Alabi Catamarans, a French-owned boatbuilder, has announced that the new line-up for 2016 will go from¬†30 to 46% of carbon fibre. Headquartered in Thailand, Alibi produces the Alibi 54 and Oneoff Alibi 65. The company’s first 54-footer was launched in 2010.

The company says in a statement that the decision to increase to 46% the carbon fibre on its products is aimed to improve performance.

In addition, the company has announced a range of innovations to go onboard its 2016 production line. These include a canting wheel featuring 6 helm positions, an electric tender lift for a 20Hp unit hidden and centred, automatic hook (squared-top mainsail), automatic furling jib, top-down furling asymmetric spinnaker, self-tacking jib and a self-rotating mast, to name just a few.

The builder says these new additions are designed to facilitate the manoeuvrability of the new Alibi 54 so the catamaran can even be sailed solo.