After a successful launch of the 67-foot catamaran Alegria 67 in 2018, followed by the launch of the Samana 59 in 2020, Fountaine Pajot is unveiling its ambitions to go even further in innovation, luxury and habitability with the unveiling of its 24-meter catamaran…whose real name has yet to be revealed…
HIGH STANDARDS AND EXCELLENCE
For a sailing superyacht such as the New 80, there is no compromise… All materials are available with several choices, the layout versions are multiple and cover all possible demands. This is a truly modular luxury catamaran, capable of adapting to your desires and tastes, while maintaining the Fountaine Pajot DNA. The standard inventory of the boat includes equipment such as the genset or the aft platform which are normally optional, and many others.
MULTIPLE SPACES OF CONVIVIALITY OUTSIDE
~ Front Cockpit | The large forward cockpit has its own bar and a vast sunbed in order to balance the aft relaxation area Under the sunbed is a Jacuzzi. It gives much larger motor yachts a run for their money.” Naturally, there is a sea-tight door that connects the forward cockpit directly to the saloon inside. To either side of this huge relaxation area are two vast deck lockers. They’re so big, in fact, that you can easily stow fully-inflated paddleboards, windsurfers or extensive scuba kit
~ Flybridge | On a luxury catamaran of this size, the flybridge takes on the mantle of an extra deck, and the new 80 exploits this possibility to the full. Beneath a hard-top bimini, two fully-equipped helm stations occupy the forward part of the deck. All the control lines come back to a central winch and two lateral sheet winches. This zone is completely dedicated to sailing manoeuvres. Further after, the real story is the elegant wrap-around sofa which provides a really convivial spot for a big group of friends, or the whole family. Here, too, there is a fridge and full wet bar, as well as a plancha grill. And all without sacrificing the harmony of the lines and the proportions that make this such an elegant yacht.
~ Aft Cockpit & Beach Club | Further to the rear is an essential asset for all superyachts: the beach club. Down an elegant flight of steps set into either transom, you reach a platform that stands just above the waterline – ideal for swimmers. In between the two hulls, a large hydraulic bathing platform can be raised or lowered.This can turn the whole aft area into a huge area for swimmers and sunbathers, or serve as a launch pad for divers and watersporters. The aft cockpit offers incredible entertaining space with multiple sunbeds and a very large dining table.
INSIDE, THE LIGHT ENHANCES THE SPACE AND THE REFINED MATERIALS OF THE NEW 80
“This boat has been conceived as a superyacht, with a top-of the- range quality and very fine selection of materials, We have paid particular attention with the Fountaine Pajot design office to the finishes.” Isabelle Racoupeau says. Nowhere is this clearer than in the saloon, where a blend of fine cabinetry and stylish loose furniture combine to create the sense of a luxury lounge.
~ The Saloon | Deep sofas to starboard and free-standing seating to port with cocktail tables both enjoy fantastic views of the sea through the wrap-around windows. Here, a beautiful piece of teak cabinetry is set with hand-stitched leather to conceal a pop-up TV. There’s also an extensive chart table with navigation displays, so that the owner and guests can play their part in navigating and deciding on the next destination. Of course, the boat is conceived with a crew on board – two plus a skipper, each with their own dedicated space aft on the port side.
The crew has its own separate access to the saloon, just like the owner – ensuring that paths don’t cross for more privacy.
Hull number one will feature the galley up, filling the port side of the saloon. Besides top-quality appliances, lots of refrigeration and plenty of storage, there’s a large island unit with a bar. In this version, the galley is also the domain of the owner and their guests. It becomes a sociable space to cook the catch of the day or prepare cocktails. “There is conviviality, but, with their large cabins and multiple relaxing areas, there’s also intimacy,”
~ Owners Suite | A true five stars suite, including a desk and a sofa, as well as a separate toilet, a shower and two sinks. There is even a bathtub!
New to this 24-meter yacht, Berret-Racoupeau Yachts Design have integrated a revolutionary way of providing shade on the flybridge, and on the side decks below. Semi-transparent solar panels, elegantly encased in glass, cast a dappled light below while providing enough power in the heat of summer’s day to power the boat’s hotel load. “Being semi-translucent, the solar panels provide a half-shade, like sitting under a tree. We believe it’s the first time this has been used on a sailing yacht. As much as it is clearly a Fountaine Pajot yacht, the 80 hides lots of new elements” says Olivier Racoupeau.
Two more completely new features stand out on the main deck below. A large 3m-long balcony folds down out of the bulwarks on each side of the cockpit, creating an entirely new dimension to the relaxation options here. While the balcony invites you to dive into the sea alongside, it also creates the opportunity for a sofa, built into the cockpit coaming. In effect, it adds two ‘side cockpits’ to the main cockpit.
EXCELLENT MARINE QUALITIES FOR EXTENDED CRUISES
Of course, luxurious accommodation is just one element of the new 80. With Racoupeau’s design nous behind it, the boat was always going to be a strong sailer, too. As a catamaran with its slender hulls, the boat will be capable of effortless passagemaking at 8-9 knots average. And with a vast 200 square metre mainsail and an even bigger gennaker, she will manage exhilarating top speeds. All seemingly without effort. “It is in the brand’s DNA to sail well”. “Even though she is closer to a superyacht in some respects, this boat is designed from the same hydrodynamic and ergonomic principles as every other Fountaine-Pajot sailboats.”