Jeanneau's new Sun Fast 3300 high-performance sailboat will be launched next Spring, Irish agent Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats told Afloat.ie at the opening of the Paris Boat Show this weekend.
Jeanneau has enlisted not one, but two renowned naval architects: Daniel Andrieu and Guillaume Verdier to design the new marque which is to be sailed either fully crewed or short handed.
David Andrieu, the naval architect behind the Sun Fast line since its inception, is a 'proven expert' in optimising for the IRC rating rule, as well as working with the Jeanneau builders to deliver boats of exceptional quality which Jeanneau customers expect. Guillaume Verdier, who is renowned for his work in the America’s Cup and Vendee Globe, will bring a 'mastery of computational fluid dynamics' to this project, as he has in the past with other high-performance boats, such as the 100’ Commanche and the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss.
"Jeanneau has enlisted not one, but two renowned naval architects: Daniel Andrieu and Guillaume Verdier to design the new marque"
The hull of the Sun Fast 3300 shows a double 'concave', forward and aft according to the designers who say as follows:
These curved hollows on the centre line enable an improved distribution of dynamic pressure while limiting drag on the hull and minimizing the surface below the waterline for greater performance.
The structure and shape of the keel, carefully studied on this new Sun Fast, also enable a reduction in drag and an optimised centre of gravity.
The sail plan has been designed to be large and powerful while being highly efficient and easy to handle.
The hull features maximized buoyancy aft, so the rig has been moved aft as well. The maximum area square top main is controlled by a long traveller and twin backstays for improved upwind sailing.
The long list of international awards won by Sun Fast 3200s and Sun Fast 3600s is impressive at home and abroad, with victories in such iconic races as the Sydney Hobart, the Spi Ouest France, the Transquadra, the Giraglia, the Commodores’ Cup and the Caribbean 600. And of course, Irish Sailor of the Year 2017 Conor Fogerty achieved his magnificent solo success on his 3600 BAM! from Howth.
Today, nearly 400 Sun Fast 3200s and 3600s sail in waters around the world.