The designer is Marc Lombard, the same designer of the Opium 39, from all the RM line, from the Jeanneau 39, 42, 36, 33 and 30
, the Figaro Benetau 2 and a lot of racing boats, from Open 60's to big racing cats.
The one I have being posting about is the new Cigale 16. The Original Cigale is a Finot design. This remake, that follow the same principles is from Lombard.
The boat is made by Alubat, that is also the shipyard that makes the OVNI. It is an aluminum boat, very light for its size and with water ballast.
Cigale 14 < Gamme Cigale < Les Gammes
this is an easy 9k boat. 10k of wind will be enough, and of course, with the trade winds it will be an easy two digits speed boat
Have some pictures and a movie (from a Cigale 14): Clik on VIDEO
And there is a thread on Sailnet about the Cigale 14:
Cigale 14 for circumnavigation
A member that has one had said about it:
Cigale's are a Awesome boat. I have a Cigale 16 and love it.
The boat is easy to single hand or sail with short crew. My wife and I sail it by ourselves most of the time. The Aft solon is amazing, to sit at the table and be able to see out 270 degrees is such a joy. The boat handles better and easier than most fo the 40 foot boats that I have sailed. Nice light feel to the wheel in all conditions yet very responsive.
The designer Finot designed the 16 and then scaled the design for the 14. I have sailed both the 14 and the 16 for extended trips. The 16 has a mid travler vs the 14's aft travler. I find the Mid travler to be easier to handle than the 13 foot aft travler.
The boat sails very well to windward. On the way up to New England we beat for several days and found the boat to be extramly stable and tracked steady. We stowed the anchors and the dingy in the chain locker to add a little wieght to the bow. In 20 knots of wind and 35 degrees to the wind we were going along at 13 to 14 knots with out the ballast tanks full.
If you can get one of these you will not be disapointed.