Cap Camarat 7.5 DC Series 2: the family-friendly and efficient open

The Cap Camarat 7.5 DC Series 2 is one of the latest in outboard boats from Jeanneau. It was presented as a world premiere at the recent Düsseldorf and Paris boat shows. Completely redesigned, it displays both a sporty design and a family layout. These new assets, combined with the strengths of the previous generation, can achieve high performance and spend one or more nights on board.

Driving is a pleasure

Cap Camarat 7.5 DC Série 2Its sleek and sporty silhouette, produced by Sarrazin Design, seduces at first glance. The wraparound black windshield, very protective, accompanied by a stainless steel bow rail, really sets this model apart. The hull windows add yet another touch of elegance to the famous Michael Peters hull, which is common to all the Cap Camarat models.

This boat is available with outboard motors at 225, 250 or 300 horsepower. Top speeds begin at about 40 knots with the 225-horsepower motor.

It is very easy to maneuver. Its cockpit is firstly designed to navigate comfortably. The helm is equipped with electricCap Camarat 7.5 DC S2 controls, including a Yamaha throttle controller, a display screen for the engine gauges for the trim tabs and also the bow thruster, a very useful option, which greatly facilitates maneuvers in port. The dashboard is really a good size. It is equipped with a 9-inch Garmin display with plenty of room for additional equipment. A USB socket, just in front of the cup holder, allows, for example, recharging a mobile phone. In the starboard bulkhead next to the helm you have access to the battery switches.

 

This cockpit is designed for comfortable driving while seated, with good protection provided by the windshield. It is Cap Camarat 7.5 DC Série 2also possible to drive standing up, by raising the bolster equipped seat into a comfortable and ergonomic position, with the controllers’ right at hand. The co-pilot bench, meanwhile, is located near the kitchen area. It can be associated with a folding shelf allowing, for example, putting a portable gas stove. This space is complemented by a sink unit with glass holders, concealed by a panel, and an optional drawer refrigerator.

 

So, as with all the Day Cruiser models in the Cap Camarat line, it is Cap Camarat 7.5 DC S2possible to equip the boat with a full-size Bimini for maximum sun protection. It’s also possible to fit a soft top, which includes a roof and side panels for protection from the elements. One unique feature on the Day Cruiser is that the soft top neatly stows in the locker located under the aft bench. The operation is very simple, just move the backrest forward, open the locker, and then the entire structure folds down neatly.

 

For a control in all serenity, the Cap Camarat 7.5 DC Series 2 profits, in its external arrangement, many other spaces of arrangement. A large storage locker, located under the cockpit, provides access to the tank compartment, a storage area and all batteries and technical equipment. The second chest, placed under the sundeck, allows, thanks to its removable front to integrate an igloo cooler. A space dedicated to fenders has also been specially designed.

Clever layout for pleasant family outings

Cap Camarat 7.5 DC Série 2Access on board is very easy. It is done by the large rear platforms, on one level with the back beaches of the boat. The gate opens onto the vast cockpit. Getting out of the water is made easier by this handrail.

The big difference with previous models is the cockpit, though still well protected by the windshield. It is more open to the outside, to the aft and to swimming. The saloon was positioned to port to make movement around the cockpit as fluid as possible.

 

The cockpit saloon can be equipped with a teak table, making it a really welcoming living space.  It is also possible toCap Camarat 7.5 DC S2 replace the table with a support and cushion to make a really big sunbed, thus enlarging the relaxation area back.

The aft bench is a great place to sit, both underway and when it’s time to go swimming. That’s why Jeanneau has built a backrest that can face both forward, and aft. When facing aft it transforms the aft platform, with an additional cushion, into a large sunbed. Under this sunbed there is a large storage locker, equipped with a drain, so perfect for storing moorings.

Water sports enthusiasts can, optionally, add a ski arch or a wakeboard tower.

Three steps facilitate access to the foredeck. There is a central passage in teak and an open bow. This facilitatesCap Camarat 7.5 DC Série 2 coming aboard and disembarking over the bow. The foredeck can be completely covered with cushions to become a huge sunbed secured by the two bow rails.

 

 

 

The cabin is very bright and enjoys a beautiful view of the sea. It isCap Camarat 7.5 DC S2 accessed via a transparent sliding door. It has skylights, large deck glazing and large hull windows placed on each side of the double bed. Many storage spaces have been arranged. The large storage area, located aft under the deck, can also serve as an extra berth.

