a comforting traditional feel.
The forepeak provides a spacious double berth, with large storage lockers beneath, additional hanging space is provided in the lockers at the aft end of the bunk and shelfs run the full length of the bunk overhead outboard.
For a boat of 33' the saloon provides a very comfortable living space with seating for 6 provided around a large drop leaf, centrally mounted table. The keel stepped mast comes through the cabin just at the forward end of the table. Both saloon settees convert into large single berths. Storage in the saloon is provided outboard of the settees and beneath with a copious selection to accommodate all storage requirements. All portlights in the saloon area are fitted with Ocean Air blinds.
A compact navigation station is positioned aft of the saloon settee on the starboard side with a well proportioned chart table providing a spacious working area and storage for a comprehensive paper chart portfolio. Drawers provide additional storage beneath the table for bosuns gear etc. The ships switch panel, heater controller and Sea-Me radar detector are all within easy reach. An LCD display and Raymarine remote control are fitted here however the display is not currently functioning. When in operation this provides a repeater from the cockpit mounted plotter allowing control of all plotter functions.
To port is the well kitted out galley. A two burner, oven and grill cooker makes meal preparation easy. A large stainless steel lined fridge located outboard of the double sink provides ample storage space for perishables. The sink benefits from pressurised faucets for hot and cold water along with a foot pump driven faucet which can deliver fresh or salwater. A small folding section of worktop creates useful additional working space in way of the sink.
The heads to starboard of the companionway is spacious for a boat of only 33' in length and is equipped with a large sink/vanity unit, sea toilet, shower and towel hanging area.
A single aft cabin is fitted on the port side, aft of the galley providing a large double bunk with hanging locker.
The boat has been designed with the comfort of the skipper and crew in mind. The designers attention to detail and the builders eye for quality is evident everywhere with high quality stainless steel fittings, practically laid out deck hardware and a high quality teak deck.
Moving around the deck is very easy with the side decks of a good width and largely unobstructed. A large anchor locker is accessed through twin opening hatches and is off sufficient volume to store the anchor and rode neatly.
The teak side decks run aft down either side of the moderately elevated coachroof which is finished with a moulded non-slip texture on the working surfaces. The keel stepped mast is mounted aft of the large opening foredeck hatch. All halyards and reefing lines run aft to the cockpit via deck organisers to port and starboard of the mast. Aft of the mast 2 stout stainless steel grabrails run along the outboard edges of the coachroof providing crew with additional security when moving around on deck.
The cockpit is large for a boat of only 33' and again evidence of the designers attention to detail is evident with the layout optimised for comfort of the crew and skipper. The helmsman has a large area aft of the oversized stainless steel wheel with seating running the full width and the cockpit coaming stepped down aft for additional space when sitting out. The mainsheet track runs the full width of the cockpit immediately forward of the helm, all controls easily manageable by the helmsman. Harken 40ST primary winches are forward of the mainsheet and are positioned to keep crew clear of the mainsheet when tacking. Either side of the companionway all halyards and reefing lines come aft with a bank of Spinlok clutches and winches port and starboard. Beneath the cockpit seating to starboard is a cavernous locker for storage of dinghies and general gear along with the emergency tiller. Additional storage is provided in two separate lazzarette aft with the starboard locker currently used for the storage of sheets and warps with fenders stored in the port locker. A large gas locker occupies the central locker space with ample room for two Camping Gaz bottles.
‘Everything, including the finish exudes quality, tradition and experience. The cockpit is designed with shorthanded sailing in mind, fiddles and lockers keep everything where it should be in a seaway. She’d happily take you where you want to go, (1.8m. draught permitting) and you’d have fun getting there too.’
VERDICT, Yachting Monthly Boat Test December 2007
Full test report available upon request.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.