“Luxury Cruises: The Jeanneau Yachts 55 Wins the 2023 Design Innovation Award”
The Jeanneau Yachts 55 made history at the 63rd Genoa International Boat Show, winning the prestigious Design Innovation 2023 award in the category of sailing boats over 14 meters in length. This award, now in its fourth edition, is a prestigious recognition in the nautical world and has attracted the attention of sector enthusiasts and experts from all over the world.
The awards ceremony, held on 22 September 2023, represented the culmination of an event that celebrated excellence in sailing and motor vessel design. The independent jury, made up of national and international experts from different sectors, carefully evaluated every aspect of the competing boats to ensure a complete and transversal vision of their merit. And the Jeanneau Yachts 55 stood out for its exceptional innovation.
This extraordinary offshore cruising yacht was created by the renowned French shipyard Jeanneau, with a long tradition in yacht production dating back to 1957. Her success is no surprise, given that the hull design was entrusted to the famous Philippe Briand, the interiors were designed by the talented Andrew Winch and the finishes were created by the Jeanneau Design Office, a team of highly qualified experts.
The watchword for the Jeanneau Yachts 55 is innovation. This boat has embraced a bold and original approach in design, responding uncompromisingly to the needs of sailors seeking aesthetic perfection and comfort while sailing the seas. The entire vessel was designed to offer a unique sailing experience, centered on the owner’s well-being.
One of the most interesting features of the Jeanneau Yachts 55 is the integration of Seanapps technology on board. This system offers advanced features for controlling and managing the vessel. Seanapps is a clear example of how Jeanneau is at the forefront of combining tradition and modern technology.
The boat overall is 16.93 m (55.6 feet) long; Hull length is 16.09 m (52.9 feet); Waterline length is 16.05 m (52.7 feet); Maximum width is 4.99 m (16.4 feet); Standard draft (fully loaded) 2.55 m (8.4 ft) ; Low keel draft (fully loaded) 1.98 m (6.5 ft); Standard keel weight 4,900 kg (10,803 lb); Low keel weight 5,640 kg (12,522 lb); Displacement 18,542 kg (40,878 lb); Water 760 liters (201 US gallons); Fuel 230 liters (61 US gallons); Standard sail area 131 m2/1,410 ft²; Optional sail area 159 m2/ 1,711 ft²; Mast height 25.20 m (42.4 ft) Yanmar 110 hp engine; Cabins 3.
The internal owner’s area is the heart of this boat, occupying two thirds of the vessel at the bow. It is bright, refined and comfortable, offering an ideal refuge for the owner. It has functional equipment that makes the sailing experience pleasant and stress-free. The owner’s suite opens onto the forward cabin, creating a fluid and harmonious space.
The other two cabins, each with private bathroom, allow you to host friends and family in distinct and private areas, guaranteeing privacy and comfort. Both are accessible from the cockpit via two separate companionways, providing an ideal solution for on-board hospitality.
The exterior design of the Jeanneau Yachts 55 is equally impressive. The lines are modern and fresh, capturing attention with elegance and style. The deck plan has been completely revolutionized, featuring an advanced double cockpit of impressive dimensions. The stern area is dedicated to relaxation, with two dinettes that can be transformed into sundecks and a gigantic platform that opens easily thanks to a hydraulic jack, allowing effortless access to the sea.
At the front of the bridge, we find a double helm station and an external chart table with GPS display and autopilot control. This arrangement is protected by a large wraparound windshield and hard top that ensures exceptional visibility, regardless of weather conditions.
A peculiar feature that has certainly contributed to the success of the Jeanneau Yachts 55 is the innovative cockpit layout. Instead of positioning the twin steering wheels at the rear of the cockpit, as is common in boats, this boat has moved the relaxation area further towards the stern, creating continuity with the bathing platform. This innovative solution made the Jeanneau Yachts 55 unique and impressed the jury.
In conclusion, the Jeanneau Yachts 55 has proven to be a dream boat for sea lovers. With its innovative design, cutting-edge technology and attention to comfort, it has become a point of reference in the world of sailing boats. Winning the 2023 Design Innovation award is a well-deserved recognition for the commitment and creativity of the Jeanneau team in continuing the shipyard’s tradition of excellence. This boat is proof that dreams can come true for anyone who wants to sail the oceans with style, comfort and innovation.