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Design 1074 - Friendship 78

Design 1074 - Friendship 78

The Friendship 78 represents an evolution of the highly successful keel / centerboard Friendship 75 ISABEL designed by Ted Fontaine and launched in New Zealand in the spring of 2010. The new Friendship 78 is similar to the Friendship 75 in that this design has ample beam which optimizes the form stability. When combined with the flared bulb keel, the design is capable of carrying a tall and powerful sail plan and thereby maximizing sailing performance.  This hull shape is also proven to provide additional lift which is further enhanced by the deep retracting centerboard making the 78 a proven sailing machine.

The design brief for the new 78 mandated that there be a separation of guest and crew with the crew having private quarters forward of the main salon. The requirements of the “crew forward’ concept dictated a slightly longer waterline than the existing 75’ design

On deck the two designs are nearly identical except for the addition of a price aft cockpit with is accessible from the aft owner’s cabin.

Below decks the owners living accommodations are intentionally joined with the living space of the open forward pilothouse.  Rich, warm, satin finished raised panel mahogany joinery, complete with detailed bull nose fiddle edges throughout, provides a classic yet serene refuge from the elements above. 


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