The CNB 76 offers elegance, style and size for a very competitive price. Toby Hodges tests this new flagship from Groupe Beneteau, a boat made possible by her innovative build method

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CNB 76 boat test – more boat for your money

Devil in the detail

The engine room is one of the modules built separately. The benefits are clear, particularly the space surrounding the machinery for servicing purposes. A decksaloon format creates volume below the sole, in which CNB have centered the majority of the weight and machinery to keep stability low. CNB excel in insulation and it was difficult to hear if and when the genset was running.

Sizeable, well insulated engine room

Sizeable, well insulated engine room

“For 25 years noise has been in the head of every engineer in the design office,” said Thomas Gailly. When they built the 100ft Chrisco in 2009, penalties were set for going over the decibel limits.

Leo has 7,000kW of inverters running 900ah of service batteries – so the generator only need be started for the watermaker or air conditioning. Elsewhere I appreciated the remote fire extinguishers and how engine vents close automatically – both designed to limit fire damage. Skipper Marc Renwick calculates the 180hp Volvo provides a motoring range of around 1800nm at 8 knots delivery speed, thanks to fuel tanks with 2,500lt capacity.

High speed secret build

CNB are rightly guarded about their groundbreaking new modular build process. From what we were able to glean, the hull is built in infusion with a PVC foam core, reinforced with carbon. It is then placed into a metal cradle to keep it rigid, preventing it from moving a millimetre. The interior is assembled in four modules, including the engine room, to be lowered into the hull. There is less than 10mm tolerance between the modules and the hull.

CNB says the 76 is the largest yacht to be resin-infused in one hit

CNB says the 76 is the largest yacht to be resin-infused in one hit

“You normally build a boat from the front aft, so you can only do one section at a time,” Gailly explained. “This is all built at the same time in plenty of space.” The hull was apparently still empty just one and a half months before launch. “This is the reason why we can build a 76ft yacht in six months – it would normally take a year.”


Test CNB 76 GA

Test CNB 76 Polar


LWL 21.98m/72ft 1in

Beam (Max) 6.10m/20ft 0in

Draught 3.00m/9ft 10in

Disp (lightship) 45,000kg/99,207lb

Ballast 15,000kg/33,069lb

Sail Area (100% foretriangle) 311.0m2/3,348ft2

Berths 8

Engine 180hp Volvo Penta shaft-drive

Water 1,500lt/330gal

Fuel 2,500lt/550gal

Sail Area:Disp 25.0

Disp:LWL 118

Price (ex VAT) €2,070,000

Design: Philippe Briand


With this new 76 and a Jeanneau 64, Groupe Beneteau continue to do what they do best and stay ahead of the curve. Money is a rather crucial factor here. Once you get to seven figures sums can be difficult to relate to. But boats such as a Hallberg-Rassy 64, X-65, Oyster 625 and Amel 64 all carry an approximately similar starting price to the CNB of €2 million.

Amel and Rassy may argue their 64s can be sailed by a couple, but the general rule of thumb is that 60ft+ yachts require a crew to run them. So for those who prefer and can afford to sail with a crew, this 76 is offering at least another 10-15ft of boat for the same money.

“The fact that we can propose a 76ft boat for €2.5 million attracts a lot of newcomers to the market,” says Gailly. “If this was a custom boat we would charge €5 million.” Two of the first five owners are first-time buyers.

The 76 does not simply represent lots of boat for the money. She is a very impressive yacht through and through, from design to performance at sea. Having built 55 big custom yachts, CNB approached the project with superyacht mentality. The win-win result is superyacht styling and engineering for that serial production price.



This is an extract from a feature in Yachting World February 2014 issue


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