Boat Details

The A35 by Archambault has been one of the most successful IRC boats in recent times. Ideal for IRC, potent on the course or offshore. "Fools Gold" who is owned by Rob McConnel of Prolines, the Irish Archambault importer has many high level wins under her belt and is prepared to a high level for Grand Prix racing.
This is a great opportunity to buy a very well prepared, dry sailed A35. New sails & ready to win. 

General / Construction

Built in 2008 by Archambault, Fools Gold is an A35 from a stable of very successful yachts including winning the Commodores Cup boat of the event on two occasions and a raft of 1st in Europe's most prestigious regattas.

The A35 boats one of the most competitive IRC handicaps and is further more rewarding and a joy to sail.

"Fools Gold" is owned by a naval architect who worked for Archambault during the development of the design, the result is that "Fools Gold" has the lowest handicap of any A35.

DRY Sailed her whole life and maintained by a professional owner. This is a refined boat and highly optimised for IRC racing at the highest level. See the results section.

  • Optimised IRC rating - 1.019.
  • Lead keel. Professionally race fared April 2018. Whilst this keel looks conventional it is far from it! From a rating perspective it is but there is a very cleaver shape with hollowed out trailing edge giving extra lift.
  • White GRP deck, sandwich resin transfer moulding.
  • Balanced rudder with stainless steel stock and self aligning bearings.


  • Interior wood work is in Moabi Mahogany. 
  • White vinyl lined deck heads. 
  • Grey Micro Fibre washable upholstery.

Forward cabin - 

Large double berth, Lewmar round deck hatch, Spot lights for cabin illumination

Saloon - 
Port/stbd settee berths with a central drop leaf table there are 2 fixed coach roof port lights giving natural light and 2 spotlights.

Galley - 
The galley has a 2 burner gimbled stove, a stainless steel sink with pressurised cold water,a 60l moulded icebox and a large open locker for stowage.

Aft Cabin - 
Situated on the port side with an entry door has a large double berth an opening port light and a spotlight.

Heads - 
The heads compartment has a marine toilet with holding tank,polyester sink with pressurised cold water,an opening portlight for ventilation.

Spars / Rigging

Keel stepped 9/10 rig tapered anodised aluminium mast and boom with double aft swept spreaders.

  • NEW Soromap mast & Spreaders Oct 2015.
  • NEW Dyform Rigging Oct 2015.
  • NEW Tuff-Luff 2018.
  • NEW performance halyards 2017/18.
  • NEW sheets, almost all replaced (not spi guys) 2017/18.
  • Rod Kicker.
  • Adjustable Mast Base.
  • Jib outhauler system fitted for two sail reaching..
  • Carbon Spinnaker pole.
  • Fixed bow prodder for 'A' sails. Optimised for IRC

Sail Inventory

Number One Sails by McWilliam loft - Titamium Carbon & others! Titanium Carbon are more expensive than North 3di!  Around €40,000 ex Tax spent 2015-2018

UK McWilliam - Uni Titanium Carbon

  • NEW Uni Titanium Carbon Main sail (June 2017), (4 regatta's old, 18 days use).
  • New Uni Titanium Carbon J1 (June 2017), 4 regatta's old (8 days use).
  • New Uni Titanium Carbon J2 (June 2017), 4 regatta's old (10 days use).
  • New Uni Titanium Carbon J3 (July 2018), (never used).
    S1 (July 2015) 0.5, (20 days use approx).
  • New S2 (July 2018), 1 regatta old (used for 4 days).
  • A3 (Sept 2016), 6 regattas old (used 8 days approx)

UK McWilliam - Millennium Carbon 

  • Mainsail (June 2015), 7 regattas old (28 days use approx).
  • J1 (June 201115), 7 regattas old (used for 12 days approx).
  • J2 (June 2015), 7 regattas old (used for 16 days approx).
  • J3 (July 2015), 9 regattas old (20 days approx.)

McWilliam - Millennium

  • Selection of Jibs, good for deliveries.

