Beneteau Figaro Beneteau 3
The Figaro Beneteau 3 is the first production foiling one-design monohull ever to be designed. A union of technology and innovation, it is a result of a collaboration between group Beneteau’s experts and the Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) office, Architects of the previous two boats to win the Vendée Globe.
The specification defines the FB3 monohull as being as reliable as its predecessor, the FB2. It is equipped with foils, a better performing ballast-free hull, a more slender and deeper keel, a setback mast and a more extensive and larger sail plan. The FB3 monohull as being as reliable as its predecessor, the FB2. The prototype has been launched and has been tested in St Gilles Croix de Vie, the birthplace of Bénéteau and will enter the ISO/World Sailing design category A.
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MODERNITY, RELIABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
Contrary to Imoca 60 foils, the FB3 foils will have an inward-facing profile. The way they operate is different. They are versatile foils that create drift reduction and improve the boat’s righting moment, without increasing the movement, which improves the boat’s performance.
Made of foam sandwich, fibreglass and polyester infused resin, it corresponds to current designs and is ballast-free.
Deep, with a straight blade, it creates minimum drag. Supplementary drift reduction is provided by the foils.
Mast and Sail Layout
Similar to the IMOCA 60s, the mast is set back, providing balance under sail. This allows the use of high performance sails and the addition of a bowsprit. Solo sailors will sail with a square-top mainsail, a Genoa and a jib also a masthead Spinnaker (105 m² (=125 yd²) to gain speed in a light breeze) and a small Gennaker.
Mainsail area: 39.5 m² (420 ft²)
Jib area: 30.5 m² (323 ft²)
Large spinnaker area: 105 m² (125 yd²)
Length Overall: 10.89m / 35’9 ft
Hull Length: 9.75m / 32 ft
Max hull beam: 3.48m / 11’5 ft
Light Displacement: 3175 kg / 7000 Lbs
Fuel Capacity: 40L
Engine: Nanni Diesel 21 HP
Certification: ISO Cat A/World Sailing
Category: A/2 B/4
Naval Architect : Van Peteghem – Lauriot Prévost
Exterior & Interior design: VPLP Design