Solo Sirocco

Words by solo-sailor Kristina

Found in the 2024 Spring Issue

How did you find your boat, and what drew you to this one? 

This previous owner had sailed Sirocco all the way from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean during his one-year sabbatical. 

What drew me to Sirocco was its blend of factors that perfectly aligned with my vision. I was on the hunt for a 29-34 foot boat, ideal for solo sailing, and it had to fit within my budget, which was around $20,000. In the end, Sirocco not only met these criteria but exceeded them, as I acquired her for $17,000. 

What are the best things about her and what are the least favorites?

Sirocco’s best features include her fully-equipped nature, ready for ocean crossings without requiring extensive modifications. Furthermore, the generous headroom and wide beam add to the overall comfort of living on board, creating a surprisingly spacious feel for a 29-foot boat. 

Personally, I hold a special affection for older sailboats like Sirocco because of their robust construction. Unlike many modern yachts that prioritize lightweight and speed, Sirocco has a thicker gel coat, a fin keel, and a skeg-hung rudder. These attributes enhance her safety and seaworthiness, aligning perfectly with my sailing philosophy. While some modern boats sacrifice these features for speed, I prioritize the reliability and security that these older designs offer, as speed isn’t my primary concern. Another big plus with Sirocco is that she’s a Dufour. Dufour boats are known for being robust, comfortable and seaworthy, which is essential for long journeys like mine…..

                   

 

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