Ciao Gianni

Multiplast launch new 60ft day sailer in tribute to the late Fiat boss

Thursday June 18th 2009, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Chantier Multiplast in Vannes has just launched and begun sea trials a new 60ft monohull for former head of Pioneer hifi company, Jacky Setton.

Ciao Gianni is a tribute to the the late Fiat boss and enthusiastic yachtsman Gianni Agnelli, who's series of sail boat culminated in the record breaking maxi- Stealth. In the autumn of 2008, Jacky Setton, who has already made his mark in top of the range cruising yacht designs such as the Simpson S, plus Senses, a ocean going tug he completely transformed and Pioneer, a 20 years ago very early ULDB, suggested to Multiplast that they give form to his ideas and produce the boat within six months. Multiplast rose to the challenge and so Ciao Gianni, a 60ft long day sailer, has been launched, .

Her design is by Mani Frers, who explains her concept: "Aimed at the sher pleasure of sailing, Ciao Gianni is a combination of power, efficiency and acceleration. The reverse bow makes for an immediately recognisable silhouette, lightens her extremities and reduces spray drag. The Frers Studio has designed a light displacement boat with a long waterline length, and powerful lines, designed for high speed. All of these features combined with a high aspect ratio rig and large draught express the boat’s high potential."

Multiplast has built the boat to the highest standards in carbon/epoxy, coordinating the fit out in order to hand the boat over ready to sail. Hall Spars provided the mast and rigging, North Sails France the 3DL carbon sails and Harken France for the specially silver anodized deck gear, plus numerous other sub-contractors.

Following her launch, there will be a few days of sea trials in the Quiberon Bay before Ciao Gianni is transported to her rightful home on the Mediterranean. Multiplast will restep the mast and refit the keel once the boat is down in Saint-Tropez.

Vital statistics:
Length : 18.28 m (60 ft)
Beam : 3.65 m (12 ft)
Displacement : 9 tonnes (9 tons)
Sail area : 180 m² (1937 sq ft)
Draught : 3.80 m (12 ft 6 in)

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