It had been years, let’s face it, since the Paris Boat Show (staged Dec. 3-11) had failed to put on a “show” with so many prima donnas. We are not just talking about absolute premieres, but about the many models that never before give an overview of a market that is increasingly differentiated.
After an almost year-long wait (we saw the first renderings last winter) theElan GT 5 makes its debut under the Eiffel Tower. British designer Rob Humphreys worked by focusing on an angled hull; his goal: to be able to enhance hull stability and reduce the wetted surface area in upright gaits. But the edge also has another functiongives more interior space, a fundamental condition for achieving a modern cruiser racer. The GT5 features an ocean-style double rudder blade and “T” keel, with a very low center of gravity so as to increase righting moment without affecting displacement and friction too much.
Home debut instead for Beneteau’s Sense 51. There are many differences (as with its big brother, the Sense 57) from their predecessors, and some of them are the result of the well-established partnership between the French giant and one of sailing’s holy monsters, Michel Desjoyeaux. At the bow, the integrated dolphin boat also accommodates the anchor, completely clearing the deck. On the other hand, the glass window integrated into the deckhouse provides exceptional brightness to the interior. At the stern, the presence of an integrated T-Top stands out, which will even allow the cockpit to be closed, creating an extra “cabin.”
Double home premiere for Latitude 46 and its Tofinou: Paris is the occasion for the launch of the new Tofinou 10.c and Tofinou 9.5s, the sport version of one of the French shipyard’s most successful models.
An embarrassment of riches
We said it at the beginning, Paris welcomes a large type of boats this year, giving space (finally!) to the world of dinghies as well. A place of honor goes to the new version of the Flying Phantom, named“Essentiel” and based on the experience gained by Franck Cammas and the Groupama Team. In contrast, ease of use characterizes, already in the name, another foil-equipped catamaran called Easy to Fly. It then makes its French debut with the VX One, a small one-design for two or three people that is making a splash in the United States.
The transalpine show then confirms the growing worldwide trend toward hulls designed for long sailing, with a large cargo capacity that limits port stops. Several models present should be seen precisely in this light, such as the “version 2” of the Garcia Exploration 45, the boat built in collaboration with the legendary Jimmy Cornell, but also the Leopard 45, the South African shipyard’s flagship model that takes advantage of the naval architecture of the experts Simonis & Voogd.
Four different and. unique
Highly anticipated and seen before Paris only at the La Rochelle boat show, the Pogo 36, an offshore bolide derived directly from ocean racing hulls, makes its debut in the capital. From racing, but in a very different field, is theOfcet 32, an interesting design by Marc Lombard designed to win in IRC. It is instead inspired by the ocean is then the JPK 45 FC, a blue water available in a dual version, with a fixed or retractable keel. Finally, a tidbit, albeit not a brand new one: the kite boom also affects the monohull world: it should be seen in this light the Kite Tender 400, whose propulsion is provided precisely by a… kite!