At the Paris show, the queen is 100 years old


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Bee_parisIf the forecasts of the organizers of the “Salon Nautique International de Paris” (staged Dec. 6-14) see fewer boats at the booths than in previous years, it is true that they have focused heavily on “contrasts” and emotions. There is no shortage of veteran skippers from the recent Route du Rhum among the stands at the Paris event. Not bad to cross between boats…. Robin Knox-Johnston or Loick Peyron!

Returning to the boat talk, the CNB 76 is probably the largest model ever displayed among the French pavilions. We were talking about contrasts: how else to define the confrontation between the CNB and the other queen of the show, that Mojito 8.88 just decreed boat of the year Oltralpe. Of course, the big shipyards are present, from Beneteau and Jeanneau, playing at home (such as Allures, Dufour and Archambault to name a few), to Germany’s Hanse, Dehler and Bavaria.
Among the multihulls, the Bali 4.2, the latest addition to the new Catana range, makes its official debut. Compared to the models the shipyard has accustomed us to in the past, we are in this case faced with a catamaran with softer lines that seems to concede more to crew comfort. What about the Italians? Our flag is held aloft by the presence of the Solaris 37.

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Also on display at the Paris boat show this year is a historic boat, the splendid Runa IV. Built in Denmark, it is the passion fruit of Yves Carcelle (patron of Louis Vuitton). Almost 100 years after its birth, it has now been restored thanks to a team effort involving architect François Chevalier (who was able to complete the missing floors), historian Jacques Taglang, and Bruno Troublé. Fifteen meters long and 2.44 wide, it has an upwind sail area of about 78 square meters.




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