 

 

Cap Camarat 7.5 DC S2At the foot of the berth, there is a foldable cushion that extends the berth and, when folded down, facilitates access to the separate head. The gangway steps are removable and facilitate access to the rear storage area. The head compartment is located to starboard. It is equipped with a sink and a black water tank.

 

 

 

In conclusion the new Cap Camarat 7.5 DC Series 2 is a boat combining power, user-friendliness and safety. Its attractive design and versatility make it easy to contemplate family cruises of one or more days.

For more information about the Cap Camarat 7.5 DC Series 2 by Jeanneau (sea trial, brochure, quotation…), click here. You can also send an email at chooseyourboat@gmail.com.

Stephanie Geslin

AK 650 : un Bateau révolutionnaire Tracté par une aile de KITE

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Le chantier breton ArmorKite vous présente l’AK 650, bateau habitable révolutionnaire tracté par une aile de kite gonflable. A la fois sportif et sécurisé, il s’adapte à tous les types de sortie.

Un bateau maniable aux performances impressionnantes

AK 650Ce voilier de 6,50 m ne possède ni mât, ni quille. La traction par kite permet d’atteindre des vitesses hallucinantes : jusqu’à 19 nœuds avec 25 nœuds de vent.
Avec son moteur 6 chevaux, il peut se conduire sans permis et vous permettra d’aller en mer ou de rentrer au port.

 

 

Avec l’AK 650, on peut kiter à plusieurs : un au kite, un à la barre. On met le kite sur le pont, onAK 650 connecte les cinq lignes, deux pour l’arrière, deux pour l’avant et une dite « de sécurité », puis on gonfle le kite. Une fois le kite gonflé, toutes les lignes sont tendues. On pose le kite à l’eau, on le déroule, on l’envoie et on prend du plaisir.

 

 

AK 650Les lignes de kite sont enroulées dans un enrouleur électrique, qui permet de dérouler le kite jusqu’à 50 mètres. L’AK 650 dispose de trois réglages : un pour les lignes avant, un pour les lignes arrière et un pour la « ligne de sécurité ». Cette dernière sert à relâcher le kite en cas de gros vent ou de problème, et à le ramener tranquillement à bord.

Le kiter s’assoit et dirige les lignes arrière, en toute sécurité, à l’aide de deux palans. La navigation assise est parfaite pour débuter, parce qu’elle permet de se concentrer exclusivement sur le kite pendant toute la navigation.

L’AK 650 est rapide et réactif. A la différence des bateaux classiques, il peut réaliser de grosses accélérations, notamment enAK 650 sortie de virage, quand vous empannez ou que vous virez de bord.

ArmorKite propose deux modèles. Le premier modèle dispose de deux dérives asymétriques, qui se descendent et se relèvent très simplement. Le deuxième modèle est, quant à lui, équipé d’une dérive centrale pivotante classique.

 

Un confort de navigation idéal pour des sorties familiales

AK 650L’AK 650 est également idéal pour les sorties en famille, puisque 6 personnes peuvent aisément, et en toute sécurité, s’y installer. Sa vitesse peut alors atteindre 5 à 10 nœuds. Très stable, il gîte au maximum à 15 degrés. Parfait quand il y a des enfants à bord.

Il dispose de 4 couchages : une grande couchette à l’avant et deux couchettes cercueils.

 

Avec ses 7 cm de tirant d’eau, vous n’avez pas besoin de prendre de bouée, ni de vous mettre à AK 650l’ancre. Vous pouvez directement aller sur la plage, profiter du soleil et de votre journée.

Avec ce bateau, ArmorKite propose plusieurs ailes : des ailes débutantes de 12m2, pour apprendre à manier l’aile tranquillement, ou des grandes ailes de 25m2, très performantes, pouvant atteindre des vitesses impressionnantes.

L’AK 650 est un bateau très innovant, qui procure des sensations uniques sur l’eau. Ce n’est pas du voilier, ce n’est pas du kite-surf, c’est du bateau-kite.

 

Si vous souhaitez avoir plus d’informations sur l’AK 650 d’ArmorKite (tarifs, brochures, essai …), cliquez ici . Vous pouvez aussi contactez directement l’équipe de Choose Your Boat en envoyant un email à chooseyourboat@gmail.com.

 

Stephanie Geslin

Merry Fisher 895 Marlin: the SUV of the seas multi-program

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Historically, the Marlin is the model in the Merry Fisher line designed for fishing. But this time, with the new Merry Fisher 895 Marlin, Jeanneau has built a boat designed for fishing that offers great versatility for both cruising and adventure. The boat has a unique and modern look, like a seagoing SUV, which is ready for a lot more than just fishing.

