{La Grande Motte} Custom Innovation

{La Grande Motte} Custom Innovation

The latest Thai-built Alibi custom performance cruiser shows great innovation. The French company founded by racer/designer Loïc Goepfert has been making these 54-foot catamarans near Bangkok for several years. Their latest boat debuted at La Grande Motte 2017.

Goepfert’s goal of building innovative, yet beautiful yachts was achieved in this latest model. “I don’t really think in straight ways, so my boats reflect this,” laughed the tall Frenchman as we studied the epoxy-carbon hulled performance cruiser.

It offers moveable steering wheels, joystick controlled winches, a front pod for under-deck storage/dinghy access and an interesting propulsion system. Borrowing from grand prix race boats, the center engine features a long lifting shaft. This makes the hull fully streamlined under sail, which features a rotating carbon rig. But when power is needed, the twin propellers double up as 3 kW electric generators. The lightweight, integrated interior furnishings are stylish, as is the curved teak finish.

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