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Open 5.70, Open 6.50, Open 7.50
After talking about the smaller boat it makes sense to talk about all the line of small Open boats by Finot. Why Open? Because the use the same principles that are used on Open60 boats, a type of boat that owns much to Finot creativity.
The boats are beamy, with a huge hull stability and have a very low CG, due to big draft and ballast on a bulb. The advantage over other dinghy classes is the easiness to sail, superior stability and the need of a smaller crew. They can even be sailed solo. The boats are so easy to sail that sailed conservatively can be used as daysailors and take "passengers" and the family.
Finot says regarding the 5.70:
The Open 5,70 is designed for sailing schools, renting, clubs and to be used by young people with a reduced surveillance and, in regatta, by anybody who have passed the age for dinghy acrobatics.
regarding the 6.50:
Our goal with the Open 6,50 has been to build stronger and lighter composite structures in order to obtain performances never achieved on sailboats.
Some of these concepts have been tested on our open 50 and 60's..But they usually come at a rather high cost...
With a group of partners from the surroundings of Toulouse, we have developed a new technology to produce a radically lighter boat. A lot of the development and the construction methodology are derived from the Aircraft industry using carbon fiber cured in autoclave.
The hull is built with a process called "Autostruct" which allows the construction of the shell, stringers and reinforcement all in one piece. The effort is concentrated on a flawless construction that can be translated into production.
A boat of that dimension half way between a dingy and a cruising sailboat seemed to us the right size to validate this concept.
and about the 7.50:
An Open 60' design for a smaller budget! If you want to be first on the finish line, you'd better be on a groupe Finot design.
The materials, the construction methods for top boat design have greatly improved in the past couple of years. The use of Carbon composites in the hull, the queel wing results in an evolution of the shape of the hulls, the keels and rudders.
The 7.50 Open is a high performance one-design boat. It is currently the faster monohull for its size. The Groupe Finot applied all its experience from the very successfull Open 50' and 60' to develop this great raceboat.
The boat is wide to optimizes the use of the crew weight. The water line is relatively narrow. The good stability of the boat allows the use of large sail area whatever wind conditions. There is a small cabin on the front for the equipment and for protection in the harbor.
The tranportation can be done using a regular road carrier by tilting the boat and retracting the keel.
750' Open Anglais
In few years the boats experienced a big success and they are a one design class in many countries around the world including US:
Here you have one in Hawaii. They don't know the boat and look how they manage to go fast at the first try:
Here a 6.50, another American one:
And the 7.50:
Here you can see them, among other boats, in one of the French classic regattas. You can see also Grand Surprise, M34 and J111.
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Last edited by PCP; 03-15-2013 at 10:07 AM.