MONO­HULLS PER­FOR­MANCE

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FIGARO BENETEAU 3 Two years af­ter Beneteau un­veiled its Figaro 3 con­cept, the world’s first “pro­duc­tion foiling one-de­sign mono­hull” is now not only avail­able to the gen­eral public, but com­ing to U.S. shores for one and all to see at this fall’s boat shows. The key to the boat’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary per­for­mance is a pair of rad­i­cally curved foils that project from the side of the hull and pro­vide the nec­es­sary right­ing mo­ment for the boat to stand up to a press of sail in a blow. Other fea­tures drawn for Beneteau by naval ar­chi­tects VPLP in­clude twin rud­ders, a sprit from which to fly a large A-sail, a hull with chines and a bow that looks op­ti­mized for blast-reach­ing straight out of the IMOCA 60 play­book. Talk about cool! Beneteau, beneteau.com/us

X-YACHTS X4.9 The lat­est in­stall­ment in X-Yachts’ “X” Range of “con­tem­po­rary per­for­mance cruis­ers,” the X4.9 is marked by qual­ity de­sign and con­struc­tion through­out. The hull is vac­uum in­fused in epoxy, while the keel in­cludes a lead bulb in the in­ter­est of low­er­ing the cen­ter of grav­ity and in­creas­ing right­ing mo­ment. Mul­ti­ple sprit/an­chor roller op­tions are avail­able to match a range of sail­ing styles, and rod rig­ging comes stan­dard. Be­lowdecks the mod­ern, stylish in­te­rior is im­pec­ca­bly crafted to pro­vide com­fort and safety whether on the hook or on-pas­sage. Dual helms pro­vide easy ac­cess to the elec­tri­cally op­er­ated swim step and a dinghy garage aft. X-Yachts, x-yachts.com

X-Yachts X4.9

Figaro Beneteau 3

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