The recent announcement that France's well-known CMN yard is to cease building superyachts came as a surprise and prompted us to ask questions about the health of French yards. The answer is that, although they have suffered the effects of the finacial crisis, they continue to build and sell pedigree yachts. Here we present five yachts built in France and currently for sale.
La Gloire - five French-built yachts for sale
The 60m CMN-built superyacht Cloud 9 is for sale, with Burgess appointed worldwide central agents.
Cloud 9 is MCA compliant and was built to Bureau Veritas classification in 2009 with exterior and interior styling from Andrew Winch Designs.
Her elegant and well-conceived interior accommodates up to 14 guests in seven cabins. A vast, open-plan owner's suite is located on the main deck forward, which, in addition to the bedroom, consists of an observation lounge forward, owner's office, his-and-hers bathrooms and a separate dressing room. The other guest cabins include an impressive VIP suite on the bridge deck and four doubles on the lower deck, two of which can be converted into twins. A seventh cabin can be created out of the bridge deck gymnasium, which has two Pullman berths and en suite bathroom. She accommodates up to 16 crew members in double captain and engineer cabins and six twin crew cabins.
Cloud 9 comes equipped with a Kaleidescape entertainment system providing video and music on demand, and has satellite television and iPod stations throughout.
More than 500m² of living areas are laid out over five decks, which are decorated in a contemporary, nautical style. The upper saloon doubles as a cinema, opening directly onto an inside/outside dining room, which can comfortably seat up to 14 guests. Outdoor deck space includes a 65m² sun deck with spa pool, sunpads, wet bar, BBQ and shaded dining area.
Twin Caterpillar 3516B engines, each producing 2,200hp, power the yacht to a top speed of 17 knots and cruising speed of 14 knots. At a more economical 12 knots she has a range of 5,000 nautical miles.
Cloud 9 has superb commercial potential for a new owner having earned a reputation as an excellent charter yacht and is asking 45 million.
Jean-Marie Recamier at Camper & Nicholsons lists 34.4m Couach motor yacht Mady III for sale.
Delivered in 2000, Mady III emerged from a major refit in 2012 and is now looking better than ever. Fast and comfortable, she offers wheelchair access throughout including a large elevator serving all three decks. Accommodation is for nine guests in five staterooms and twin 2775hp MTU engines give her a cruising speed of 22 knots.
Lying in France, Mady III is asking 3.5 million, VAT paid.
Fraser Yachts and Ocean Independence are offering the 37.18m motor yacht Zeepaard for sale asking 11.75 million, VAT paid.
Designed by Vripack and built to Lloyd's class in 2003 by France's JFA yard, Zeepaard completed a refit in 2012 including a paint job. A proven ocean-going vessel, her owner recently finished a three-year cruise around the world on her and is moving on.
Zeepaard can accommodate up to 10 guests in five cabins and has been immaculately maintained by professional crew. She comes with very large tenders and lots of toys.
Bradford Marine Yacht Sales has the 29.6m motor yacht Justine for sale asking $1.25 million.
Built by Guy Couach in 1987, she was refitted in 2010 and accommodates eight guests in a master suite, VIP stateroom and two twin cabins plus a children's cabin. Twin 1,080hp Detroit Diesel engines give Justine a cruising speed of 15 knots and maximum speed of 25 knots.
Built by Couach Yachts in 2002, the 28.1m motor yacht Red Sky accommodates nine guests in four cabins. Professionally maintained by a full-time captain, Red Sky is commercially registered and her twin 1,500hp MTU engines give her a cruising speed of 21 knots.
Red Sky is for sale at Thierry Voisin asking 1.15 million.