French Allures Yachting are well known worldwide for their long-distance sailing yachts built of aluminium. A material that is well proven and used in many different constructions, where both precision and strength are important, e.g. for sophisticated constructions, aircraft, vehicles and ships. Ships for coast guard, fishing, ferries and special vessels are now often built in aluminium.
The sailing yachts from Allures Yachting are equipped with a centreboard, which can also be called a lifting keel. The basic idea of an aluminium sailing yacht with a lifting keel can be summarized as follows: An aluminium hull is good for tough weather at sea and it provides great safety. Aluminium does not absorb water, so the yacht can stay in the water all year round and is not affected by ice and cold. Aluminium itself forms a protective oxide layer on the surface, which gives a minimum of maintenance. The lifting keel gives flexible draft, trim options during sailing and reduced risk of damages in the event of grounding. This combination is excellent for coastal and long-distance cruising and especially for sailing at high latitudes and Arctic waters.
Allures 40, NYCTALA was launched in 2008, at the boatyard in Cherbourg, France. The first owner was a Swiss who owned the boat for five years. The current owner bought NYCTALA from the Allures boatyard in the spring of 2013 and sailed the boat home to Sweden. After that, they have mostly sailed along the Swedish west coast and Danish waters.
During the winters, the boat has been in the water with the exception of one winter, when the boat was lifted ashore. After winter storage in the water, the boat has been lifted ashore every spring for service, replacement of sacrificial anodes, change of oil in the saildrive, grease in the propeller and bottom painting.
Furling systems to both fore stays provide flexible sailing, which can be safely and securely furled out and in from the cockpit. Furling gennaker or spinnaker can be set to get good power in light downwind. It provides both fun and active sailing.
The interior is built in American cherry wood, which gives a classic and very cozy impression. Two things are special in the layout. The navigation table has a seat on both sides. This means that you can sit facing forward or facing aft. To sit facing aft get good eye contact with the cockpit.
Amidships between the navigation table and the galley is a narrow cabinet, which provides very good support behind the back when working in the galley and generally when moving around in the saloon while sailing.
There is also a finesse at the stb hatch in the cockpit down to the large stowage compartment. Under the hatch there is a Plexiglas window, so that the hatch can be kept open to bring light into the stowage without rain and splash water coming down.
From the description above and the technical specification it is clear that NYCTALA is well planned and prepared for coastal and open sea sailing and very suitable for Scandinavian and northern waters. The boat has been looked after and maintained in a good way throughout the years and is therefore in very good condition.
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