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Allures 45
$399,000 USD
45ft 10in

Designed by Olivier Racoupeau, Allures cruising yachts feature aluminum hulls, fiberglass cockpits and cabin tops, centerboards, and twin rudders.  The benefits of these “Deriveurs” extend beyond their shoal draft and ability to dry out. Downwind sailing performance and comfort are greatly improved with the centerboard raised up into a trunk. There’s no keel to trip over and yaw around. Upwind performance is surprisingly good with the twin rudders and generous form stability of the wide stern. Aluminum is the preferred hull material for strong, easy to maintain blue water cruising boats. A welded centerboard trunk is far better than an underhung, bolted in place steel assembly on a fiberglass hull. When Xavier Desmaret and Stephan Constance founded Allures Yachting in 2003, they started with the Allures 44 and built two dozen of these single wheel, closed transom boats before replacing this design with the Allures 45 in 2010. The Allures 45 features twin wheels, taking advantage of the walk-through transom and other design refinements over the original Allures 44.

Timeless Odyssey is hull No.  8 of this model and has three staterooms and two heads with separate shower stall in the aft head. The current owners bought the yacht in January 2014 and it was lightly used at that stage. It was initially based in The Solent UK and after retiring in 2015 the owners sailed her to the Baltic with a return through the Gota canal and the canals in Holland (standing mast route). The following summer she was  sailed to the Mediterranean where 5 seasons were spent exploring those waters mostly in Greece. In 2022/23 Timeless Odyssey crossed the Med and the Atlantic via Madeira, The Canaries and Cape Verde. This was followed by time exploring the Caribbean and the following season cruising northwards thorough the island chain to the Bahamas and the East Coast of America. On average the boat was sailed for 2 to 6 months of the year and hauled out in the off-seasons under cover with all canvas and sails stored inside the boat. Engine hours are low at 2500. Cruising gear and sails have plenty of life in them and equipment includes staysail and solent on furlers, a Parasailor and a Jeckells spinnaker/gennaker, AIS and radar, dodger, bimini with zipped on back and side panels, bow thruster, 2 spare anchors as well as a stern anchor, watermaker, Webasto diesel heater, 825 watts of solar. Also included are a second downwind pole and a Hydrovane self-steering gear, towed hydro generator and Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator. Timeless Odyssey is ready to head off across oceans and is truly blue water/around the world capable for off grid cruising and passagemaking. This is an excellent choice for a family or couple wanting to cruise the Bahamas and beyond. Think of the cruising grounds available with the 3 ½ foot (1.05m) draft!  EU VAT tax is paid.


Model Allures 45
Year 2011
Builder Allures Yachting
Designer Olivier Racoupeau
Price $399,000 USD
Location Maryland
Length (feet) 45
Beam (feet) 14.5
Draft (feet) 3.6
Displacement (pounds) 26,432
Ballast (pounds) 9632
Engine model Volvo D2-55F
Engine horsepower 55
Engine hours 2500
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 148
Water tank capacity (gallons) 148
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 18


The hull is constructed from marine grade 5083 aluminium alloy with extensive longitudinal and transverse framing.  Plating is 10mm thick on the bottom, 8mm at the turn of the bilge, and 6mm on the hull sides and deck.  A watertight bulkhead is forward, forming a sail locker in the bow. Ballast is encapsulated in epoxy on either side of the centerboard trunk and capped with aluminium plating.  Fuel and water tanks are integral aluminium.  Diesel and water can be transferred from low to high side for stability.  The cabin top and cockpit are molded fiberglass with high density PVC foam coring.  The fiberglass to aluminium interface is a wide flange sealed with polyurethane and secured with rivets and bolts.  The centerboard trunk is welded aluminum and the centerboard is a 1.5” thick aluminum plate with faired edges.  The board is lifted with a 3:1 tackle and lifting line led to a rope clutch and electric winch by the companionway.  Gravity lowers the board.  A single down line can assist in the event of fouling of the trunk with marine growth.  The design of the centreboard mechanism was upgraded by Allures in later models. This upgrade was ordered from the Allures factory and installed on the centreboard in 2021. Rudders are aluminium framed with NACA profile fiberglass skins on foam cores and self-aligning needle bearings in rudder tubes (extended above waterline allowing in-water removal).  Design details are extremely well-conceived for operation and maintenance in remote locations.

