FC2 70' "Simplicity and Performance" - A fast cruiser for a world tour
Friday, February 28, 2020 1:09 PM
Her hull is made of aluminium while the deck and cockpit are made of epoxy glass laminate. The assembly is done by gluing / bolting. A technique which makes it possible to limit the weight, compared to a vessel whose hull and superstructure are all aluminium.
This fast cruising sailing yacht is fitted with a carbon mast and rigging. Her sail plan is arranged as follows: a battened mainsail, a J1 or genoa mounted on a hydraulic furler, a J2 or staysail mounted on a non-reefing furler with an integrated tensioner and a gennaker. The sails are in Kevlar.
The mast, set further aft in the style of the IMOCA 60, offers a large forward triangle for powerful headsails delivering the drive. No main furling boom, but a traditional slab reefing main sail, automatic for the first two reefs, manual for the last: simplicity is there. When trialling at sea, off Concarneau, the FC² 70 ’was sailing at 9 knots upwind with 11.5 knots of true wind, propped up on its chine. The lifting and rotating composite keel with a lead bulb allows the FC² 70’ to get closer to the shoreline (2.20 m instead of 4.40 m).
The deck and cockpit adopt a functional and refined design. We immediately see that everything has been carefully thought out, minimized and optimized. The helm stations and manoeuvring equipment are grouped at the rear of the cockpit in a very secure space. The layout of all cockpit equipment facilitates manoeuvres with a reduced crew or even alone
Note the configuration of the helm seats which allow a forward or aft view of the boat, by simply folding down the reversible backrests. It is thus possible to steer on one side of the boat while having the other helm seat directed towards the wake of the boat in order to contemplate the landscape! At anchor, the rear sofas and the helm seats create a convivial area to enjoy unique moments as close as possible to the sea…
This space also accommodates a beautiful drop leaf table framed by 2 benches that transform into sunpads. The area is protected by a hood and a retractable bimini. The deck hatches are flush mounted. Two longitudinal structural reinforcement beams, running from the bow to the mast, serve as footholds when working the foredeck ... The deck covered with Flexiteek is a guarantee of both lightness and comfort.
The hydraulic equipment is efficient and discreet; the hydraulic furlers are fitted under the deck. Powered by a 180 hp engine, the FC² 70 ’is equipped with 2 thrusters, one at the bow and one at the stern, making it easier to manoeuvre with twin rudders. Interior elegance and serenity.
The descent into the yacht’s interior is comfortable and secure: slightly offset to starboard, the steps, the inclination and the handrails on each side have been designed to optimize ergonomics and facilitate entry in the case of a pronounced heel angle. The saloon appears, large and flooded with light thanks to the numerous side windows and the three glass panels at the front of the coach house roof. Here too, simplicity and efficiency make life on board easier, in a serene and warm environment. The strong contrasts between the zebrano wood, the white of the Corian horizontal surfaces and the orange leather upholstery are, nevertheless, a bold choice!
Divided in two by the presence of a central piece of furniture housing the ram of the lifting keel, the saloon offers a comfortable navigation desk, a dining and relaxation area, as well as a fully equipped galley. Slightly lower, separated by the front to rear passageway with ample longitudinal support whatever the tack, the galley is located at water level which allows you to admire the ocean… while cooking!
The owner's cabin and its bathroom are forward. This spacious cabin has a desk and plenty of wardrobes and storage. Two guest cabins and their en-suites are located aft, separated by the engine room. This technical space is served by 2 accesses: one, under the saloon companion way steps, gives direct entry to the engine compartment for easy maintenance; the other, via a watertight door on the port side, serves as the main access and makes it possible to access and maintain the generator, the watermaker, the filters and other technical elements in an extremely easy way.
Finally, a crew cabin and private bathroom, forward of the owner's cabin and separated by a watertight door, complete this interior layout and allow either accommodation for a captain or additional storage space. This area is accessible directly from the bridge. Note that the tender garage (housing a 3.40m semi-rigid) is accessible from the transom.
Built by JFA Yachts for experienced owners, the FC² 70’ provides an impetus to travel, as a couple, with family or friends; in total confidence.