Second-hand test

Lavezzi 40 Comfort with plenty of finesse!

Published on 01 august 2014 at 0h00

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On the dock we find a catamaran which is compact, yet rather aesthetically pleasing. All the signs of having come from the Fountaine-Pajot yard are there - even if things have evolved a little since the early 2000s. The rounded bows have now become straight, the sheer of the deck is inverted, but the sidedecks as usual drop back to the aft steps, and the coachroof has the established sun visor - nothing better has been found to combat the greenhouse effect, that heavy and inescapable heat spreading from the non-shaded windows when the sun is at its zenith. The infusion build is standard, with bulkheads and equipment fitted directly into the hulls - it’s stiff, which gives long-term reassurance. Below the waterline, the glass cloth infused with polyester resin is at least 3kg/m², while the topsides, the sidedecks and also the underside of the bridgedeck are of 15mm PVC foam sandwich. As for the coachroof, that’s made up of a 1,600 to 2,000 g/m² laminate. A largely robust construction, but thanks to the use of infusion, a long way from the previously robust generations such as the Bahia 46 or the Belize which were a little heavier.
With 227 examples built over a seven year period, the Lavezzi 40 appealed to both charterers and individual owners, proof that this model lends itself well to a wide range of uses. Following in the wake of other Fountaine-Pajot models of this generation, the 40, designed by the Joubert/Nivelt/ Flahault trio, has relatively fine hulls ...

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