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Transat Bretagne-Martinique

I had said that they would have a rough night, specially the ones more to the North. well... This was sent by Erwan Tabarly (Armor Lux – Comptoir de la Mer) at 10. 53 last night with the weather worsening:

"We make way, painfully, but we are sailing. This is almost a storm! There are plenty of sea, wind, 35 knots average, strong gusts, I expect to have more in the coming hours, the boat moves violently, it is very humid outside, it is difficult to steer. From time to time waves cross the cockpit and it can be dangerous. I am inside until it passes. I was very very conservative yesterday, I anticipated and reefed early to have the time to have the right amount of sail. I expect some more hours with stronger winds. I think it's not bad right now. With 5-6 knots more, I do not know what it will happen, we'll see."

The weather report gives gusting to 50/55K and the winds have been consistently stronger than what was forecast.

Two of the favorites have retired with the sails seriously damaged and another one is coming to Portugal (Porto) to get a new sail. but besides that the little boats keep sailing without any serious problem. The organization says on the news:

"Only some more hours for the 13 sailors to escape nasty weather. For 24 hours they took refuge in their cabins to be protected from the seas and winds."

Yoann Richomme (DLBC – Module Création) says:

"the cockpit is swept away by the waves constantly there should be 4-5 m swell, it blows 42 knots, it is almost the strongest since we got into the gale . I'm starting to get into the heart of the matter. tonight I had between 30 and 35 knots, then it does not fall below 35, it will rise to 45 knots soon.

...I got good naps, I have eaten. Anyway, within a Figaro Beneteau it does not take hours to visit, so it is time for it to end! "


Site Officiel de la Transat Bretagne Martinique 2013

Chapeau to these guys and most of all chapeau to this little boat:

Figaro BENETEAU II / One-design / Sailing Yachts - BENETEAU

a 10m boat very light boat (3000kg) a boat that it is not only fast but also very seaworthy:



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Crassius and sapwraia,

Do you know how long the waiting list is for the Allures until building would begin if you ordered one? I had a 6 month wait on our Boreal until building began then another 18 months before completion.

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I haven't checked in the last couple of months but was told that no more build slots for 2013, so guess it's delivery for summer 2015 - which probably suits our timetable anyway.

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Hi - we're thinking the 39.9 might be the long term boat for us too; ticks so many important boxes and very competitive pricing (ready to sail but minus some desirable options is half the price of what HR are quoting for their "fully loaded plus" demo 412 Not sure about the way they like to use plastic teak decking though. Looking forward to a sail on their demo boat this summer.
I'll have to agree, there's a lot to like about the 39.9. Amazing to me, a couple of months ago, they announced on their site, that 10 hulls were already sold. That is with only artists renderings and no finished model to look at or even having splashed?!? I inquired twice about pricing, but have only been put on their newsletter list. Do they even have a definite price yet, considering hull #1 has yet to be finished?
One complaint: The powerboat style portlights in the hull are huge and fairly low to the WL, and in my opinion out of place for a dedicated blue water cruiser. I know, more light down below, but the possibility of their failure on passage would be catastrophic and not worth the risk in my book.
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considering hull #1 has yet to be finished?
Hull #1 is finished and has just been launched. It is now available for scheduled press and prospective client sails.

Pictures of her in the water are on last page, post #3983



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Do they even have a definite price yet,
Can't attach a PDF price list or standard inventory and options lists with prices. PM me if you want by email

Starts at 255,000 Euro

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One complaint: The powerboat style portlights in the hull are huge and fairly low to the WL, and in my opinion out of place for a dedicated blue water cruiser. I know, more light down below, but the possibility of their failure on passage would be catastrophic and not worth the risk in my book.
It will have to do with the way they are mounted. They can be bullet proof. Sure in 15 or 20 years they would have to be changed but that seems to be a small price to pay for enjoying the scenery.

Anyway I am quite sure that if you say you don't want them they would not have any problem in providing you a hull without openings and save some bucks in the process

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Aluyacht 480

Since we are talking about Aluminium boats let me present the AY 480, the Italian voyage boat. I don't think it is as well designed as the Allures, even if it is a fixed keel boat, built like a tank.

It is a Zerbinati design and the boat has an interesting story. It started to be a Dudley Dix design, one of those you can buy on internet but they had trouble in making the boat by the plans and they hired Zerbinati to make things operational. In the end they did not liked the boat and asked Zerbinati to make a better one and this is the result.

The boat has a bulbed keel with 2.30m draft and a D/B ratio of 32%. That and a 4.5m beam will give it a huge stability.

I like the power and stability, not much the design. I am waiting for the next generation of aluminium boats, the ones that will have this power and a keel that swings up, with all the ballast on it. I know, it exists already with the Atlantic but the design is a bit too racing looking, the interior is not as good as the one on the Allures and the price is very high. I wonder who among the French builders will be the first to propose such a type of aluminium boat. I bet on Alubat for that. They need to have an innovative product to respond to Boreal and Allures.

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Great movie about the history of this great fast cruising boat. It is in French but the images speak for themselves:

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Bavaria cruiser 56: on the water

First photos of the boat on the water. A test should be published in Yacht magazine soon. The boat looks powerful and certainly a lot better than the previous model, the 55. Both were designed by Farr but this one looks a lot less bulky than the previous model. The interior looks also better, more functional, and better designed.

They sold more than 70 boats from the previous model. I bet this one will sell better. The boat has a great price, probably the lowest on the class, a big galley and an improved interior. I don't like the Garage design and I think that with a better design they could have a dinghy inside without the need to deflate it.

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Bavaria Yachtbau: CRUISER 56

Bavaria Yachtbau: CRUISER 56

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It looks well on the water. Regarding performance let's wait for the test results:











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Love the Allure 39.9! I just added it to the wishlist! :-)
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Love the Allure 39.9! I just added it to the wishlist! :-)
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