Deck Gear

Stainless steel pullpit, pushpits and supported stanchion posts with an open stern, all secured by stainless steel guard wires.
Large cockpit stowage locker and gas bottle stowage.

The deck is exceptionally well laid out with all control lines lead aft to coachroof clutch bank. The cockpit is very large and laid out for easy crewing.

  • 4 aluminium mooring cleats.
  • Various warps and fenders.
  • Anchor and Chain.
  • Winch Handles.
  • Rope Bags.
  • 2 Lewmar 48ast primary winches.
  • 2 Lewmar 40ast halyard winches.
  • 2 Lewmar 40 ast mainsheet winches.
  • Full width adjustable main track.
  • 2 rope adjustable genoa tracks.
  • 6 Spinlock halyard clutches.
  • Carbon Tiller with Spinlock extension.

Navigation equipment

  • Full B & G H 3000 instruments.
  • 2008 B&G H3000 CPU
  • 2010 B&G H3000 GFD x 3 (2 fitted 1 spare)
  • 2015 B&G mast mounted 20/20.
  • 2018 Sail Racer Ink pad (new, not fitted)
  • 2017 Sail Racer data Linker, blue tooth transmitter.
  • 2008 Garmin GPS.
  • 2018 Icom DSC VHF.
  • Hawk Windex.

Mechanical / Electrical

Nanni diesel 3.21,SD10 21 inboard engine with sail drive to a 2 bladed folding propeller. The engine is recessed under the yachts companion way.

  • 30 litre plastic fuel tank,

Electrical - 

  • 12v electrical system.
  • 2 x 70AH batteries.
  • 12 volt ships distribution panel with 12 switches.

Safety Equipment

"The safety equipment listed below may not be serviced up to date at the point of sale and is sold “as is””

  • Fire Extinguisher.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Flare Pack.
  • Danbuoy.
  • Horseshoe Life Belt with cradle.
  • 4 Man Life Raft with cradle. Needs servicing.

Race Results

2018 - 

  • Commodores cup 3rd
  • IRC Europeans 4th

2017 - 

  • 2nd Scottish Series.
  • 3rd IRC Irish Nationals.
  • 1st Sovereign's Cup with 6 first places out of 6 races and winner of boat of the week.
  • 2nd IRC Irish Nationals.
  • 1st IRC Welsh Nationals and winner of boat of the event.
  • 1st IRC Abersoch keelboat week and winner of boat of the week.

2016 - 

  • 1st Spring League KYC with 6 first places out of 8 races.
  • 2nd Cork Week.
  • 2nd IRC European Championships.
  • 1st IRC Welsh National.
  • 1st South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA).

2015 - 

  • 1st Spring League KYC with 8 first places out of 8 races.
  • 1st Scottish Series and winner of boat of the week.
  • 2nd Sovereign's Cup.
  • 2nd IRC Irish nationals.
  • 1st Autumn League RCYC with 8 first places out of 8 races and winner of boat of the event.
  • 1st South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA). 

MS&P Disclaimer

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Whilst we make best effort to obtain documentation from Vendors it is advisable to check what is available before travelling to view or making an offer.


  • BuilderArchambault
  • DesignerJoubert/Nivelt
  • LocationNetherlands
  • Built2008
  • Price£74,479
  • Length10.6 m
  • Hull MaterialFiberglass
  • Cabins2
  • Cruising Speed6.9|kilometers per hour
  • Max Speed8.06|kilometers per hour
  • Beam3.55 m
  • Max Draft2.2 m
  • Displacement4.45 tonnes
  • Ballast Weight4,387.2 lb
  • Water Tank Capacity22|liter
  • Fuel Tank Capacity11|liter
  • Engine 1
    • Make: Nanni
    • Model: SD21
    • Year: 2008
    • Fuel Type: diesel
    • Propeller Type: Inboard

Contact Seller

Michael Schmidt & Partner Ltd
Rhu Marina Pier Road Rhu G84 8LH United Kingdom
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