French superyacht builder JFA has delivered WindQuest, the first 85ft catamaran in its new Long Island 85 series.
The Brittany-bases shipyard signed the contract for this project in September 2011, making its entry onto the semi-custom sailing cat market.
The Long Island series features aluminium-built hulls, and deck in composite material, which are assembled by bonding. This method has been chosen with the naval architect Marc Lombard, to save weight when keeping aluminium hulls.
The builder says this 85-footer catamaran offers spaces and performs like a 100ft-110ft monohull but with a reduced draught, more comfort and increased stability.
Fitted with a carbon mast and boom, her sail area is that of a high performance sailing yacht. The hydraulic winches installed on the flybridge are well-suited to manoeuvring with a reduced crew.
This yacht is equipped with 2 x 380HP engines and 2 x 27kW generators. At her economical speed, WindQuest motors at 8.6 knots for a fuel consumption of 21 l/h and can reach 12.9 knots at top speed.
The 16ft tender stowed aft of the cockpit is launched using an innovative system that comprises a retractable pole in the main boom. This is again a method of optimizing the weight without using a crane.
The Long Island 85 is available in three versions: 3-guest cabins and an office (like WindQuest); 4-guest cabins and 5-guest cabins.
WindQuest had her maiden voyage in southern Brittany and will sail along the coasts of the English Channel and of the Atlantic between London and Lisbon before heading for the West Indies in October.
She is available for charter and is scheduled to be in Europe and the West Indies the first two years, then in North America around the Great Lakes and in the West Indies the 3rd year.