Despite falling just 60cm (2ft) short of the 24-metre length boundary between large yachts and superyachts, this stylish large yacht from a division of the Beneteau Group offers the comforts that would be expected of a small superyacht at a more attractive price. Take a look at this short First Look Video, filmed at this year's Southampton Boat Show.
This yacht follows a similar mould to CNB’s earlier models, including the CNB 64 and Bordeaux 60, as a competitively priced large cruiser-racer that offers both luxury accommodation and impressive sailing performance. It’s a powerful yacht that’s large enough to offer excellent accommodation in an appealing layout. Naval architecture is by Philippe Briand, while Jean-Marc Piatonwas responsible for the interior design.
The flush foredeck, combined with a low-profile deck saloon coachroof, the ends of which are extended aft to form the coamings and seating of the guest cockpit, gives the yacht clean and crisp lines with acres of deck space. The layout on deck has been designed to minimise the effort needed to handle the craft, while providing separate areas for relaxation, sun bathing and water sports.
The centrepiece of the accommodation is a full-width saloon with a panoramic all-round view, while owner’s and guest cabins also benefit from an enormous amount of space and storage. The owners’ cabin is in the forward part of the yacht, where it’s quiet in harbour and there’s excellent privacy. This is brightly lit, both from overhead hatches and horizontal hull windows that give a view of the outside word. The en suite facilities are spacious and fitted out to a sufficiently high standard that they wouldn’t look out of place in a high-end hotel.
The two main guest cabins are also forward of the deck saloon. Both can be converted between double and twin formats and each has en suite facilities. The after end of the boat is focussed on the galley – this is a large and superbly organised workspace that will facilitate catering to the highest of standards. Next to this is a double/twin crew cabin and there’s also an option for a further smaller crew cabin right forward, in a space that would otherwise be used for sail storage.
On deck and performance
The hull shape reflects the latest design thinking, with an almost plumb bow and shallow forefoot, plus broad transom with chines and twin rudders, along with a significantly lower beam to length ratio than smaller cruising yachts. It’s therefore easily driven, but the boat still has a powerful rig that has the potential to easily power it to double-digit speeds. However, the deck layout is configured such that the power is easily tamed. While the halyards and reefing lines are handled at the mast, everything else is carried out next to the two wheels.
The guest cockpit, under the protection of a combined sprayhood and bimini keeps non sailors well clear of the action and offers lots of space, including comfortable cushions and a table that’s easily swapped between dining table and coffee table functions. There’s also a huge fold-down bathing platform that folds down from the transom to reveal a tender garage with the capacity to house a 3.85m Williams high-end RIB. There’s also ample sunbathing space, particularly on the large expanses of deck forward.
Equipment and options
A big engine room under the saloon houses the main engine, generator and ancillary equipment. While this lacks standing headroom, and a certain amount of disruption will be inevitable during servicing procedures, it’s a good compromise that doesn't take a chunk out of potential living space.
Perhaps surprisingly for a boat of this size, of first 10 boats ordered, most have left the factory with a similar layout and options, although a much higher degree of customisation is available to those who want a boat that’s tailored to their individual requirements. For instance, one owner specified a fully fitted office on board his boat and many other requirements can be accommodated. Hydraulic furlers, enable the headsails to be controlled from the cockpit are common options, as is air conditioning, which is supplied with an upgraded generator.
A number of keel options are offered, including a 3.0m draught, 12,000kg iron keel as standard. There are also two lead keels, one with 3.0m draught that saves around 1,500kg of weight, and a 3.5m deep option that’s a further 1,250 kg lighter. The final option is a lifting keel that gives a massive 3.9m draught when sailing, but which can be reduced to only 2.1m in harbour. There’s also an optional all carbon performance rig that sets an additional eight to ten per cent of sail area.
What it does best
The CNB 76 brings the advantages of production boat building to the edges of the super yacht sector, resulting in a great looking boat at a very attractive price.
The downside of production building is that making changes can be expensive, so if a potential owner was to want significant changes to the standard layouts that may push the price up considerably.
Other models in the range
The CNB 76 follows in the wake of a number of other successful large yachts from the same yard, including the Bruce Farr designed CNB 64 and the later and more performance oriented Bordeaux 60, with the latter remaining in production. The yard also produces superyachts of up to 180ft on a one off basis.
There’s a wide choice of yachts available in this size range, including the Oyster 745 and Contest 72CS. However, these are more expensive yachts and the competitive pricing of the CNB 76 also puts it on more of a par with smaller boats such as the Hallberg Rassy 64, Salona 67 and X-Yachts’ new X-65. Potential buyers might also take a look at the Oyster 825 or Discovery 55 MkII.
Specifications: CNB 76 Review
Draught (standard keel): 3.0m
Draught (deep keel): 3.5m
Draught (lifting keel): 2.1 to 3.9m
Ballast: 12,000 to 15,000kg
Displacement (light): 45,000kg
Sail area (sq m): 304
Asymmetric spinnaker (sq m): 400
Fresh water tankage: 1,500 litres
Fuel tankage: 2,500 litres
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