CNB Superyachts Most popular in USA
For over 20 year, CNB superyachts, the custom yacht division of Jeanneau / Group Beneteau has been designing and building some of the world’s most beautiful custom sailing yachts. Having built over 60 custom yachts ranging in size from 60 to 120 feet, CNB has acquired an unfailing reputation for the quality of its construction and the finish of its boats.
If you want a luxury yacht that truly reflects your personality and is uniquely your own, CNB is worthy of your consideration.
As the Jeanneau representative for CNB superyachts in California, we can provide you with more information on CNB Yachts and assist you in arranging a visit to their shipyard in Bordeau, France to discuss your requirements directly with them. While there, you can take the opportunity to sea trial a CNB superyacht.
As keen as a razor and thrusting through the ocean as cleanly as a samurai’s sword, the sharp new 76’ from the renowned French shipyard CNB scythes hrough the ranks of blue that march relentlessly over the horizon. As sea trials go we’re fortunate enough to be enjoying lively conditions, providing just the
opportunity this vacuum infused composite yacht requires to demonstrate her mettle. From our first sight of her dockside we’d appreciated the ‘cut of her jib’, but it’s not until she’s singing along at almost 10-knots do we appreciate just how finely honed her naval architecture, sail plan and design truly is.
Christened S/Y Léo on her launching at Construction Navale Bordeaux’s (CNB’s) 1-million square foot facility on the Garonne River, a waterway that drain’s France’s famous wine producing region, the yacht now joins almost 100 others launched from the same 880-yard waterfront by the same shipyard. Despite many magnificent launches, the yard always surprises us and with her graceful lines Léo is no exception. Her deckhouse and subtle lines evokes the lightness of an early wave, rising gently from the vast expanse of her teak deck. Whether viewed in profile, from above or astern, we’ll never tire of admiring this yacht that appears to have been formed and fashioned by the sea itself. But this is no mystery, dogs are not cats and sailors are not machines, so it is natural that the team who produced this wonder are able to provoke such emotions. Architect Philippe Briand and Director Olivier Lafourcade, a cofounder of the site with Dieter Gust, have together logged more miles racing and cruising than the members of many yacht clubs combined. As with their boats, they work in harmony and indeed their collaboration is not new. Multiple award-winning Briand designed the successful Bordeaux 60 for CNB, resulting in nearly forty units delivered to date. From the same drawing boards came CNB’s Grand Bleu vintage, a one off 95’ (29 m), the CNB 86 Spiip and Hamilton II a 114’ (35m) sloop.
For his part Olivier Lafourcade, an efficient and discreet leader, is surely amongs the finest connoisseurs of yacht building. He does not easily reveal the first pages of his career, yet without doubt he was one of the founders of CNB. We can reveal that Lafourcade built himself his first boat, a 45’ (14m) ketch upon which he completed his maiden circumnavigation. After which he stepped up to build a 75’ drawn by Ron Holland. “I learnt to survive by sailing through seven cyclones when chartering,” he confesses humbly…
Such survival instincts have come to fruition as he has since cofounded a shipyard that employs 500 people on a 24-acre site that was expanded when the yard was welcomed into the fold of the mighty Beneteau Group in 1992. The yard, equally expert in the mastery of aluminum and vacuum infused composites, is an icon in a country that produces more accomplished long-distance sailors than any other and where Michel Desjoyeaux, Eric Tabarly, Franck Cammas and Francis Joyon are household names. In the new 76’ however it appears Briand and Lafourcade have forged another legend: “We already had five orders signed before we even launched hull #1,” Lafourcade proudly beams. “Customers do not make mistakes and these boats are made for them. Our owners are very experienced too, we’ve built over 100 vessels at the yard since 1987 and they average around 10,000 miles per year.”
ERGONOMICS AND GREY MATTER
From the moment we step aboard Léo it is obvious this is a boat built for sailing with the family, with or without crew. The first point of note is the absence of a sunken cockpit and instead a helm and social area all on-deck. The social area itself, covering some 270sq ft (25sqm) comprises of a deep comfortable banquette to starboard and another C-shaped sofa to port that wraps around a teak dinette. Adjustable both in height and area, the table is perfectly positioned for either dining or perching drinks on, and can even be used as an infill to create a true party-sized sunpad. Shaded by a bimini, which doubles
in application when attached to the dodger that retracts into surrounding coaming, this deck salon is as versatile as one could wish for. Just aft of the social space dual helm stations establish the serious sailing intent of the yacht, positioned aft and winches just forward, cordage is routed around a large comfortable social area. The helm area is uncluttered to provide ease of operation and a seat provides comfort on longer passages. All necessary gauges and repeaters are easily visible on the instrument panel and the open plan configuration ensures the helm is not excluded from interacting with the guests enjoying less active participation.
Occupying a position on the centerline between the port and starboard winch stations is a pedestal for the mainsail winch, a Harken Performa of proportions that hint at the power the considerable sail plan produces. The deck hardware is complimented by a discrete array of hydraulic backstay, vang, mainsail and the headsail halyards. The cutter rigged 76′ also features two winches: the first for the genoa, and the second for a self-tacking staysail track.
By: Emmanuel Detoma
Photography: CNB Gallery – Nicolas Claris