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Re: New boat: Iroise 46

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
This is a very interesting boat even if it looks just like another aluminum boat. It is made by one of the best French Aluminum shipyards and designed by Pierre Delion and Pierre Rolland. Rolland is well known for making racing and fast boats and this one, even if does not look like it, it is a fast long range cruiser. we could even call it a performance one even if its looks make that seems funny

t is not only fast as it has only 1.80m draft and it is a twin keel that can be beached on his legs. The secret of this fast all around long range cruiser boat?: It is a very weIll built boat with a modern hull and a agreeable and functional interior, a simple and very light one, but the secret is its overall very low weight. The boat weights only 9 900kg and that for a aluminum boat with 46ft is amazing. It has also a relatively high B/D for this type of boat (32%) and that and a 4.26m beam make it a powerful boat. Upwind it can carry 107 m2 of sail and downwind 198m2. That is enough to make this long range cruiser a fast sailboat.

Many times on the sailing program these boats promise a lot and don't deliver in what regards speed. Well, it seems that this is not the case with this one. The boat was tested by Voile and Voiliers and the performance is as good as they sugest:

With Main and Genoa:

12.0K wind at 35 trw - 7.5K.......13.8K wind at 80 Trw - 9.0k
13.5K wind at 90 trw - 9.2K.......9.0K wind at 90 Trw - 7.0K

with Main and asymmetric spy:

10.5K wind at 120 trw - 8.5K......12K wind at 160 Trw - 6.7K

I guess this boat on the trade winds with 18/20k will go effortlessly at two digit speeds and it will cross Oceans days ahead of the typical aluminum centerboarder. The boat could be nicer (even if I do not find it ugly ), but it is a hell of a boat

The price is an interesting one: about 330 000 full equipped with sails (including geenaker and assym. spy), generator, folding propeller and diesel heating (no tax included). A lot of boat for the money.

Look at how the boat glides without almost any wind:

My wife and I are impressed with the amount of boat building in Northern France. Not only sailboats but all types of boats from motor cruisers to working dive and working port boats. There seems to be a healthy small industry in building small amounts of boats, semi custom and most in aluminum. I know we are proud to be having a boat built from that part of the world.

After looking at the video of the marina where the ARC is leaving from I can see that our next voyage in a year or so will have a lot of the newer style of European cruising boats out cruising. On our last trip ending in 2009 there were few in the S. Pacific. Lots of older style American designed boats but I'm thinking there will be far less of them as time goes on and these old boats become tired no matter how much love they are given. That brings up another point and that is for many years American and Canadians were by far most of the cruisers at least west of the Atlantic. Unless N. Americans get on board with new ideas in boat design there will be less sailing the oceans of the world.
Thanks again for all the great pictures and videos in this thread.


Last edited by Faster; 11-26-2012 at 05:58 PM. Reason: fixed quote
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