Multihulls World - Les essais derniers essaisfr-frLagoon 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 +0200NEEL 51: A trimaran in the cat world the first Neel 50 prototype was displayed at the La Rochelle show in 2011, nobody could have predicted how this radical builder, who had only recently appeared in an already very competitive multihull market, would see such development.  However, the twenty five Neel 45s already built...Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:19:24 +0200LEOPARD 45: A proper owner’s catamaran Leopard 45/V1 was the first model manufactured in a production run by the South African builder starting in 1997. It has contributed significantly to the discovery of the catamaran concept in Moorings charter bases around the world. Today, its successor has taken the boat of the year title in...Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:04:39 +0200SwissCat S48: A bespoke epoxy catamaran. by a passionate sailor (Jurg von Ins) in 2009, the SwissCat yard is made up of a talented team, building hand-made multihulls. The proof was clear to see, at the recent International Multihull Show, with the all-new SwissCat S48. It’s a seductive boat (the first 3 have already been...Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:48 +0200Sunreef 74 - 19th Hole: Luxury for blue water or charter Sunreef Yachts name is going from strength to strength. The proof is evident with the new 74, which feels like there is ever more influence from superyachts. But that's not all: the specifications of two of the latest models also testify to the experience the shipyard has built up in the luxury...Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:33 +0200[Secondhand] Highland 35, the all-purpose power catamaran by Fountaine Pajot living space, stability and low fuel consumption are the keywords to describe the Highland 35. These are the important advantages which definitively launched the power catamaran industry. And today, this powercat could be a great deal!Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:26 +0200Fountaine Pajot Saona 47: Showing the future of the range? 40 years in existence and nearly 3000 boats built, the Fountaine Pajot yard counts only two models at 14 m: the Bahia and the Salina. The Casamance, the first flagship in 1985 was only 13m! The Saona 47, unveiled at the 2017 International Multihull Show at La Grande Motte in the south of...Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:12 +0200WAVE 58 : An epoxy catamaran designed and built in Poland boatbuilding no longer needs to prove itself, but its entry into the world of multihulls is fairly recent.  We had the opportunity to discover the latest model from Wave, a 58 footer which we were able to take for a sail before her departure for the Caribbean.Thu, 18 May 2017 00:01:53 +0200Rapier 400 : In Open and Sport mode! yard Broadblue Catamarans offers a 40 foot model which is light, performs well and is built for the great outdoors… the Rapier 400 is an original catamaran, and here are the full results of our test. Thu, 18 May 2017 00:01:24 +0200[Second-hand] Lagoon 420/421- Priority: comfort...and volume! is a model which without a doubt represents Lagoon’s most comfortable offering in this size – perhaps even too comfortable, certain people would object. But with its load-carrying capacity and the pleasure of life aboard, the 420, later offered as the 421, is quite a ‘best of’!Thu, 18 May 2017 00:01:23 +0200Outremer 42 secondhand boat: she hasn’t sold her soul to the devil! Outremer 42 was the last boat built by the former Atelier Outremer team.  It offered an interesting update on some of the yard’s previous models.  A bit more volume, a more comfortable nacelle… a marvelous arrangement really!Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:31:20 +0100CATANA 62 A fun and luxurious adventurer 2013, the Catana 59 designed by the in-house design team in association with Marc Lombard caused something of an internal revolution, as the 47 and 42 foot models were the only ones still in the range which had been drawn by Christophe Barreau.  The spinoffs from the 59 had carried on and we now...Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:21:12 +0100EOS 54 Radiant dawn* (*In Greek mythology, Eos is the goddess of the dawn) Barreau is a prolific naval architect whose signature is synonymous with fast cruising catamarans.  With XL, Outremer, Catana, Marsaudon Composites and Technologie Marine, he has made significant contributions to the recent evolution of fast cruising catamarans coming out of France. ...Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:31:08 +0100HH66 Twenty meters of carbon fiber. We’re convinced!, a newcomer to the elite world of ultra-top of the range catamarans, intends to combine incredible performance and luxury interiors thanks to exclusive cutting-edge technology. These boisterous catamarans really do have some spectacular characteristics: but do they live up to the hype?Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100TRICAT 30 Folding, cruising trimarans: a great alternative idea of a folding, habitable trimaran is an attractive one: speed, fun to daysail, enjoyable semi-offshore cruising with minimum draft, shippable by container, and all these qualities in a compact format suitable for modern marinas. Until now, Dragonfly and Corsair have been the dominant players...Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100SUNREEF SUPREME 68 AN AMAZING SUPER-CAT who visited the last Cannes Yachting Festival noticed the new Sunreef SUPREME 68. It has more the look of a penthouse suite in an ultra-modern skyscraper from the new world than a yacht designed to sail around it. We felt that this boat which is only available to a happy few was worthy of...Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100OUTREMER 4X The sporty version of a best-seller manufacturers have always entrusted their brand image to their sportier models. Volkswagen’s Golf or Peugeot’s 205, the Subaru Impreza or Mitsubishi’s Lancer saw great sales in their sports versions, and these became the powerhouse of company publicity. The racing technicians...Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100LAGOON SEVENTY 7 LAGOON IS BRINGING IT ON! in the over-75 feet bracket are not widespread on the world market and are all one-off builds. Lagoon has had an eye on this sector for quite a while now and has just joined in the game like the master player it is. As a matter of fact, the superyacht knowledge of CNB, partner of the...Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100Astus 18.2 A slippery boat lightweight and well-canvassed trimaran might strike fear into someone new to sailing and / or multihulls… but there’s no such worry on board the Astus 18.2, a model which is both fun and safe. Welcome newcomers!Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100Nautitech Open 46 The XXL-sized Open the success of their 40, Nautitech has taken their “Open” concept to a larger model. So the nacelle and cockpit become one, but the volume created is a hell of a lot bigger!Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:00:06 +0200XQUISITE X5 catamaran set up for blue water cruising In 2010, the Dean 5000 became a big hit at the La Rochelle boat show, but then the actual launch of this model got bogged down with the various problems at the yard which eventually led to its demise. Phoenix Marine, a major South African manufacturer (in...Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200Seawind 1160 A long-standing trendsetter! great example of a long-standing model from the southern hemisphere. In build now for 12 years, there is not a wrinkle to be seen! (Re)discover this particularly attractive blue water cruiser.Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200LEOPARD 43 PC A Power Cat full of energy at the magazine, we’ve said that multihulls probably represent the future of motor-boating, and though this statement is bold, it really does appear to be coming true. Slowly, however, almost imperceptibly, the expectations of motor-boaters are changing and a new, more environmentally aware...Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:00:49 +0200VITALIA / Ex-ORANGE II 110 miles on board the majestic vessel, Vitalia are certain multihulls that we hold dear to our hearts. They have allowed us to become intoxicated by the ocean, to savour the taste of adventure, to win races, or sometimes even to survive. That said, only a few exceptional models manage to rewrite maritime history before disappearing from...Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200Lagoon 42 : A highly effective 42 foot craft. is continuing the redevelopment of its range with a model whose new rig is at the heart of a significant evolution in style, ergonomics and performance. We have just spent two days on board the 42.Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:34:40 +0200LUCIA 40 - Fountaine Pajot: a luxury 40 footer for cruising luxury 40 footer for cruising 40 years and 40 different catamaran models! These two numbers neatly sum up the great adventure of the La Rochelle boatyard set up by sailing enthusiasts who went into business! Here we test the Lucia, the milestone 40 footer representing this vintage. The...Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:32:46 +0200