French naval architect firm Bañulsdesign has teamed up with boatbuilder Alibi for the production of its range of semi-custom high-performance catamarans. The range comprises Bañuls 53, 60 and 78 and was ppreviously commercialized under the name MC²53, MC²60 and MC²78.
Raphaël Blot, who is responsible for the new range, comments: “We have chosen Alibi because the yard had constant improvements all along its 8-years existence to reach maturity in building truly high performance catamarans. We feel confident that they have the full capacity to deliver the high level of quality and the lightweight we expect for our designs at a competitive price.”
The Bañuls 60# 1 Mach² recently finished second over the line in the 580 miles 2016 Rolex China Sea Race from Hong Kong to the Philippines after leading for most of the race.
Hull #2 of the 60-footer was built for an Australian owner who just sold to a European owner.
Commenting on the partnership, Loic Goepfert, CEO of Alibi says: “After building five Alibi 54 and one Alibi 65, we felt that we were ready for the next step and set up to build custom one-off boats. The range of Bañuls catamarans fits in that objective and does not compete with our existing offer of Alibi 54 and Alibi 65 since the Bañuls designs push the envelop even further than we do in terms of performance.”
French boatbuilder Alibi manufactures boats from its production facility in Thailand. Goepfert told IBI that five Alibi54 are currently under production.