Multihull evolution: let’s take stock in three moves

Vue-aerienne-du-port-de-La-Grande-MotteOver the past few months, we have analyzed the various trends that are transforming the way sailboats are designed, from the much-debated choice about tiller or wheel steering to the evolution ofeasy sailing. However, we have not studied how the world of multihulls is changing, which instead holds several surprises.

The right opportunity to do so is now that we have just returned from La Grande Motte, where the “Salon de Multicoque” was held. An edition that, while featuring fewer models than in the past, had several European and world premieres on the dock. From these we have chosen three models that, each in their own segment, represent as many paths taken by designers.

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR, EVEN ARE: THE LAGOON 560 S2nav-L560-salon-cucina-H-0004

The location of the galley on the Lagoon 560 S2 highlights the relationship between square and cockpit.

First of all, the search by designers and architectural firms for the nullification of differences between interior (square) and exterior (well) is confirmed. A perfect example of this is the S2 version of the Lagoon 560 (available with four or five cabins), where interior and exterior form a “single body,” thanks to the presence of a massive hard top that completely shelters the cockpit while accommodating the wheelhouse. A conceptual choice that the French shipyard has been resolutely undertaking for a couple of seasons now; in fact, it is no coincidence that little by little it is changing the layout of all its models

p-515--sailing06_0450Detailing the internal design of the 5 Series by Privilège Marine, where the owner has a real suite centrally located, while the hulls house a “closet” area, bathroom and office area. This is a very well-conceived solution because it does not weigh down the design of the catamaran; on the contrary, it is balanced when sailing.

The particular design of the Provilège Series 5's owner's quarters, with the bed in the middle of the boat.
The particular design of the Provilège Series 5’s owner’s quarters, with the bed in the middle of the boat.

Alibi 54 Instead, it is called Alibi 54 (making its European debut), the catamaran that is the epitome of habitable and sporty models. Kind of the equivalent of those oceanic fast cruising monohulls like the Pogo, just to compare with monohull production. Among the “goodies” of this model is the presence at the stern of a water tank that serves as a ballast, ready to be refilled if sailing conditions require it. Of course, in order to achieve certain performance, some living space had to be given up in the living area (evident in the cockpit and in the saloon), maintained instead in the sleeping area.



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