This French yard, part of the Beneteau group, has a long-standing reputation for producing well thought out large yachts at prices that make other boat builders shudder.
The latest model, the CNB 66 is a 66-footer designed by Phillipe Briand to be the largest sailing yacht that can be handled by a family crew, without professional crew. A hydraulic roller-furling boom, developed in an exclusive partnership with Hall Spars, helps to make sail handling easy, without having to resort to a performance sapping in-mast furling mainsail. Code Zero reaching sails and asymmetric spinnakers can be set from the carbon bowsprit to enhance speed under sail in light airs.
The hull shape offers an impressive amount of below-decks volume which interior designers Jean-Marc Piaton and Rafaël Bonet have used to great effect. The full width (5.5m) saloon is flooded with light and has a modular three-metre long settee that can be adapted in different ways around the table, This, in turn, can be configured in a number of different ways, for use as a coffee table, or for a varied number of diners.
The queen size bed in the forward master cabin is offset to one side, so the bed cannot be seen when the door is open. There are two further en suite double cabins plus, a twin with bunk beds. The standard layout includes an impressively large and well-appointed galley aft of the saloon on the port side of the boat.
The deck layout follows the now standard formula of a guest cockpit forward and crew / helm area aft. The latter has more space than many, which will make working the boat easier, while the forward area has a clear walk through to the main companionway, even with the table in use. Right forward is a large sail locker, while the transom houses a large tender garage with space for a 3.2m RIB.
The first CNB 66 to leave the factory will be revealed to the public at the Dusseldorf boat show in January 2018. It fits into the company’s production models between the Bordeaux 60 and the CNB 76 and CNB 94. Seven owners from Europe, Australia and Mexico have already placed orders based only on seeing the plans.
- Length overall 20.61m
- Beam 5.51m
- Draught 2.95m
- Upwind sail area 215sq m.
- Water capacity 1,000 litres
- Fuel capacity 1,300 litres
- Air draught 28.76m