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NAVIGATION TEST

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Text and photographs by Stefano Ruia


JEANTOT MARINE - PRIVILEGE 65

Like many other sailors, I have always been "frightened" by catamarans. The word alone stirs up in the mind of "mono-hull"- minded people, images of capsized boats that never come up again or, worse, boats that suddenly put their bows under the waves sending the crew flying several hundred meters away. And then as time goes by, one sails a few catamarans, charters one for a "test" cruise, then goes on skippering it ... and ends up changing his mind. After all, when races show that even mono-hulls do capsize without ever coming up again, one realises that you "either don't know a catamaran or you love it!" Assuming we are writing for people who know and love catamarans, we might say that this Privilege 65 gives a bad blow, and perhaps a fatal one, to those who believe that a catamaran just cannot be labelled as a "beautiful yacht".

We liked her aggressive beauty, her impressiveness, her apparent calm and serenity. But besides her profile, below decks one is really fascinated by the design of the interior - which is always horizontal even when beating - it is all in light/dark contrast, which is rarely seen even on "one-off" yachts. But aesthetics does not compromise rationality: the way the space is exploited is absolutely exceptional. Safety is a priority, and it is absolute. This yacht, thanks to the four watertight compartments, is considered by French authorities to be unsinkable. This fact allowed the designer to put plenty of sail area: with mainsail and gennaker, there are over 300 square meters of sail. Different interior layouts are available, depending basically on how the central hull is exploited: it can house two guest cabins with en-suite heads, or one guest cabin and the owner's cabin each with its own heads, or else the owner's stateroom. Other interior layout formats include the possibility to have a crew cabin forward.

The yacht we have sailed is devoted to chartering, and has some peculiar features: all systems (air conditioning included) have duplicates so that even in case something goes wrong, one can still use the other system while repairing the defective one; main systems are controlled through hydraulic control panels; there is a helmsman cockpit on each hull, each fitted with VHF controls, auto-pilots, hydraulic systems panels etc.; only the engines have their panel and controls just on the starbord hull.

A peculiarity of the yacht we tested, is the "crow's nest" on the lower spreader, which is very useful to see passages among the coral reefs, where this particular yacht will be sailing: the Caribbean Sea.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Builder: Marc Lombard
Yacht designer: Jeantot Marine - France
Sole Italian agent: Marina degli Aregai - Phone +39 184 481048 / 481900 - fax +39 184 481506
Fully cleared for offshore navigation
Keel: catamaran with fixed centreboards
Length overall: m 19,85
Waterline length (rudders not included): m 17,80
Maximum beam: m 10,50
Hulls distance: m 8,80
Hulls distance/Maximum beam: 83,80%
Hulls distance/Waterline length: 50,28%
Draft: m 1,50
Empty displacement: kg 19.000
Full load cruising displacement: 25.000 kg.
Wetted surface: sq.m. 95
Note: this includes appendages
Righting couple: kgm 100.000
type of rig: cutter rig (optionally one can fit a bowsprit for the gennaker)
Mast: masthead rig with three spreaders and baby-stay
Mast: aluminium by J.P. Marechal, 24,40 m. high (total height from water level: 27,20m )
Boom length: m 8,00
Shrouds: in stainless steel cable with turnbuckles metallic covers
Working sails: Furling jib sail area: 92 sq.m
stay-sail area: 43 sq.m
Fully battened mainsail area: 115 sq.m. with three reefs and 8 battens
Total sail area: 250sq.m.
gennaker sail area (on furling jib and bowsprit): 200 sq.m.(optional)
Displacement/sail area ratio: 76 l/sq.m. (empty displacement) / 100 l/sq.m. (full load cruising displ.)
Note: revealing the slowness to gain speed
Wetted surface/sail area ratio: 1,03
Note: revealing the performance with little wind
Engines: 2 Yanmar diesel 80 HP; alternatively: Perkins engines
Maximum power of the engines that can be installed: 2 110 HP diesel inboard engines
Displacement/engine HP ratio: 118,75 l/HP (empty displ.) / 156,25 l/HP (full load cruising displ.)
Fuel tanks capacity: 1.500 litres
Water tanks capacity: 2.000 litres
Maximum load: 14 people
VAT: 20%
Price: (VAT excluded: 10.500.000 French francs
Optional equipment (in French francs): hydraulic control panel: 450.000FF; second cockpit table: 15.000FF; 200 sq.m. gennaker equipment: 25.000FF; hydraulic furling 103 sq.m. mainsail: 150.000FF; air conditioning: 140.000FF; washer/dryer 20.000FF; additional 265 litres freezer 16.000FF; depressor flushing wc 50.000FF.

