A boat starts with a design brief, so what was the brief for the new CNB 66? ‘Put simply,’ explains her naval architect Philippe Briand, ‘I was asked to design the best semicustom 60ft production boat in the world’. But that wasn’t all. CNB’s stunningly sleek 66ft performance cruiser was to be the biggest yacht that could be easily be handled by a couple or family without the need for extra crew. It also had to be a capable, comfortable blue water cruiser that offers a good lifestyle for her owners and safe but exciting to sail. As for its appearance, the silhouette of the design was to be kept as clean as possible. Finally, Philippe has his own personal personal brief: ‘I’m a sailor, a boat has to look elegant’.
Construction Navale Bordeaux (CNB) was founded more than 30 years ago in 1987, based in a historic shipyard on the “right bank” of the Garonne River, south of the rolling vine-clad hills of the region’s wineries. The shipyard has produced many notable yachts. Its first, the 92ft Frers aluminium cutter Mari-Cha II, was an instant classic while the largest was the 117ft Hamilton II commissioned for Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan. For 20 years, if you wanted CNB quality, a one-off fully custom aluminium yacht was the only option. Then, about a decade or so ago, CNB noticed that its clients’ needs were changing so it evolved with them.