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Fountaine Pajot Saona 47: Showing the future of the range?

Published on 20 july 2017 at 0h00

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After 40 years in existence and nearly 3000 boats built, the Fountaine Pajot yard counts only two models at 14 m: the Bahia and the Salina. The Casamance, the first flagship in 1985 was only 13m! The Saona 47, unveiled at the 2017 International Multihull Show at La Grande Motte in the south of France, now occupies a strategic position between the Helia 44 and the Saba 50. So what’s it all about?

The changing faces of a brand and a range

Naval architects Michel Joubert and Bernard Nivelt (the fathers of the Charente Maritime 1 and 2 and the Louisiana, where it all began!) were the exclusive architects for the builder based in Aigrefeuille in western France for more than 30 years. With the replacement of the Salina 48 by the Saona 47, the Berret-Racoupeau team of naval architects are now the exclusive designers of the sailboat range. The Lucia 40, presented in 2015 is now the entry model in the Fountaine Pajot family, followed by the Helia 44, the Saona 47, the Saba 50, the Ipanema 58'and the Victoria 67. This list shows the significant growth in the size of the different models! Cleverly, the manufacturer has not given up on the 12m segment, but did give up the 36 footer! (forever?).  The market is showing a real leap in the direction of a demanding international clientele with large budgets. The conquest of image and more ambitious brand territory is translating concretely into more luxurious boats which offer a renewed interior design and avant-garde lines. The challenge already seems to be being won economically (sales are up), and the appearance of the Saona rebalan...

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