Paris Salon: here are 15 models not to be missed

Nautic 2013, the Paris Boat Show, begins (Dec. 7 to 15). Many interesting boats on display. This year’s event is attended by 785 exhibitors representing 1,300 brands. Organizers expect more than 240,000 visitors. Here is our mini guide to the Paris event, previewing some of the boats you will see on display. And don’t forget to check out the Pen Duick II, the boat of the legendary Eric Tabarly, patroness of the event!

ALLURES 39.9
Twelve meters and sixty-five centimeters for those who dream of the ocean. The Allures shipyard designed this aluminum hull in collaboration with Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design, which developed a modern, wide and powerful hull, making the most of the waterline length. Unmissable is the presence of the lifting keel, capable of increasing the draft from 2.75 to 1.06 meters. A boat designed for long sailing, equipped with a rollbar, which is useful if you want to install wind generators, solar panels or radar. Read more


CENTURION 57

With this 57-footer, the Wauquiez shipyard marks the return of the Centurion brand to the luxury boat market. Powerful, elegant, rugged, and capable of delivering race boat performance while offering maximum comfort while cruising, the Centurion 57 stands as the epitome of Wauquiez expertise in high-end craft


BAVARIA 33 CRUISER

It is an interesting challenge for this Bavaria Cruiser 33, which aims to make people forget the Cruiser 32, one of the German shipyard’s most successful models, thanks in part to its folding stern, a first on boats of this size. COVER The Cruiser 33 also has the large fold-down transom, which greatly elongates the boat: it opens and closes manually with ease and is extremely convenient both for going out to sea when at anchor and for going down on the harbor dock instead of the old gangway. Upholstery on the stern platform and the entire deck, with the exception of the deckhouse, is duradeck, a non-slip material that is easier to maintain and more economical than teak. Read more


DELPHIA 31

The new Delphia 31 is designed and intended for families seeking adventure in tranquility. From stern to bow, it is built to be functional, solid and reliable even in harsh weather conditions or during long journeys. The D31 provides a feeling of high comfort and safety on board: self-draining cockpit with two lockers, non-slip surface on the cockpit floor,self-tailing winch and the furling jib are just some of the many features to ensure the best sailing experience. Inside, the D31 is a perfect combination of space and ergonomics. The generously sized cockpit offers comfortable seating and there is a platform that provides easy access to the water. Read more


DUFOUR 310 GL

Once again Umberto Felci is the “daddy” of the models in the Dufour house. Everything on board is designed to make sailing easy, and that is precisely why the shipyard provided a self-tacking jib. The sail plan appears balanced (33.5 square-foot mainsail and a 16.8 jib) and easy to maneuver. In the cockpit, the double wheelhouse is confirmed (as on the Dufour 335 GL), which provides easier access to the fold-down transom that converts to a swim platform-a solution increasingly requested by owners in recent seasons. Read more


HANSE 345

Replaces the 355 this distinctive ten-and-a-half-footer with a rounded deckhouse design that rises smoothly from bow to mast and counts an interesting longitudinal window aft of the mast. In the cockpit, the classic table with fold-down tops; the double rudder wheel leaves room to reach the fold-down transom. COVER Compared to the Hanse 355, the 345 counts on slightly smaller overall length and maximum beam, but the waterline is the same for less total weight. In theory, the top speed of the new Hanse should be similar to that of its predecessor. Read more


HOBIE CAT GETAWAY

Hobie Cat’s new little gem is easy to assemble and lead, and ensures maximum fun. The symmetrical hulls, which are 5.04 meters long, are made of impact-resistant rotational-molded polyethylene to ensure maximum durability even for heavy use. A boat for family fun!

BENETEAU OCEANIS 38
The boat becomes transformable. Daysailer, weekender or cruiser,this eleven-and-a-half-footer from the French shipyard has positioned itself as the forerunner of a new way of understanding interiors (and more). Thanks to collaboration with the Nauta studio, owners can change the interior layout to suit their needs, from the open space of the daysailer version to the two or three cabins in “Cruiser” mode. On deck, too, you are spoiled for choice. An example? You can choose from a fully open stern or helmsman seating to a fold-down transom. Read more


OPTIO 9.0

Elegant and technological at the same time. Designing Wauquiez’s first daysailer is the Berret/Racoupeau pair, who opted for a hull with a marked edge. The teak deck is clear, while below we find open space except for the separate bathroom. Read more


REVOLUTION 22

After winning the 2011 Mini Transat, everyone was amazed by this 6.50-meter boat with such strange shapes: flat bottom and imposing bow inspired by that of American scows. While this boat was purchased by Italian Giancarlo Pedote its designer and skipper David Raison relied on the French shipyard AFEP Marine, which specializes in aluminum construction, to build what they say is the boat that revolutionizes the concept of the pleasure sailboat. Indeed, this boat compared to its length has impressive volumes. And the proposed price of about 50,000 euros (with sails) is eye-catching. Of course, to say that it is beautiful is obviously another matter. Maybe you have to get your eye on it. Read more

RS FEVA
Made of rotomolded polyethylene, which makes it particularly resistant to impact and not very susceptible to UV rays, it is beginning to spread in Italy, having filled a gap in the Anglo-Saxon drift market, where there was a lack of a double intended for young people not yet ready for the transition to the upper grades. Ideal for young people aged eleven and up, unlike other boats on the market, it places no age limit. Read more

SEASCAPE 27
Born from the pencil of Sam Manuard, a designer and experienced sailor in the Mini class, the Seascape 27 rides the wave of success of its “little brother,” the 18-footer that won European Yacht of the Year in 2010. This is an interesting racer-cruiser with bold water lines and edges that run the length of the hull. The mast, 11 meters high, is made of carbon fiber and has no backstay, at the bow the presence of two stays offers the possibility of rigging both a genoa and a jib, the low diagonals are moved toward the center of the boat, unlike the shrouds, allowing crew members a much smoother transition from stern to bow and vice versa. Read more

JEANNEAU SUN FAST 3600
After a few seasons in which the French shipyard Jeanneau had focused exclusively on its cruising models, here is almost surprisingly an eleven-footer greening up a range in the very year it blows out twenty candles. On deck, everything is concentrated in the cockpit, while there will be a double option when it comes to the rig, in aluminum or carbon, with two orders of quartered spreaders. The sail plan calls for a 36-square-meter mainsail and a 33-square-meter genoa, while thanks to the presence of the dolphin shroud, a gennaker of about 100 square meters is expected. Read more

VARIANCE 37
It has been two years since the Varianta 44, the first low-cost boat (the price did not reach 100,000 euros ready to sail) made its market debut. The German brand is now ready to replicate, introducing the Varianta 37 to the market: it is born from the hull of the Hanse 370, compared to which the deck lines have been significantly changed to make it more modern and sporty. The spacious cockpit is dominated by the large central rudder wheel. Read more


VIKO S22

The Viko S 22, designed by Italian Sergio Lupoli by the Polish shipyard Viko Yachts, was recently launched. A small and agile 7-meter, with a decidedly attractive price, ideal for cruising (given the original interior layout) but also designed for those who want to take some satisfaction in regattas: in fact, there is also the “fierce” model, with “T” bulb and “Hi-Performance” sail plan. Read more

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