Second JFA Long Island 85 catamaran begins sea trials
by Chris Jefferies
Sea trials have begun on the second Long Island 85 sailing catamaran from French yard JFA Yachts. Contractor Incidence Sails reports that the yacht has achieved six knots of speed in just five knots of wind.
The 26.25 metre multihull superyacht splashed down in Concarneau back in October 23 and has since had its carbon mast and boom fitted.
Marc Lombard Yacht Design Group contributed the naval architecture and exterior styling, while Darnet Design was brought on board to create new interior décor, which prominently features oak and walnut woodwork.
The aluminium hull and composite superstructure set the tone for a lightweight, high-performance yacht, which is backed up by the choice of lightweight furniture on board. The end result is an overall displacement of just 60 tonnes.
Accommodation is for up to nine guests split across four cabins, including two doubles, two twins and a main deck master cabin — a rare feature among yachts of this size. JFA has given this space direct access to the foredeck, making this an ideal owner’s retreat away from prying eyes.
Convivial spaces are also plentiful, with a large cockpit complete with an al fresco dining area, a bar and sunpads. The most notable additional design feature is the flybridge hard top, which comes with a removable isinglass enclosure. When these clear vinyl panels are in place, the space can be comfortably enjoyed even in wintry conditions.
Power comes from a pair of 380hp Yanmar 6LY3 diesel engines for a top speed of 12 knots and comfortable cruising at ten knots. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows the JFA Long Island 85 to accommodate a staff of up to two people and a lifting platform on the transom can be used to launch the 4.8 metre tender. Another notable feature is the shallow draft of just 2.24 metres, allowing access to many of the world’s best anchorages.