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Multihulls World #186

Multihulls World

Issue #: 186

Published: November / December 2022

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But where have all the little multihulls gone?

It came as no surprise at the Cannes Yachting Festival that we got to discover lots of ever more luxurious multihulls. It’s a boat show that has become one of the most important events in the yachting calendar, and it has always claimed a high-end positioning - only units over 30 feet in length can be presented to the public. The smallest multihulls on display were 37 feet, in terms of sailboats. Therefore, no new models under 45 feet.

In the Vieux Port, the historic home of the show, we noted the presence of the brand new Four Winns, the TH36, the Aquila 36 and the Invincible 37. Unfortunately, that was about it... Of course, the shipyards point to the ever-increasing demand from their customers for models over 60 feet. Certainly, we at the editorial office don’t deny ourselves the pleasure of testing these palaces capable of carrying you from one continent to another. But surely the yards need alerting to the fact that isn’t it time, given the craze for nautical activities in this post-Covid period, to propose an offer better suited to newcomers, to beginners who also want to live on the water, to sail with their families? Multihull charter is obviously a possibility, but we are convinced that there’s a market for 30 to 40-foot cruising multihulls. In fact, not so long ago, most shipyards were producing them. Aboard a small multihull, you’re not going to expect the same marine qualities as those offered by a unit ten feet longer - nor the same comfort. But at a time when raw material costs are soaring, as well as those of energy, and at a time when preserving our environment is becoming an urgent necessity, isn’t it a sensible choice to see things... smaller?

Enjoy reading!

Emmanuel van Deth - Editor in Chief

Gerbert Rambaud - CEO of Jours de Passions

 


 

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