Two boats that made their debut in Cannes this year immediately caught my eye. The first is the Italian built ICE 62, a sleek fast cruiser designed by Felci Yacht Design. I was struck by the large cockpit with its wide seating and comfortable backrests. There is a wide relaxation area aft of the steering system, with direct access to the sea via an opening transom (also the entrance to a garage that can hold a 3m/9.8ft tender). The bright, spacious interior is more in keeping with modern apartment styling than the cramped dark spaces typically associated with sailboats.
Draft is often an issue with sailboats, but on the ICE 62 you can choose between a lifting keel (and adjust the draft from 2.3 m/7.5ft to almost 4m/13ft) and a fixed keel (which can vary according to your requirements, from 2.9 m/9.5ft to 3.4m/11.2ft).
And then there's the boat's electrical system. It utilizes E-T-A PowerPlex, a decentralized, user-configurable power distribution system. Configured via a standard Windows PC, the system makes it easy to add a new device, has a user friend electrical panel, and allows for complete remote monitoring, whether on board or at home.
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The semi-custom CNB 76 is a stunning example of evolution, based on the twenty-five years of knowledge of owners’ needs and wants gained from building large custom yachts. The beautifully proportioned hull, together with the simple and efficient deck layout, was designed by Philippe Briand and features an elegant raised saloon. The big functional cockpit includes large comfortable benches and a two-position table.
The interior layout, designed by Jean-Marc Piaton, is light, spacious, and comfortable, with more than 2m/6.5ft headroom throughout. The owner's cabin is located forward and features three portholes and three opening deck hatches for lots of natural light. The well-insulated bathroom separates it from the guest cabin on the port side, which has a large double bed that can be converted into two beds in less than a minute.
The starboard side guest cabin is fitted with bunk beds, and the lower one can be converted into a double bed. There is also a double cabin aft, with deck access that has been designed for professional crew use or for guests. The large forecastle in the bow can also be converted into a second crew cabin with two berths, a shower and a toilet.
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With this much natural attraction going for these two, love and success cannot be too far behind….