I’m sure Paulo will come across this litlle boat at the Nautic in Paris, intended to be a used as a dinghy
: the Albatros, designed by Jean-Marie Finot.
A very particular dingy, since the “daggerboard” is in fact ballasted with 30kg of lead, making the boat much more stable and forgiving than one would expect. It pivots under the hull, a design also seen on the First Class 8 and the cruising Pogo’s. But it also seems to cant automatically, in a way I don’t quite understand.
Otherwise it looks a lot like a mini Pogo with one rudder, don’t you think?
It also seems to behave in a similar way, intended to be sailed with a little heel and able to plane quickly, even upwind.
Carbon mast, retractable bowsprit, textile rigging
and built in a light and rigid material called Evolite which is also used in automobiles.
It is also said to be very safe, without requiring athletic capacities to be sailed well
Finot and their partners intend to build this boat in very large numbers, at a standard price of € 6.000.
Both Voiles Magazine and Voiles & Voiliers test sailed it and were quite enthousiastic.