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Windelo, the French performance catamaran yard who are based in Canet-en-Roussillon, have announced the sale of their third boat, a Windelo 54 catamaran. It will be available for charter in the Îles de Hyères Bay.
The new customers are two couples who were drawn to the Open design and the eco credentials of the Windelo brand and have made the decision to invest in a catamaran business together. Production of the boat has started and it is due to be launched in the summer of 2021.
This will be the first Windelo to be put into Charter Management, so if you fancy a week long test of this cat, now could be a good time to book!
The Windelo 54 Yachting will be managed by APACA Catamaran, a charter management company, who will rent her with a skipper around Îles de Hyères Bay.
The owners are planning to explore the western Mediterranean, heading to the islands of Porquerolles, Port-Cros, Corsica, Sardinia, the Balaerics and along the Italian and Catalan coasts. You might spot her in Cadaques.
Windelo and their new customers will be working together to promote the Windelo range, chartering the yacht and organizing sea trials for new customers interested in the brand.
They have yet to decide on a name for their new Windelo 54, but she will be fitted with 4 cabins with double beds, two shower rooms and two separate heads. The skipper will have a cabin with an ensuite shower and heads in the starboard hull. The nacelle will be fitted with rear tilt-up door, opening the space up to a 360° view, maximising the space between the interior and exterior and making a great living platform at anchor.
She will come with an electric power unit with extended range. The coachroof of the Windelo 54 offers plenty of space for 3326W solar panels.
She will be powered by two 24kW electric engines, capable of charging via hydrogeneration, and will have a solid cruising range. The batteries can be recharged when the catamaran is under sail. The power from hydrogeneration unit will be supplemented by solar panels: generators will only be used as a last resort back-up, after several hours of running the electric engines for example.
The generators will bring the boat’s range to about 1,100 nautical miles, but the idea of this boat is to get the sails up in light winds to minimise your fuel bill and carbon footprint.
The catamaran’s winches are also fully electric.
The Windelo 54 was designed by Christophe Barreau and Frédéric Neuman, who are famous for their high-performance catamaran designs.
This 54 “Yachting” version is the most luxurious Windelo model available, kitted out with high-spec materials and equipment and higher comfort levels.
The 360° Windelo Modular Space
The architects have created an open cockpit and living space combined with a helm station, opening fully onto the sea. It’s an innovative solution that give you lots of living space.
In the words of Christophe Barreau: “The team really welcomed new ideas with regard to how space was organized and this helped us to develop a really original concept that leverages all the positive features of the catamaran.”
The result is a single, interconnected space including the cockpit and galley, with a 360° view of the sea, and retractable bulkheads opening the interior up to outside at anchor
Open Day – Every Friday by Appointment
The build has already started. If you would like to to see the first Windelo 50 Adventure, you can arrange to see one that will remain in Canet until the summer of 2021. And, of course, the current Windelo 54 Yachting build is available to see: you just need to make an appointment and Windelo will show you around the factory and design office where you will be able to meet the design and production teams to get a deeper understanding of the innovative design and build process and the high level of quality.
APACA Catamaran (Agence Pasquier Catamaran) was the first company to sell and charter cruising catamarans in the Mediterranean. Since 1985, this company has been well known for its professionalism. Its headquarters are on the port of Hyères les Palmiers in the Var department.
Windelo Catamaran has been based in Canet-en-Roussillon since 2019. It is a recently established boatyard, building comfortable, innovative, high-performance ecological catamarans. After many years of research on eco-friendly materials with the Ecole Nationale des Mines d’Alès and guided by strong family values, Olivier Kauffmann and his son Gautier Kauffmann, who are both passionate about sailing, founded Windelo to build comfortable environmentally-friendly recreational craft.