Has the Futuna line of boats been discussed on this thread? If so, I apologize.....I haven't made it through the entire thread (yet).
No, we didn't have...and welcome to the thread
Not because they are not great boats (they are) but because most of the thread is about smaller boats...that even so are more expensive than what most of us can have the money to get
But maybe you are a rich guy that can have a luck of one day having one or just a dreamer like the rest of us...and the Futuna 57 is a nice dream, a 750 000€ dream
I believe the 57 is a 2007 boat but Marc Lombard is designing bluewater boats along these lines for some years now. Marc Lombard is one of my preferred architects, with many designs, from cruising to racing and in what racing is concerned with special relevance in solo boats, Open 60's and 40 class racers.
The Futuna clearly reflects his experience with Open 60's even if the boat is more narrow. The boat is just perfect, specially on the version with lifting keel (draft 1.65 - 2.85). 1.65m of draft will permit it to cruise everywhere and the aluminum hull will give added protection against all the floating debris around. The light infused composite deck and cabin will help to maintain all weight down.
If I wanted to be picky I would say that if the quality of the interior seems to be very good the design seems a bit... well, it could be better even if the interior is agreeable.
Well they have improved the interior on the new boat that they are finishing, the new 50. The boat is a bit less gorgeous on the outside looks but the interior is definitively better,specially in the way the box for raising the keel is integrated, not to mention that this one has a raised saloon that will improve the outside views.
Personally I would prefer this to the bigger one, if I had the 600000€ to give for a boat this one could well be the one I would chose:
"The Futuna 50 is the little one of the Futuna line of aluminum sailboats and should inherit of the great directional stability downwind and very high average speeds on all points of sailing. The raised saloon with panoramic views outside and a modern and esthetic lines make her a true little jewel.
As with the other yachts of the Futuna line, the Futuna 50 has fine entry lines, maximum dynamic waterline length and reduced waterline beam when heeled. The wide stern sections associated with the twin-rudder configuration lends fine helm control for high pleasure sailing. The modern 9/10 fractional rig can be fitted with a carbon-fiber mast and boom.
Well thought out interior layout, generous and safe cockpit both at sea and at anchor, ample storage space, aluminum hull for security, all this makes this cruiser ideal for extended voyages with speed and comfort.
The composite sandwich deck, as well as keeping the boat as light as possible provides more thermal insulation that would an all-aluminum structure."
But hey, if you like big boats why not dream with the bigger one, the Futuna 70 that reached the market in 2009