Cd player, Vhf, Compass, Wind speed and direction, Plotter, Depthsounder, Log speedometer, Cockpit speakers, Radio
Electricity/ Motor Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56
Generator, Shore power inlet, Inverter
Cockpit table, Cockpit shower, Cockpit cushions, Outboard engine brackets, Lazyjacks, Davits, Lazy bag, Bimini top, Swimming ladder, Liferaft
Comfort / Interior
Refrigerator, Battery charger, Hot water, Air conditioning, Deep freezer, Electric bilge pump, Marine head
Fully battened mainsail
Construction of the 56 is in GRP - foam sandwich, using unidirectional and bidirectional cloths, bonded together with isophthalic resin, and a PVC foam core. The boats are laid up in a female mould, with vacuum-bagging to ensure a complete bond between the laminates and foam. The concept is a craft crafted for the sunniest regions of the world, both for private owners or blueprinted use, but with the capabilities of long passage-making or ocean crossings if required. Special features of the design aimed for use in hot climates include the overhang of the compartment roof, which stops the direct rays of the sun from hitting the windows, and prevents the greenhouse effect from raising the inside temperature. This is combined with ten wide-opening hatch-windows around the bar, plus hatches in the insides of the hulls, to give excellent ventilation in the hottest of conditions. The sail plan is crafted for ease of handling, with a big main, but small, easily tacked jib, with no overlap. The basic rig features a clever unit that utilities the electric mainstay windlass to hoist the mainsail, the only heavy operation required. A roller-furling main can be supplied as an extra. The mast is by Z-Spars, with the sails by Voile Systems. The basic layout is for most purposes the basic one, with the only alterations allowed being small changes to the compartments. As such it provides four double compartments for passengers, each with quantity en suite, plus a double compartment for the pilot, and two singles for the team. The main areas are thoughtfully divided between the business and pleasure of cruising. Thus the bar is roomy enough for lounging or entertaining, yet with a large apart galley for preparation of food, and an equally impressive direction and blueprint area for serious passage-making. Similarly, the helm position is set well to one side of the cockpit, allowing the rest of the space to be pre-owned for enjoying the sun and new air, while the decks are divided between sunbathing and water-sports areas, and sail-handling or main staying.