Trimaran Paille-en-Queue (Exception 52): eight berths under 148 / 258 m2 sails (upwind / downwind)…

For all who think, that Trimarans have no space… here comes the opposite: the very beautiful Cruising Tri Paille-en-Queue (Pinto Exception 52) with elegant lines and plenty of space under deck (4x double bed berths).

Trimaran-Exception-52-1986This uniquely 16 metre sportive, leight-weighted and comfortable Cruising Trimaran with 148 m2 (upwind) / 258 m2 (downwind) sails area was built 1986 (and refinished in 2007) with Dagger board keel. The design is out of naval architect Philippe Briand‘s hands… in collaboration with the French yacht warft Chantier Pinta Yard ( La Rochelle / France), well known for having built more than 30 racing trimarans.

The concept of the model PINTO Exception 52 is based on the well tuned smaller Exception 43. The first owner of Tri Paille-en-Queue (name of a tropical bird) sailed her to the French West Indies (FWI) and brought her back to the Mediterraneans. The 2nd owner has sailed round Spain and crossed the Atlantic twice. The 3rd owner has cruised in Brittany before heading for the Med in 2003.

Some relevant specifications of this beauty:
  • LOA: 53 Feet (16.17 m)2495.descr.foto
    beam: 32. Feet (9.92 m)
    weight: 8.8 tons
    max. draft: 8.1 feet (2.8 m)
    construction: GRP + Sandwich
  • accomodation: 8 berths (4x double berths). Interior with Alcantara saloon cushion covers. Clear veneer laminated bulkheads (2003). 2m headroom, 8 opening hatches.
  • sails: 78 m2 main sail + dacron 72 m2 mainsail, 2 x 80 m2 genoas + 70sqm Genoa, 2x 180 m2 Spinnaker (symmetric + asymmetric), storm jib, kevlar solent, Inner forsail. 2x Profurl furling systems (1992). mainsail cover (2002). All lines to cockpit + Electric winch.
  • engine: 65 hp (1990), 160 litre fuel capacity. Serviced every 80 hrs. 3 blade Maxprop propeller. All engine wiring changed in 1995 by Seenergie
  • safety equipment: Anchor on 1000W Lofrans electric winch (2003), 8 person Liferaft in bag (1996) serviced annually, Escape hatch, 8 Lifejackets, 8 Harnesses, 3 Bilge pumps (1 electric + 2 manual), Lifesling, Boarding ladder, 8 extinguishers
  • navigation equipment: SD Marine Log, Depth finder and windset (2007), MLR FX112 GPS (2005), BLU SSB Receiver, Shipmate RS8100 VHF fixed + one portable (2007), Autohelm 6000 (2002), JRC 1000MKII Radar (2007), GPS linked to Max Sea Chart plotter
  • others: gas cooker with 2 burners + SEY oven, pressurised water system, seawater pump, 350 litre freshwater capacity, 30 lt/hour watermaker, fridge (2003), 2 marine toilets + 1 shower c/w holding tank, 2x140amp domestic batteries (2006) + 105amp engine (2006), 50W solar panel (2003), alternator, Cristec charger, 2.5kVA Generator, 220V shore supply + 2 outlets, cockpit tent + cushions + table + deckshower
  • extras: dinghi Zodiac Z  RIB 3,80m (2007) + Suzuki 4 hp outboard (2003)

This Tri just was sold for 250,000 Euros and already has been delivered to Malta for a refitting. Paille-en-Queue will be adapted under the advice of Neol Gatt (from Manoel Island Yacht Yard) by EdM Vedder to the needs and wishes of the new owners David and Kim Griffin who like to live on their new boat.

 Short biography of the Designer…

Naval Architect & Yacht Designer Philippe Briand

Naval Architect & Yacht Designer Philippe Briand

Philippe Briand was born in La Rochelle, France and is based in London. He has been designing boats since his childhood. Philippe is one of the designers who live their passion on highest level… combining functionality, performance and beautiness. Philippe designs sailing boats ranging from 12m to 70m.

Philippe designed at the young age of 16 an IOR 1/4 Ton design as dinghy sailor. Already at the age of 18 he smelled the air of America’s Cup with Swedish designer Pelle Petterson (born 1932) with whom he experienced the knowledge of sailing yachts in series production with progressive and advanced hydrodynamics, tank testing of hulls, computer aided design and production engineering.
Philippe Briand started his own company in 1978 and founded Vitruvius Yachts® Ltd. (London/U.K.). Some of his designs included winning the 1983 Half-Ton Cup and the 1984 One Ton Cup. Later he designed two of the three yachts in the victorious French 1991 Admiral’s Cup team and went on to design for the French and Swiss America’s Cup teams while also designing ever larger series-production.
147 ft Mari-Cha III was built by Sensation and Marten Marine in New Zealand and is for sales at 9.5 mio. US$.

147 ft Mari-Cha III was built by Sensation&Marten Marine in New Zealand and is for sales at a prize of 9.5 mio. US$.

His breakthrough to sailing superyachts came in 1995 when, following a design competition, he was chosen to design the ground-breaking and award-winning Mari Cha III (44.7 m) and later Mari Cha IV beside other light-weighted high-performance cruiser racers that launched him into his success with sailing superyachts.

From that perspective the common denominator of all Briand designs (both sailing and motor) is their efficiency and elegance, combined with a total control of the complete design by Briand and his team. On the website is stated that Brian and his company have ~12,000 such designs afloating today.

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