In a world in which many new yacht designs follow similar well-established formats, this French lifting keel yacht provides a welcome alternative.
The differences are particularly noticeable in the layout below decks – as you descend the companionway the important working areas of the boat are immediately to hand, including a proper navigation station and a spacious and well-appointed galley.
This is designed to be equally ergonomic for use both at sea and in harbour thanks to an unusual, but effective, island layout.
The main saloon is further forward, spanning the full width of the vessel just aft of the main bulkhead.
Forward of this is a spacious owner’s cabin that can be fitted with an en suite heads and shower compartment if desired. Aft there’s a further heads compartment, which is easily accessed from on deck, plus a choice of either one or two double cabins, with the former arrangement having provision for a workshop/walk-in store that will appeal to long-distance cruisers.
The boat’s lifting keel format will also appeal to those who want to explore shallow anchorages and regions such as the Bahamas, Cuba and the Florida Keys, where a deep draught yacht can be severely restricting. With the keel raised the boat will float in as little as 75cm of water, which increases to 2.6m with the keel lowered.
A high stability fin keel with a draught of 2.2m is also offered as an option and reduces the total displacement by more than one and a half tonnes.
Draught lift keel 0.70 to 2.60m
Draught fin keel 2.20m
Displacement lift keel model 10,,090kg
Displacement fin keel model 8500kg
Lift keel ballast 3,100kg
Fin keel ballast 2,380kg
Upwind sail area 94sq m
Mainsail area 41sq m
Genoa area 53sq m
Engine 55 hp
Fuel tank 200 litre
Fresh water tank 500 litres