FIGARO BENETEAU 3, a foiling hull, a deep keel, a slender sail plan.


NAVAL ARCHITECT : Van Peteghem – Lauriot Prevost

The Figaro BENETEAU 3 is the first production foiling one-design monohull ever to be designed. A distillation of technology and innovation, it results from a collaboration between group BENETEAU’s best experts and the Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) office, the architects of the two last boats to win the Vendée Globe.

The specifications define the FB3 monohull as being as reliable as its predecessor, the FB2.  It is equipped with foils, a better performing ballast-free hull, a more slender and deeper keel, a setback mast and a more extensive and larger sail plan.
Contrary to Imoca 60 foils, the FB3 foils will have an inward-facing profile. The way they operate is different. They are versatile foils that create drift reduction and improve the boat’s righting moment, without increasing the movement, which improves the boat’s performance. Deep, with a straight blade, it creates minimum drag. Supplementary drift reduction is provided by the foils.

Similar to the Imoca 60s, the mast is set back, providing balance under sail. This allows the use of high performance sails and the addition of a bowsprit. Solo sailors will sail with a square-top mainsail, a genoa and a jib, but also a masthead spinnaker (105 m² (=125 yd²) to gain speed in a light breeze) and a small gennaker.

Mainsail area: 39.5 m² (420 ft²)

Jib area: 30.5 m² (323 ft²)

Large spinnaker area: 105 m² (125 yd²)

Gateway to professional single-handed and double-handed regattas The Figaro Beneteau 3 also offers young crews the opportunity to train at a high level with the Tour Voile and the various selection courses.
For an confirmed amateur, it is a boat that offers exhilarating sensations, gliding across at more than 15 knots and maddening the counters under spinnaker. It allows you to sharpen your settings and your handling of the boat.
It’s also a strong vector for the image of a sponsor company, staying within budgets that have no comparison with those of the Class40s or the IMOCAs.