The new VPLP-designed Outremer 52 is something of a natural hybrid between its enormously popular predecessor, the 51, and the more recent 55, expanding upon design innovations from the latter. It’s also a response to owner feedback, representing four key design priorities—performance, safety, quality of life, and simplicity of navigation.
Notably, Outremer designs its boats for customization, using modular layouts to make it easier to accommodate owners’ specific needs. A particular highlight of this approach is the 52’s “My Free Space,” a convertible cabin in the port hull that can be fitted with different layouts including a workshop, an office with bunk beds, a storage space, and a double cabin.
Outremer has borrowed structural technology from its sister brand, Gunboat. This has created a lighter boat for better performance, with more windows and open spaces, improving visibility and ventilation.
Lines can be led aft to the cockpit so crew can avoid going forward in sporty conditions. A standard single helm to starboard offers good visibility and control, while the option to put the helm lower in the cockpit will suit skippers who prefer a little protection from the elements under a bimini’s shelter.
The mast has also been moved aft for better performance, permitting a spacious lounge area forward on the bridgedeck. Several of the living spaces have been oriented for watchkeeping, including the salon bench and bar area of the cockpit, organically helping sailors stay on top of things.
“Outremer’s goal is to help each and every person, whether an experienced sailor or not, to attain their dream of sailing long or short term,” says Outremer CEO Xavier Desmarest. “The Outremer 52 is a manifestation of this, carefully designed based on the feedback from owners and friends of the brand.”