April 4 2019
The continuous development of the multihull market is a strong challenge for monohulls shipyards, like Jeanneau which is currently working on a secret project: Monocat.
For this strategic project developed within the Bénéteau Group by Jeanneau, the chosen naval architect would be Philippe Briand, the father of models such as the Jeanneau Yachts family, and CNB sailboats.
Few information has filtered on this project, but its name can let imagine a monohull bringing features close to those of catamarans: width, circulation on board, livable volume, simplicity of maneuvering.
According to our information, the shipyard will unveil the project at the next International Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte, and Yachting Art Magazine will be there!
Decryption - In 1998, the Dufour shipyard launched the Atoll 43, a 43 feet far ahead of its time in its layouts and its use, which did not meet the expected success, with 40 units built. This sailboat was signed by ... Philippe Briand! The success of multihulls especially in the charter market, seems to encourage Jeanneau to imagine the best compromise between a monohull sailboat and a multihull sailboat. With the Monocat, Jeanneau seems to go in the direction of a new Atoll 43, taking into account the lessons learned from the history of this one. Is the presentation of this concept at the multihul botshow a message adressed to charter companies? Would charter companies have been included in the specifications of this model? How will the cockpit of this 2.0 sailboat look? So many outstanding questions that we will not fail to answer as soon as possible...