NDS Evolution – Long Island 85



This second unit has the main characteristics of the first Long Island 85 WindQuest, namely aluminium hulls and a superstructure made of composite and assembled by gluing. In their constant research for reducing weight, JFA Yachts paid particular attention to the masses and used advanced lightweight materials for the fit out. This allowed for a weight of only 56T for this 85 ‘aluminium cruising catamaran.

Equipped with a carbon mast and boom, this yacht has a sail design cut for performance. The hydraulic winches on the flybridge are adapted to manoeuvres with a reduced crew. The vessel’s exterior offers a large aft cockpit with a salon to starboard, a dining table to port, sunpads on each side, and a dayhead. In order to limit the boat’s overall weight, teak decking is not present except on the forward deck of the owner’s cabin, in the aft cockpit and on the flybridge. The cockpit is extended into the interior by a salon – a bar and lounge to starboard and a dining room on the port side. A navigation desk, up against the transverse bulkhead, connects the two spaces.

The flybridge hosts the exterior helm station and manoeuvring winches in addition to a salon and sunpads. This new Long Island 85′ has a planned circumnavigation going to the 2 poles! The flybridge and the cockpit can be fully closed off and heated and in this way offers a one and the same comfortable space to enjoy the sublime, but cold, landscapes of the poles.

Modern and extensive navigation, communication and audio visual systems allow for long stays on board.

A 16’ tender, behind the cockpit, is gracefully lowered into the water on a hydraulic Tenderlift platform. Numerous outdoor lockers store fenders and mooring lines, in addition to recreational equipment (inflatable SUP, Wakeboard ….). On this yacht, a large trunk mounted overlooking the rear platform stores 4 bikes and diving equipment.

In terms of sailing performance, the sea trials confirmed a high performance yacht… In Concarneau Bay, NDS EVOLUTION reached 11 kts upwind with 15 knots of true wind and 12 knots under gennaker at 90° from the wind. These performances are guaranteed to hold very good average cruises. The sails were made by the Incidences sailmakers in D4 to combine stability of form, lightness and longevity.

The collaboration with the firm Darnet Design brings a general ambiance reflecting the choice of homeowners with new materials. The interior carpentry is oak, contrasted by the contribution of walnut. The clean simplicity of the interior is livened up by the contribution of multiple cushions in vibrant colours.

The owner’s cabin occupies the entire width of the boat, with its corner seating area, panoramic view, private access to the forward deck, and abundant natural light! The port hull houses the bathroom of the owner’s cabin, a children’s cabin with 3 beds and a double guest cabin aft. The starboard hull also offers an aft double guest cabin. The forward part is dedicated to the crew with the captain’s cabin, a twin cabin, a large galley with crew mess.


Boat name NDS Evolution
Yard n° 26C
Year of delivery 2018
Type Sloop
Naval architect Marc Lombard
Interior designer Franck Darnet Design
Material Aluminium hull & Glass epoxy deck and superstructure
Length Over All 26,25 m
Water Line Lenght 25,47 m
Beam 11,93 m
Draft 2,24 m
Airdraft 38 m
Displacement 56 tons light
Owner and guest capacity 9 pers
Crew capacity 4 pers
Engine 2 x 380 Hp Yanmar
Genest 2 x 27 kW Onan
Sails upwind 370 m2
Sails downwind 485 m2


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Marc Lombard

Naval architect

Long Island, the new range of large catamarans built by JFA represents the ultimate achievement of our design office with their 25 years of experience in producing cruising catamarans for customers who demand more and more space, light and functionality. The challenge was to avoid compromising the performance while making sure the boat remained easy to handle. The most appropriate use of building materials and simple yet reliable systems have enabled us to maintain an acceptable loaded displacement. Digital simulation analysis allowed us to optimise precisely the hull lines and the shape of the appendages. The deck gear and the interior equipment have all been carefully selected on the basis of the best ratio quality/weight. The outcome is simple, efficient and seaworthy, benefiting from our depth of knowledge in the design of cruising multihulls that combine extreme comfort and high performance.

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