The French boat builder Latitude 46 that’s best known for its long running line up of high-end daysailers has announced a new cruising range. The first model is a 10 metre (33ft) design intended to appeal to the kind of discerning buyers that already buy Tofinou models, while offering significantly more interior space.
The styling of the new Joubert Nivelt design makes it instantly recognisable as a Tofinou, despite the greater beam and higher freeboard compared to the company’s daysailer designs. This effect is underlined by the extensive use of wood trim on the coachroof and cockpit coamings, as well as the teak laid deck.
Below deck there’s significantly more space than the company’s existing models of a similar size, although they have made no attempt to risk spoiling the beauty of the boat’s lines by attempting to cram in too much accommodation. The largely open plan layout offers a double berth, a saloon table, small galley and decent heads compartment, plus a separate aft cabin for children or guests. Internal joinery is in teak, with plenty of white paneling and overhead hatches that give ample natural light.
The deck layout is very neat and crisp, with control lines concealed wherever possible. This emphasises the wide side decks, clear foredeck and uncluttered cockpit layout. The designers have sensibly eschewed the modern trend for twin wheels, which are of dubious benefit on a boat of this size, in favour of a varnished mahogany tiller, although a single large wheel is available as an option.
Two keel options are offered – either a conventional fin with a low centre of gravity bulb, or an electrically operated ballasted centerboard that swings up into a stub keel below the hull. The powerful 7/8ths fractional rig looks easily tamed and twin rudder promise good control even in boisterous conditions. A high standard of equipment is offered as standard, including Harken mainsail luff track and Dyneema halyards. To complement the semi traditional styling, the standard aluminium spars are painted in an ivory colour. Carbon spars are also offered as an option.
The first Tofinou 10 is scheduled to be exhibited at the Paris Boat Show in early December 2016.
- Length 9.9 m
- Beam 3.4m
- Draught (fixed keel) 2.0m
- Draught (swing keel) 1.0-2.35m
- Displacement (estimated) 4,200kg
- Ballast 1,200-1,300kg
- Headsail area 22.5 sq m
- Mainsail 33.7 sq m
- Water tank 140 litres
- Fuel tank 50 litres