A bluewater cruiser by a vendée race boat designer is bound to deliver on performance, but does she have comfort to match?
If the electric green hull and striking looks of Nica don’t grab your attention, then its on-paper description certainly will. This Finot-conq
FC3 53 is a carbon-hulled, water-ballasted, swing keel offshore cruising yacht. Read that last sentence again. These are words you don’t often see together and this boat definitively smashes the common perception of what a bluewater cruising boat should be.
Nica is the third FC3 53 to be launched and its owners are about to embark on a world cruise. On delivery to the Canaries Nica clocked a top speed of 24 knots and looking at the muscly lines, 5m beam and powerful rig it’s easy to understand why she’s challenging the norms.
But far from being an untamed beast, the FC3 53 has been carefully designed for stress-free double-handed sailing. There is no need to pay a penalty for your speed – the performance is matched by comfort, style and luxurious features.
Finot-conq has long been known for blending offshore racing hulls with cruising interiors through the range of boats it designs for Pogo Structures. The FC3 53 takes this concept to a different level. Though some may frown at the suitability of such a performance-orientated design for a proper liveaboard experience, there is nothing gung-ho about Nica. This is the culmination of an owner’s informed and rigorous specification, the carbon building expertise of a German yard renowned for state-of-the-art raceboats and some very clever and beautiful design.
The owners of Nica are a couple who have previously owned and raced light displacement racing yachts.
The husband of the team is very experienced,