She is a French boat that we had actually never come across, and we are still the only one I have ever seen in the United States. The boat was drawn in the early 80's by the Etarn design group in France. Most of the boats were built at the Soubise Yard in France (they still make catamarans and other customized designs today). The original owner decided to use the French CNB yard that is famous for its Lagoon Catamarans. Being constructed a years later on, permitted for some new development in building that made her lighter and stiffer than her predecessors. Fiu is likewise the, only one I have seen, that is aft cockpit, sloop rig and setup as a family boat for 2 or more. Her lines constantly bring observers commenting on her pedigree.WELL STIFF, built and light: Displacement 20,000 lbs.Ballast 9500 lbs. Mast Height 54'These numbers tell a lot. You know the boat is developed with the weight in the ideal location when you look at almost a 50/50 displacement to ballast ratio. The deck is FOAM cored. Toe rail down is solid fiberglass with an additional longitudinal stringer midway down in between the bulkheads. The boat has actually a modified complete keel, with keel/transom hung rudder all the method aft for optional tiller steering. The swing keel enhances draft from 4'9" to 7'9". QUICK, STABLE AND QUIET: The short mast, boom and small head sail are proof enough of her quickly driven hull. The rig has all of the efficiency tweaks to make racers happy. There is a spinnaker and hair pole, but I have actually not made use of either. All the hardware is present to utilize them. We are constantly cruising in the 7 knot range and coming to a head in the 8's. I make certain with a racer mindset and new sails, she would be at the front of any PHRF fleet. For us, the small sail plan and easy speed, make it a pleasure to sail and a boat we have actually never ever felt unconfident with. The quiet originates from the great bow entry and the semi canoe stern that leaves a smooth, non-whitewater wake behind us. The stability comes from the near 15' beam. The folding prop contributes to her light air performance. The anchor chain is also saved just forward of the mast to keep weight away from the bow. CONVENIENCE, COMFORT, COMFORT: Fiu has been our house for 6 months every year. There are 3 staterooms, 2 double aft and 1 v-berth forward. A single huge head/shower with vanity area. All in fiberglass with easy gain access to for upkeep and cleaning. The galley has a large formed in dual bowl sink and integrateded dish drain area. The finest feature are the two deep and long seating locations in the beauty parlor. We have actually seated 8 visitors for supper and the long bunks make fantastic lounging locations when seeing or reading TV. Above the beauty salon, there are huge port lights to get rid of that normal down below sensation. Everybody who comes aboard, states the exact same thing when they come below, "This is huge!"The cockpit has a complete enclosure for all weather sailing. Hydraulic steering. All instruments are on the NavPod with easy gain access to at the helm. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 43' 0"Beam: 14'9"Draft: 4'9" & & 7'9 "board downDisplacement: 20,000 lbs. Ballast: 9500 lbs. Mast Height: 54'Engine: Yanmar 4Jh2-TE 4 cylinder diesel 62 Hp Hours: 3145Prop: 3 blade variable foldingShaft: 13/8" Stainless with PSS Dripless Shaft SealHydraulic SteeringBatteries: House: 4- 95ah AGM Starting:1- AGMFuel: 100 Gallon Steel TankWater: 2 - 40 gallonHolding: 28 gallonWater Heater: 11 gallon with 120V and heat exchanger for engine.Anchor: Anchorlift 1200 Watt high speed windlass CQR with 135' of 3/8" chain Danforth with 250' of nylonGalley: Force 10 - 3 burner stove with oven Coolmatic AC/DC refrigeration Edgestar 43 Quart Fridge/freezer Instruments: Raymarine Package for speed/wind/depth Autohelm ST6000 auto-pilot Furuno 1623 radar Standard Horizon VHF Alden AE900 Weather FaxDinghy: 9' Zodiak with 3.5 Hp 4 Cycle Mercury OutboardSolar: 120Watt panelWind: Twin 400W wind generators: 2010 Air Breeze, (Date Unknown) Air X MarineRecent Upgrades: Complete cockpit enclosure, bimini, dodger and sail cover 2014 Freshwater wash down for anchor 2014 Engine consumption valve 2013 Bottom Paint 2013 Asking Price: $132,000 USCurrently Cruising the Florida Keys. Makes a great villa for a boat or the winter to sail the world.Many more pictures available.Copy of In-Water Survey, from 2012, likewise available.