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BOAT REVIEW

2007 45-Foot Privilège Catamaran By Julia Inman

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Madness is a Category A, ocean-going, 45-foot Privilège catamaran, designed by renowned architect Marc Lombard and built in France by Alliaura Marine. It has the capability to circumnavigate, with the ability to deal with Beaufort Force 8 winds and wave height exceeding 4 meters (13 feet).

Design and Construction Les Sables d’ Olonne, the Privilège boatyard in the Brittany region of France, is about 250 miles southwest of Paris, and has been producing Privilège brand catamarans since 1985. The boatyard was recently acquired by Aurelius, so Privilège Marine is now part of the Hanse Yacht Group, but Privilège continues to exist as an individual brand. With the new relationship (and capital), the boatyard is expected to expand. The Privilège website is privilege-marine.com, if you want more information. Construction started on Madness in December 2007 and it is considered a 2007 model. The Stats LOA

44’ excluding bowsprit 48 1/2‘ with bowsprit LWL a bit over 41’ Beam 24’ Mast 63 ’(70’ from waterline) Boom 20’ long Maximum displacement 30,000 pds (15 tons) Mainsail area 67m2 Genoa area 47m2 Staysail 22m2

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Sailing Since our mainsail is 63 feet tall with another seven feet of freeboard and deck (about 70 feet from the waterline), we can’t do the ICW or make it under a lot of other bridges. On the other hand, such a tall main provides a lot of balance. Our genoa forestay has an electric roller-furler, which combined with the electric winches, makes deploying the power sail easy, and adjustments to the genoa are just as easy. Our mainsail has an in-boom furler, so hoisting the mainsail is easy, but sometimes getting the right angle (boom to mast) makes bringing the main down a challenge (if the angle is not 87 degrees, the main will roll down with a crease in it—not good for the sail and it will jam the

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Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...