As shown by the birth of new brands and ideas, the world of multi-hull boats is very lively. Next September, at the Grand Pavois Boat Show of La Rochelle (on the French Atlantic coast), EOS 54, the father of a new series of catamarans, will be presented.
At the moment, it is under construction at Marsaudon Composites, a yard seated in Lorient, the cradle of the popular French offshore sailing.
Marsaudon Composites is among the leaders in this field; it has built, for example, IDEC II ( now Qingdao), the 30-metre-long trimaran which, steered by Francis Joyon, broke the around-the-world tour record in 2008 (57 days, 13 hours, 23 minutes and 6 seconds), Paradox and Zed 6, respectively a trimaran and a TS42 catamaran which climbed the podium of Fastnet last year.
EOS 54 belongs to Classic range, that one dedicated to cruise boats, conceived for experts, private, charter companies and hard navigations. EOS is not a floating villa for comfortable cruises. It is a fast catamarans, exactly like Outremere, Catana and so on.
It will be available also in a Race version and, later, in motor and hybrid version.
EOS points to be a luxury catamaran, completely open to customization. Standard interiors have 3 cabins, but the yard has already prepared some versions with 2,4,5 and 6 cabins.
The project is by Christophe Barreau (the same designer of TS42, very poplular in France). EOS 54 is 16.5 metres long with a displacement of 12-13 tons. It is made in infusion fiberglass with kevlar elements. It has thin hulls and a fixed keel and it is provided with automatic sensors to release all sails’ sheets. The helmsman position is central and riggings are all in the cockpit.