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Re: Interesting Sailboats
... MOD 70 Paprec-Virbac is up for sale ...A casualty of poor management and communication by the hodgepodge Franco-Suisse bosses as much as a dire economy in parts of Europe, JPD learned what most suspected and the MOD Class discussed before the first boat was ever built: These things really are just too much for shorthanded or singlehanded sailing.
I don't see why do you say that they are just too much for shorthanded orsinglehanded sailing: The two that made the last transat with duo crew had not any problem and Franck Cammas solo sailed a much bigger trimaran on the last route du Rhum and won the race. In fact the smaller boats, the Multi 50 are easier to break and to capsize has the accidents in several races have shown.
Bad economic moment in Europe and shortage of sponsors for expensive machines it seems to be the main reason of the problems with the viability of the M70. Anyway next year we will have the Route du Rhum and I bet that several of them will be sailed solo on that transat.
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