Naval architect Olivier Racoupeau is a master of this design category with dozens of twin rudder, centerboard, aluminium boat designs to his credit.  The bow is slightly raked.  A welded bowsprit with twin anchor rollers and tack attachment for flying sails projects forward.  A bow thruster tunnel is welded into the deep forefoot which transitions to an area of flat bottom just forward of the mast.  A robust wedge-shaped skeg below the centerboard trunk and extending aft protects the saildrive and tips the hull forward, lifting the rudders clear of the beach when drying out.  The area of flat hull forward of the mast provides transverse stability.  Outboard canted twin rudders allow fingertip steering control at varying angles of heel while minimizing autopilot loads and draft.  The wide stern has an integral scoop/swim platform.

The hull is painted with epoxy primer and black antifouling below the waterline. This was last renewed professionally in January of 2024.  Hull sides are bare aluminium from the bottom paint up to 12” below the deck.  A narrow red vinyl accent stripe in line with the hull side ports covers the aluminum to paint junction.  The bowsprit and hull sides just below the deck are painted with white LPU.  Some deterioration of the paint is noticeable on the bowsprit.  Many Allures owners have removed the paint in this area to bare the aluminum.  The transom is aluminum and painted white.  The swim platform has welded handrails on each side and is covered with non-skid super durable Deck-King faux teak decking. The cockpit area has the same cosmetically pleasing decking.

A welded aluminum toe rail runs from bow to stern on each side just inboard of the radiused deck edge.  Holes in this strong toe rail allow water drainage and lashing/attachment of preventers, outboard leads, fenders and other utility.  Removable lifelines run from the stainless-steel bow pulpit to stern pushpits through stainless steel stanchions.  The stanchion and pulpit attachment are through-bolted with plastic bushing and washer isolation of the aluminium.  Midships and stern boarding gates are fitted.  Side decks are aluminium and painted with white non-skid.  The cabintop is white gelcoat covered fiberglass with moulded non-skid.  Lewmar deck hatches in the cabintop are flush-mounted.  Handrails run along either side of the coachroof.

Wide coamings slope aft from the cabintop, protecting the cockpit sides.  A canvas dodger and bimini protect the companionway and cockpit.  Cockpit seats are long enough for sleeping. Those and the cockpit sole are covered with Deck-King faux teak.  A teak cockpit table with drop leaves and centre storage area divides the wide cockpit.  The wide helm seat running from side to side between the dual helms easily seats seven across.  A hinged centre seat folds over when using the walk-through transom.  Dual helms afford excellent views of the water and sails from either side.   Primary and secondary winches are mounted on the coamings. 6 winches in total in the cockpit area, one of which is electric. The boat is rigged with single line reefing and all reefing lines, halyards and other control lines are led back to jammers in the cockpit, allowing the sail plan to be altered without needing to go on deck.

Storage lockers for cooking gas are below the outboard helm seats.  Top opening lockers are below the inboard helm seats and accessible from the swim platform.   The side settees lift to access sole-level lockers for lines, sailing hardware, and other gear.  Life raft storage is below the transom walk-through.  Forward is a large, climb-into, sail locker accessed through a deck hatch just aft of the staysail stay.  A top opening chain locker is forward of the sail locker and a raised bottom allows overboard draining.

One feature that clearly identifies the Allures 45 as a blue water cruiser is the stern arch.  Built from welded aluminium, this structure holds solar panels and nav/com antennas.  A cantilevered stainless steel hoisting frame with block and tackle allows easy lifting of the inflatable tender (with the engine on it for short trips). One of the stern lockers is fitted to store the outboard during passages with the Highfield tender stored on the foredeck.


  • Lewmar Ocean Concept II 12V anchor windlass with line capstan and up/down foot button on bow. Additional anchor winch controls at the helm.
  • Rocna 33 kg anchor with 80m of 10mm chain. Needs regalvanising.
  • Secondary aluminium Fortress anchor with 100 meters of 1” nylon line rode and 10m of chain.
  • Spare Delta anchor (the original anchor on the boat).
  • Stern anchor that can be set through the integrated roller on the stern and or used as a kedge.
  • Lewmar size 65 deck hatch to bow sail locker
  • (3) Lewmar size 44 deck hatches to front cabin and salon
  • (2) Lewmar size 10 deck hatches to front cabin
  • (2) Lewmar size 3 hatches to head and aft cabin
  • (5) Lewmar size 2 opening portlights
  • (8) Hull portlights
  • PMMA scratch-resistant smoked acrylic ports in salon sides and front windows
  • (8) 330mm welded aluminum mooring cleats
  • Cruciform welded aluminum cleat in anchor locker
  • (2) 160mm aluminum cleats on stern arch
  • Stainless steel swim ladder with teak treads on swim platform
  • Hot/cold freshwater shower on transom
  • Burgundy yacht acrylic cockpit dodger with aft grab rail
  • Burgandy yacht acrylic cockpit bimini with stainless steel bows
  • Burgandy yacht acrylic cover for teak cockpit table and helms