BUILDING SPECIFICATION

Decks and hull construction materials: isoftalic polyester fibreglass and PVC sandwich, vacuum cured; kevlar stiffeners in the areas that can potentially touch the bottom; certification by Bureau Veritas
Rudders: stratified with fibreglass and epoxy resin.

OUR IMPRESSIONS

CONDITIONS DURING THE TRIAL
Wind speed: 5/8 knots
Seas: calm

PERFORMANCE
Recorded speed during the trial: Maximum sailing speed (with a wind speed of 7 knots ): 4,9 knots
Maximum speed under power: 9 knots at 3.500 rpm.
Speed under power: 6,0 knots at 1.800 rpm, 8,2 knots at 2.300 rpm (cruising speed)

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Visibility: good, thanks to the double steering wheels Closehauled and Beam reach performance: good, especially with the gennaker
Reaching and running: they could not be properly assessed because of insufficient wind speed
Directional stability: excellent
Wave riding: good
Navigation under power: the yacht responds quickly to the helm, there are no vibrations on the steering wheel
Engine noise level: excellently low
Engines' vibrations: limited,and only at max. rpms (3.500 rpm).
Docking manoeuvrability: excellent; thanks to the two engines with distant shafts, the yacht may be steered with "millimetric" precision.

YACHT EVALUATION

DESIGN

Hull: designed for deluxe cruising, specifically destined to chartering or as a "public relations tool"
Sail plan: the yacht has a fairly generous sail plan, even considering her dimensions; excellent sail plan when the gennaker option is adopted
Decks: excellent, with well-positioned quality deck hardware
Construction: Materials: good, both for the hull and for the systems
Finishing: excellent, with great care for details. Interior. Well conceived and designed, with a high degree of finishing even in the crew quarters; the only flaw is the small door leading to the owner's cabin (mind your head!).

DECK

Companionway comfort: excellent
Antiskid: made from the mould, with good anti-skidding quality
Stanchions: mainly bolted to the gunwale
Hand-rails: on the coach roof, well positioned
Foredeck layout: excellent, the foredeck is uncluttered and includes the sail locker
Safety: excellent
Chain locker: spacious and fitted with a vertical Lewmar 3.000 Watt anchor windlass; lockers to stow fenders and ropes.
Fairleads: good and fitted with anti-rubbing rolls for ropes
Cleats: well dimensioned for this yacht
Cranes: aft, between the hulls to haul the tender; they house an outboard stand.

SPARS AND STANDING RIGGING

Mast: reliable and well done; the yacht we tested (destined to sail in the Caribbean) has steps and a "crow's nest" to watch out for coral reefs
Shrouds: stainless steel 14 and 10 mm with metallic covers for the turnbuckles
Sails: standard sails (mainsail, jib and stay-sail) are fair
Deck hardware: good quality and well-dimensioned; the bigger blocks are all by Lewmar, with tackles and big diameter roller and ball bearings.
Steering wheels: 2, with a diameter of 1200 mm. with LecombleSchmidt hydraulic system
jib reefing: on a Profurl hydraulic furling mechanism, with excellent functionality;
stay-sail reefing: traditional (optional on a furler with winch drum below decks): good functionality
Mainsail reefing: traditional reefing; good functionality thanks to the "lazy jacks" system, the roller bearings tracks on the groove of the mast, to the holders on the boom that stow the mainsail and the double kevlar halyard
Gennaker reefing (optional): with furler on the bowsprit, good functionality
Winches: 2 two-speed, hydraulic self-tailing Lewmar 77 ST winches for the jib sheet; 1 two-speed, hydraulic self-tailing Lewmar 52 ST for the mainsail sheet; 1 two-speed, hydraulic self-tailing Lewmar 44 ST for the traveller (central); two-speed, hydraulic self-tailing Lewmar 52 ST mast mounted for the mainsail and the leach reef cringle; 1 two-speed, hydraulic self-tailing Lewmar 46 ST for the bow halyards.
With the gennaker (which has fixed sheet lead): 1 Lewmar 58ST for the port sheet (for the starbord sheet the mainsail winch can be used)
Winch quality: good; the hydraulic control panel has dual controls (one for each side):
jib tracks: 2, with 1.500mm. long sliders; the sheet lead can be adjusted from the cockpit; sliders are placed forward and the jib sheet touches the angle between the cockpit and the coachroof, which is therefore protected by a stainless steel plate
Mainsail traveller: on roller bearings, 6 meters long
Engine controls: for both engines, only at the starbord steering wheel
navigation instruments: Brookes & Gatehouse VHF, GPS, Navigation station network; Robertson or Cetrek autopilot
Engine instruments: standard control panels by the builder.

