Chateau Branaire

  • 2
  • 1990
  • German Frers
  • CNB
  • Aluminium
  • 26.50 m / 86’11’’
  • 6.80 m / 22’4’’
  • 3.10 m / 10’2’’
  • 85 t / 185,425 lbs
  • 19 t / 41,895 lbs
  • Ketch
  • 363 m² / 3,906 sq.ft


For this 87-footer designed for a French owner with close links to the development of CNB, we collaborated once more with Germán Frers.A little shorter than Mari-Cha II, Château Branaire was also a change of programme, as she is mainly operated for charter.This role explains the choice of the ketch rig, the only one in the history of CNB.The system is dated but its advantages are known and real:a subdivided sail plan, with more modest surface areas to handle, balance by adjusting the mizzen and the headsails arranged in a cutter rig with yankee and staysail…In conjunction with a highly symmetric hull with long sheers, the combination delivers comfort and an exceptional sense of safety offshore.
Built entirely of aluminium, Château Branaire is a very welcoming yacht, with her guest cockpit between the two spars, totally devoid of deck fittings.The coachroof, with its vertical sides at the forward end, extends into a coaming aft to enclose the helming cockpit with a single stroke of the pen, characteristic of designs by the Argentinian naval architect.The interior is quite classic, with an innovative treatment of the chart table. Arranged in a half-cylinder at the foot of the aft companionway, it ends in a cone at the coachroof towards a circular hatch, forming a light well.The overall effect, studded with dials and switches, was very impressive at the time!