Designed by Philippe Briand, with interior dcor by Andrew Winch, this 115-foot sloop is the largest composite yacht that has been built by the well-known French yard CNB. Launched in mid-May, the yacht has been built with carbon fiber and vinylester resins using a resin-infusion system. The yachts lifting keel has a 60,000-pound bulb that can be retracted from a maximum draft of 16 feet to a minimum draft of just over 11 feet. The yachts total displacement is about 220,000 pounds.
Briand has given the yacht a moderate freeboard and a relatively flat teak deck along with a low-profile, but modern and dynamic, deckhouse. Dual steering stations in the large cockpit are located outboard and well aft for good visibility. Belowdecks, the yachts entire aft section is dedicated to the owners quarters; the owners cabin measures a spacious 13 feet by 25 feet.
CNB, 162 quai de Brazza, 3310 Bordeaux, France; 011-335-57-80-85-57; www.cnb.fr