Designer : Philippe TOURNIER  
Length overall14,93 m14,93 m
Length at waterline14,83 m14,83 m
Width 8,60 m8,60 m
Draft -0,90/2,60 m0,60 /2,60 m
Weight on cruising conditions Show
Free board height1,70 m1,70 m
Height under deck beam2,10 m2,10 m
Height in hulls2,00 m2,00 m
Carbon rotating mastOKOK
7/8 th riggingOKOK
Mast height 20,20 m21,20 m
Mast surface9 m²9,30 m²
Active length of the profile19,80 m20,80 m

SAILS (Top-of-the-range)

Incidences La RochelleIncidences La Rochelle
Square headed mainsail102 m²113 m²
Hydranet genoa60 m²65 m²
Breeze staysail (on low stay)40 m²44 m²
Mylar head genoaen tête (free sent)90 m²99 m²
Triradial spinnaker(on hounds)160 m²160 m²
Triradial spinnaker (on head)200 m²200 m²
Asymmetrical spinnaker (on head)153 m²153 m²
Sailing area at close hauledShow
Sailing area at close hauled in light breezesShow
Note : a racing boat runs at 60 m²/Ton
VOLVO brand2 x 40 HP diesel saildrive2 x 40 HP diesel saildrive
LAYOUTaccording to versionaccording to version
CERTIFIED ORGANISME.C.B. (European Certification Bureau) Volendam (Netherlands)
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Designed for fast cruise and well-fitted for deep-sea sailings, the FREYDIS has, to a great extend, inspired the SOUBISE 49’.

To upgrade the catamaran in SOUBISE 49’ we hat to take into account the circumnavigations and the several ocean crossings sailed by the different owners of FREYDIS. We had to increase:

- speed in light winds
- in the wind with all sails
- in the wind with reduced sails

This imposed an increase of the stability by bringing beam and comfort when sailing with an increase og the height of the birdgedeck which is now 1 meter above the waterline, so the width of the boat increase and the creation of paneled shells bring a huge capacity volume. The new same-level cockpit with direct access from the scoops offers a huge living area sheltered by the top.

Omegas, paneled shells, floors and shapes resistance are used to accept more stress and allow to these boats sailing well plenty of miles and aged better.

Of course, the sails area changes – the Cruiser version of the SOUBISE 49’ keeps the experience of the Gifi and others 49’ and the sails area is around 171 m², that is to say 20,11 m²/Ton in standard wind and 201 m² in light breezes, that is to say 23,60 m² /Ton.

For the new Racing version of the SOUBISE 49’ fitted with a very light layout, the sails area is 187 m², that is to say 25m²/Ton in standard wind and 221,3 m² in light breezes, that is to say 29,5 m²/Ton.

Even if we are far from the 60m²/Ton of racing boats, the SOUBISE 49’ with such sails, 23.60 m²/Ton (or 29.5 m²/Ton Racing version) will be excellent in light breezes, which will increase average speeds and save gasoline.

To carry these sails, the carbon rotating mast is keeped on the SOUBISE 49’ for its strength, its efficiency and its simplicity. The boom is still fixed on mast support to avoid parasitic pressure on the profile. The well-adjusted profiled mast supplies well the mainsail instead of disrupt it on the windlass.

Conclusion : because of the rotating mast, we can win 8m² in some point of sailing and as much mainsail area, that is to say 16 m².

In strong winds, sailing only with the rotating mast and the storm jib is a great advantage


SAILS : the light big genoa is sent at the end of the rostrum as well as asymmetrical spis. The heavy genoa is on furler or better on « all or nothing » stocker ( not any dammage on 50 000 miles). The sataysail on furler provides the functioning in the breeze, it’s rigged on the rostrum which divides at the same time the net.

 This staysail is a great safety and makes easier the close hauled for a reduced team in strong wind.

 ENGINES : Our security experience bring us to suggest a minimum of 10 CV/Ton, so 2x40 HP engines for the Racing version and 2x50 HP engines for the Cruiser version, which allows to ensure every manœuvres in evey weather.


The boat will be offer in 3 versions:

 Cruiser version (skegs base and daggerboards): :

With its structural top to support mainsail sheet and to release the cockpit of all manœuvre, this version will be fitted with electrical winches on the roof and in front of the steering station but also on the top to help a reduced team to sail with technical helps (electrical winches).

 Fast Cruiser version (skegs base and daggerboards):

 Racing version (two daggerboards):

Deck layout with two steering stations sheltered behind the roof – mainsail manœuvres and travelers control on aft arm, forward sails on the roof and winches on every board (the mainsail sheet could return on the roof). The top is a comfort element and allows to put a huge area of solar panels. 

 Philippe TOURNIER

Naval Builder