Yachting Monthly visits Boot 16 in Düsseldorf, Europe’s largest boat show, to see the new Django 9.80
This thing looks like huge fun. Designed by Mini Transat 6.50 designer Pierre Rolland, who has worked with Brittany-based builder Marée Haute before on previous Djangos, it follows the powerful delta-shaped path and, with twin rudders, I’d expect it to be easy to sail and very quick. Below the waterline you have a choice of fin, twin or lifting keels, which offer 1.95m, 1.55m and 1.1m/2.4m draught respectively.
At the bow, this model sported an offset carbon sprit for offwind sails, a bow roller and a windlass feeding into a chain locker forward. Good moulded toerails run from bow to stern but, other than the split shrouds, I can’t see much to grab.
In the cockpit her family-friendly design dictated that the traveller is aft of the twin tillers, out of harm’s way, and there’s a wedge moulded into the cockpit sole for bracing feet in this wide cockpit. Stowage is in two full-depth quarter lockers and will be even better in the standard two-cabin version.
Down below, there’s standing headroom for those just under 6ft at the base of the companionway, a small galley to starboard and a heads to port. Aft of the heads is a small nav station and aft again, the smaller of the two double cabins (it’s a technical area on the two cabin layout). The saloon has a fixed table with two leaves and a V-berth forward with a fabric ‘door’. The windows, particularly the huge one on the forward coachroof, ensure plenty of light below.
Does she justify what seems to be a fairly punchy price tag? Build quality looks pretty good (though I wondered about that as the sole boards creaked beneath my feet) but you’d need to sail her to decide that, that’s going to be her strongest suit. And that will mean a trip to Brittany as there’s no UK dealer – yet!
Who would she suit?
A young family that likes sporty shorthanded sailing would love this boat. I bet it’s an absolute hoot to sail.
Price as seen, around €180,000 inc VAT (Around £136,872 inc VAT)
LOA 9.8m 32ft 2in
LWL 9.8m 32ft 2in
Cabins 2/3 (if a cabin can have a fabric door…)
Beam 3.6m 11ft 10in
Draught 1.95m 6ft 5in (there are twin and lift keel options)
Displacement 3,300kg 7,275lbs (for fixed and lifting keel, 3,600kg 7,936lb for twin keel)
Contact Marée Haute
Tel +33 7 88 21 68 61