Astus 22.5

If you love sliding across the water...

With this model, Astus Boats has completed the update of its range. All the models - the 14.5, the 16.5, the 20.5 and now the 22.5 - carry the prestigious VPLP signature. The Astus 22, which has been around for 12 years, has unsurprisingly slipped from the catalog. As for the 24, it is still in there for now, but is soon to bow out. The positioning of the shipyard is therefore more than ever the small, transportable, simple and accessible multihull.

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Test location: La Trinité-sur-Mer, France
Conditions: Wind - west 12 to 16 knots, Sea state - slight

The timing was very tight for us to publish this test in this issue: in fact, Jean-Hubert Pommois, founder and manager of Astus Boats, welcomed us aboard his brand new Astus after only one day of testing... A risky gamble, but one that paid off, since this 22.5 turns out to be particularly welldesigned. To begin with, we were lucky with the weather; this July in Brittany has been cool, wet and very windy... but for one day, we were able to enjoy clear sunshine and an ideal breeze of force 3 to 4.

Modern design

We discovered the Astus 22.5 on its mooring, almost under the famous white Kérisper Bridge. The steeply inverted bows, the marked chines and the plunging topsides at the front immediately evoke performance - the VPLP touch is at work here. The mast is slender (the profile is 30 feet / 9 meters in length) and the platform remains stable thanks to a slight dihedral form. The central hull manages to reconcile a narrow waterline with decent beam at deck level. The floats, with over 40 cubic feet (1,150 liters), have a remarkable volume of 160% compared to the light displ...

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