UFO 34

UFO 34
Builder Colvic hulls, fitted out by many companies and also home completion.
Length OA 34' 4" Sail Area 405 sq ft
Length WL 28' 1" Rig Sloop Brief Notes
Beam 11' 0" Cabins 2 The UFO34 is a fast and seaworthy cruiser/racer derived from a 1970s Three-quarter Ton Cup racing design by Holman & Pye. UFO34s have an excellent reputation as fast cruising passage-makers and club racers.
Draught 6' 0" Berths 6-8
Displacement 10,214 lbs Engine type varies
Ballast 5,510 lbs Engine bhp 12 - 40
Keel type Deep fin and spade rudder

The UFO34 was a production yacht design based on a successful IOR 3/4 Ton Cup racing yacht "Unidentified Flying Object" of the late 1970s. Whilst many IOR yachts of the period had a reputation for poor handling, the UFO34 was both fast and virtually vice-free, and the class became successful both as racers and as fast cruisers, many boats being used exclusively as cruising yachts. The design was originally for tiller steering, with a six foot long tiller and extension, but many yachts intended as cruisers were fitted from new with wheel steering. Many others have since been converted to wheel steering, and it is now rare to find one with the original tiller (which is a shame - as they handle very well with a tiller, and it makes much more space in the cockpit when anchored or moored).

The hulls and decks were moulded by Colvic Craft, and sold both to professional yachtbuilders and to home builders. As a result fit-out standards vary dramatically, though those yachts fitted out by Oyster or Landamores, amongst others, are to an excellent standard. A cruising version of the UFO34 was also sold for a time as the Hazelwood 34

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