COCKPIT

Dimensions: 410 x 245cm plus the steering area (85 x 740cm )
Comfort: excellent for 15/16 people
Steering positions: quite comfortable and functional
Engine noise under power: very low
Engine vibrations under power: almost non-existent
Lockers: there are several well-dimensioned lockers
Cockpit table: 155 x 75cm ; it is possible to install an identical table to port
Deck showers: on both sterns
Inflatable positioning: on the outside, on the transom
Swimming ladders: fair, steps on both transoms with fold-down ladders and fold-up swim ladders positioned amidships.

COMPANIONWAY

Accessibility: excellent
Safety: good
Watertightness: good
Closing system: with sliding locking doors.
Saloon layout: there is a spacious dining area, two small saloon, a cocktail cabinet
Minimum below decks headroom: 200cm
Dinette comfort: good for 10 people; another 6/8 people can sit in the smaller saloons
Table dimensions: oval shaped, 175 x115 cm
Ventilation: average, thanks to the three opening port-holes, it improves considerably leaving the door open
Natural lighting: very bright, thanks to the wide windows; well- conceived the sliding folding curtains, that dampen the solar lighting below decks
Artificial lighting: numerous alogen ceiling lights and spot lights; even the transparent grab-rail lights up
Lockers and shelves: fair, there are numerous lockers and drawers
Engine vibrations under power: absent
Lockers and hanging locker volume: good.

NAVIGATING AREA

Chart table: triangular, with sides 120 cm long- Charting area comfort: fair
Control panel: large and excellently positioned
Natural lighting: average, from one port-hole
Artificial lighting: excellent, with 4 alogen ceiling lights over the table
Safety: good
Engine vibrations under power: absent
Locker volume: sufficient

FORWARD CREW CABIN

Minimum headroom: 190 cm.
Berth length: 200 cm.
Maximum berth width: 70 cm.
minimum berth width: 50 cm.
Minimum headroom over the berths: 70 cm.
Ventilation: average, from one port-hole that can be opened on deck; there is also a fan
Natural lighting: good
artificial lighting: good
Lockers and hanging locker volume: good, with a spacious and well-organised hanging locker
Engine vibrations under power: absent

FORWARD CABINS

Minimum headroom: 200 cm.
Berth length: 195 cm.
Maximum berth width: 155 cm.
minimum berth width: 155 cm. Maximum
headroom over the berths: 120 cm.
Minimum headroom over the berths: 80cm.
Ventilation: excellent, from 3 port-holes, plus a ventilator and a fan
Natural lighting: from 5 port-holes- artificial lighting; two ceiling alogen ceiling lights and two swinging spot lights
Lockers and hanging locker volume: excellent, very spacious
Engine vibrations under power: absent

OWNER'S STATEROOM

Minimum headroom : 180 cm. Berth length: 205 cm.
Maximum berth width: 200 cm.
minimum berth width: 140cm.
Maximum headroom over the berths: 150 cm.
Minimum headroom over the berths: 150cm.
Ventilation: excellent, from 3 port-holes, plus a ventilator and a fan
Natural lighting: from 3 port-holes plus 8 fixed window panes
Artificial lighting: excellent
Lockers and hanging locker volume: excellent
Engine vibrations under power: absent.

AFT CABINS

Minimum headroom : 185 cm.
Berth length: 205 cm.
Maximum berth width: 155 cm.
minimum berth width: 155 cm.
Maximum headroom over the berths: 10 cm.
Minimum headroom over the berths: 120cm.
Ventilation: excellent, from 4 port-holes, plus a fan
Natural lighting: average, from 4 port-holes- Artificial lighting; 4 ceiling alogen ceiling lights
Lockers and hanging locker volume: good, with well-designed hanging lockers
Engine vibrations under power: absent

GALLEY

Minimum headroom : 200 cm.
Sinks: two approx. 25 litres, circular with a diameter of 40 cm, and 20cm. deep
Fresh water tap: with cold/hot water mixer
Salt water tap: with separate pedal pump
Burners: 4, electric
Ovens: 2 electric, normal and microwave
Cooker extractor hood: electric
Worktop: very spacious, with hole for the disposal of trash leading to a capacious rubbish bin
Refrigerator: one electric 265 litres volume, plus two vertical electric freezers, each 250 litres volume, to starboard,
Lockers and hanging locker volume: excellent
Galley comfort: excellent
Ventilation: two opening port-holes on the sides and one on the coach roof
Natural lighting: from three port-holes
Artificial lighting: three ceiling lights
Safety: good
Engine vibrations under power: absent.

