As early as December 2014, I had drawn the lines of this new Volvo in an attempt to grasp what this yacht had in store. The first thing that struck me was the size of her bulb, only 3.5 tons, close to the weight of those of the IMOCA 60s, while the VO 70s were tending towards double. The 20 centimeters of extra draft aren’t insignificant, but they don’t compensate for the stiffness of a 7-ton keel. IMOCA racing yachts are very light boats designed for offshore racing, they have 5000 liters of ballast for the breeze and a small bulb for the light air. The second surprise came when I searched for what the firm had learned from their previous design, Abu Dhabi. The design of this boat was quite radical, with a very curved bow, a wide waterline and a low bilge. The 65 retains vertical sides and a maximum forward beam, but has a very open V-shape from the middle of the hull.
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