Light and fast catamaran, comfortable at sea and easy to live aboard.
4 double-cabins version, 2 bathrooms and a large cockpit. Interior fittings :
Sleeps 8 – 4 double cabins
- 4 double cabins, 140 cm and 150 cm beds
- 2 bathrooms, electric toilets and showers
- Large saloon, can take 8 people
- Chart table
- 2 spacious peaks fore
LOOPING Grand Prix type 56' catamaran, built of strip-planking between 2004 and 2006, according to naval architect Patrick Luscher plans. Engines
11 000 hours were necessary for this Looping 56' to be built by her current owners.
No compromise was made upon structure sturdiness. So the hulls are of red cedar/epoxy strip-planking, with fiberglass textiles and kevlar below the waterline.
The bulkheads and box beams are of plywood and laminated.
The wide surfaces of the nacelle and cockpit floors were vacuum made. The roof and decks are of PVC foam/plywood/fiberglass sandwich.
The axis beam (bowsprit), also vacuum made, is reinforced with carbon.
On the other hand, inside fittings were built as light as possible (5 mm to 10 mm plywood or sandwich).
Engine rooms are large, independant and separate from the cabins.
No additional lining makes the boat ligther and the maintainance easier in tropical area.
The smooth global design, efficient and well integrated appendices (NACA profil), low on the water side shell design and the important curvature of the deck, help to reduce material amount and then weight, and at the same time they give the boat a high rigidity, enhancing her efficiency through both air and water, as well as her solidity.
Unwater parts are very taut ; round to fore and flattening aft to ease downwind, favor the rudder's efficiency, block the pitching and secure a good bearing in the cockpit . The nacelle is short for good weight distribution. The very round farefoot is high above water to ease changes of tack, reduce spindrift and especially potential bump with a floating item.
So sailing performances and comfort are guaranteed right from the buliding.
To sum it up, this Looping 56' is neither fancy nor over-fitted, but closer to sea and to her crew, offering
steering pleasure, easy manover and very nice average speeds.
2 x 40 HP Lombardini, shaft Sloop rigging
2 x 200L gasoil tanks
2 KIWIPROP folding tri-blade propellers. 2 spare 2-blade propellers
The engines were dismounted in 2012 and serviced : timing belts were changed, exchangers, pumps were revised, painting was made.
Main sail 79 squ. meters, of high resistance Dacron, double fold, full-battened, 3 reefing lines Anchorage
Spoon-shape boom, for easy main sail haul-down
Solent 38 squ. meters, self-tacking
Storm jib, neon
Gennaker 89 m2 on furler
Electric GOIOT windlass, remote control at mast foot and at helm station Comfort
- main is FOB rock 32 kg + 80 m chain, 50 m mooring rope
- 25 kg Brittany
- Fortress light anchor
2 x 300L fresh water tanks, total 600L Electrics
50L hot water cylinder
90L/h 12V watermaker
4 burners stove + oven
Pressurized cold and hot water
Black water tank
2 showers inside + 1 deck shower
5kg washing machine
Numerous storage spaces
10 x 100 Ah service batteries, AGM (2012), total 1000 Ah Electronics
2 x 60 Ah 12V engine batteries
8 x 60 Wc solar panels with controler, total 480 Wc
2000 W inverter
750 W pure sine wave inverter
2 autopilots, fully independant : NAVMAN gyropilot and AUTOHELM Dinghy
Both systems has its own separate circuit, sensors, electropumps, and computers.
ICOM 706 SSB, tuning box, antenna
PTC-2 USB Pactor
Emergency beacon, with built-in GPS, PLB
Semi-rigid 3.5 m (11'5'') dinghy Additional
YAMAHA 15 HP outboard engine
Compensated rudders on fin Safety equipment
Removable sun and rain awnings
22'' screen, multimedia
Inside and outside speakers
3 complete sets of covers for the saloon, bed-linens for the 4 cabins
Diving compressor, medium condition, but works fine
Engine parts spare, tools
Numerous rope, fenders
Bottom-painted every year. Currently on the hard.
2 crash-boxes Main strengths
2 opening hatches in the bathrooms
8 people liferaft
Agreed for 8 people in A and B categories (offshore), 25 people in C (lagoon).
First hand catamaran.
Maintained with great care by her owners, professional seamen, living aboard all the year long.
Bottom-painted every year, she's ready for all kinds of navigation.
The ship was never rented without her owners aboard.