dimanche 26 avril 2015

OVNI 435 versus 445.

Voici un échange de mail, en anglais (désolé pour cela), qui est la réponse à une question posée par un futur OVNIste qui s'interroge (en fait m'interroge) sur les différences entre un 435 et un 445

La Question
I've read some of your posts on aluminum boats with a keen interest and was hoping you could give me some Ovni advice. Right now I'm looking at a 435 and I see that you have a 445.
In your view, what sacrifices am I making by buying a 435 instead of a 445?
A 445 is more expensive and could break my budget, so I was hoping some input on the difference between them could help me decide.
Best regards,


an OVNI 345

an OVNI 445: HanamiII
La Réponse
Thanks fo the mail.
The 435 and the 445 have a few differences which I'll try to summarize.

The 435 is the older version of the 445, the previous one was the 43.
The last 435 was built in 2009 and went to the Mediterranean.
The 445 has more power as she has more canvas: the mast is higher and the sail plan is different. The architect are different, the 445 was designed by Marc Lombard who designed a few IMOCAs.
The whole length of the hull in the water is for the 445 and is shorter on the 435. The 445 is higher than the 435 and protection is a bit better when in the cockpit.
Both have a central dagger-board but the 435 is a simple aluminium plate when the 445's one is a real shaped steel one weighting half a ton. Hence the boat stability is different. On both the lifting mechanism is good but more recent on the 445 of course.
When sailing windward (something gentlemen never do as the story goes ...) the 445 is more efficient.
Regarding the deck plan there is no big difference
The inside is not much different either, even if the plans are not the same.
The 435 used to be Jimmy Cornell's Aventura II I think, before he went to Allure/Garcia as relationships with Alubat weren't what he expected (This is what I was told). With this boat he circled the world 2 times I think and went to Antartica for the 2000 trip.
There have been 39 OVNI 445 built so far (mine is number 8) and they are bit difficult to find.
There are more 345 on the market and they are usually in good condition as people who sailed them kept them carefully and were not shy with maitenance (there are exceptions but very few).
The price for a second hand 435 might be in the 200-300 K-Euros depending on the equipment.
The price for a 445 will be around 330 K-Euros, depending on the equipment but there are very few on the market.

Alubat doesn't built the 435 any more but could build a 445 and that may be quite expensive BUT you can have the boat built to your requirements provided you know what you want and can travel to France often enough. It could be possible to have someone monitoring the work for you but I don't think you want to buy a new one.

In a nutshell: they are both very good and very safe boats, the 445 is more recent and will be a bit more efficient and a bit more expensive. Both will be relatively expensive compared to polyester boats as they are products for a 'niche market', mainly circum-navigators or people doing mainly long cruises and the number of available boats in quite limited. To boot the Alubat shipyard went bankrupt
a couple of years ago and if they are back into business now it remains a bit difficult and very few new boats have been built, hence the price of second hand ones remains high.

I hope I answered some of your questions.
If not, feel free to ask and if you need a broker, tell me I know a couple of very good ones who are OVNI experts.

All the best
Marc on S/Y Hanami II


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