As modern as she looks, there's no hiding the figures: at 7,200kg (15,900 lb) she's no lightweight. To my knowledge, only the Fisher 34 and Rustler 36 trump her in the weight stakes. But for a heavy boat she handles remarkably well. The 1.2m (47in) wheel has all the trademarks I love about Jefa steering - light, precise and smooth. Short-tacking back up the Orwell was a doddle on the helm, she reacted to any change of wind direction in a well-heeled fashion, carrying her way in a fine manner. Sadly, sailing off the wind further than around 100° causes the mainsheet to pass within fouling distance of the genoa winches. If she were a boat to be raced it would be an issue - as is, it was a mere inconvenience. Reefs one and two are single-line, while the third reef has separate tack and clew lines. Reefing pennants are colour-coded green, amber and red. I'd have liked to have taken her out in a seaway to see how she handles a few waves, but I suspect it might be fairly uneventful from the shelter of the secure, deep cockpit.

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Sailing Boat Test - GT 35

8. juli 2014

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Sailing Boat Test - GT 35

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Can British upstart GT Yachts take on Europe's established luxury cruisers? Graham Snook sails the new GT 35 to find out. What's she like to sail?

As modern as she looks, there's no hiding the figures: at 7,200kg (15,900 lb) she's no lightweight. To my knowledge, only the Fisher 34 and Rustler 36 trump her in the weight stakes. But for a heavy boat she handles remarkably well. The 1.2m (47in) wheel has all the trademarks I love about Jefa steering - light, precise and smooth. Short-tacking back up the Orwell was a doddle on the helm, she reacted to any change of wind direction in a well-heeled fashion, carrying her way in a fine manner. Sadly, sailing off the wind further than around 100° causes the mainsheet to pass within fouling distance of the genoa winches. If she were a boat to be raced it would be an issue - as is, it was a mere inconvenience. Reefs one and two are single-line, while the third reef has separate tack and clew lines. Reefing pennants are colour-coded green, amber and red. I'd have liked to have taken her out in a seaway to see how she handles a few waves, but I suspect it might be fairly uneventful from the shelter of the secure, deep cockpit.





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