July 13 2022
The concept of the new Jeanneau Yachts 55 was based on a central question in the specifications that the teams from the naval architecture firms Philippe Briand, Winch Design and Jeanneau Design had to answer, and which is a nagging question at Jeanneau: how to offer more space aboard a 55-foot sailboat, while maintaining its length, in order to offer more functionalities on an owner's boat?
In fact, answering this question meant imagining a revolutionary layout, halfway between that of a monohull sailboat and that of a catamaran, making it possible to reconcile the sensations under sail of a monohull with the volume and many of the functionalities of a catamaran.
The Jeanneau shipyard had already taken this approach a few years ago with Philippe Briand on the Sun Loft, a brilliant unit, designed for certain charter companies, and which already allowed us to dream of its more luxurious version, aimed at a couple of owners who love ocean sailing, in the greatest safety and comfort, with the performance and luxury of a Jeanneau Yacht.
In order to square the circle, Jeanneau has totally rethought the deck plan of this new luxury yacht, by moving the two steering wheels to the middle of the cockpit, and inventing a sort of full-width central cockpit where all the maneuvers can be performed! Gone is the traditional bathtub of the central cockpits, squeezed between the side decks in the Hallberg-Rassy style!
This choice of layout logically frees up the entire stern of the Jeanneau Yachts 55, to be used for lounging, sunbathing and dining, all communicating directly with the sea at anchor and the tender garage.
In front of the two helm stations, protected by a strong arch and a bimini, there are two lateral companionways - catamaran style - to 2 beautiful VIP cabins on port and starboard, as well as a dining area on starboard, perfectly sheltered, and a chart table in the direction of travel on port. This chart table on the deck should really seduce, as it is directly inspired by the catamaran world.
From this perfectly protected deck saloon, you can access the interior of the Jeanneau Yachts 55 saloon, which, once the chart table is removed, should offer an incredible volume, between the lounge area on the port side and the starboard side kitchen. The first sketches of the interior style suggest a modern, sober and tasteful design, dear to Jeanneau Yachts. Note the peripheral furniture which seems to be suspended, by a withdrawal of its legs, of the most beautiful effect.
The owner's suite, positioned forward of the saloon, with its door off to starboard, guarantees the privacy of its occupants, even when it is open. The large bathroom is a very practical separation from the skipper's cabin in the forepeak.
The layout of the Jeanneau Yachts 55 offers extraordinary habitability on a 55-foot monohull yacht, creating living spaces that do not exist on traditional yachts.
The space separating the 3 cabins offers true intimacy to each person, and could even give sailing enthusiasts a desire to sail, or even to bring back to the monohull, catamaran enthusiasts!
One of Jeanneau's objectives?