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The specifications of an owner of numerous large sailing catamarans who is switching to motor power is necessarily demanding, especially given that his objective is to pursue a program of long passages. Only a top-of-the-range one-off could really meet his requirements. JFA shipyard, architect Marc Lombard, and designer Franck Darnet took up the challenge. In the heart of the magnificent natural setting of the Glénans archipelago in southern Brittany, deserted on the eve of winter, we discovered 4 EVER.

There are not many shipyards in the world that have the know-how to produce a 78-foot catamaran, truly tailor-made and very top-ofthe-range. French shipyard JFA is undeniably one of them. The boats coming out of its workshops are unique pieces, from all points of view. Do they come from the goldsmith’s trade, of which a thousand inhouse details bear witness? Or are we talking industrial in terms of size, displacement and the tens of thousands of hours required to build such a ship? Probably a bit of both, and this is the difficulty of the exercise for Fred Jaouen and his team. 75,000 hours of work to create a giant over 75 feet (23 meters) long, 38’5” (11.17 m) wide, and weighing 48 tons. Industrial-scale data, and yet every switch, every bracket and every tiny part is made to order, in-house. Because nothing on the market corresponds to the style or quality required. As is often the case in the superyacht industry, the hulls and the nacelle are built of aluminum - the deck is made in composite. Strong, light, and not requiring molds, aluminum is the ideal material for high-end single-unit projects. Rather rustic in appearance when left untreated, it disappears completely and on...

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