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Jeanneau 54 boat test – a sturdy cruiser with hidden depths

  • Toby Hodges
  • June 24, 2016

This sturdy cruiser might look like a sun worshipper’s paradise, but she has hidden depths, says Toby Hodges after he tested her in a gale

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Powerful gusts dispersed plumes of spray from the bow, making the whitewater explosions appear even more dramatic as the Jeanneau 54 positively ripped through the seas off Cannes in March.

As we dialled downwind into the comparatively flatter water of the bay, as if on a wild fairground ride slowing to a halt, I gradually came to my senses, arms aching from gripping the wheel, ears ringing, rinsed out by the wind.

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The large motorboat chasing us finally caught up. Photographer Paul Wyeth was on the flybridge signalling us to go about, to head back out to sea – he wanted another chance at a great photograph with the fortified monastery as a backdrop.

Back upwind into a gale to repeat the whole thing again? I glanced at my two somewhat damp crewmembers, but met looks of unwavering enthusiasm. No problem, let’s go!

The Jeanneau 54 is a smaller sister to the 64 that launched two years ago and she shares many of the flagship’s features as she was drawn by the same superyacht design team of Philippe Briand and Andrew Winch. See our test of the Jeanneau 64 here.

One look at the deck configuration would lead most people to presume she is a hedonists’ yacht, one for the sun worshippers anchored in placid seas and warm climes. Indeed my first thought on arriving at the port that morning was that, with sunbeds on the swim platform and foredeck, this Jeanneau would quickly be out of her depth outside the harbour, where the waves were being shredded to white caps.

If ever there was a yacht that invites the proverb ‘never judge a book by its cover’, this is it. While the fleet of motorboats assembled for Jeanneau’s global press trials all remained moored stern-to in the sanctuary of the old port, the company’s sailboat product director
Erik Stromberg simply shrugged and said: “Ready when you are.”

His relaxed manner helped instil me with confidence in the boat. He has put enough miles in on large Jeanneaus to know they are deceptively manageable in a blow.

Into the teeth of a gale

I was surprised to note that none of those cushions were removed, nor in fact did any of them really move during our windy trial sail. And with furling sails, transformation time from at rest to full sailing mode is minimal.


With the equivalent of a deep reef in the in-mast mainsail and three rolls in the 106 per cent genoa, we power-reached around the Bay of Cannes, regularly at double-figure speeds. And it was really howling when we headed out to sea later that afternoon, where we met 35 knots and sharp seas round the back of the Lerin islands.

As conditions got a little spicy off the monastery, we spun the 54 around to return with the 1.5m waves – and bang, she absolutely powered up.

On one downhill run, we raised full main to sail full bore on a broad reach with the swell. At 12 knots this 17-tonne yacht starts to plane. When we slid onto a wave we could clock up to 14 knots. Not the sort of family cruising she is intended for, granted, but as a prospective owner I would be a lot happier knowing she could handle the rough stuff well, even when pressed.

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It is a testament to Briand’s modern hull shape that she remains in her comfort zone and is fun to sail. Although over-canvassed for the benefit of the photos, the 54 still demonstrated respectable behaviour and stability. There was quite a load on the wheel, but her hefty spade rudder gave reassuring purchase. I should have taken all this for granted perhaps, having tested the larger 64 during two days of Mistral.

Shelter for cruising

Then comes the pièce de resistance: when sailing the 54 in a stiff breeze, move forward from the helm to a sheltered spot under the sprayhood, take a seat on the comfortable chaise longue and it’s quite a different story. It’s like putting noise-cancelling headphones on during take-off. Peace and tranquillity is restored in an instant.

You could be fighting biting wind-against-tide conditions and still find comfort and protection within the calming embrace of this sprayhood. It has 6ft 1in clearance and, with, large clear panels, it’s a practical option that more than makes up for the relatively low cockpit coamings. And as the sprayhood extends far aft, you can leave the companionway open without fear of drenching the interior.

The winch configuration will certainly not suit everyone. From the helm you can reach the manual primaries, but not the mainsheet winches – and winches both sides are too close together and too far outboard to use comfortably manually.


Jeanneau looked at siting the primaries inboard, but chose this set-up because of its developments with Assisted Sail Trim (AST), a new system that automatically tacks sheets using electric reversible winches – so keeping winches out of the cockpit made sense. Electric winches and an autopilot might also ease the issues, but it’s a pity to have to rely on push button power.

Going forward there is no obvious way to access the side decks from the cockpit – it’s either aft over the primary lead, or a large step over the coaming from a cockpit bench. I was surprised to find how far forward on the boom the mainsheet attachment is. However, I was assured the boom has an appropriately over-sized section to cope with stress loads.

Jeanneau uses a bridle mainsheet system with a block on each side of the coachroof, which is sheeted back to the aft cockpit winches, an increasingly common method on large cruising yachts. “A traveller doesn’t have too much function on a large cruising boat,” reasons Stromberg. “What you do need to have is a very good boom vang to keep the boom down, though.”

Home from home comfort

Many of the design features of the Jeanneau 54 centre on providing home comfort. She really is an incredibly comfortable boat at rest. The decision not to have a tender garage means there are multiple areas to relax in, starting with a proper aft terrace.

