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Aventura 28 - A little cat for going far with the family

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A catamaran under 9m, capable of accommodating a big family for several weeks is not common… A good reason for taking an interest in the Aventura 28!

The Aventura 28 is not an original version… It is rather a remake for the general public, thus cheaper and more basic. We’ll explain: in the mid-80s, Jean and Jacques Fioleau designed a little 8.5m catamaran, in strip planking, the Diabolo. The machine was very light (just under a tonne) and well canvassed (42.7m  to windward), and therefore fast, even distinguishing itself in races. About twenty examples were built before this model disappeared. About ten years later, Go Catamarans was looking for the best way to launch a range of boats at the fairest possible price. Thus to limit the expense of an architect and building moulds, Eric Roger had the idea of re-launching good earlier boats, by updating them. The builder really fell for the Diabolo, and concocted a more docile version in polyester. It was 600kg heavier, and lost the daggerboards, in favour of fixed keels, but it gained favour with a wider, family public: since 2002, Go Catamarans – which has become Indigo Yachts – has produced 35 examples.

Philippe and Sandra Roby appreciated the qualities of their First 211, a small, 6.2m monohull. There were already five of them aboard… and a fourth ship’s boy was on the way. T...

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