Europe’s biggest on-water boat show returns this week (Sept 7-12), and we’ve picked the best of the multihulls due to be at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival
The 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival has been a long time coming with the majority of 2020’s Boat Shows cancelled due to Covid-19.
Hundreds of sailing yachts will be at the show, including a number of World and European premieres, and with the French history in multihull sailing, there will be plenty of catamarans and trimarans to be viewed by visitors.
We’ve picked out what we think are the five most interesting multihulls at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival.
As has increasingly been the case in recent years, many of the new launches are focussed on comfortable and fast cruising with interior space and outside communal spaces getting bigger and bigger.
However, there are also some higher performance launches, showing there is still an appetite in the multihull world for fast sailing.
Privilege Signature 510
The first major new launch for Privilege since the take-over in 2018 by Hanse Group, the Signature 510 is based on the tested hull of the five-year old Série 5 by the redoubtable Marc Lombard
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But the new boat has had more than just a name change. It has had an aesthetic makeover with dozens of small details improved, from the strips of continuous glazing along the hull to the sleek windscreen around the helm station and the more elegant handrails at the transom.
The C-Cat 48 is a lightweight and fast Italian cruising catamaran from the Comar Yachts yard near Rome, Italy.
The newly announced catamaran features C-foil daggerboards, which should reduce displacement at speed, in turn helping the cat achieve high speeds on passage, and high bridgedeck clearance.
Garcia Explocat 52
Garcia’s longstanding knowledge of creating rugged go-anywhere yachts has enabled the yard to produce one with a very enticing combination of space, pace and rugged construction. It also benefits from a high standard of finish, attention to detail and many neat touches.
It’s clear the boat has the potential to make easy 250 mile days in the right conditions. At the same time it has sufficient tankage and stowage for supplies, spares and tools to give a high level of autonomy for extended periods.
Fountaine Pajot’s latest model, the Tanna 47 catamaran is a successor to the successful Saona 47.
The newest addition to Fountaine Pajot’s range offers a much larger and completely reconfigured galley, now in a U-shape formation with 300lt of storage space.
Another new highlight for the Tanna 47 is her flybridge, which now features a lounge area that’s twice the size of her predecessor, the Saona 47.
A group of wild enthusiasts in the landlocked Czech Republic are the force behind the new IC36 from Independent Catamaran. The debut model is a fully race-tuned cat that aims to appeal to speed freaks as well as performance cruisers. Oh, and it unbolts to fit inside a shipping container or on a trailer!
Perhaps closer in design terms to the Extreme 40 than a traditional cat, the IC36 has super narrow hulls, high displacement bows and an optional rotating carbon rig with composite stays.
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