New Windelo 50

Still just as eco-responsible, but much more attractive

By revisiting the deck, coachroof and interior design, can the designers of the New Windelo 50 Yachting really claim to be presenting a new model? Do the improvements validated by the manufacturer bring any noticeable changes once under way? What about comfort and eco-responsibility? To answer all these questions, what better than to step aboard - which is precisely what we did following the world premiere of the New Windelo 50 at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

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Test location: Cannes, France
Conditions : 9 to 15 knots of wind, slight sea

Launched back in 2021, the Windelo 50 marked a major technological step forward: its eco-responsible basalt fiber and PET foam composite construction had been noted, but the first Windelo also brought a new concept in fast catamaran cruising. The 50 demonstrated excellent potential under sail, while offering a protected forward cockpit as an integral part of the nacelle’s living area. At the stern, the manufacturer offered an optional retractable door system under the coachroof, similar to that developed by Bali. The young shipyard launched their 54 the following year, and it’s clear that the brand has been a real success with environmentally-conscious offshore sailors, with production now reaching 7 or 8 units a year. It’s also worth noting that all Windelo models are powered by electric motors, making the manufacturer one of the leading players in this field. While we had some reservations three years ago about the level of finish (which can be excused for the very early examples) and the rigidity of the aft door, it’s got to be said that the brand reacted immediately to these criticisms. And ...

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