The autumn/winter boat shows are an opportunity to discover or review the new 2017 sailboats. First article of the series: French monohulls (excluding Bénéteau and Jeanneau, which deserve an article on their own).
AmelQuite unusually, the range of the shipyard grew to the smaller sizes with a "small" new Amel and she is a revolution (or back to basics) since she is sloop rigged.
Amel 50 does not betray the values of the shipyard, sea worthiness and practical spirit, without compromising with comfort. We can find for example the helm station in the fore part of the central cockpit and always protected by an enveloping hard top. But the evolution does not stop at the rigging, the hull shapes are also much more modern, wider in the aft part for better performance downwind. This wide transom pushed the designers to equip this newcomer with 2 rudders.
DufourNext to the real new design at the top of the range, some of the Dufour models have been restyled.
Dufour 350 Grand Large, the finishing is improved with in particular a new design of roof allowing hidden passages for running rigging between the mast foot and the piano. The new design also incorporates portholes on the back for more light and like the Dufour 520 Grand Large, no more open cockpit but a folding swim platform to close it.
Dufour 520 Grand Large is an evolution of the Dufour 512 Grand Large. This model being quite successful, the changes are minimal and oriented to improve comfort: outdoor kitchen, woodwork reviewed and maybe the most visible: a redesigned swim platform with 2 levels of access to water.
Dufour 63 Exclusive does not stand out from the rest of the range by the number of cabins but by the quality of finishes and the space allowed by the very wide hull.
RM 1360’s deck and roof are combined with a redesigned hull, which has longer waterline and offers more volume in the front part to increase performance.
Ofcet 32 becomes almost more extreme: keel with bulb and taller rig allow to keep the same displacement and performance than the IRC version, while providing bright and well thought out accommodations. The hull shapes and the design remain identical with a lot of volume in the front for a lot of power and always the roof with front windows allowing the watch from the inside.