Yacht's History/Owner's Comments
The Atollvic shipyard is well known as a builder of luxury yachts and super yachts. In 2008, the shipyard received a grant from the Spanish government to enable it to build 2 steel cruising yachts - CARACOLA an Atollvic 66 and BICHABU an Atollvic 56. Both yachts were constructed and fitted out with equipment and materials of a quality normally associated with much larger luxury yachts.
This state aid enabled the Atollvic 56 to be built for a price of around €1.4 million but to be exhibited at the Barcelona Boat Show in 2009 for only €1.2m making her extremely price competitive with comparative yachts.
When I saw this great yacht, I started to negotiate with the Atollivic shipyard and I was extremely happy to be able to purchase the yacht for €900,000 in 2011 which was a great price.
Today the yacht is in perfect condition; it has equipment that is little used, such as a washing machine, printer etc.
Her current price is € 550,000 which is a fixed price, recognizing that the market is only interested in very good value.
BICHABU is a true bluewater cruising yacht, and not only does she look great, her steel construction is rugged and perfect for serious sailing.
After sailing around 2,000 miles, sometimes in bad weather conditions, I can say that the full form provides a stable platform, good sailing performance and the helm is light and very responsive.
All sail handling is accomplished from the cockpit and having done so myself, I can confirm that she is easy to sail singlehanded - in addition her not inconsiderable displacement of 31,000 kg, makes maneuvering in port straightforward as she is not blown around whilst docking as is the case with lighter yachts.
The highlight for me is the easy sailing as it is possible to set the plain sail in courses with apparent wind between 60 and 90 on both tacks.
Sailing with mainsail and gennaker (apparent wind direction with being 70 ° to 130 °) is very reliable - thanks to her quick response and accurate helm.
On a personal level, my previous yacht was a Beneteau First 45 (2008). A very high performance boat with agility and good speeds when at regattas. However, I wanted a yacht that was suitable for more extensive offshore sailing and it was important that the yacht was very strong and comfortable both at sea and in port. I sincerely believe that the Atollvic 56 meets all these requirements.
My experiences of sailing both these yachts have allowed me to write a manual of sailing which I hope are useful to other yachtsmen.
BICHABU is perfect for the yachtsman who would like to change direction and sail offshore in comfort and safety.