Lifestyle cruiser for lovers of exquisite boatbuilding - comfortable and elegant with the enormous speed potential of a modern offshore racer.
Watching the single-handed yachts sailing non-stop around the world for the Vendee Globe no one would consider this as comfortable. But there is a high demand for boats that combine a high-performance race design with the luxury of a modern blue-water cruiser.
Exactly this is the concept of the FC53 based on the drawings of the French design office finot-conq, who are famous for their successful IMOCA Open 60. The boat looks like a racer but indeed it is made for long-range cruising with a crew of two.
The FC53 is built in high-end techniques using carbon fiber prepregs and Nomex honeycomb for deck and structural parts and a Corecell foam core for the hull, if desired. As a result the super lightweight 53-footer has a displacement of less than 10.5 tons.
Speed is the main focus with a sail area of 170 m² upwind and twice as much downwind. The mast is placed far aft and its top reaches 23.30 m above the waterline. The long main boom is adjusted by a traveller track right at the stern.
Usually only found on pure racers the FC53 comes with water ballast tanks with a capacity of 1,000 liters each. The pivoting lifting keel reduce the maximum draft of 3.75 meters to mooring friendly 1.60 meters.
The interior layout and the ample storage is really inviting for extensive long-range cruising.
Interior designer Pierre Forgia cleverly interrupted the full-width saloon by using the keel box as a central bench seat for the saloon table. Also it provides support and safety for the crew below deck.
The boat is equipped with bow and stern thruster to make maneuvring under engine easier for a small crew.
Several further well thought out features complete the unique concept on a supreme level.
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