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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.

ULTREIA is hull No.  9 of this model and has three staterooms and a single head with separate shower stall. The original owners, a French family with four children, cruised from Cherbourg to the US east coast via the Caribbean. A custom forward cabin with four bunks, a center storage area, and removable homework station is the “kid cabin” allowing the parents to use one aft cabin with guests in a second aft cabin. The center storage area is easily removed to convert the forward cabin to a true “master stateroom.”

ULTREIA’s second owners cruised the Chesapeake Bay and east coast for the last nine years, hauling and storing ashore in Annapolis under cover each winter. Engine hours are low at 1425. Cruising gear and sails have plenty of life in them due to limited use and include watermaker, staysail on furler, dodger, bimini, solar panel, two spinnakers, AIS, genset, Webasto diesel heater, bow thruster, and spare anchor. ULTREIA is ready to head south this winter. 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 draft!  EU VAT tax is paid.  Imported into USA.


Name of vessel ULTREIA
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) 3.4
Displacement (pounds) 26,432
Ballast (pounds) 9632
Engine model Volvo D2-55F
Engine horsepower 55
Engine hours 1495
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 145
Water tank capacity (gallons) 102
Holding tank capacity (gallons)


The hull is constructed from marine grade 5083 aluminum 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 aluminum plating.  Fuel and water tanks are integral aluminum.  Diesel and water can be pumped from low to high side for stability.  The cabin top and cockpit are molded fiberglass with high density PVC foam coring.  The fiberglass to aluminum 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 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.  Rudders are aluminum 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, aluminum 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 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 white Trilux 33 below the waterline.  The antifouling was renewed in October of 2022.  Hull sides are bare aluminum 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 bow sprit.  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 painted non-skid.

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.  Plastic-coated double 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 aluminum.  Midships and stern boarding gates are fitted.  Side decks are aluminum and painted with white non-skid.  The cabintop is white gelcoat covered fiberglass with molded 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 and are covered with Deck-King faux teak.  The cockpit sole is white non-skid.  A teak cockpit table with drop leaves and center 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 center 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.

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.  Liferaft 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 aluminum, this structure holds a solar panel and nav/com antennas.  Additional solar panels could be added.  Block and tackles are attached to padeyes below the arch for hoisting and securing a tender.  A stainless-steel outboard engine hoist and storage stern rail storage mount are located on the port quarter.

  • Lewmar Ocean Concept II 12V anchor windlass with line capstan and up/down foot button on bow
  • 20 kg plow anchor with 30m of 10mm chain and 80 meters of 1” nylon line rode
  • 50 meters of spare chain in sail locker bin
  • Fortress secondary anchor with 20 meters of chain and 30 meters of line rode
  • Stern anchor roller
  • 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
  • Dark grey yacht acrylic cockpit dodger with aft grab rail
  • Dark grey yacht acrylic cockpit bimini with stainless steel bows (canvas should be replaced)
  • Dark grey yacht acrylic cover for teak cockpit table



ULTREIA is sloop rigged with a staysail rigged 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.  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 aluminum double spreader mast; stepped on deck
  • Sparcraft anodized aluminum 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
  • Incidences 125m2 symmetric spinnaker with sock
  • Incidences 82m2 asymmetric spinnaker with sock
  • Mast-mounted Sparcraft spinnaker pole and topping lift
  • (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 40ST two speed self-tailing secondary winches on coaming
  • (2) Lewmar 40ST two speed winches on coachroof adjacent companionway
  • (9) Spinlock rope clutches on coachroof
  • Spinnaker halyard, genoa halyard, staysail halyard, mainsail halyard, boom topping lift, pole topping lift
  • Blocks and tackles for spinnaker pole downhaul
  • Twing lines and block for spinnaker sheets
  • Line storage bin aft of companionway for halyard and line tails
  • Lewmar locking winch handles
  • (3) Winch handle storage pockets
  • Profurl NEX 5.0 continuous loop furler and top swivel



  • Volvo D2-55F engine with 1425 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 500FG cartridge style primary fuel filter
  • Vetus sea strainer
  • Plastic through hull valves on welded aluminum standpipes
  • Webasto Airtop EVO 5500 forced air diesel cabin heater
  • Sigmar 20 liter hot water heater
  • Xintex S2A propane solenoid control/alarm panel in galley
  • Electro Scan waste treatment system
  • SPX Diesel and water 12V transfer pumps for side to side transfer
  • Whale Gulper 220 shower drain pump
  • Manual Whale bilge pump
  • Jabsco water pressure pump with accumulator tank
  • Whale Gusher manual galley foot pump
  • 12V high capacity bilge pump with Quick EBSN10 electronic switch
  • Sahara 12V automatic bilge pump in forward bilge
  • Desalator D60 12V watermaker



