CNB78, the first hull built in Italy Will Debut at Cannes Yachting Festival 2023

The new CNB78 is the successor to CNB76. It is an evolution rather than a revolution. The study of this 23mt sailing yacht follows the acquisition of the brand CNB by the Solaris Group in 2021. The yard and the designer Philippe Briand (responsible for naval architecture) have kept all the criteria of the ideal yacht for voyages:

  • The water-line length is less than 24 m to explore the coastal waters.
  • The ability to be managed by a reduced and permanent crew.
  • The forward owner’s cabin and the aft longitudinal garage.

The CNB78 combines the experience of CNB and the know-how of Solaris to create a modern and seaworthy bluewater yacht made to explore the oceans. The World debut will be at Cannes Yachting Festival 2023.


“We have designed the CNB78 following the tradition of all the CNB models we have worked on since 1985 and in addition we took advantage of the new group to propose something new and future oriented, keeping an eye on the new size limit of 24 meters for mooring in the Med”, says Philippe Briand. “Nevertheless the 78 is a brand new drawing. We introduced new ideas that were close to our hearts, following my personal and extensive navigations on the 76:
• The hull is new and has more volumes at the ends, like the latest racing prototypes.
• On the deck, the priority is the life-style of our customers facilitated by a cockpit with an «urban» design.
• Transparency is «key»: thanks to a glazed rear wall of the coachroof, the view of the living room is panoramic through 360°.

The aft section is the crew’s domain with a professional standard galley and a chart table all integrated in the immediate vicinity of a double cabin. The saloon is an extension of the cockpit; the glass aft bulkhead and the panoramic roof reinforce the feeling of freedom, enhanced by a subtle balance between wood, lacquered surfaces and textiles.

Guests will enjoy two double cabins of equal size, while the owner’s suite is worthy of a 90 foot yacht, occupying the entir e area forward of the mast. Her purposeful lines combined with a wide and powerful hull thanks to its two chines inspired by the world of ocean racing promise great performance.


I was particularly pleased that the Solaris group wanted to continue the specific style of the CNB’s that we designed and created for the 76: this is recognition of the remarkable success of this model“, explains the interior designer Jean-Marc Piaton. “The new range, and the 78 in particular, are in the same vein: both classic and innovative, resolutely contemporary, elegant, bright, comfortable and above a joy to live with. She benefits above all from the opportunities offered by her new hull, which has enabled us to achieve unequalled improvements in volume and perceived space, particularly in the forward part of the yacht.

CNB78 specs

Naval architectPhilippe Briand
Interior designPiaton Yacht Design
Length overall (with bow roller)24.85 m / 81’5
Hull length23.25 m / 76’3
Length with bowsprit24.85 m / 81’5
Maximum beam6.10 m / 20’
Draught (standard)3.50 m / 11’5
Light displacement MSC (approx.)47900 kg / 105 600 lbs
Fully battened mainsail area (approx.)160 m2 / 1722 ft2
Furling genoa area (approx.)144 m2 / 1550 ft2
Asymetric spinnaker area (approx.)470 m2 / 5059 ft2
Gennaker or Code 5 area (approx.)405 m2 / 4359 ft2
Fresh water capacity1500 L / 396 US gal
Fuel capacity2500 L / 660 US gal

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