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CNB Pro, enjoying strong demand for commercial passenger boats

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CNB Pro, enjoying strong demand for commercial passenger boats

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CNB Pro, a department of Bordeaux-based yacht- and boatbuilder CNB, builds passenger boats for commercial operators. CNB Pro has been particularly busy of late. In early May, the department delivered five passenger boats to UBA, an operator based at Arcachon bay on France’s Atlantic coast south of Bordeaux. These boats are 14.15 metres in length for a beam of 4.56m and carry up to 49 passengers. Powered by a pair of 280-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 engines, they offer a top speed of 18 knots and, thanks to advanced automation, can be operated by the captain unaided. Designed by naval architecture bureau Clyd, these semi-planing composite monohull boats recall the lines of earlier generations of passenger boats that plied Arcachon bay.

 

The first-of-type Akubra for Arcachon-based operator UBA (© Nicolas Claris for CNB Pro)

The first-of-type Akubra for Arcachon-based operator UBA (© Nicolas Claris for CNB Pro)

The Akubra, on Arcachon bay, operated by UBA (© Nicolas Claris for CNB Pro)

The Akubra, on Arcachon bay, operated by UBA (© Nicolas Claris for CNB Pro)

 

Third boat for Nave Va

Meanwhile, CNB Pro is completing the last of three boats for Corsica-based operator Nave Va, purchaser of six vessels over the last 15 years. The first two parallel hybrid propulsion CNB Pro20s, the Andréa and the Chjara Stella, were delivered in March and June 2016. The third will be launched later this month. With a length of 19.95 metres and a beam of 5.8, the aluminium-hulled CNB Pro20 was designed by naval architecture firm Bureau Mauric to carry up to 138 passengers with a crew of