TIMELESS ODYSSEY is cutter rigged with the staysail on a fixed furler.  The mast is deck stepped and spreaders are swept off with cap shrouds run to welded chainplates on the hull side.  Standing rigging is 1×19 wire rope and all the standing rigging was replaced (a 10 year insurance requirement) in 2022 before the Atlantic crossing.  There are two backstays run to the stern quarters.  A Lazy-bag catches and stores the mainsail.  The 1st and 2nd reefs are single line while the deep reef has a clew and tack line.  Halyards, reef lines, and sheets are led aft to the cockpit.  Running backstays are rigged for stabilizing the mast while using the staysail.  Lines from the mast to the cockpit are led below a removable fiberglass cover to keep the deck clean and uncluttered.  This versatile sailplan and deck hardware are suitable for a wide range of wind conditions while sailing shorthanded.  All winches were upsized from standard spec.

  • Sparcraft anodized aluminium double spreader mast; stepped on deck
  • Sparcraft anodized aluminium boom
  • Foredeck and anchor light
  • Masthead Windex wind direction arrow
  • (2) Signal halyards run to bottom of lower spreader
  • Facnor LX series furler for jib and staysail
  • Lewmar mainsheet traveller and 5:1 mainsheet
  • Sparcraft rigid boom vang with lifting spring
  • Lewmar staysail and jib sheet lead cars with line pullers led aft to cockpit
  • Incidences 55m2 full-batten mainsail with three reefs
  • Facnor mainsail luff track on mast
  • Incidences 45m2 furling genoa/jib with UV cover
  • Incidences furling staysail with UV cover
  • Parasailor 156m2 symmetric with sock and all the rigging for guys and sheets
  • Jeckells asymmetric spinnaker with sock
  • Mast-mounted Sparcraft spinnaker pole and topping lift
  • Spare light weight pole for the staysail to allow wing on wing foresail only downwind sailing.
  • (2) Lewmar foot/block off blocks on coaming for genoa and staysail sheets
  • (2) Lewmar 54ST two speed self-tailing primary winches (upsized for standard 50)
  • (2) Lewmar 46ST two speed self-tailing secondary winches on coaming
  • (2) Lewmar 46ST two speed winches on coachroof adjacent companionway (one is electric)
  • (13) Spinlock rope clutches on coachroof
  • Spinnaker halyard, genoa halyard, staysail halyard, mainsail halyard, boom topping lift, pole topping lift, boom brake, Cunningham.
  • Blocks and tackles for spinnaker pole downhaul
  • Walder Boom brake.
  • Twing lines and block for spinnaker sheets
  • Line storage bin aft of companionway for halyard and line tails
  • (2) Lewmar locking winch handles plus spare winch handle
  • (4) Winch handle storage pockets


  • Volvo D2-55 engine with 2500 hours
  • Volvo MS130S – B saildrive with 18” 3 blade feathering J-prop
  • Engine room insulated with soundproofing foam
  • Volvo single lever shift/throttle at port helm
  • Dual steering wheels and Jeffa steering system with shafts and gears; two independent systems connected with removable synchronizing bar
  • Maxpower 12V tunnel bow thruster and windlass/thruster battery bank
  • Engine space 12V blower
  • Racor twin switchable cartridge style primary fuel filters with vacuum gage
  • (2) Vetus sea strainers
  • Plastic through hull valves on welded aluminum standpipes
  • Webasto Airtop EVO 5500 forced air diesel cabin heater
  • Sigmar 20 liter hot water heater (Replacement water heater aboard)
  • SPX Diesel and water 12V transfer pumps for side to side transfer
  • (2) Whale Gulper 220 shower drain pump
  • Manual Whale bilge pump
  • Johnson water pressure pump with accumulator tank
  • Electric galley pump for saltwater rinsing in the sinks
  • 12V high capacity bilge pump with Quick EBSN10 electronic switch
  • Sahara 12V automatic bilge pump in forward bilge
  •  12V Eco-systems Splash 25 water maker


