SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Fountaine Pajot Victoria 67
Over 65 feet you’re getting into big boat territory, and when you start talking about a catamaran with more than 31 feet of beam, as is the case with the Fountaine Pajot Victoria 67, there’s little doubt you’re dealing with a “flagship.”
With an apartment-size saloon and interior décor that would be appropriate for an upscale urban home, and a spacious afterdeck that can entertain a crowd, this is a lot of boat. We were aboard the “owner’s version,” and were suitably impressed by the large owners suite and pleasant guest cabins. Nobody will complain about the accomodations aboard the Victoria 67.
Climb one of the two curved staircases to the upper deck and you find what the builder calls the “Flydeck,” an elevated lounging space alongside the helm. With a wonderful 360 degree view, this raised deck will undoubtedly be party central at dockside and a great place to lounge under sail.
Notably, the boat has a fully distributed electrical system, wherein power goes directly from the source to the boat’s various lights, reefers and nav aids, with a computer-controlled panel directing and monitoring it all. (The judges all feel that this is the wave of the future.) Nor does Fountaine Pajot shortchange sailing performance, providing the boat with over 2,000ft2 of sail, for a sail area-displacement ratio in the mid 20s.
Although a capable ocean voyager—the captain of the boat at Annapolis described a fast, uneventful Atlantic crossing-—it’s not hard to see the Victoria 67 wintering in the Caribbean and then summering in New England, providing its owners with a truly elegant life afloat.