Comfortable fishing parties

Getting onboard is very easy. It can be done in several ways: the first is across the large swim platforms and through the aft gate. There is no step as the platforms are flush with the cockpit. Boarding can also be done through a bulwark gate, for easy and direct access to the recessed side deck. Finally, depending on how the boat is moored it is also possible to board across the bow as the open bow-rail has grab-rails and a stow-able step.

As on all models in the Marlin line, there is a very long, very wide cockpit where the design priority is fishing. The roof overhang is relatively short so as not to interfere with casting. The cockpit is also very deep, as is the recessed side deck, with secure handrails to hold on to. The side deck is flush with the cockpit and provides easy access to the helm station.

MerryFisher895MarlinSo, moving around on deck while fishing is a smooth flow through the wheelhouse side door and also through the aft sliding glass door.

With fishing still in mind, the boat can be equipped with an outside helm station, though not presented here. Rod holders can be installed on the transom above the outboard engines, on the aft quarter bulwarks, additional optional holders can also be installed on the roof.

The cockpit is completely modular. All the seats are foldable. There is also an optional folding side bench seat to starboard. So, in the blink of an eye, the seats can be stowed to open up all the space in the cockpit for fishing.

There is a comfortable fishing position, situated above the outboard motors. It is equipped with drink holders, cutting boards and access to a storage area for fishing accessories. This fishing station is on rails to both free up space when the engines are lowered and to be able to lift the engines completely out of the water.

On the port side you have a secondary access gate to really facilitate loading and unloading over the port side platform. The space to port can be equipped with an optional live-well… a really convenient feature for fishing.MerryFisher895Marlin

There is a telescopic sunshade to protect the cockpit, both while fishing or spending time with family. It is possible to fish and follow your catch, unencumbered. Another type of sunshade is also available. This sunshade is suspended but installed permanently in a fixed position. This fixed option is interesting because it allows for the enclosure of the entire cockpit.

For a sport or family navigation

The Merry Fisher 895 Marlin is equipped with outboard motors. The boat is available in two versions: standard and the off-shore. The difference is the maximum horsepower. With the off-shore version, outboards of up to 2X250 horsepower are available for maximum speeds around 43-45 knots depending on the load. The boat is already very pleasant with engines that are more modest, at 2X150 or 2X200 horsepower.

What sets the off-shore version apart is the category B registration and the greater capacity fuel tanks at 2X300 liters instead of the standard 2X200 liters. The fuel tanks are located on each side of the cockpit, under the deck. This layout leaves space for a large central storage locker between the tanks.

There is also an optional 3.5kW gasoline powered electric generator. This makes air conditioning possible while cruising in warmer climates. It also supplies the boat with 220v power when at anchor.

The wheelhouse is slightly offset to port. There is a secondary port side deck, but the reason of the offset is to increase the width and depth of the main side deck located to starboard and to allow for the side deck to be flush with the cockpit and secured by handrails. The side deck also has direct access to the helm station via the sliding side door. It is really very wide. When cruising at the helm, one gets the impression of being outside.

The helm station is well equipped. It features a large instrument panel able to install Garmin screens of up to 12 inches. This boat is equipped with a 9-inch Garmin screen. The controls for the motors are also located here. Sitting in the helm seat is very comfortable. But for a sportier feeling at the helm, with the bolster seat lifted it is possible to drive standing up.

The wheelhouse is really very large and comfortable, the saloon with face to face seating is equipped with a table… what’s unique with the boat we are looking at today, is the electrically operated soft-top. It opens up the roof completely for excellent ventilation and the feeling of being outside.

This table can fold to transform this seat into a co-pilots bench seat facing the sea. This feature is interesting because it allows all the passengers to be seated comfortably and facing forward.

To starboard, there is a storage unit with a cupboard and direct access to the power switches. Under the pilot’s seat, you have a large 65-liter fridge. The galley is located on the port side, in front of the co-pilot seat. Under the cover, there is a sink and a gas burner, right next to this folding countertop, a food preparation area for cooking.

The other major feature of the Merry Fisher 895 Marlin, is this real cockpit saloon located on the foredeck. So, a second cockpit on the boat, with L seating that can be completed with a table. Of course, it’s possible to also have another table for the rear cockpit.

This forward cockpit can be protected by a sunshade that is easy to install, and, of course, the whole cockpit can be transformed into a large sunbed.

And finally a little surprise, under the forward bench seat is a hatch, which can be used in several ways. This hatch makes it easy to stow all your forward cockpit upholstery directly into the forward cabin. It also can be used at night, when sleeping aboard, to ventilate the forward cabin.

