As a nation the French have a huge enthusiasm for solo and short-handed long distance racing, with the most successful skippers feted as national sporting heroes. This spills over into their expectations of what makes a good cruising yacht – while the big manufacturers have a wide range of designs that are oriented towards the huge market for charter yachts, there are many smaller French boat builders that incorporate knowledge gained from the racing scene to create outstanding cruising boats.
Typically these are easy to handle, without recourse to complex and expensive electric or hydraulic systems, thanks to top-notch deck layouts and careful planning. Hull and rig design also offer similar speed potential to a conventional cruising yacht that’s 20ft longer. However, these are not stripped out racers – the Pogo 36 for instance, has a fully fitted interior with a high standard of finish and is offered in a lifting keel version that allows for access to small shallow harbours and bays when cruising.
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The interior has excellent space and stowage in a three-cabin, single heads layout. The saloon is well lit with windows that provide an almost all round view out, with the keel box on lifting keel versions well concealed beneath the generous saloon table. Deep and efficient fiddles of a size rarely seen on mainstream yachts will stop everything sliding onto the floor at sea and there’s a proper navigation station. This has its own seat that’s designed to be a comfortable spot to take a quick nap if necessary when sailing short handed on long offshore passages.
Demand for this boat has already been enormous, prompting the factory to reschedule production of its five other cruising and short-handed racing models in order to keep the waiting list for a new Pogo 36 to within two years.
- Hull length 10.86m
- Beam 4.0m
- Draught (lifting keel) 1.18-2.95m
- Draught (fin keel) 2.1m
- Displacement 3,800kg
- Upwind sail area 74sq m
- Mainsail 45sq m
- Solent jib 39sq m
- Asymmetric spinnaker 120sq m
Under sail photos must credit Adrien Conq