Multihulls World - Les essais derniers essaisfr-frGUNBOAT 68: When a cruising catamaran becomes a work of art just thirty example built (from 48’ to 90' in length) since 2001, the extravagant American brand created by Peter Johnstone, knew how to create something mythical! Successive relocations (South Africa, China, USA) combined with various technical and commercial tribulations threatened to put a...Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:04:29 +0100TS3: A very simple cat… yet a very attractive one multihulls go beyond innovative – they tear up the rule book: their underlying characteristics link them to that previous culture, but their creative originality sets them apart and opens up new horizons. The TS3 could well be one of those!Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:31:47 +0100BALI 5.4: A champion of living space Group's Bali range is incredibly dynamic and several evolutions are currently in the pipeline! The launch of the Bali 5.4, however, is a major step forward which will allow the brand to enter the charter fleets at the right time, at the right level, and at an affordable price. We tried the...Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:24:32 +0100Mcconaghy 50: A newcomer that’s breaking all the rules a leading Australian manufacturer of racing prototypes (albeit one which is still little known among the yachting public) decides to position themselves with one of the leading naval architects in the cruising catamaran market, it demands attention. The entry level craft in their range starts...Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:16:23 +0100Balance 526 – The Outlier Balance 526 is a very good-looking, South African-built catamaran of which 6 examples are currently sailing (numbers 7 through 10 will be in the water 2019/2020…). We haven’t yet had the chance to test one, since all the owners are off making the most of their multihulls… But Dave Block,...Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:06:49 +0100Dash 750: A trimaran which will blow you away! evolved from the Corsair 24, the Dash 750 is an incredibly attractive little trimaran which still cuts it. On the water, the log screams with top speeds of 20 knots, all without heel, obviously, and without stress… An amazing machine!Fri, 25 Jan 2019 08:51:18 +0100Privilège 435/445: Luxury ocean cruising strong, seaworthy and remarkably well-finished catamaran: this sums up the Privilège 435, which, with longer sugar scoops, was also known under the name 445.Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:57:04 +0100Tricat 20: Exciting, simple and quick smallest of the Tricats emulates its elders, with composite arms that fold backwards ... but it retains the central hull of the Access 6. Combine this with a sports rig and you have quite a cocktail for a pocket tri!Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:37:23 +0100Catana 53: Is this range setting new standards? new Catana range debuted at the Cannes Yachting Festival back in 2013 with the 59. The freeboard height was more than generous, the steps in the hull very marked (you could almost call them chines!), and the general silhouette with sharp, inverted bows cut radically with the previous generations...Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:01:51 +0100Lagoon 46: The mast is set aft… making a big step forward 39 and the 52 showed the way back in 2013, but it was the 42 and the 40 that turned the idea of setting the rig further aft into a winning formula. The 46 now picks up on this experience to apply this idea (new to cruising boats, though not racing!) to the heart of the Lagoon range... the stakes...Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:48:47 +0100Lagoon 37: A little Frenchie made in the USA often consider the Lagoon 380, in production for almost 20 years, to be the smallest of the Lagoons… But no! It’s the 37, produced from the early 90s. An attractive model. Little known, the smallest catamaran built by Lagoon deserves attention. Although built in relatively small numbers, the...Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:33:20 +0200Broadblue 346 new British boat There was a time when the Brits were at the forefront of cruising catamaran production, but decades later this accolade has long since gone to the French, South Africans, Australians and others. So when a new British cat comes along, our interest is sparked.   The current...Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:10:42 +0200Euphorie 5: A very successful power cat power version of Privilège’s Série 5 sailboat, the Euphorie 5, kept us waiting for almost three years, but convinced us... immediately. On board, you experience exceptional comfort and enjoy the luxury of good taste. You also get a feeling of confidence for long passages, whatever the...Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:00:28 +0200LAGOON SEVENTY 8: The yacht of tomorrow is already under way… seven examples sold in just a year, the Lagoon SEVENTY 8 is affirming the caliber of her origins, which we’ve already seen with her sailboat "baby" brother, the SEVENTY 7. A very upscale finish characterizes this model which is setting the standards in big-boat leisure.Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:08:06 +0200ASTREA 42: Ne quid nimis? 2009, the Lipari 41 took the place of the Lavezzi, condemned by its canvas bimini and mainsheet traveler in the cockpit. An effective restyling in 2013 extended the career of this popular catamaran (nearly 200 were built), but the arrival of the new style (with the Helia 44) sounded the death...Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:23:32 +0200Leopard 50: A most hospitable boat the new 50, Leopard are aligning themselves slap bang in the target sector of cruising catamarans - the most competitive one! At the crossroads of charter use: luxury charter or to be sailed by connoisseur owners, the 15m catamaran is just about the critical size. Has the Cape Town-based...Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:46:57 +0200TF10 foiling trimaran: Farewell archimedes, we’re foiling now! life of a multihull tester involves many enjoyable encounters with some very diverse craft, and a lot of amazing discoveries and some exceptional moments, cruising or on racing machines! This was the case with the TF10. Its modest size conceals an airborne bundle of nerves with explosive...Thu, 24 May 2018 10:00:37 +0200Catana 41/42: Compact and attractive smallest model in Catana’s current range, the 41 which quickly became the 42, was launched 10 years ago now… Recent (good) second-hand examples of this fast, seductive catamaran are not to be missed!Thu, 24 May 2018 10:00:37 +0200TS5: A sporty cruising catamaran rebellious family of TS boats has already got an excellent pedigree. The strong character of the earliest of these designs by Christophe Barreau (based on an idea from none other than Francis Joyon) demonstrated both vigor and talent, through the first series manufactured by Marsaudon in...Thu, 24 May 2018 10:00:35 +0200Leopard 44: Two cockpits accessible from the saloon! builders had got us used to the idea of a forward cockpit... accessible from on deck. With the Leopard 44, a Robertson & Caine design, there is access through from inside the saloon. This new configuration left no-one indifferent, and it has since become a feature on all the yard’s...Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:26 +0100BALI 4.1: A smart, evolving catamaran. years after its successful launch and with 140 boats sold, the Bali 4.0 has transformed into version 4.1 (version 4.0 is still available). This innovative catamaran is taking a leap forward in interior design. The perceived quality is also progressing, but it’s the distribution of volume that...Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:25 +0100SEAWIND 1600: Seawind is on the attack in October, visitors to the Barcelona show discovered a brand new model from the Australian builder Seawind: the 1600. Following the Catalan show, we tested this seductive catamaran, designed by the Californian Reichel-Pugh team. Resolutely different from European or South African productions,...Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:21 +0100[Secondhand] Mahé 36: Semi-ocean cruising on a tight budget the Mahe 36, Fountaine-Pajot has succeeded in offering a compact catamaran which is however treated as a much bigger model! A model which is particularly present on the second-hand market.Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:37:33 +0100SUNREEF 88 DOUBLE DECK: A catamaran designed for ultimate comfort! their new 88  footer from the Double Deck range, Sunreef are unveiling an ultra-comfortable cruising catamaran built for an experienced boating family, and are confirming their ability to complete fully customized projects on the same timescale as production boats.Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:25:25 +0100NAUTITECH OPEN 40 V: Restyling a commercial success it first came out, back in early 2014, the concept has surprised people... before quickly seducing them.  The order book immediately showed the success of this trendy new model. The takeover of Nautitech by Bavaria is now allowing the manufacturer to take a new step forward in the...Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:49:01 +0100Lagoon 40: A clever and sharp 40 footer have just unveiled their new 40 footer with a bold move: the 40 is replacing the 400 and the 39.  The production of the unbreakable 380 is now much reduced (well, down to about thirty a year anyway!), and it is the 40 which has now become the entry-level and introduction model to the Lagoon...Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:48 +0100[Secondhand] Bali 4.5: Designed for charter, but also appealing for private owners! set about designing a new charter-oriented range, the Bali, a little over three years ago. The first model, the 4.5, gave pride of place to innovations and a new way of living on board. It has been a success, given that 60 examples have so far been built. And the first models are now making...Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:17 +0100RAPIDO 60: The fastest production multihull in the world? ports and marinas, like those in Western Europe are struggling to accommodate large catamarans. How will they react to an 18x12m trimaran platform?  The question may seem incidental, but still made me think!  But why start a review of a multihull as attractive as this one with an...Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:06 +0100[Second-hand] Dragonfly 920, as pleasant surfing as it is easy to 'park’ the beam of a monohull once folded, and performance allowing you to cruise at double figure speeds once unfolded, its qualities are equal to its price: high. 20 years after its launch, the Dragonfly 920 has become very affordable, and is still as much fun to helm. So, why not take advantage!Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:57:57 +0200Bañuls 60: A real Sports Superyacht a sail area to weight ratio close to that of racing boats, and a semi-custom finish that is minimalist in style, yet luxurious, the Bañuls 60, thanks to its precise design, combines high performance with comfort, but with a certain simplicity. We were lucky enough to be able to go for a little...Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:41:10 +0200