New Models 2022: Sailing Monohulls
In the concluding part of the series, YACHT STYLE highlights new sailing monohulls from the likes of Swan, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Grand Soleil and Dufour.
Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 60
Oceanis Yacht 60 was among Beneteau’s premieres at the Cannes Yachting Festival and heads the French builder’s new sailing models in 2022. Designed by Italians Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento, who also collaborated on the First 53 and Oceanis Yacht 54, the brand’s new sailing flagship is distinguished by notable features including a master cabin in the bow with a forward-facing bed.
Beneteau First 44
The same design team are behind the Beneteau First 44, a cruiser-racer that was also revealed at Cannes. Based on a 43ft 2in hull with a beam of almost 14ft, the First 44 is offered in standard and Performance versions with an overall length of 46ft 5in and 48ft 1in respectively. The Performance version offers a different deck plan and options for keels and masts (aluminium or carbon).
Beneteau First 36
The shipyard’s first new sailing yacht of the year was the First 36, which premiered at the Palma International Boat Show and exhibited at Cannes. The yacht has received rave reviews for its performance, the result of an international design team including Argento, naval architect Sam Manuard, Slovenia’s Gigodesign for the interior, and New Zealand’s Pure Design & Engineering.
The Jeanneau Yachts 65 (click for Review) is the French builder’s new flagship, the model appearing a year after the 60 and ahead of the upcoming 55, all three models designed by Philippe Briand and Winch Design. Like the 60, the 65 offers numerous semi-custom options, including a hard top with sliding sunroof.
Nautor premiered its Swan 55 at Cannes, a year after debuting the Swan 58 at the same show. Another Swan design by German Frers, the 55 has a 54ft 6in hull, an overall length of 58ft 2in and a beam of 16ft 5in. The model is offered in a performance set-up, which includes a square-top mainsail and bowsprit for light weather and downwind sails.
ClubSwan 80 at 2022 Rolex Swan Cup; c/o Rolex
The Finnish builder also launched the first ClubSwan 80, My Song, for owner Pier Luigi Loro Piana. Designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, the stripped-down racer competed in the 13-strong Maxi class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in early September before finishing third in the Maxi class at the subsequent Rolex Swan Cup. The yacht had its official world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show.
Grand Soleil GS 72
Italy’s Grand Soleil released its new flagship GS 72 at Cannes, with the model then displayed at the Genoa International Boat Show. The Nauta Design interior features a spacious saloon with sofas on both sides and a dining table to port. Aft is the galley and two twin cabins, while forward is another guest cabin and the master in the bow. The GS 72 is part of the Forli-based shipyard’s Performance line, which is complemented by a Long Cruise (LC) series.
Other Cannes premieres included the Dufour 37 (click for article), the second-smallest model in the French builder’s portfolio. The 35ft 4in model has a 32ft 9in hull with a beam of 12ft 6in, which follows the form of offshore racing boats but with a slightly rounded lower hull. The 37 is available in three different versions: Easy, with two winches and a self-tacking jib, the more traditional Ocean version, and a racing-focused Performance version with six winches and high-performance equipment.