The boat has been designed primarily for short-handed offshore competitions. It is an exceptional yacht, in terms of performance, quality and reliability. Therefore, every part of its building shall endeavor to save weight as much as possible – while keeping the costs at a reasonable level – yet retaining the necessary strength characteristics of a boat cruising far offshore with large loads due to sea or slamming, hence far within the requirements of Category A of the 94/25 EU RCD.
The boat is almost entirely made using carbon composites. It is fitted with an ~1600 kg water ballast on each side, which will provide large upwind stability when needed, and will also contribute to make the boat self-righting in the event of an inversion after having been rolled by a large breaking wave.
Self-righting ability : The angle of vanishing stability in IMOCA conditions is larger than 125°
Unsinkability : 7 independent compartments : aft compartment, main cabin, front cabin, front compartment, two water ballasts. When one compartment is flooded, the boat sinks about 27 cm, when 2 adjoining compartments are flooded, the boat waterline shall be located at mid freeboard.