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Published on 01 february 2015 at 0h00

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Review: 6 years on board JAMBO

A champion’s passion: research and development
It’s in his blood! The twice-winner of the Route du Rhum and holder for 10 years of every category of single-handed 24 hour speed records is fanatical about helming, but also putting extreme vessels into action. After going over to the dark side of family motor-cruising, his passion for the challenge remains the same. Half a circumnavigation later (via the Patagonian channels), “Jambo” is now being used professionally as a diving expedition vessel based out of Tahiti and operating in Polynesia’s Leeward Islands (Raiatea and Maupiti) and the Windward Islands (the Tuamotus, Australs and Marquesas), before continuing on westwards. Already well set-up from the start (see Multihulls World No.104 March 2009 edition), the prototype Sunreef 70 has undergone two further evolutionary stages, the latter requiring six months work in New Zealand. This latest phase, described by Laurent as being economically difficult to justify were it not for its specific use also bears witness to his taste for technical challenges. This little “wandering dive school” provides excellent accommodation and top of the range equipment, and its reputation extends beyond Polynesia’s boundaries (the reconnaissance for James Cameron’s future sub-marine work was done on board!). What’s more, she is championing levels of economy (for a 60 ton vessel), and is gaining respect in all her areas of development.

Motor multihull : a lot of enthusiats

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