France's Multiplast launches ‘Ourson Rapide’...

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France's Multiplast launches ‘Ourson Rapide’...

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Said to have take inspiration from three Vendee Globe boats that the Vannes, South Brittany-based builder was working on at the time of the commission from owner Paolo Roasenda, this Finot-Conq-designed 18.3m (60ft) is intended for fast long-distance cruising.

JULY 2009

This beamy flyer is quite unique. As regards hull shape, she is indeed much like the Vendée Globe boats, but instead of a canting keel she’s got a lift keel, which is obviously much more suited to cruising practicalities.
The idea behind Ourson Rapide was to produce a family cruising yacht that could be sailed short-handed,” says naval architect Jean-Marie Finot. “She was laminated using prepreg carbonfibres. She’s ballasted, has a deep lift keel, a carbon mast and renewable energy sources... All of these choices have contributed to enhancing her potential for speed as and when needed... I wanted to design a fluid boat from an aesthetic point of view, a boat which resembled a bird.”
After the launch, sea trials will continue through to the end of the month of July, during which time she will be based in La Trinité/Mer. Her owner intends doing the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) this autumn.

Basic spec – Multiplast’s Ourson Rapide...
LOA: 18.28 m (60ft)
Beam: 5.40 m (17ft 9in)
Displacement: 16 tonnes
Upwind Sail Area: 219 square-metres (2,357 square-feet)
Draft (Keel Up): 2.36m (7ft 9in)
Draft (Keel Down): 3.86m (12ft 6in)
Builder: Multiplast
Launch: July 2009

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