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Wave 50 - It's got an air of... something never before seen!

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No visitor to the recent Cannes Yachting Festival could have possibly missed the almost revolutionary profile of the Wave 50, making its first appearance among the multihulls on the west quay of Port Canto. Our philosophy here at Multihulls World has always been to be open-minded and charitable about innovations, whatever they may be: a condescending maxim that might claim to summarize five years of development is not our thing! On the contrary, we were desperate to find out more this UFO (unidentified floating object), and of course, to take it out for a sail. We were not at the end of our surprises…

While the term ‘disruptive’ has been somewhat overused in recent times, it finds its full meaning to describe the design of the Wave 50: “A concept creating a real breakthrough within a sector of activity by radically renewing its function.” Some would even go so far as to speak of provocation. Agneszka Bona, the young Polish designer in charge of the project, assumes her role… and any criticism. She reveals that the concept of this multihull is “Something that catches your eye, that’s maybe a bit eccentric. The catamaran is destined for Caribbean charter work, so the idea was to have some shade at the bow. Right from the initial sketches, I drew this rather original shape. I’m lucky that the shipyard trusted me to create something that had never been done before.” The market is certainly not lacking in multihulls that have a reassuring classicism to them - though perhaps not exciting. So, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of seeing a new player with such thrilling ideas. To generate so much excitement and commentary is even refreshing in this somewhat corseted nautical world: we remember only too well the gasps and shrieks heard at the launch of the first Lagoon with vertical ro...

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