NDS Evolution Yacht

NDS Evolution by JFA Yachts (Long Island 85)

JFA Yachts delivered the second unit of the Long Island 85-series, christened NDS EVOLUTION. The first unit is the Windquest.

The exterior design of the Long Island 85 comes from naval architect Marc Lombard. The yacht is a lightweight construction with aluminum hulls and composite superstructure. Furthermore, NDS EVOLUTION is equipped with a carbon fiber rig and a performance sail design with D4 technology. The whole yacht comes with a displacement of just 56 tons. During the sea trials, the yacht reached eleven knots upwind with true winds of fifteen knots.

Photos: Benoit Stichelbaut / JFA Yachts

Darnet Design is responsible for the interior design that features lightweight furniture. The saloon features a 360-degree view, dining table, a helm station and a bar. In the hulls are three guest cabins, two crew cabins, and the galley.

The owner’s cabin is located on the foredeck (has the full-beam between the hulls) and features a panoramic view and direct access to the foredeck net. The owners’ bathroom has been placed in the port side hull together with the children cabin with three beds and a guest cabin.

The starboard hull has two further guest cabins, the galley and the cabin for a crew of two.

Interior photos: Bernard Galeron / JFA Yachts

JFA FC2 70

JFA Yachts: Finot-Conq Fast-Cruiser

JFA Yachts built a 22m (70 feet) fast-cruiser sailing yacht, designed by Finot-Conq

The fast-cruiser has the project name FC² 70′ – FC² stands for Finot Conq x Fast Cruiser. The design studio is very well-known for performance oriented sailing yachts.

FC² has an aluminum hull, a superstructure in glass/epoxy and a carbon rig.

The draft of 4.40 m provides a deep barycenter for a large sail plan for more speed. To spent time in smaller harbors and anchor bays, the draft can be reduced to 2.00 m.

First pictures from the launch

Exterior renderings


The interior uses a lightweight veneer of Zebrano. The owner’s cabin and a cabin for the crew is forward located while two guest cabins are at the aft.

A tender of 3.40 m can be stored in a stern garage. Sea trials start soon before the yacht will be delivered to her owner.

Main Specifications

Length over all:22.30 m
Length waterline:21.35 m
Beam:6.28 m
Draft (Lifting Keel):2.00 m - 4.40 m
Material:Aluminum (hull) and Epoxy/Glass (supertructure)
Engine:1 x 180 HP
Displacement:29 t (light)
Sails Upwind:370 sqm
Sails Downwind:485 sqm

Profile & Sailplan

fc2-70-sail plan
Profile & Sail Plan

Explorer Yacht Design JFA Arcana

38m Explorer Yacht Concept 'Arcana' by JFA

French yacht builder JFA Yachts presents 38m eco-friendly explorer yacht concept called Arcana.

Yacht designer Horacio Bozzo developed this explorer concept (exterior design) with Axis Group Yacht Design (naval architecture). Furthermore, Arcana has a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots and is powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system.

Explorer Yacht Arcana JFA
Arcana Explorer Yacht JFA
Explorer Yacht Design JFA Arcana

The project partners focused on an environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficiency yacht. In Addition, comfort is also a key feature. Less noise, vibrations, stability and dynamic position mode. At the stern is space for a 3-passenger submarine like the U-Boat Worx Submarine 3.

Main Specifications

Length over all:38.00 m
Length waterline:36.65m
Draft:2.60 m
Naval Architecture:Axis Group Design
Exterior Design:Horacio Bozzo
Concept:Hansen Marine Exploration Pte Ltd
Gross Tonnage360 GT
Main Engines:2 x 360 kW with 2 x Schottel Combi Drive SCD 200 Twin
Main Generators:2 Caterpillar 450 ekW variable speed
Cruising Speed:13 knots
Range:4,000 nm @ 10 knots
Construction:Steel (hull) and aluminum (superstructure)
Guests:10 - 12

JFA Yachts - 164' New explorer -fwd view

50m Explorer Yacht Project by JFA Yachts

JFA Yachts unveiled a newly styled explorer yacht design.

The design of the explorer yacht has been developed with Bill Dixon and the French interior designer Franck Darnet. This elegant silhouette with only 3 decks for the 50m of length permits the vessel to stay under 500 GRT.

This Explorer Yacht offers 4 guests cabins located on at the lower deck and a full beam master cabin forward on the main deck with private access to the foredeck. This large cabin has a bathroom with a bath, a wardrobe, and an office. The main deck proposes a large saloon with a dining area directly connected with the aft deck saloon. Another saloon is fitted on the upper deck aft of the wheelhouse.

Franck Darnet also proposes to install the master cabin on the upper deck instead of the saloon. This configuration allows for an amazing view and a private aft deck. The interior design will be modern with light oak furniture and panels enrobed in white tissue.

The outside area offers a large saloon on the aft deck with stairs to access directly on the fold down swim platform for bathing or tender access. In the aft lower deck, a gymnasium with bathroom will be fitted.
The forward deck is fitted with a large locker that receives the main 20’ tender. This large locker could be converted into a pool when the tender is launched. The foredeck will be fitted with another locker to house the crane and another one for a jet ski.

A small observation deck has been fitted over the wheelhouse to enjoy panoramic views.

Bill Dixon and his team have done a lot of work to ensure she is an energy efficient yacht with a great deal of autonomy. Aluminum was the chosen build material because of the impact on weight and maintenance. Equipped with 2x 1000Hp engines, this yacht should be able to reach 16.5 Knots top speed and 12.5 Knots cruising speed and to cover a range of over 4800 nm. The yacht will be equipped with zero speed stabilizers, high-quality air conditioning system and will be built with very low noise level targets.

