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Maxi Dolphin new 100’ FC3 100

Published in Navis April / May 2014
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Many yacht owners spend a lot of time researching naval architects, designers, and builders before choosing a company they can trust. The owner of Maxi Dolphin FC3 100, however, devoted an exceptional amount of time to creating the perfect team. That hard work paid off. FC3 100 is one of the fastest, most stylish, most sophisticated yachts in the world.

Creating the Maxi Dolphin FC3 100 Concept

When Finot-Conq started developing the FC3 concept, the designers knew that they wanted to build the world's fastest 100-foot cruiser. That's a lofty goal, so they turned to Maxi Dolphin to help make it happen.

Finot-Conq's design team created a hull design inspired by racing boats that have only the slightest hint of overhang. They then considered the advantages of adding double rudders and an 8.3-meter beam. This approach pointed the team in the right direction.

Maxi Dolphin had its own ideas about making FC3 lighter and faster. The builder chose lightweight composite materials that would make FC3 extremely buoyant and nimble in all weather conditions. Pre-pregs, nomex, and modulus carbon fiber helped make the 100-foot boat weigh a mere 52 tons.

The design and building team also wanted to make sure that FC3 could travel in all kinds of waters, including shallow areas that many yachts have to avoid. They found the solution in a 15-ton lifting keel that reduced the draft to 3.5 meters.

This was the foundation of a world class yacht that could travel quickly to practically any place in the world.

Staying Aboard FC3 100

FC3 100 has enough interior space for 12 guests and up to four crew members. The owner's stateroom takes up the entire bow section. The stateroom is decorated with white matte upholstery and contrasting ceilings that emphasize the furniture's originality. A glossy black carbon fiber weave also emphasizes the design elements while creating its own unique attraction.

The owner's head has a specially designed bathtub and shower seats made from carbon fiber.

Guests also get extravagant accommodations that make them feel comfortable at all times. Each room has its own unique features. One cabin, for instance, has one double bed and two pullman beds. Another guest cabin comes exclusively with a pullman.

She also has a spacious deck that doesn't show any rigging system. This creates more open areas where the owner and his guests can socialize. It also makes a clean space for racing FC3. Without rigging construction attached to the deck, no one could accidentally trip.

Even the cockpit has ample room for the captain and his crew to work.

Of course, FC3 isn't all about performance. She also offers plenty of beauty and fun. Her sleek lines run from the exterior through the interior, making her look modern compared to many other yachts.

By making the best use of space, the designers found that they could place the cockpit over the yacht's tender garage. This also made it possible for the transom to turn into a boarding or diving platform. Any guest who wants to take a dip in the sea can do so easily and safely.

Technical Specifications for FC3 100

Maxi Dolphin and its collaborators used some of the latest nautical technology to make sure FC3 100 would meet the owner's every demand. The sailing yacht primarily relies on North Sails. The upwind sail has a 690-square meter area. The downwind sail has a 1,400-square meter area.

The sail works in conjunction with a custom Cariboni hydraulic system, custom carbon fiber Isotop wheels, and a Lewmar 4000 windlass.

The mast and rigging were made by Lorima. Lorima says that FC3 100 is one of the most powerful boats they have ever worked with. That's an impressive statement from a company that plays such a key role in the world of sailing yachts.

FC3 100 also has a 272kw Yanmar 6LYA-STP engine for times when the weather doesn't cooperate. The engine gives her a cruising speed of 10 knots. A 300-liter fuel tank won't keep the engine working for long, but it's plenty for a yacht that primarily relies on its sails.

Guests have access to plenty of water thanks to a fresh water tank that can hold up to 2,000 liters. An Idromar 180 Lt/h water maker makes sure the tank stays full. FC3 100 also has 500-liter black water and 800-liter gray water tanks.

The captain relies navigation equipment developed by B&G and Raymarine. A custom Mastervolt 220V/24V electrical system, Msatervolt lithium batteries, and two generators from Fisher Panda gives FC3 100 the electricity she needs to operate navigational, communications, and interior systems.

It took a team of true professionals to build this 100-foot yacht. Maxi Dolphin gets a lot of credit for actually building the vessel. It's only fair to mention the crucial role that Finot-Cinq played in designing the naval architecture, structural engineering, and interior design. Pierre Frutschi Architecture and Design created the interior styling and Gurit played a key role in developing the structure that makes FC3 so effective.

FC3 is fast and gorgeous. It's not easy to meet the demands of an expert yachtsman, but this group managed to satisfy even the most difficult desires.

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Pablo Ferrero

Pablo Ferrero is the leader at the Navis Writing Team, other writers are Naty Frúmboli, Matt Thompson and Mechi di Paola. Our team has extensive experience in writing yacht reviews, articles for travel and sailing magazines and in the general yachting world. In Navis Luxury Yachts Magazine, we combine our knowledge and our love for sailing.