After being delayed by bad weather finally the Transat Jaques Fabre is on. They are heading at 20k to 6m waves and 35k winds (at least). Beautiful 35 race solo boats out there, Class40, Open60 and Multi50, raced by two guys each.
Take a look at this movie with a summary of the last editions, beautiful boats, beautiful images
Some posts back I have posted about a new American trimaran, a nice boat. I guess the European counterpart is the Challenge 42, made by naval Force 3 that makes primarily smaller cruising trimarans.
The boat was launched in 2009 and I think only one was made. The boat was designed as a fast bluewater boat and a long range cruiser and I like it a lot. Minimal but comfortable and with everything one need to live aboard.
I guess that the downside, as in like any trimaran, is price and even if this one is not expensive (less than the American one) even so it costs about 400 000€ and of course, it's a no no in any marina, paying two times the price of a monohull.
But it is really a beauty and I bet it sails like a dream
The boat has interesting technical characteristics and it comes in two versions, one with a center board and with a mast that lowers to pass over bridges and another, faster, with a bulbed keel and fixed mast:
hull length 7,60 m
length with pulpit 8,09 m
length overall with pulpit and rudder 8,68 m
LWL 6,73 m
Maximum beam 2,96 m
WL 2,07 m
Width transom 2,75 m
Freeboard at bow 1,22 m
Displacement at half load 1790 Kg
Max Draft 1,75 m
Draft drift raised 0,80 m
Upwind sail area 36,5 mq
Rigging and Equipment
Mast 9/10 1 1 level spreaders abbattibile
Outboard suggested 10 hp
Inboard engine saildrive 13 hp
kitchen 2 fuochi
Freshwater 100 l
Construction material Fiberglass
Shipyard builder COMAR yachts
Dedigner S. Lupoli Yacht Design
Standard boat ex VAT, ex shipyard 31.500,00 €
The shipyard says about it:
The C26 is ... built by Comar Poland, the shipyard Comar Yachts has established in Poland for the construction of these boats. In particular, the Comet 26 aims to be a comfortable small cruiser, very easy to use and with excellent technical content.
The sail plan and deck layout are optimized to ensure the boat is fast and responsive when maneuvering, at the same time making certain she is easy to manage even with a family crew.
The Comet 26 is easy to use and transport as you can reach the beach thanks to the lifting keel and retractable rudder. The boat’s minimum draft is 50 cm. The foldable mast also guarantees the ease of transport: a well tested block & tackle system allows the Comet 26 to go under bridges not less than 3 meters high, letting you moor along channels and rivers.
A second version of the C26 is also available with a fixed keel and a non-foldable mast. Thanks to a notable freeboard and maximum beam of about 3 meters, the Comet 26 offers true cruiser interiors: berths are spacious and comfortable and the galley and head areas are ergonomically designed to be spacious and functional. Hull and deck are solidly laminated using isophthalic resin and fiberglass sheets. With the Comet 26, the goal is to offer a small cruising boat that is truly easy to manage while providing maximum comfort.
The Grand soleil is on the water for a month now and all we get is some low quality pictures:
I don't understand the commercial policy of Grand Soleil
Well, no we don't have decent pictures but we have three movies and I can say that the Grand Soleil 39 is beautiful specially on the outside, on the inside I really don't like all that white and the 80's thing to put the ditches on the galley.
It is a very classic boat, like the Salona 38 or the Solaris 37. The three boats share the same ADN. The boat looks better on the movies than on the pictures (maybe that's why they don't show any decent pictures).
The new XP 38 is not far away in ADN perhaps a bit less classic or more modern as you prefer, but with the same kind of hull.
The Xp 38 is a gorgeous boat, probably from the 4 is the one that I like more on the outside line. It is a pity that its interior is smaller because the place were they had put the head takes a lot of space to the saloon. I don't like also all that white.
Regarding the interiors I like more the one from the Salona, than the one from Grand Soleil, and the one from X yachts is the worse. I am not talking about materials ( I am quite sure that the X yacht quality is top) but that interior really looks like one from a 36ft boat
But I guess that we can even forget that, just looks how it sails
Do you have heard about Far east boats, a Chinese boat manufacturer?:
Founded in 2002, Shanghai Far East FRP Boat Co., Ltd. is recognized as the biggest dinghy builder in China. The goal is to produce various high quality sailboats and boat fittings for our customers. “Even better than our faith is the honesty of our objective.”
In the same year, Far East was licensed by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) to build the Optimist and now have become the biggest Optimist builder in the world with a yearly capacity of approximately 2000 Optimist hulls.
More recently, Far East also became an ISAF licensed builder of the 420 and started the plan to diversify the product range to Kayak and other sailboats.
