• Theme: Monohull Sailboats

    In late January, SEAir’s Mini 747 made its first outing with enough wind to fly completely above the waves, reaching 15 knots in only 8 knots of wind. According to the French start-up, it was a “unique performance” and “the first time in the world a racing monohull was able to achieve stable, balanced flight using...

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    The French naval architecture firm VPLP is one of the world’s most highly regarded in offshore racing. Their latest triumph—designing the foiling monohull sailed to victory by Armel Le Cléac’h in the latest Vendée Globe. We spoke to VPLP co-founder Marc Van Peteghem about foils, Sea Bubbles and the company’s upcoming...

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    When you put Guillaume Verdier, a seasoned America’s Cup boat designer, and Jean-Pierre Dick, who is going to race his 5th Vendee Globe, on the same project, you end up with Easy to Fly, an intriguing foiler catamaran. Recommended for three crewmembers, this boat requires only 8 knots of wind to take off thanks to its...

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    Courtesy of Mortain Mavrikios Even though it’s one of the smallest, Scow FR 18 has been one of the most commented-upon boats of Grand Pavois 2016. This French take on a traditional American naval design, built by Construction Navale Franck Roy and designed by Mortain&Mavrikios, was worth more than a look. Its extended...

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    A bit less than a year ago, a New Zealand skipper based in France met a Finnish technology provider at the METS trade show in Amsterdam. A little more than a year later, this skipper will rely on this technology in the Vendee Globe 2016, the most difficult round-the-world race, while achieving an environmental...

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    This year’s Southampton Boat Show saw Key Yachting showcase two new models to the market, the Grand Soleil LC46 (Long Cruise) and the J/Boats J/112E, both nominated for the European yacht of the year award. The Long cruise range is a new development from Grand Soleil and has been designed for those wishing to discover...

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    A 30-feet yacht surprised visitors at the Boot 2016 in Düsseldorf: The L30, developed by former Olympic sailor and Volvo Ocean Race participant Rodion Luka, designed by Andrej Justin and built by OCEAN TEC in Slovenia. NauticExpo talked to Rodion Luka about the eye-catching cruiser-racer, whose first sea trials...

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    The RM1270 is anything but a traditional sailing yacht. Her fresh, spacious layout just brought her NauticExpo’s 2016 i-NOVO DESIGN Award. Designed by Marc Lombard and built by RM FORA Marine, this vessel enhances the performance, design and comfort of the earlier RM1260. The bow is inverted, stretching the waterline...