Price Reduction – 2016 Black Pepper Code 2


Grabau International is delighted to announce a Euro 500k price reduction of the 2016 Black Pepper Code 2 ‘ARARA’.

Awesome Marc Lombard IMOCA 60-inspired offshore speed machine in full carbon with centreboard, water ballast, easily-managed rig-plan and benefit of comprehensive 2018/19 winter refit.


** Note LOA including bowsprit is approx 20.50m **

The flagship of the Black Pepper fleet, the Code 2 is the result of a design collaboration between Marc Lombard and Armel Tripon (winner of Route de Rhum multihull and an IMOCA 60 racer) to design an IMOCA 60 inspired offshore speed machine equally at home racing as she is to very fast cruising. Constructed in full carbon fibre with Axxon carbon rig, twin rudders, centreboard and water ballast, she is perfectly configured for racing and cruising duties on both sides of the Atlantic.

Recently passed in to her second private ownership and renamed ARARA (she was formerly named BLACK LEGEND 3), she has returned home to Nantes for a comprehensive winter refit in readiness for a trans-Atlantic circuit. With the benefit of a recent (October 2018) survey, with all advisories attended to within the refit, ARAYA represents a very rare opportunity to acquire what would almost certainly be the ultimate ARC line-honours boat, as well as fitting very neatly in the middle of the Mini Maxi class. With impending remeasurements for ORC, IRC, PHRF and CSA racing, as well as custom polars from Sailing Performance she should also be race-ready out of the box for 2019 adventures.

Specification highlights include:-
• Full carbon construction
• Centreboard keel with 1.70m to 4.60m draft
• 1,500 litre water ballast tanks to port and starboard
• Axxon carbon rig
• Harken winch package with powered winches
• Sea Recovery Ultra Whisper III Watermaker rated to 60 liters/hour – 2019
• Watt&Sea aluminium racing hydrogenerator rated for 600W output – 2019
• Full B&G H5000 instrument package with 3x Zeus plotters
• Sailmon system with colour mast repeaters
• Newly fitted satellite and WiFi communications package
• Full North 3Di sail wardrobe
• Tender garage
• 3- cabin, 2-heads interior layout plus crew in forepeak


“Black Legend 3 (now ARARA) is a Code 2 yacht made by Black Pepper Yacht and designed by Marc Lombard using a Imoca hull shape and construction system. Built in 2016, this daggerboard yacht, has been very well finished compared to other yacht standards. The boat has an ultralight displacement and modern interior.

At 2 years old, she has been used regularly for racing and cruising with already 2 Atlantic crossing. The boat has been aesthetically well maintained and is moderately equipped in systems, so is easy to understand and use. The deck and sail equipment is top quality.”


In accordance with the specifications, this sailboat is inspired by the Vendée Globe Imocas, yet she remains a pleasure boat above any gauge obligation. Nevertheless, for me, the chine present on Imocas was essential since it is the most efficient to decrease the main beam while keeping a correct width at the waterline, an asset for stability. The gravity ballasts are only useful for very long reaches and beats. But it could be useful to fill them since they mean losing precious places in corrected time. I should finally specify to those nit-picking about the 250-kg teak deck that this boat is a compromise designed to ensure a maximum pleasure both while racing and cruising. The elegance of this teak, such as the retro deckhouse is based on this art of living and the elegance dear to the shipyard.
Marc Lombard


Flagship of the Fleet; this beautiful unit is part of the very exclusive spirit of “Codes” by Black Pepper®; inspired by the latest generation hulls – oceanic racers Imoca 60 – it is intended for offshore travel and racing. Its silhouette and its charm result from the alliance of old and modern lines, the original signature of Black Pepper® (dog house, teak deck …). On board nothing is left to chance: ergonomics, maneuverability, equipment and luxurious materials, living space, cabins, bathrooms, garage annex, cockpit lounge, everything is designed to ensure owners, comfort, safety and autonomy.


Match a spicy, aesthetics-led brand with a gifted designer and the result is this sensationally cool Black Pepper Code 2 60-footer. Although she may not offer the minimalist, go-anywhere prospect of a Django or Pogo, Black Pepper’s latest creation is still a fast lift-keel cruiser. And she has more than her fair share of sheer panache.

Like the smaller yachts in the Black Pepper range, the Code 2 uses a traditional-style doghouse and teak decks juxtaposed with a very modern, beamy hull shape to arresting effect.

The slight reverse sheer appeals particularly – this is fast becoming a signature look for designer Marc Lombard.

Twelve of the original Black Pepper Code 0 daysailers are now sailing and racing, and the all-carbon Code 1 weekender launched last year. This new flagship Code 2 is a 60ft racer-cruiser, “influenced by IMOCA 60 designs,” says Black Pepper’s founder Michel Douville de Fanssu.

