I tested for you. The Befoil 16, hydrofoil catamaran
The Befoil company organized this Friday, July 19th, a presentation of 16 Befoil its new hydrofoil catamaran for sailing schools. Sea trials are continuing on Saturday 20 July to Kerguelen Boating Center in Larmor-Plage.
This Friday and again on Saturday 20 July, the company organizes Befoil Befoils days to discover the Befoil 16, the hydrofoil catamaran designed for sailing schools. Our reporter, Julien Boitel, was tested during a fishing trip, from the nautical center of Kerguelen, Larmor-Plage. If he did not steal, he appreciated its ease of handling.
Appointment was given to 14 pm at Kerguelen nautical center in Larmor-Plage. The team of the company Befoil based street Industry in Lorient, welcomes me. I’m not the only one to come test the Befoil 16 (to 16 feet). This new hydrofoil catamaran is primarily for sailing schools. Partners, sponsors and members of yacht clubs in the region are present. “We organize these Befoil days to promote our boats and thank our investors,” says Cedric Rafin, Befoil sales manager, before describing the boat on which I sail: “It is simple, stable and versatile for this to be the most be accessible. The boat is designed for people who have never stolen and who do not have a high level sailing. ”
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Camille Bertin, communications officer, is in charge of the briefing. She explains the course of the afternoon. We’ll all sail twenty minutes with an experienced navigator. It lends me a dry suit that I put in a jiffy. Not even need to take off her clothes. Here we go ! ” Good navigation. Fly, “says Camille Bertin.
“Theft is the veil of the future”
I boarded with Cedric Rafin. “Theft is the veil of the future, he thinks. More and more people will look to steal. For now, double, there is not much to steal. The Befoil 16 helps to have someone experienced with a novice. ” Luckily, in my case. I only have one experience in catamaran. It dates and there was no wind. There, only boarded and installed foils, the boat picks up speed. It locks onto one of the ends to try to take off. It does not work. “The wind is not strong enough and swell a little too strong, we brakes,” explains Cédric Rafin.
Stable and easy to fly
My monitor day wonder to shock the halyard. I give slack. It connects gybes in search of wind. In vain. On one side, I see a flying sensation but it does not last even a second. Theft, it will not be today. The vagaries of the weather. When the boat takes off, there is “more noise, no shock. It was a feeling of lightness. The boat passes over the waves, explains Cédric Rafin. It’s quite exhilarating because you quickly have a sense of speed. ”
Before concluding my experiment, let me Rafin Cedric the bar. Extremely sensitive, she can change direction quickly. The Befoil 16 delivers. It is easy to handle and maneuver running without too much difficulty even for the novice that I am. I have not stolen but it was not a party discount. This Saturday, new sea trials will be held and the conditions should be better to fly!
The Befoil company organized this Friday, July 19th, a presentation of Befoil 16, its new hydrofoil catamaran for sailing schools. Sea trials are continuing on Saturday 20 July to Kerguelen Boating Center in Larmor-Plage.
The Befoil days continues this Saturday, July 20, from 10 am to Kerguelen Boating Center in Larmor-Plage. The Befoil 16 will also test this summer at the UCPA, the Glénans and Kerguelen, Larmor-Plage.