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Yachting - With the Tanna 47, Fountaine-Pajot rejuvenates the Saona 47

The Tanna 47 is a new model that we did not expect from Fountaine-Pajot! On closer inspection, however, the Tanna 47 is not so new, consisting of a large modernization of the Saona 47 launched in 2017, the 46-foot catamaran in the Fountaine-Pajot range, which is admittedly facing strong competition in this strategic segment.

Yachting - With the Tanna 47, Fountaine-Pajot rejuvenates the Saona 47

With the crisis and competitive pressure, the Fountaine-Pajot Group has adopted an original strategy to revitalize the range in recent months, which consists of inserting important vintages, recovering new commercial names, on units considered strategic and located mid-life.

This was the case for the 39-foot catamaran Lucia 40, reconditioned as Isla 40, then the MY4S motoryacht, an optimized MY37 without flybridge, but also for Dufour Yachts, another brand of the group, with the Dufour 61, a modernized 63, then the Dufour 32, an ex-Dufour 310.

Each time, the approach, which is very rational, is the same, which amounts to keeping the hulls to a minimum, in order to update some of the deck plans - but not always - and some of the interior fittings, with some marginal work on the exterior design.

This approach comes directly from the automotive world, with one exception: the commercial names of the cars do not change during these mid-life redesigns.

This strategy allows Fountaine-Pajot to have a renewed offer, without ruining itself in R&D, in order to fight in the multihull and monohull sailing markets, by responding to the constant launches of new competing models.

With the Tanna 47, Fountaine-Pajot wants to strengthen its position in the 46-foot catamaran market, facing the fearsome Lagoon 46, Bali 4.6 and Nautitech 46. 

From its predecessor, the Saona 47, the Tanna 47 is distinguished by a redesigned nacelle, particularly in the galley, by new furniture with rounded lines, very pleasant and less massive, by some modifications to the flybridge, whose lounge space is doubled, and by the integration of an optional XXL solar panel surface.

The mainsail gains 2m2 on the occasion, 77m2 vs 75m2, and the genoa remains unchanged: 52m2.

With a few styling changes, the Saona 47 is significantly updated, and the yachtsman has on board the Tanna 47, new welcome features. Features that result in a definite weight gain: the Tanna 47 weighs 14.7 tons, vs. 13.8 tons for the Saona 47. 

Decoding: The Tanna 47 allows Fountaine-Pajot to improve the attractiveness of its product offer on the 46-foot catamaran market. The fact remains that the acquisition of Dufour Yachts, positioned in a very competitive monohull sailing market, with brands such as Bénéteau, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Hanse, Dehler, etc., consumes precious and costly resources that are no longer allocated to the multihull market, the group's core business. By trying to do too much, we do less well. Was the acquisition of Dufour a good strategic decision?

Yachting - With the Tanna 47, Fountaine-Pajot rejuvenates the Saona 47
Yachting - With the Tanna 47, Fountaine-Pajot rejuvenates the Saona 47
Yachting - With the Tanna 47, Fountaine-Pajot rejuvenates the Saona 47

Specifications of the Fountaine-Pajot Tanna 47

Overall length 13,94 m - 45.7 ft
Overall width 7,70 m - 25.3 ft
Light weight 14.7 T (approx.)
Draft 1,20 m - 3.9 ft
Mainsail area 77 m² - 828.8 ft²
Genoa area 52 m² - 559.7 ft²
Standard engine 2 x 50 HP - 2 x 50 CV
Motorization option 2 x 60 HP - 2 x 60 CV
Architect Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design
Tank capacity
Fresh water 2 x 350 l (approx.) - 2 x 92 US Gallons
Fuel 2 x 470 l (approx.) - 2 x 124 US Gallons
Maestro Version 1 Owner's suite + 1 bathroom / 2 double cabins + 2 bathrooms
Quartet Version 5 double cabins + 5 bathrooms

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