  • (6) Vetus 12V 108 ah batteries in house bank – all batteries housed in custom fiberglass boxes
  • Vetus 12V 108ah engine/genset start battery
  • Optima 12V bow thruster/anchor windlass battery
  • Bosch 12v 115 amp engine alternator
  • 185 watt solar panel on stern arch with mppt regulator
  • Fisher Panda AGT 4000 watt 220V 50 hz genset in sound enclosure with 261 hours
  • 25 meter 16 amp shorepower cord
  • Victron Multiplus 12V/3000watt/120amp inverter charger (outputs 220V 50 hz) and remote control panel
  • Victron Argo FET battery isolator
  • Blue Seas SI-ACR battery combiner
  • (4) Battery isolation switches
  • Victron 3600 watt isolation transformer
  • Victron Orion 12V/12V Switch Mode DC/DC isolated converter
  • Philippi battery monitor
  • Philippi tank level monitor
  • Allures custom switch panel with nav light mimic
  • DC leakage detector



  • (2) Plastimo Olympic 135 compasses at steering pedestals
  • Simrad RS25 VHF radio at nav station
  • Simrad V7 chartplotter display at nav station
  • Simrad IS20 multifunction display at char table
  • Simrad IS20 multifunction display at companionway
  • Simard NSE8 chartplotter display in Scanstrut pod at port helm
  • Simrad OP10 autopilot remote at companionway
  • Simrad AP24 autopilot control head at port helm
  • Simard minigyro autopilot compass
  • Simrad AC42 Pilot calculator
  • VHF/Stereo speaker control switch
  • Simrad broadband radar mounted on mast
  • Vion recording digital barometer
  • Simrad NAIS AIS transceiver
  • Jefa DD1 autopilot drive
  • Boss model 508UAB stereo with Bluetooth, CD, USB, MP3
  • Stereo speakers in salon and cockpit



  • Lifesling in rail-mounted soft case
  • Webbing jack lines
  • West Marine roll-up dinghy with rigid transom
  • Minn Kota electric outboard
  • Bombard 8 person liferaft in valise (needs service)
  • Plastic sea kayak
  • Globalfix pro EPIRB (battery expired)
  • IOR rated man overboard pole
  • Canvas winter storage cover and storage bags
  • Sailrite Ultrafeed sewing machine and supplies




ULTREIA has three sleeping cabins and a single head with stall shower layout.   The salon dinette can seat seven for meals.  The table lowers and an infill cushion transforms it into a queen-sized berth.  The forward stateroom is a custom set up designed by Allures and very well suited to kids/young adults: two bunks plus two pipe cots that can be removed during the day.  A foldable wood table for home schooling or office stores against the aft bulkhead when not in use.  The centerline storage cabinet is removable and a “V”berth infill could easily transform this cabin into a master stateroom.  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 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 and dressing seat.

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.  Hull side and overhead linings are marine plywood covered with white vinyl.  The salon cushions are upholstered with cream colored Sofic leather.  Wall-switched overhead dome lights, reading lights, 12V and 220V outlets 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 Skycreens on large overhead hatches
  • Blinds for salon overhead and side ports
  • Blinds for small hull side ports
  • (3) Caframo 12V cabin fans
  • Positive pushbutton latches on cabinet doors
  • Berths fitted with ventilation/spring slat boards under mattresses
  • All lights have LED bulbs

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 telescoping pedestals allowing the table to lower and infill into a large berth.  Narrow drop leaf on each side of the table make for easy seat access when lowered.  A center, 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.

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, binocular rack, and holder for handheld 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 faucet with pull out spray nozzle
  • Seawater foot pump
  • Corian countertops with cherry fiddles
  • Gimballed three burner stove and oven with pot clamps
  • Vertrifrigo 144 liter fridge with two drawers
  • Cabinet over fridge for microwave oven
  • 220V Nespresso machine
  • Drawers and cabinets for dishes, cutlery, cups, cooking gear, and provisions

The head is located to port of the companionway and entered through a locking privacy door.  White laminate and molded surfaces make this space bright, easy to clean, and water resistant.  A Jabsco manual flush head is forward with storage cabinets outboard.  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.  Waste is discharged overboard through an Electoscan waste treatment system.  A shower stall is aft and closed with a hinged acrylic bifold door.  A mixer, hose, nozzle/wand, with low and high mounts allows standup or seated showering.


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