This Explorer Yacht has been conceived to sail to remote areas. She will benefit from the large experience of JFA Yachts with reliable yachts such as Axantha I, Axantha II, Hortense, Rose of Jericho and Bystander. All these yachts have sailed intensively and already covered a lot of nautical miles including world tours.

Main Specifications

Length over all:50.03 m
Beam:9.97 m
Draft:2.50 m
Exterior Design:Bill Dixon Yacht Design
Naval Architecture:Bill Dixon Yacht Design
Interior Design:Franck Darnet
Materials:Steel hull and aluminum superstructure
Range @ 12 knots:4.800 nm
Cruising Speed:12,5 knots
Max. Speed:16,25 knots

Profile & Layout

JFA Yachts - 164' New explorer - Colored profile

JFA Yachts - 164' New explorer - GA Upper Deck
Upper Deck

JFA Yachts - 164' New explorer - GA Main Deck
Main Deck

JFA Yachts - 164' New explorer - GA Lower Deck
Lower Deck

JFA Yachts 41m Motor Yacht 135

JFA Yachts signs new Fit Out contract for a 41m Motor Yacht

French shipyard JFA Yachts signed a new contract for fitting out a 135' Motor Yacht designed by Overing Yacht Design.

The steel hull and superstructure are completed and awaiting the prefabricated interior designed by Michael Kirschstein. 30 % of wires and piping is still to be built and needs to be connect now.

The motor yacht accommodates 12 guests (inkl. owner) in 5 guest cabins situated on the lower deck (3 double cabins, 2 twin beds cabins). The owner suite is on the main deck and uses the full beam of the boat. 15 large windows offers excep'onal light to this large area of 80 square meter which corresponds to the area that can be found on 60m Motor Yachts. This suite contains the owner cabin, 2 bathrooms, a large dressing room and a saloon / owner office. The main saloon with dining area is situated a6 on the main deck and opens to the outside saloon and swim plaBorm. Woodwork of this 135’ is real- ised in american cherrywood.

This yacht also offers large outside areas including a vast flybridge with jacuzzi, bar and saloon. The 2 tenders are stored on the upper deck. The a6 swim plaBorm is easily accessible for swimming using stairs or for tender access.

Regarding technical aspects, the boat is equipped with Caterpillar engines they give 7 000 nautical miles of range at 10 knots and is equipped with an elaborate zero speed stabilizer for 4 wings.

This project will benefit from the expertise of new build yacht and superyachts such as Axantha I & II and, of course, Bystander.

The yacht will be delivered in 2015.

Main specifications

Length over all:41m
Beam:8.75 m
Draft:2.40 m
Exterior Design:Overing Yacht Design
Naval Architecture:Overing Yacht Design
Interior Design:Michael Kirschstein
Materials:Steel hull and aluminum superstructure
Classification:Bureau Veritas and MCA Compliant
Range @ 10 knots:7.000 nm
Engines:2 x Caterpillar 1100

Windquest JFA Yachts Catamaran

26m Catamaran Windquest by JFA Yachts

JFA Yachts from France delivered the first unit of the Long Island 85 sailing catamaran - the Windquest.

This fast cruising catamaran is the first of a semi-custom “Long Island” series. The hulls are aluminium-built while the deck is in a composite material. They have been assembled by bonding. This method has been chosen with the naval architect Marc Lombard, to save weight when keeping aluminum hulls.

This 85’ catamaran offers spaces and performs like a 100’-110’ monohull but with a reduced draught, more comfort and increased stability.

Fitted with a carbon mast and boom, her sail area is that of a high-performance sailing yacht.
The hydraulic winches installed on the flybridge are well-suited to maneuvering with a reduced crew

This yacht is equipped with 2 x 380HP engines and 2 x 27kW generators. At her economical speed, WindQuest motors at 8.6 knots for a fuel consumption of 21 l/h and can reach 12.9 knots at top speed.
The 16’ tender stowed aft of the cockpit is launched using an ingenious system comprising a retractable pole in the main boom. This is again a method of optimizing the weight without using a crane.

Numerous deck lockers allow the stowing of fenders and mooring ropes as well as all the toys (inflatable SUP boards, snorkeling equipment, wakeboard…). On this boat, a large garage opening on the aft platform has been provided for stowing 4 bicycles.

Outside, there is a large aft cockpit with a seating area on starboard and another one on port with a dining table, sunbeds either side and a day head. On WindQuest the cockpit can be enclosed using removable panels of a seethrough canvas.

The flybridge is the home of the outside helm and control winches, leaving room for a seating area and sun- beds.

Again in order to keep the weight of the boat down, teak decking has been used only forward of the owners’ cabin and in the aft cockpit.

The cockpit is extended inside by a seating area with a bar on starboard and a dining-room on the port. The helm station is set up against the bulkhead between the two indoor areas. The glass door aft, the large side portholes, and the front windscreen create a very luminous space down below.

A few steps on port lead to the owners’ cabin. The “must-have” on the Long Island 85! Stretching across the full beam of the yacht, this exceptionally large suite offers a superb view on 180°, never before seen on a sailing or even on a motor yacht of this size. A few more steps give access to a door opening on a private deck just forward of the owners’ cabin.

The Long Island 85 is available in 3 versions: 3 guest cabins and an office (like WindQuest); 4 guest cabins and 5 guest cabins.

WindQuest had her maiden voyage in southern Brittany and will sail along the coasts of the English Channel and of the Atlantic between London and Lisbon before heading for the West Indies in October.
This superyacht is available for charter and is scheduled to be in Europe and the West Indies the first two years, then in North America around the Great Lakes and in the West Indies the 3rd year.

The Long Island 85 offers more space and comfort than any yacht of her size.