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Octone 80 in the Mediterranean - A dream charter!

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Our trial of the 80 Sunreef Power Otoctone 80, published in MW171 was somewhat frustrating. Our winter sailing in the Baltic Sea was indeed accompanied by heavy rain - we barely escaped the snow, it’s true - and almost zero visibility. As for the fittings, they were still having the finishing touches put to them. Nevertheless, we were able to judge the dynamic qualities of the hulls and to discuss the technical aspects with skipper Achille Lefrère, who came to follow the delivery... However, we couldn’t really enjoy the true qualities of the second boat of the Polish shipyard’s new range. This 3,200-square foot (300 m²) platform of luxury and comfort is of course designed for motor cruising in all of the world’s paradisiacal destinations. The opportunity to come back on board in real operating conditions had been proposed by the shipowner, who also ordered a 60 Power. You definitely can’t turn your nose up at spending a few days on board Otoctone 80. At Multihulls World, we are always ready to make all the necessary sacrifices to help you make the right choices when it comes to multiyachts!

Thanks to its shallow draft, the Otoctone 80 can slip into dream anchorages inaccessible to a much larger monohull yacht.

A new type of offer

The advent of the powercat in the luxury charter segment is very recent. Responsibility for this probably lies at the feet of the two world leaders in the sector - Sunreef and Lagoon - who have introduced this new charter possibility. Since the early 2000s Sunreef Yachts has relied on sailing catamarans for its luxury charter offer. In 2010, the 70 Power was the first conclusive test boat, and since then, nearly 30 units have been built. The offer available for charter on board Sunreef models currently includes 50 multiyachts - 43 sailboats and 7 powercats. This imbalance will probably be rectified quite quickly, as the manufacturer’s current range includes as many sail models as motor. The same also holds true for Lagoon. 

Motor over sail?

But why would you opt for an engine over sail on a larger vessel? It is precisely to judge the pros and cons of the powercat that we are here in Corsica. We met up in Piantarella, a small beach to the north of the island. Otoctone 80 was returning from Sardinia and crossed the Strait of Bonifacio with a strong headwind and a rough sea. Its sailing equivalent, would surely have sailed under motor in these conditions - maybe that’s a sign? But anyway, let’s dream first!

An imposing multiyacht

In this small anchorage, the 80 Sunreef Power imposes itself from the outset as an extraordinary yacht. Its striking silhouette and elaborate design are a dominant presence in its immediate environment. This is not a boat for lovers of discretion and simplicity... for my part, it is with undisguised pleasure that I embark on the Williams 520 jet tender with which Achille came to pick me up. As soon as I had climbed up the few steps of the sugarscoop, I met the crew. The dinghy ...

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