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Privilège 745 : How far will the giants go?

Published on 01 june 2006 at 0h00

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The arrival of some (very) well-off clients in leisure sailing has led to the appearance, over the last six years or so, of some (very) high quality catamarans in the catalogues. The Privilege 745 is one of the jewels in the collection.

With its 23 metres of stainless steel and glass, wood and polyester, this boat can no longer be considered to be in the category ‘cruising boats’. Along with the Yaplukas, Sunreefs and Catanas, it has entered the quite exclusive club that is the next category up, the ‘catamaran sailing yachts’. The Privilege 745 has everything a yacht should have, especially the architectural feature which is now essential on all the large boats, and some of the smaller ones, too – the flybridge. The only boat to escape successfully is the JFA 26-metre, ‘Sun Ténarèze’. The flybridge is extended here by the two large aerials, for a Fleet 55 and the satellite TV receiver, hidden under their domes. This catamaran is certainly big, but it is also beautiful. Moreover all boat designers will say the same: it is easier to design a pretty, big boat than a pretty, small one. The design came from Cabinet Diedre in Versailles; the architecture was entrusted to Marc Lombard in La Rochelle, in common with the rest of the Alliaura range. The deck is relatively uncluttered and certain fittings are hidden, for example the aft mooring cleats, which are hidden in small bulges along with their dedicated winches; w...

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