New Models 2023: Sailing Monohulls & Catamarans
The fourth and final chapter of YACHT STYLE’s annual ‘New Models’ feature covers sailing monohull and catamarans that debuted in 2023.
Sunreef 70 Eco
Sunreef staged the world premiere of the 70 Eco at the Cannes Yachting Festival a year after the 80 Eco debuted at the same show, also in Port Canto as part of the sailing display. Based on the Sunreef 70 sailing catamaran, the 70 Eco offers over 3,100sqft of living space including large outdoor areas in the aft cockpit, bow terrace and large flybridge.
The first 70 Eco, One Planet, features 81.5sqm of solar panels across the hulls, superstructure and bimini roof, offering up to 20kWp. The show also featured the first 60 Eco, Surreal, making its first appearance at a major show since launching last year, four years after Sunreef debuted the 60 E, which featured a carbon-fibre hard top with solar panels and electric propulsion.
Fountaine Pajot Thira 80
Fountaine Pajot also hosted one of the most exciting world premieres of the year, as it unveiled its Thira 80 sailing catamaran at Port Canto. Announced at Cannes last year, Thira 80 is the La Rochelle builder’s largest yacht to date and features retractable side decks, expansive fore and aft cockpits, a magnificent flybridge, twin helm stations, and a master suite with Jacuzzi.
Fountaine Pajot also unveiled the Smart Electric version of its Aura 51 at this year’s International Multihull Show at La Grande Motte on France’s south coast. The original Aura 51 was launched last year and was the brand’s first model to feature the option of solar panels integrated into the entire coachroof and flybridge.
Bali, owned by Catana Group, debuted its Catsmart at La Grande Motte, presenting a new entry-level model to complement its 40ft Catspace, 4.2. 4.4. 4.6. 4.8 and flagship 5.4 models. The 38ft Catsmart has a 21ft-plus beam and is the brand’s first model without a flybridge, but new features include two helm stations aft and the option of two, three or four cabins. The Catsmart retains brand signatures such as the ‘Bali door’, sliding saloon windows and solid foredeck.
Nautor Swan also had a major world premiere at the Monaco show with the global debut of the Swan 108 carbon sailing superyacht, which features a hull length of 108ft 3in and an overall length of 114ft 10in with the bowsprit.
Positioned between the Swan 98 and 120 in the Swan Maxi line, the 108 features exterior styling by Lucio Micheletti of Micheletti + Partners, interior design by Misa Poggi and naval architecture by German Frers, the 82-year-old Argentine who has designed for Swan for over four decades.
Jeanneau has debuted two new sailing yachts this year, starting with the world premiere of the Jeanneau Yachts 55 at Boot, with the model showing at the likes of Cannes, Southampton and Genoa in September.
Jeanneau Yachts 55
Like the Jeanneau Yachts 60 and flagship 65, the 55 is designed by Philippe Briand and has an interior by Winch Design. The most notable innovation is two extensive seating-cum-lounging areas aft of the helms, while it also features a covered cockpit, private access to each of the three cabins, and a large retractable hydraulic swim platform.
The Groupe Beneteau builder is staging the world premiere of the Sun Fast 30 One Design at the Southampton show while the racer also exhibits at Grand Pavois La Rochelle in September, although the first hull was shown in the Rolex Fastnet Race Village at the end of July.
Beneteau Oceanis 37.1
Beneteau hosted the Oceanis 37.1 premiere at Cannes before the new model appeared at the La Rochelle and Genoa shows in September, and then the Barcelona show and Annapolis Sailboat Show (October 12-15).
Featuring naval architecture by Marc Lombard, and deck and interior design by Italy’s Nauta Design, the Oceanis 37.1 has an overall length of 39ft 2in based on an 36ft 1in hull with a beam of 12ft 10in. Part of the seventh generation of Oceanis cruisers, the 37.1 joins a six-strong series also featuring the 30.1, 34.1, 40.1, 46.1 and 51.1.
Dufour’s premieres included the 41, which debuted at Cannes before gaining further exposure at Southampton and Genoa. Featuring an exterior by Felci Yacht Design and an interior by Ardizio Design, the model has an overall length of 39ft 4in based on a 36ft 1in hull with a beam of 13ft 1in.
Available in Adventure, Ocean and Performance versions, the Dufour 41 offers three or even four cabins and the option of a utility room. The shipyard says the interior offers “60 per cent more light than other models on the market”, with owners able to choose Europe or Boston ‘atmospheres’. Fountaine Pajot’s sister brand also debuted the Smart Electric edition of the Dufour 530 at Cannes.