  • (4) Victron AGM 12V batteries (4 x 240=960Ah in house bank (new January 2024
  • 3 x Bluetooth enabled Victron MPPT solar controllers (new January 2024)
  • Victron 12V 110ah AGM engine start battery (new January 2024)
  • Victron 12V 110ah AGM bow thruster/anchor windlass battery (new January 2024)
  • Bosch 12v 115 amp engine alternator
  • 5 x solar panels totalling 825 Watts on stern arch and above the bimini frame with MPPT regulators as above
  • D400 Eclectic Energy Wind Generator
  • Towed Eclectic Energy Hydrogenerator
  • 25 meter 16 amp shorepower cord
  • Victron 12V/800 watt inverter (outputs 220V 50 hz)
  • (2) Battery isolation switches
  • Victron 3600 watt isolation transformer. Switchable with jumper sets between any combination of 220v and 110v
  • Stirling Procharge Ultra charger (with Global AC input & active power factor correction)
  • Stirling ProSave 12V/12V Switch Mode DC/DC galvanic isolator
  • Victron Bluetooth enabled battery monitor
  • Philippi tank level monitor
  • Allures custom switch panel with nav light mimic
  • Wave Wifi router with long range antennae to catch shore based Wifi
  • Red Box Wifi router currently attached to Starlink but can be used with a 4G dongle or a satellite phone
  • Predictwind Datahub tracking device
  • DC Earth leakage detector


  • (2) Plastimo Olympic 135 compasses at steering pedestals
  • Simrad RS12 VHF radio at nav station
  • iCom IC-M802 SSB radio, tuner, etc. at Nav station
  • Dragon P4 Pactor modem for use with the SSB radio
  • Simrad chartplotter display at nav station
  • Simrad IS20 multifunction display above companionway
  • 2 x IS20 wind displays at each helm
  • 3 x Simrad AP40 controllers one at chart table and one at each helm
  • Simard chartplotter display centrally located between the helms
  • Simard minigyro autopilot compass
  • Simrad AC42 Auto Pilot calculator
  • VHF speaker and control switch at helm
  • Simrad broadband radar mounted on mast
  • Simrad NAIS AIS transceiver
  • 580 Wind sensor
  • BR24 Radar unit
  • DST 200 depth, log and echo sounder
  • Sonic Hub sound system, Bluetooth enabled and USB, iPod, iPhone compatible.
  • Jeffa DD1 autopilot drive
  • Stereo speakers in salon and cockpit
  • Handheld VHF
  • Spare VHF (with no GPS function)


  • Lifesling in rail-mounted soft case
  • Webbing jack lines
  • (4) Safety harnesses
  • Highfield 2.4m aluminium bottom ultra-light tender (4 years old)
  • Chaps (need minor repairs) and separate fitted cover for the Highfield tender
  • E-Propulsion electric outboard
  • E-Propusion 220v charger
  • E-propulsion 12V charger and MPPT (can be used with solar panels or to charge from the main boats 12v system.
  • 2 x 50W solar panels for remote E-Propulsion battery charging
  • 4 hp 4 stroke Yamaha outboard
  • 8 person liferaft in valise (serviced October 2022)
  • Simrad EG50 EPIRB (serviced October 2022)
  • IOR rated man overboard pole
  • Canvas winter storage full cockpit cover
  • Lifejackets x 6, lifelines, bosan’s chair, flares, medical kit
  • Grab bag serviced and updated 2022

There are is comprehensive set of manuals for almost all of the equipment on the boat.


TIMELESS ODYSSEY has three sleeping cabins and dual heads with stall shower layout in one.   The salon dinette can seat seven for meals.  Lee-cloths have been made for both the central bunks for comfort during lively passages.  The forward stateroom has a king size double bed that can be slept across transversely on a heel. There is a cupboard comprising a shelf with hanging area below as well as two large drawers below the bed. Between the cupboard and bed is a dressing chair with storage bin below. The owner has installed an additional cupboard on the aft wall of the cabin. The forward head is a wet room and is on the starboard side off the forward stateroom.  Both the front and aft starboard cabins have futons and memory foam mattresses. The galley is linear and to port of the salon.  The nav station is raised ten inches above the cabin sole with seats forward and aft of the chart table.  The main head is to port of the companionway and has a separate stall shower aft.  The port aft stateroom has a large berth with removable inboard cushion to allow access to mechanical spaces under the cockpit and the stern storage/steering space.  The starboard aft stateroom has a large berth, cupboard and dressing seat with storage bin below.

