RM1380, the new French-style bluewater (13 m) for sailing along

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At Boot Düsseldorf we saw for the first time the new RM1380, the flagship of the Fora Marine fleet that was unveiled last December at the Paris Boat Show. RM1380, the latest from the pencil of Marc Lombard, like its predecessor the RM1180, has a fiberglass still-work, a choice dictated by the boat’s particular design. The living work is made of a sandwich of marine plywood and epoxy resin. This technique, a trademark of RM, provides greater comfort in terms of thermal and acoustic insulation and makes the boat easier to repair both internally and externally than fiberglass. A guarantee of safety for a Blue Water such as this RM.

 

RM’s new 45-footer

RM1380 represents the fourth iteration of RM’s 45-footer, replacing the 1370 presented in 2017. As the largest boat in the range, there is much more comfort and sophistication aboard than its smaller, more spartan siblings, but the French shipyard’s no-frills pragmatism remains. RMs are not the traditional cruiser; they are boats designed for those who want to sail, without sacrificing the adjustments, even up to the point, of the boat.

Two keel options: double or lifting

Like all RM boats, the new 1380 comes standard with the double keel and single rudder blade but is also available with the electro-hydraulic lifting keel, with which the draft can be reduced from as much as 3.35 meters to just 1.45 meters. In the second case, the boat is built with two rudder blades.

The exterior of the RM1380

Starting from the stern, we find an optional retractable swim platform (not present on the first hull on display) from which the cockpit is accessed. Double rudder wheel, in front of which are the mainsail sheet winches (with German-style system). In the cockpit is the mainsail carriage, a maneuver now almost “out of fashion” on cruising boats. Toward the bow another four winches find space, including two for jib sheet and two for mast rigging.

Continuing on the deckhouse, beyond the aluminum mast are two large windows that illuminate the living room below deck, another distinguishing feature of RM’s straight forward sloping bow assembly. The rigging includes a traditional mainsail and a short overlapping genoa. On the other hand, there is no provision for the self-tacking jib.

 

The new RM1380 at the Düsseldorf boot
The new RM1380 at the Düsseldorf boot

The interior of the RM1380

The boat we saw at Boot Düsseldorf is in a three-cabin version (but a four-cabin version is also available). In the bow is the master cabin with bathroom and shower in two separate compartments, the first on the port side the second on the starboard side.

At the same level as the salon, a U-shaped kitchen on the left side and chart table on the right side overlook the saloon table. The interior is extremely bright, thanks to the large windows, a distinguishing feature of RM, and the choice of light colors. Aft are two cabins and the second bathroom with a shower separated by glass. Instead of the double cabin on the starboard side, it is possible to have a workshop or a walk-in closet. However, this area can only be reached from the inside, not from the well.

Technical Specs

Overall length 14.40 m
Hull length
13.30 m
Maximum width 4.53 m
Double keel draft 1.95 m
Lifting keel draft 1 .45 / 3.35 m
Standard displacement 9,800 kg
Volvo Penta 60 hp engine
Fuel tank 150 liters
Water tank 270 liters
Black water tanks 2 x 55 liters
Designer Marc Lombard
Italian Importer YachtSynergy

From our correspondent at Boot Düsseldorf Giacomo Barbaro

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