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Multi 23: A real mini Orma 60’

Published on 01 april 2009 at 0h00

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The 60-footers had us dreaming. But no builder dared to build one in miniature. It has now been done, with this Multi 23.

“The only difference between men and boys is the size of their toys,” according to the Anglo-Saxon saying. A phrase which perfectly suits the Multi 23! Imagine: a trimaran which from a distance could easily be mistaken for a 60-foot Orma. Quite normal, you could say, as it has the same parentage as a good number of them – the Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost office, designers of some of the best of the ocean-going trimarans (Banque Populaire V, Groupama 3, BMW Oracle 90 ‘Dogzila’, plus a load of Orma 60s and Open 50s...). It was waiting for us in the harbour at the Kéroman base, in Lorient. Fanny and Jean-Marc from Multisailing, the importers of this Chinese-built boat, were carrying out the final preparations. “Launching is simple,” confided Jean-Marc Le Goueff, “and with a bit of experience, two people can have it in the water in around two hours.” Whilst it was under the crane, I had to have a look underneath. My eyes lingered on the central hull with its slim forward sections. They are associated with tight lines aft; the curves and harmonious shape of the crossbeams; the volume of the floats (200% of the displacement); the absence of antifouling and of course, the object’s beau...

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