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Press Release: DOUCE FRANCE for sale

Unique opportunity to become the owner of luxury sailing catamaran Douce France

Antwerp, 6 October 2020 -- With her 138 feet (42.2 metres), Douce France is the largest schooner sailing catamaran in the world. EXMAR Yachting has the honour to introduce this elegant and sophisticated catamaran to potential new buyers: a unique opportunity, as she is being offered for sale for the first time in over 15 years.

Douce France for sale

Douce France is designed for adventure and graces the tropical blue waters with her gentle yet impressive appearance. Built by specialist Alumarine and designed by world-renowned naval architects and multi-hull specialists VPLP, she is an elegant, sophisticated and sexy catamaran. Her shallow draft allows you to set sail to unspoiled places, and her sleek lines mean that she can achieve high speeds under sail.

Refitted in 2015 and with continuous upgrades since (including just this year), she is incredibly well-maintained. Guests appreciate her spaciousness, yet warm and intimate feel. With her large deck spaces and six air-conditioned staterooms comfortably sleeping 12 guests, Douce France’s layout is perfectly catered towards hosting large groups or families.

Douce France a vendre

Built in 1998 by Alumarine, Douce France is designed for adventure. With her latest refit in 2015, the well-maintained schooner can achieve 13knts speed under engine thanks to her new main engines. Newly installed feathering Maxprop propellers improve the ship’s performances even more. The new headsail furlers and renewal of the running rigging, including the lazy jack system, are part of the recent upgrades. Her shallow draft and fine line on the water means she allows you to set sail to discover the world's most beautiful and unspoiled places. Douce France’s sleek lines reveal just how fast she is.

Her latest upgrades include 3 new silent Kohler generators, new headsail furlers, autopilot and the latest VSAT satellite connection. These upgrades, combined with great maintenance, makes her readier than ever for long and off the beaten path adventures.

Douce France has been under EXMAR Yachtings professional technical management since 2004. This means the new buyer has the unique opportunity to receive years worth of information and insight about her history, specifications as well as previous itineraries. She’s proven to be very popular on the charter market, a potentially interesting feature for her new owners.



Douce France is built and designed according to the highest standard of luxury in the yachting industry. Designed by world-renowned naval architects and multi-hull specialists VPLP (Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prevost), known from designing racing trimarans such as Oracle’s America’s cup winner, the Groupama’s and the Hydroptere, as well as IMOCA’s, but also yachts ranging from many Lagoons to world class ones such as Hemisphere and Douce France herself, of course.

Douce France largest sailing schooner catamaran

Douce France is an elegant, sophisticated and sexy catamaran. Her length of 42.2 metres and the 15.4 metres beam have given her the nickname ‘the gentle giant’, though gentle isn’t the only way to describe this spectacular schooner. One thing is safe to say: she is sure to leave anyone who sees her impressive yet elegant appearance in absolute awe.



Douce France’s interior is the essence of elegance. With Mahogany and Rosewood exuding a luxurious charm, she offers a warm and intimate feel. Guests appreciate her spaciousness: with her large deck spaces and six air-conditioned staterooms, Douce France’s layout is perfectly catered towards hosting large groups or families.

Douce France interior

A total of 12 guests may be accommodated in the similar-sized, spacious staterooms. All six rooms have an en-suite and are convertible, offering the option of either a queen double or a twin single bed arrangement whilst leaving sufficient space for a convertible desk or dressing table.

The galley, situated below deck, leaves room for a spacious saloon. This incredibly generous saloon has a private office space and library to enjoy. The wooden floors are smooth to the touch, creating a warm and inviting feel throughout the interior.

As Douce France has incredibly spacious decks, guests have a choice of multiple lounge areas where they can wine and dine, enjoy a cocktail or simply sit back and relax. There is the spacious cockpit, pleasantly shaded by the overhang of the flybridge; the flybridge itself, perfect for enjoying a cocktail while observing the captain; the intimate lounge to retreat to on cooler evenings; the aft deck, where you can dine under the night sky in the warm breeze; and the trampolines, which lend themselves as an exquisite sunbathing area while enjoying the refreshing ocean spray.

Douce France convertible bedrooms 1  Douce France convertible bedrooms 2


Douce France has plenty to offer to active guests. With a large selection of water sports equipment, you can enjoy a range of activities such as water-skiing, kayaking, sailing, fishing and windsurfing. She also has all the diving equipment to explore life below the waterline. The large, hidden swimming platform drops below the waterline, allowing you easy access back on board.

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Kind regards,

The EXMAR yachting team