Part 2 of the interview with the President of Allures, Outremer, Garcia and Gunboat Yachts
The Allures range is popular among blue water cruisers. How is the design particularly adapt to long distance cruising?
- Besides the choice of the strong aluminum for the hull, a centerboard is very popular amongst circumnavigators as it brings so many advantages:
- A shallow draft to go everywhere, to anchor closer to the shore, where there are fewer yachts, where you are better sheltered from strong winds.
- The ballast is literally part of the hull bringing a lot of safety. If you hit something (container, log, barrel, whale or whatever you can unfortunately encounter when sailing offshore) the centerboard will simply lift up inside its box.
- In very strong seas, with the centerboard up, the boat will gently drift on the waves, offering surprising soft behavior, making everybody comfortable and secured.
On top of these two essentials, the design offers everything you want from a blue water cruiser: stability, performance, a reassuring well-protected cockpit with all lines at hand reach around the companionway, a bright interior atmosphere with a lot of storage for your personal gear as well as the supplies for long distance passage.
The new Allures 45.9 has been well received in cruising circles. Can you tell us more about the model and in particular tell us more about the concept of the intelligent yacht?
- We launched the Allures 45.9 at the 2017 Düsseldorf Boat Show, and 15 yachts have been already sold. Not only in France, but also from Turkey to the USA, which is confirming that this third generation in this strategic size for Allures Yachting, has reached an impressive level of optimization, meeting the requirements of very experienced and demanding sailors.
Starting with the beginning, the new hull shows how much naval architecture evolved these recent years. The bow section increased volume, and almost constant beam from mid-ship to the transom, brings stability, power and more space inside!
The cockpit offers also an impressive area and the main winches position gives the ergonomic of a much bigger yacht: key and so comfortable when sailing shorthanded. Inside, the furniture quality, thanks to the new Grand Large Yachting [the holding company of Allures Yachting] in-house joinery is at the top in her category.
Allures is also launching a catamaran. The Allures C 47.9. What can you tell us about this model and what is the strategy behind launching a catamaran when you already have the Outremer and Gunboat range?
Do you make it harder for the customer to choose or is this a very clever business diversification strategy?
- The demand for multihulls is higher and higher. We definitely think that the Allures Yachting essentials are perfectly matching the demand for performing, safe and comfortable catamarans. Not only it is not in competition with our other catamarans brands, but it is very complementary and even, somehow, a logical outcome of our Group strategy and synergies.
- Effectively, the Allures C47.9 has the same deck and the same inside layouts as the successful Outremer 45. The hulls only will be different of course, a little longer just like the Outremer 4X) and larger, to adapt to aluminum and with fixed keels to save weight.
It is a win-win situation, for the owners who have the guarantee to sail one of the best multihull of this size [Outremer 4X was awarded European Yacht of the year 2017] wherever they wish to, in total peace of mind thanks to the strength of the aluminum.
For Allures Yachting also, who benefits from the investments and experience built at Outremer Yachting. If, at the end, customers find it harder to choose between different yachts of our group, because we address a larger spectrum of demand, then we will be happy. Regarding the “clever strategy”, let’s wait about ten years before commenting, ha, ha:)
The Garcia range are some serious expedition type yachts. What kind of customer is the typical Garcia owner and what are their priorities when commissioning a yacht?
- The typical Garcia owner is more experienced that the average. He/she owned several boats before and knows what he wants and is heading to sail in more remote areas, further South, further North... Their priorities are in the autonomy, the reliability of each and every equipment, and the global quality of their yacht. Our signature is now “Nowhere you can’t go” which is inspired by one of our famous owners, British skipper Pete Goss, who also describes his Exploration 45 to his friends as “A Land Rover with a BMW interior!”
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