MACIF, the 60 footer skippered by Francois Gabart
MACIF monohull skippered by François Gabart is one of the fastest in the IMOCA class.Built in composite materials, it is designed to be both as light as possible (speed boost)and strong enough to withstand the worst that may be imposed on the high seas in raceslike the Vendée Globe, the Transat Jacques Vabre the Route du Rhum …
Description 60 foot monohull
Open 60 monohull is truly born in 1986, during the second edition of the BOC Challenge, where five monohulls had in common the reasonable size of 18.28 meters (60 feet).
By this time, the most recent monohull boats already showing features designed for theGreat South downwind: great width and great length at the waterline.
A few years later, in 1998, canting keels designed to increase the return torque will be required and IT will become more and more important for the reception of weather forecasts and communication with the earth.
Gradually, autopilots essential for solo sailing, are becoming increasingly “intelligent”. Hulland sail plans are also changing, boats are gaining power, their rear widens and they improve upwind.
There is also cockpits increasingly protected or for some of the “hat” sliding roof that protect the maneuvering area.
The security requirement that the IMOCA class requires sailors as architects accounts for much of the success that this boat.
Since 2000, vessels must to be able to start in a race to prove their ability to put themselves in the place without external assistance and guarantee the internal partitioningand a significant buoyancy in case of capsize or waterway.
The 60-foot MACIF
Technical characteristics of the 60-foot MACIF
> Official name: MACIF
> Architect (s): VPLP / Verdier
> Construction: CDK Technologies / Sea Sheaf
> Date of launch: 16 August 2011
> Length: 18.28 m
> Width: 5.70 m
> Water draft: 4,50 m
> Displacement (weight): 7700 kg
> Number of abuses: 2
> Mast height: 29 m
> Keel type: Mecano–welded
> Sail area close hauled: 340 m2
> Sail area downwind: 570