I don't think there are many chances of the next First 50 to be designed by Philippe Briand but since he had designed the last one (as well as the 45) I went to his site to see if there was any news about it. There was not but since I was there I took the occasion to have a look on his last sailingboats.
Philippe Briand was one of those NA that participated actively (and with success) on the Half Ton cup battle that was not only a battle on the water but also a design battle. His tastes for performance and how to get it come from there and was completed by a refined aesthetically view on design. His boats are always very elegant.
It was with some surprise that I found out that his last one (2013) was not as elegant as the last ones. Don't make mistakes, it is a beautiful boat but there are some things that don't add, like the color of the boat and the superstructure, the slightly outdated look (for Briand) and then I saw what the owner wanted:
"This design is based on the requirements of her owner, who wanted a high performance yet ‘timeless’ sailboat."
Well, timeless for many means just not looking too contemporary
and in what regards colors...well it seems to me the owner had a big say on that. Just look at the interior. I bet the designer made the possible to accommodate the "tastes" of the owner giving them quality...but even so...
The 108ft Inoui
It goes "well" with the outside green
Anyway this is a very interesting boat with a lifting keel and an all carbon one. More and more top performance cruising boats, even production ones are opting for Carbon as material, when costs are not to be the main concern.
But in what regards aesthetics just compare it with the 5 year's older Bristolian:
Too contemporary for the Inoui owner? It seems so. Bristolian is also an all carbon boat with a lifting keel, just about 3m bigger than Inoui.
What a yacht