Far East is also the sole distributor of Laser in the mainland China and serves China’s national sailing team in their daily training and regatta performance.
I bet this guys are going to upgrade to yacht construction and make good boats.
I have saw last year in Dusseldorf its first cruiser, a 26ft boat and I thought How!!! what a boat and looked to see who made that little beauty and saw Far East Boats???? I thought: another European or American small company making boats in china. Well I was wrong, it's an already Chinese big company with lot's of know how, inclusive from competition, that is starting to make bigger boats, and this one is quite a start.
The boat is designed by Simonis Voogd and it is a very interesting boat:
Length Overall: 8.38m
Length Hull: 7.92m
Water line length: 7.17m
Draft Max:. 1.70m
Mainsail Area: 23.2 m2
Furling Jib Area: 14 m2
Spinnaker Area: 57.4 m2
Sail Area Total Upwind: 37.20m2
Sail Area Total Downwind: 80.60 m2
The Fareast 26 is already a sucesseful One Design Class in China competing in the China Cup International Regatta.
The boat has a top construction with vacuum infusion, cored and with epoxy resins. It is not me that says that, it's the boat architect that is not a small one and would never tell lies about it. Listen also on the movie to the ingenuity of the Chinese girl. The funny thing is that I believe her. This boat if adequately distributed is going to be a success, on Europe and in the States.
Transported to Germany the basic boat with 17% German VAT is only 35 000€.
Look at the movie with the Architect and their sales manager, a young girl
And the sailing movie:
Beautiful boat isn't it? I bet this one will be available in the USA soon and at this price I believe it is going to be a winner, there and in Europe.
On a recent populat thread about the more popular voyage boats I have said that probably the most popular French one is the OVNI but that the RM sailboats were gaining popularity.
The RM offer a less strong boat and I mean against hitting submerged objects (epoxy/plywood versus aluminum) but a much more faster alternative. RM are almost as fast as fast cruiser racers and are made with voyage in mind.
Well, it seems that they are now even more popular
On these crisis days with manufacturer closing doors and others in trouble, RM has all next year production for its new boat almost completely booked.
There would be nothing special about this if the boat were already made for costumers having a look, but the first one is still on the making. They have started the comercialization in September and before the main boat shows (Hamburg, Paris, Dusseldorf) they have already booked 5 from the nine they have capacity to build each year, I mean, just this model, the new 1260.
And it is not only the French that are buying them, 3 of the five are going abroad
I have test sailed the previous boat, the 1200 and it was not just what I was looking for but if I was looking for a long range voyager this would be the boat I would have, not that I would not chose other if I had the money for it, but this is the one that is fast, well made and afordable.
And it is not only this one, the smaler boat, also thought with voyage in mind, the RM 1060 that come out in September 2010 had already 32 commands with 19 boats delivered. There is a waiting list of more than a year for that one
Looks like the Fareast 26 is the perfect daysailer/racer. Looks good, large cockpit, simple rig and 1/4 the price of Alerions and Eyachts but with a complete cabin that you can stand on.
Seems perfect if daysailing/weeknight racing is your cup of tea.
Crisis or no crisis if we look to today's production from the past, I mean let's say 50 years ago, in what regards living amenities, today's boats are luxury boats, even the most humble Beneteaus and Bavarias.
When I started cruising I had a 25ft 80 years old traditional boat wooden boat with a deck but a bare interior, with siting height and we cruise (me and my wife) and live in the boat for 2 months each year and we did not cruise for more time because we had to work. The boat had no radio, no electronics, just a compass and luxury for us were small battery operated removable navigation lights that permits us to navigate at night. And even if we take shelter on protected or semi protected waters for most of the cruising we crossed each year hundreds of open ocean waters, many times with land out of sight.
At that time if he got the hands in a boat like the Fareast 26 I would fell that I could circumnavigate in it. Times changed but what really changed, in what regards boats and living conditions, is our mentality and the good things in life we are not willing to pass without, like a freezer or enough electricity to have light at night or running electronics.
Many years ago passed by my port a Scottish guy that was living his dream. A damn good sailor and a professional sailing teacher. He was circumnavigating in a small boat, a beautiful boat (28ft?): No engine, no freezer, no electronics. He did it successively and he looked very pleased with his boat and with his good luck that had permitted him to live his dream.
Bottom line, the Fareast 26 looks not only very fast but also seaworthy to me. The designer says that it is a medium displacement boat and even if the Ballast of the boat does not appear nowhere, I would say that it is a a boat with a relatively high B/D ratio and that with all the lead in a bulb 1.7m below should give it a lot of righting moment and a good reserve stability.
I would have loved to have a boat like that in my youth and I can tell you that I would not use it for daysailing, but for cruising and some racing