Jean-Marie Finot :
" In 1992, François Chalain, Pascal Conq and myself set ourselves the challenge of setting sail with a small yacht: a cockpit for four people, a simple set of sails, a simple space, an elegant boat inside and out that could be trailed and beached. Safety led us to a displacement of over 1,000 kg and retractable ballast, for greater stability. The boat was unsinkable. The search for simplicity guided us towards the integrated coachroof, bringing manoeuvres into the cockpit, and creating good vision to the bow. We searched for sturdiness, the simplicity of a flower at sea, the elegance of a bird.” The response was her success and the love of sailors for their boat. "
Pascal Conq :
" What I remember is François Chalain lighting up his pipe on the balcony of our office and continuing, through the window, to tell us about his summer thoughts! He came back from his holiday with the idea of a small new boat for Beneteau. He imagined an easy boat, designed for pleasure. An “endearing” small attractive, neat boat, well-crafted in every detail; today we would call it well-designed. He wanted an elegant blue boat, an attractive little boat! Inside it was kept simple and efficient with no frills, but charming. That was the spirit. He went further by adding a few sentences which stuck with me: a small stylish cruiser, for chic but conservative rich kids from the Golfe du Morbihan! The project then went very fast and very naturally. We agreed to sacrifice nothing of the seakeeping, stability and safety of the boat and this turned out to be one of its major strengths. The nearly vertical bow, an integrated streamlined roof, absorbed by a generous freeboard to the fore, on a hull sufficiently state-of-the art to still be timeless today. As for the twin-rudders on a wide transom, for the time, it was a small revolution, a technical achievement freeing up the interior space (absence of prop under the mast, replaced by an arched beam). Attention was also paid to detail, emphasizing smooth shapes, such as the deck and hull bond which shows the marvellous sheer line of the boat, and which brought back the shine of the wood in a recessed toe rail, as well as the moulded aluminium bow-plate. We developed all this for this boat, and she was born sufficiently modern to continue to hold an important place for sailors today."
Extract of Pascal Conq’s speech at the Superyacht Design symposium in Miami, Florida. 2012