This French builder of rugged blue water cruising yachts has announced a new model for its 2017 range. The Allures 45.9 has an aluminium hull and composite deck, with either a centreboard or lifting keel, and is designed to offer easy long-distance sailing with a small crew.
It’s a development of the previous Allures 45, with a longer overall length that helps to increase interior space and stowage, while retaining high levels of comfort and good performance, particularly in the lift keel model. While the centreboard version can be easily beached, whereas the lift keel boat benefits from a lower centre of gravity foil that enables displacement to be reduced by around two tonnes without impacting stability.
Buyers are offered a choice of three or four cabins, and one or two heads, in an interior layout that offers as many multi-function areas as possible. For instance, the forward cabin can be quickly transformed between a double berth or two twin beds. There’s also a ‘wardroom’, which converts between functions as a large children’s play area, night time sleeping area or daytime leisure area.
Generous headroom and ample hull ports help to confer a good feeling of space in the main internal areas. The semi-deck saloon style interior has a long linear galley to port, while seating – including two long settees – is around a table to starboard. Finishes include a Classic version in cherry veneers and a Zen alternative in light oak.
The first boat is currently in build – the hull was turned over after plating in June 2016. The finished yacht is expected to be featured at the main European autumn/winter 2016/17 boat shows.
Length: 14.75 m
Beam: 4.43 m
Draught: 1.06 – 2.9 m
Displacement: 12,600 kg
Mainsail: 52 m2
Solent: 48 m2
Gennaker: 91 m2
Spinnaker: 160 m2
Air draught: 18m
Architect: Cabinet Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design