Despite her high-end luxury daysailer appearance, Douville de Fanssu thinks clients will be most interested in offshore racing. Presumably their pockets will also be deep enough to include top foulweather kit.

Black Pepper’s range is built in Nantes. The Code 2 is made in carbon epoxy sandwich and will weigh around 10 tonnes. Her 4.6m lifting keel helps provide the deep draught needed to support 410m2 of downwind sail area – plus there is 1,500lt of water ballast each side (the equivalent of having a rugby team on the rail).
Like the other French designs shown here, sheets are led to inboard winches, abaft the cockpit benches. So beamy is the Code 2 in the after sections that the central area between the rudder stocks lifts like the boot of a car to reveal a tender garage below.

Below decks she looks every bit the luxury weekend cruiser, including, notably, three heads.

Toby Hodges – Yachting World – June 2015

“Inspired by Imocas 60, a carbon monohull famous for being the fastest in the world, the new-born of the Black Pepper shipyard is fascinating. Designed for cruising and racing, this elegant sailboat successfully combines vintage and contemporary. But be careful, even in cruising, sailing and performance is on the menu. Proof is she won the first race of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez 2016 in real time with our reporter on board…

…Straight bow, taunt lines, reclining main beam, hard chine, carbon mast… at the first glance, the new-born of the Nantes-based shipyard is straightforward. This Code, the third of the family, is not going to fill the blanks on starting lines, in spite of her vintage touch of elegance, dear to the founders. In this case, a teak deck and cockpit plus a deckhouse as angular as erased. Thirty minutes before the start on this first beautiful day of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, the black mainsail and the fat head are hoisted by the electric winch. A touch of comfort unfortunately prohibited during the regatta…

…After four intense hours, the skipper and crew exploded with delight. Closely followed by a Swan, the Code 2 crossed the finish line first. In real time! Thus, shortly after her launch, this first copy of the Marc Lombard plan wins her first race. And reveals in the same time her penchant for speed and sea-keeping performance. But the ambition of this unit inspired by Imoca 60 goes well beyond starting lines, cannon shots and ephemeral laurels. This racer is also a cruising sailboat! As soon as we get back to the port, the unit turns out to be equally brilliant in this area. The Yanmar develops 110 horsepower… More than enough to propel this sailboat, who weighs less than 12 tons at full speed. Backed up by the bow thruster, the Code 2 slips like an eel between the pontoons to finish her race stern to mooring in a berth barely larger than her…

…Beyond the traditional cockpit, we discover under the sun this gigantic aft deck and its two areas: the forward part devoted to leisure with benches and table, the aft one for manoeuvring with its two helm posts and instrument panels. On two consoles stand the halyard and sheet winches located in the benches backrests. Nothing sticks out of the teak, except the essential foot restraints. Even the mainsail traveller is hidden within the floor. Aft, this quarterdeck overlooks the wake and is enclosed by a double-lifeline. It looks down on a fifty centimetres transom that opens up to form a pleasant swim platform.
According to her lucky owner, in cruising, four people can manoeuvre the boat in all conditions. Remember that the electric winches make the task easier…

… The hydraulic retracting keel decreases the draft from 4.60m to 1.70m…
… she is above all practical at sea and offers in addition all the space provided by the hull of an Imoca of nearly eighteen metres long. The offset port side saloon, with its light wood floor, offers a beautiful table surrounded by comfortable leather sofas. On starboard: a large kitchen spreads along the plating. In case of heel, the chef can rely on the backrest of the bench to cook at ease. It also features a handrail to ensure a safe passage to the forward full-beam cabin which accommodates a large double bed, head to bow, a small table with reading light and armchair plus a large Italian shower, insulated by a braided carbon curtain.

A spacious independent toilet completes the picture on starboard. In this marine and luxurious universe, a waterproof canvas wardrobe replaces the cabinet to ensure lightness. Finally, since we are on a real sailboat, the canopies features four hooks for the anti-roll fabric, just in case… The aft cabin on the left of the stairs is more stripped. No floor there, we walk on the hull. The berth along the plating is topped by a suspended bunk while the storage consists in voluminous lockers. Finally, the right of the descent opens onto a beautiful bathroom with shower and wc. An interior layout with a contemporary style, carefully designed for sailing, plus a deck plan elegantly combining the essential with pleasure, breath-taking sails with lines… undoubtedly, this Code 2 will fulfil the wishes of those looking for both the charm of cruising with the gratification of performances…”

Emmanuel de Toma – Yacht Class Magazine – Spring 2017

2016 Black Pepper Code 2 – Arara – Now asking just Euro 1.29m ex VAT – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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