I have nearly completed the Insurance Survey report for the inspection of this Etap 32i. These boats were designed by Philippe Harlé & Alain Mortain and built by Etap Yachting of Belgium. About 150 were built between 1992 and 2000, making this 32i one of the earlier ones.
They have double-skinned hulls, with the majority of the voids filled with closed-cell polyurethane foam. Etap claim that this makes the boats unsinkable, but also like to point out that the foam improves sound & heat insulation and adds to the stiffness of the hull too. This particular yacht has been very well maintained by her first and only Owner. Approximately three years ago I managed the partial re-fit of this boat, which included the overhaul of many bits of equipment, including the replacement of all of the below-water skin fittings & valves with ones made from glass-reinforced nylon by Forespar. Yesterday’s survey of the boat was fairly uneventful, but the lack of hose connections to the vessel’s only manual bilge pump was a surprise. If the boat was flooded during an incident, the built-in buoyancy might prevent it from sinking, but would their insurance policy cover them if the pump was known to be poorly maintained?