MerryFisher895MarlinWe invite you now to follow us to the Jeanneau stand in the exposition hall at the Grand Pavois in la Rochelle to discover the standard version of this Merry Fisher 895 Marlin. This version is equipped with a polyester roof, but with a large roof hatch for great ventilation. As shown in these pictures, the Merry Fisher 895 Marlin exhibited here, has the large black roof rack. It is the boat’s signature feature. It gives it that adventurous look, and makes it possible to transport equipment like a paddle board. And this roof storage rack is available regardless of the version, hard top or soft top electric.

We’d like to take this opportunity to show you the cockpit saloon with all the seats down and the table installed. You really have a nice, easy to use living space. It’s very different and complementary to the fishing oriented open cockpit. We’d also like to show you the optional starboard bench seat.

A spacious night side with sea view

And now, let’s discover, an essential feature of this Merry Fisher 895 Marlin, namely two closed cabins, two double berth cabins and also a very comfortable head with a shower.MerryFisher895Marlin

The forward owner’s cabin, is particularly inviting. It has a very good ventilation with the porthole, and also the hatch that we saw previously. The hatch provides good ventilation and also plenty of natural light. In addition, there are skylights located in the roof and two hull windows on each side of the berth.

The vee-berth consists of two linked single berths that can be transformed into a large double berth with this sliding support and extra cushions.

The owners cabin, located forward, is complemented by a second cabin, set apart by a door. This second cabin is located to port. It has a bench seat with storage underneath. It has excellent ventilation and light with a large hull window and portal. And it has a double berth, which is located under the saloon.

MerryFisher895MarlinTo starboard, there is a very nice, fully equipped head with a marine toilet, waste water holding tank, a sink and also a shower, as the compartment has a drain.

As you’ve seen during the tour, the Merry Fisher 895 Marlin is a ship built for adventure. It offers tremendous opportunities, with a lot of space on the outside and inside, a rear cockpit, and a bow cockpit and two separate cabins. It is a boat that can go fishing and discover new horizons.

For more information about the Merry Fisher 895 Marlin by Jeanneau (sea trial, brochure, quotation…), click here. You can also send an email at chooseyourboat@gmail.com.

Article by Stephanie Geslin

OVNI 400: New Line for this 100% aluminum long range cruising boat

Welcome on board the OVNI 400 built by Alubat shipyard in Les Sables d’Olonne. This 12,90m long and 4,35m wide sailboat is dedicated to blue water cruising. This is a lifting keel yacht with a draught of 0,98m keel up and 2,88m keel down. This boat has been designed by Mortain & Mavrikios naval architects. She is different with a new line. A new generation of boats to increase comfort on board. Faithful to the brand philosophy: 100% aluminum long range cruising boat.

OVNI 400Denis will present you the outside specifications, then I will join you inside. The large aft transom offers an easy and safe access from the tender or the pontoon with three very useful welded handrails, especially grabbed from the tender, two spacious watertight storages: one for 2 x 13kg gas bottles. And the second one on port side for all your diving equipment. The s/s ladder is integrated to the bathing platform. The life raft storage is cleverly located for an easy access. Hot and cold water shower is available on the bathing platform. The transom bracket for tender engine will be lower for an easier storage.

For a safe navigation, you can completely close the cockpit. A Batyline fabric prevents objects from falling. This davit system allows a smart and efficient tender storage. Your tender is shifted from the transom for launch. This aluminum davit is a part of the aluminum aft arch. The arch is a support for your communication equipment and accessories like solar panels, iridium antennas or wind generator. Two LED lights and welded cleats are integrated to this arch.OVNI 400

On a blue water cruising boat, the cockpit is an important area, where you manage the sailing manoeuvres, active watch and where you enjoy eating and relaxing. The OVNI 400 cockpit has been designed in this philosophy: safe, comfortable, spacious. The composition of the cockpit is ergonomic. Two helm stations with an access to the bathing platform. These two helm stations offer a good visibility forward and on the sides for manoeuvring the boat in the marina. From the helm station, you can control all your navigation equipment, the engine throttle and the bow thruster.

We have decided to place the winches inside the cockpit for manoeuvring the sails while steering. It allows also a better position for the manoeuvres. Still at the helm station, you can manage the keel position, up and down. Led lights indicate the position of the keel. You can move around safely while sailing with handrails and attachment points for lifelines.

