Designed as a Two Tonner (34.5ft IOR), Ribadeau-Dumas is reported to have commented on characteristics of the 44 foot Val Maubuee as being a yacht with a narrower underwater shape than her competition, and over a foot longer on the waterline. This was meant to increase performance in lighter winds and downwind in fresh conditions.
The yacht had a very narrow stern and was very flat at the BMAX station, with an angular deck plan that allowed crew weight leverage to be maximised within the constraints of the Crew Stability Factor component of the IOR, and enabled the spinnaker clew sheeting points to be located further outboard. A curved sheerline was designed to reduce windage, but Ribadeau-Dumas acknowedged the debatable aesthetics of the end result. Another unusual feature was the rudder, hung directly under the skeg, supposedly to give better leverage in normal conditions. The skeg then ran all the way to the transom, while a small step provided support for the backstay.
The cockpit was deep and exceedingly wide, with two hatches behind the helm position and located above the navigation station, with a short mainsheet traveller further aft.
|The tortured deck lines of the curious Val Maubuee (photo Ian Watson)|
|Under sail in her favoured light airs, but Val Maubuee failed to impress in any conditions. Note the unusual extension of the skeg to the transom|
|A view of the aft sections of Val Maubuee (photo Ian Watson)|