The interior was designed by Frank Darnet Design with American Cherry woodwork of solid and laminate ply resulting in an elegant and functional accommodation space.  The cabin sole is Wenge faux teak; a durable, scratch resistant material with good traction and elegant appearance.  Ample panels in the cabin sole access bilge areas.  Hullside and overhead linings are marine plywood covered with white vinyl.  The salon cushions are upholstered in cream.  Wall-switched overhead dome lights, reading lights, 12V and 220V outlets and USB charging plugs are well placed throughout the interior.  Hull sides in way in the living areas are lined with neoprene foam for thermal and acoustic insulation.  Cabin doors are easily removed from “lift off” hinges.  Cabinet doors have euro hinges and pushbutton latches.  Overhead panels are mounted on ball/socket mounts and easily removed to access deck hardware and wiring.

  • Oceanaire sliding Skycreens (sunscreen and mosquito nets) on large overhead salon and main cabin hatches and forward heads hatch.
  • Blinds for all other hatches and ports
  • (3) 12V cabin fans
  • Positive pushbutton latches on cabinet doors
  • Oscalati safety catches on all opening cabinet doors and draws
  • Berths fitted with ventilation/spring slat boards under mattresses
  • All lights have LED bulbs
  • Safe fitted below the Nav table

Interior access is easy with the well-designed companionway.  Retractable acrylic doors slide into a recess in the cockpit sole.  The overhead slider is smoked acrylic with low friction plastic slides and solid teak cover boards.  The companionway steps are curved and fitted with antislip tape.  Stainless steel handrails are on either side.  The companionway step assembly lifts on gas springs to access the engine space.  Additional side access panels are in the aft staterooms.

The salon is bright and open with good handholds for security at sea and ample storage.  A bar cabinet is on centerline, aft of the centerline settee and has bottle and glass storage.  The centerboard trunk is beneath the slightly curved centerline settee.  The dining table is mounted on two pedestals and could be modified to allow the table to lower and infill into a large berth.  A centre, top-opening storage bin holds bottles or condiments.  The starboard settee is “L” shaped with storage below and outboard of the seats and seatbacks.  Additional cabinets are above and outboard of the seats. Two large drawers are below the centreline trunk.

The navigation area is to starboard of the companionway, on a 10” high raised platform.  Two panoramic seats are forward and aft of the chart table.  Storage bins are under the seats.  The seat bottoms are hinged and can be angled up when sailing on starboard tack.  Two large drawers are below the platform.  Nav/com electronics are mounted outboard in Anthracite panels.  The DC switch panel with battery and tank monitoring is recess-mounted in the aft bulkhead.  12V and 220V sockets, complete this area.

The galley is along the port side of the salon and down one small step from the salon level.  Bracing against the centerline settee, one can cook underway on either tack.

  • (2) Stainless-steel rectangular sinks
  • Single Lever mixer faucet
  • Seawater electric pump with faucet
  • Watermaker taster faucet
  • Corian countertops with cherry fiddles
  • Gimballed three burner stove and oven with pot clamps
  • Vertrifrigo 144 liter with drawer fridge below and drawer freezer above
  • Cabinet over fridge for microwave oven
  • 220V Nespresso machine
  • 220v kettle
  • Drawers and cabinets for dishes, cutlery, cups, cooking gear, and provisions

The heads are located to port of the companionway and to the starboard as you enter the main stateroom. They are both entered through a locking privacy door. The forward head has an extendable sink nozzle and the shower pump makes this a secondary shower unit.  White laminate and moulded surfaces make this space bright, easy to clean, and water resistant.  A Jabsco manual flush toilet in both heads is forward with storage cabinets outboard of the forward head.  Both have a vanity with porcelain raised bowl sink and single lever faucet is along the forward bulkhead.  A mirror is on the inboard bulkhead.  Storage cabinets are below the sink.  A shower stall is aft and closed with a hinged acrylic bifold door.  A mixer, hose, nozzle/wand, with high mount allows standup or seated showering.


  • Davis Sextant
  • Barometer
  • Marine Clock
  • Ships thermometer and hydrometer
  • Iridium Go satellite communicator for voice and offshore ocean weather routing data.
  • Starlink with 12v conversion kit for more efficient power consumption
  • Starlink dish/aerial (wire runs complete but needs a new mounting bracket)
  • (2) Folding bicycles
  • Comprehensive set of tools, electric drills, jig saw, cordless angle grinder etc.
  • Navionics chart plotter SD cards
    • Europe
    • Brazil, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico
    • East Coast of America and the Great Lakes
  • Library of sailing books and manuals
  • Pilot guides for Caribbean, Atlantic islands and several European countries
  • Paper charts for the entire Caribbean and various Mediterranean and European locations

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