Latitude 46, a shipyard headquartered in the French island of Île de Ré, has collaborated with Peugeot Design Lab and Italian naval architect Michele Molino on the design of a new high-end sailing boat – the “Tofinou 97”.
Measuring 9.75 metres long, and created principally for daily sea trips, the new Tofinou 97 is styled to be both “sporty” and “aggressive” according to Molino, who was responsible for developing the sailing yacht’s overall shape and form.
The designers from Peugeot Design Lab, meanwhile, were specifically tasked with designing the bridge layout, including both the deck and cockpit.
“We entrusted the production of the boat plans to architect Michele Molino, who designed a more powerful and wider hull which promises an intense and controlled navigation experience,” explains Latitude 46’s director, Christian Iscovici. “The new hull made it possible to redesign the bridge. We worked hand in hand with Peugeot Design Lab to lend modernity, with a view to improving ergonomics and life on board”.
The design office at Latitude 46, which has previously brought in the expertise of famed designer Philippe Starck, says it turned to the French car manufacturer for its latest project because of a number of boat design creations conceived in recent years by Peugeot’s industrial design consulting division, for example, the control deck Sea Drive Concept in 2017 as well as the Concept Yacht study (for a 30-metre sailing boat) back in 2012.
“Peugeot designers drew a balanced, pure and obstacle-free bridge. Its forms and surfaces are simple and elegant,” says Iscovici regarding Peugeot’s contribution to the Tofinou 97, which will be delivered to initial customers next month.
The general public, on the other hand, will get their first look at the new craft later on in September at the Grand Pavois Show that is to be held in the French port city of La Rochelle.