Jeanneau brings a catamaran design brief to the monohull market with the new Jeanneau Yachts 55. The cockpit layout is unconventional, with twin helms moved forward in front of the main outdoor area aft, which is comprised of two dining tables/lounging spaces bisected by a clear path to the transom. Spanning the full beam of the boat, this area is meant to act as an at-sea patio. A second forward cockpit seating area before the helms can be enclosed by a full dodger, optionally extended to a T-top, which will provide good protection for the helm stations. These mid-cockpit helm stations also bring the helmsman closer to the companionway for safety and convenience.
A furling main is standard, and lines are led to the forward cockpit making it possible to manage the boat with two people. Sailors will appreciate the twin rudders and Sparcraft fractional rig.
Belowdecks, the design prioritizes the owner’s living space, with designers Andrew Winch and Philippe Briand aiming for a “private apartment” feel. An owner’s suite is forward with a queen-sized bed and a surprising full-beam head that, though narrower because of the bow’s taper, is still sizeable. To complete the main apartment, there is also a galley and salon. Guests will stay in one of two double cabins aft, each with ingress from the cockpit rather than through the salon as would be typical, making the owner’s “apartment” a truly private space. A small crew cabin is tucked all the way forward in the bow.
This boat’s unusual layout strives to emulate the space and livability features of a cat while offering the owner land-living comforts on the water. And while breaking with tradition always comes with risk, we’re willing to bet this innovative new design will turn heads.
LOA 55’8” (with bowsprit) LWL 52’6” Beam 16’4” Draft 8’ (other keel options offered) Displacement 40,880 lbs Sail Area 1,313 sq ft (main and jib), Engine: Yanmar Shaft Drive 110HP-81 kW
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