The cockpit table of the OVNI 400 can host 8 persons easily and your evenings will be warmly illuminated. In addition to the watertight lockers in the transom, one more storage is under the seat. We wish to simplify your life on board with a direct access from the cockpit to the technical room: an essential element according to our owners’ experience. This access allows you to store large equipment like a mattress or folding bikes.

The main sail aluminum arch can support a textile sprayhood or an aluminum dog house. This also allows a comfortable watch. On the OVNI 400, all the manoeuvres are centralised in the cockpit for your safety. On coachroof, you manage the genoa and the mainsail halyards returns, the mainsail sheets and the reefs. Storage for the sheets is integrated. Easy opening sliding Plexiglas door, welded handrails will secure your movements to the forward deck. Large gangways, the rigging position and the solent traveller position make the circulation easier. In standard, the OVNI 400 is equipped with a mainsail and a solent. In the long range cruise philosophy, 4 mast steps are installed for reaching the mainsail and 2 mast steps are at the top. Enjoy the sunbath mattresses on the deck. And for your safety, footrest is integrated.

On a long range cruise boat, a spacious sails locker is necessary for your sails, mooring lines and fender. The OVNI 400 has a large self-draining chain locker. The long aluminum bow nose is a support for the anchor and your downwind sails. On the OVNI 400 we can also install a storm jib or a staysail on furler or on removable forestay. The inverted and rounded bow promises a very spacious living area while keeping seaworthiness and performance. The forward watertight bulkhead is used as a crashbox in case of impact. All the deck cleats are welded and bolted.OVNI 400

Welcome inside the OVNI 400. The access to the saloon is convenient with three steps and integrated handrails. The engine access is under the companionway, easy to open with door bolts and 2 cylinders, for engine maintenance.

Here is a 2 cabin version with aft head and aft technical room on starboard. This boat is very cosy, she is insulated in standard. She is very light and offers a nice visibility thanks to the panoramic roof with opening portholes. The chart table reveals many storage areas.

The navigation station is functional especially with all the electronic devices. The electric control panel is modern with a remote control via smartphone or tablet. You can switch on the light of your boat from your tender when you come on board by night for example. Inside, you always have the possibility to manage it manually. High quality electric installation with an electric leak detector.

Facing forward, this chart table has a red and white LED light. Here you can also integrate a TV screen facing the saloon. The U-shape saloon is very comfortable with deep seating. Many storages under the seats. The access to the centreboard casing is under the opposite seat. If you need to manage the centreboard manually, the access is easy. The saloon is pleasant and even sitting, you always have a nice view outside. The table can completely open up and become an additional double berth.

OVNI 400The L-shape galley is bordered with a nice handrail to find support when heeling. Under the locked wooden floor, many storage areas and also 2 polypropylen fresh water tanks and aluminum fuel tanks. Many drawers and a storage cupboard with shelves compose the galley. The seaworthiness spirit has been designed to the rail which has been curved to grab it. The large worktop with the built in synthetic resin sink is convenient and easy to clean. Everything is tightly secured in the high spacious crockery cupboard and lockers on hull side. With the red light in the galley, you can enjoy soft lighting at night. The reason of the L-shape is mainly for the fridge with drawers opening in the running direction. With the smart position of the high glass’s cupboard, the shipyard thought of everything!
The space of the forward cabin is amazing on a boat of this size. The central double berth is 140 x 200 cm with a convenient access on each side. The ventilation is efficient with a large opening deck hatch. And always a lot of light and a view outside thanks to the hull portholes. This cabin is equipped with drawers under the berth, a large wardrobe, shelves and a cupboard on starboard. She has been truly designed for blue water cruises.

The aft cabin on port side is also equipped with wardrobe, storage under the berth and a shelf on hull side. All cabins have LED reading lights with a USB socket and always an efficient ventilation with the opening portholes. This closure flap is a clever system. The head is spacious with a separate shower and a rack for sailing clothes. Easy to clean, the composite flooring is made of one single part. Many storage areas and good ventilation have also been well thought.

Another important point is the headroom of 1,96m, which is the average headroom in this boat. In the aft storage locker located starboard of the companionway. You can add different equipment like a generator or a watermaker. We can arrange this space as per your wishes: storage, berth, workshop… The advantage of this storage locker is the double access from the cockpit and from the inside. Here is the access to the twin rudders with self-aligning bearings. Like in this aft storage locker, dorade boxes also ventilate the boat, 2 forward and 2 aft.

For more information about the OVNI 400 by Alubat (sea trial, brochure, quotation…), click here or send an email at chooseyourboat@gmail.com, we will be pleased to reply to you really shortly!

 

Article by Stephanie Geslin