CREW HEADS

Minimum headroom: 200 cm.
Basins: one, adequate proportions
Basin comfort: average
depression flushing wc
wc comfort at the moorings: good
wc comfort under sail: good
Shower room: average
Shower comfort: sufficient, drained by an electric pump
Shower height: 175 cm
Lockers and hanging locker volume: average
Ventilation: one port-hole on the coachroof plus a ventilator
Natural lighting: from 1 port-hole
artificial lighting: one ceiling light
Engine vibrations under power: absent.

FORWARD HEADS

Minimum headroom: 190 cm.
Basins: one, generous proportions
Basin comfort: good, the mirror is well positioned
depression flushing wc
wc comfort at the moorings: excellent
wc comfort under sail: excellent
Shower: separated by a door
Shower comfort: good
shower height: 185cm
Lockers and hanging locker volume: average
Ventilation: from one port-hole on the coachroof plus a ventilator
Natural lighting: from 1 port-hole
artificial lighting: two alogen ceiling lights
Engine vibrations under power: absent.

OWNER'S STATEROOM HEADS

Minimum headroom: 185 cm.
Basins: one, generous proportions
Basin comfort: good
depression flushing wc
wc comfort at the moorings: excellent
wc comfort under sail: excellent
Shower: separated by a door
Shower comfort: good
shower height: cm 185
Lockers and hanging locker volume: average
Ventilation: from one port-hole on the coach roof plus a ventilator
Natural lighting: from 1 port-hole plus two window panes
artificial lighting: two alogen ceiling lights
Engine vibrations under power: absent.

AFT HEADS

Minimum headroom: 185 cm.
basins: one, generous proportions
Basin comfort: good, the mirror is well-positioned
depression flushing wc
wc comfort at the moorings: excellent
wc comfort under sail: excellent
Lockers and hanging locker volume: average
Ventilation: from one port-hole on the coach roof plus a ventilator
Natural lighting: from 1 port-hole plus two window panes
artificial lighting: two alogen ceiling lights
Engine vibrations under power: absent.

AFT SHOWER BOX

Minimum headroom: 200 cm.
Shower elbowroom: good
Shower comfort: good, although it is difficult to open the door because of the limited space
shower height: 15 cm.
Lockers and hanging locker volume: there are no lockers.
Ventilation: from the heads
Natural lighting: absent
Artificial lighting: from the heads
Engine vibrations under power: absent.

ENGINE COMPARTMENT

noise reduction: good
Accessibility from the front: not very good
Lateral accessibility: good
Accessibility of the oil measuring stick: excellent
Accessibility of the inverter: excellent
Accessibility of the propeller shaft: good
Ventilation: excellent, with permanent fans.

SYSTEMS

Electrical control panels: 2 main separate panels, each for total control of the yacht; smaller panels located close to the chart table; all systems are fitted with magnetothermic disjunctors and a large array of control instruments
Electric system: 20V 50 Hz and 24 V
Batteries/total capacity: 10 24V for service with a total capacity of 1.000 Ah , engines starting batteries 100 Ah, two 100 A alternators and two 100 A chargers
220 V system: complete with a 20 kW Fisher Panda and a 2kW inverter
Fuel tanks: two 750 litres, in polyester
Water tanks: two 1.100 litres in polyester or stainless steel
Quality of the hydraulic system: good, with copper pipes; optionally one can get two holding tanks, 600 litres each
Boilers: two 100 litres, electric
Bilge pumps: six electric
Instruction book: complete
Accessories: gas detector, Hi Fi stereo set, complete with CD player.

WHAT WE LIKED MOST
the considerable amount of space and the way it is exploited; the duplication of the systems and components, the quality of the deck layout.
WHAT WE LIKED LESS
some passageways (like the door leading to the owner's stateroom) are restrained; the jib sheet touches the coachroof.