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GENOA. Bluewater Cruiser—CNB 66

The CNB 66 bluewater cruiser that a family can sail. (Credit: Nicolas Claris)

CNB 66 monohull is a semi-custom yacht that continues a distinguished line after the previous Bordeaux 66 (that sold 46 hulls). The new 66 is a collaboration between Philippe Briand, Jean-Marc Piaton and Rafael Bonet that creates a bluewater cruiser that a family can sail—without needing crew.

Achieving this required a manageable sail plan so it could include roller boom mainsail furling and extensive hydraulics. Just like the successful 76, the 66 interior is installed from prefabricated modules which speed up the build process —seven months per boat—  while allowing technicians to work comfortably on the components.

The accommodation layout has the owner in the forepeak with three other cabins, including an aft berth should crew be aboard. The saloon is slightly raised with the galley aft, which allows maximum privacy.

At sea this boat performed surprisingly nimbly in the light Mediterranean airs but has an extensive sailplan so is ideal for an Atlantic crossing to enjoy the Caribbean season.

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Kevin Green is a Sydney-based yachting journalist who contributes to international boating publications.

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