I have ‘tested’ this terrace with a drink in the sun in flat seas in Italy and can report that its position so close to the water, with unimpeded sea views, is second to none.


This platform folds inboard at the push of a button with integrated space for the cushions to store neatly inside. The retractable davits are a smart solution that takes care of a tender up to 120kg, but it is an option that needs to be built into the hull structure because of the depth and reinforcement required.

The cockpit benches are among the longest you will find on a production yacht – a whopping 3.4m – complete with luxurious aft-facing chaise longue with drinks holders. Factor in the double sunbed on the foredeck, with its own bimini, and you’ll see a healthy nod to motorboat-style deck comfort.

The cockpit table is large, suitable for six or eight guests, with an optional coolbox in the forward end. And I like the way that, rather than waste the space underneath the table, Jeanneau has designed the liferaft stowage into the after end – an easy place to access and launch it from.

Options for the masses

Beware the optional extras – all those fancy cushions and home comforts come at a cost. The 54’s exceedingly alluring base price of €340,700 rose to over €500,000 (ex VAT) on both versions I sailed. The Cannes test boat had a Code 0, teak decks, electric bathing platform, sun loungers, cushions, sprayhood and bimini, plus instruments, wine fridge, washer-dryer, dishwasher, genset, aircon, flatscreen TV etc – more modcons than in most family homes, in fact.

There is a good reason behind this. Jeanneau wanted to make a simple, but smart base boat for charter purposes, but one that could be dressed up with options for private owners. One third of the 50 54s already sold have gone into the charter market, above the 20 per cent expected.

“This is basically the last size segment for charter,” Stromberg explains. “This kitted up is €500,000 – you can’t get a catamaran below that – but over that everyone moves to cats.” He tells me that the 54 has the dual task of seducing private owners too with a luxury feel. “There were cycles of boats [of various brands] built for charter in the past that had no spark.”


The interior of the 54 is light, spacious and inviting, especially compared with the 53, which has fizzled out of the range now. The high cockpit helps create generous aft cabin space and room for a deep sump and bilge – more akin to a raised saloon.

The layout is particularly versatile with options for two, three, four or even five cabins, the latter to suit the charter market. The forward cabin can be split in half lengthways with a soft bulkhead, and a Pullman cabin can be chosen instead of the aft heads. The owner versions with two or three cabins work well, by providing generous cabins and a good-sized galley.


The 54 has to stand out in a more competitive market place, however. “The goal was to do something on the level of the 64, but at one-third the price,” says Stromberg. The 17-tonne 54 is half the weight of the 64.

It is the largest Jeanneau to have an injection deck, which both saves weight and, together with a cored hull, makes for a noticeably quiet interior with little movement when under way.

“At this size owners are looking for overall value for money,” says Stromberg realistically. “It needs to be reflected in the product or they’ll go elsewhere.”

An aft galley


Jeanneau has taken many of the ideas used in the 64 and extended them to suit a smaller size. “We decided not to have an owner’s aft cabin option, but a VIP solution,” Stromberg explains. Jeanneau was attempting to make the 54 less multi-layered by doing away with a bridgedeck.

Before you think how spacious the saloon looks, remember it’s not sharing the central space with the galley on the test boat. This is the seventh hull built and the first with the aft galley layout, designed to suit requests from couples for two cabins.

The resultant galley, complete with all the stowage and white goods you could wish or budget for, is typically forward thinking of Jeanneau. It’s light and airy, with a large hull portlight, 6ft 3in headroom and plenty of worksurface. And it’s different – I’ve never seen an aft galley instead of an aft cabin on a production yacht before.

Unfortunately the step into the galley is a little too far aft, presenting a sharp corner on which to bang your head on entering. Angles and tight cabin entrances are some of the few negatives in the interior – I’d also like to see larger engine access panels on a yacht of this size.

By moving the galley aft, plenty of stowage space is gained in the saloon. There is also a full-size dedicated navstation to starboard on all layout options.

Forward cabin


A properly luxurious cabin, this has a big entrance with an island berth. A linen headboard, leather lining, carpets, leather panels on doors and dual blinds create a distinctive look.

Andrew Winch wanted to be able to sit on the berth against the forward bulkhead and be able to see out of the hull portlight – though it was a challenge for Briand in terms of structure to place hull windows so far forward.

But it does mean this cabin is a real selling point for the boat.


Jeanneau describes it as a ‘VIP cabin’, a term which sounds a little grand. It’s a good aft double cabin with en-suite access, a hull port and some extra headroom created by having no cockpit locker above.

It’s inviting, but marred by an entrance that feels too constrictive for this size of boat.



LOA 16.16m/53ft 0in

LWL 14.25m/46ft 9in

Beam (max) 4.92m/16ft 2in

Draught 2.24m/7ft 4in

Disp (lightship) 17,164kg/37,840lb

Sail area (100% foretriangle) 126m 2 /1,362ft 2

Berths 6-12

Engine 75hp Yanmar Saildrive

Water 724lt/159gal

Fuel 240lt/53gal

Sail area:disp 19.3

Disp:LWL 165

Price ex VAT €340,700 (£263,630)

Design Philippe Briand Yacht Design


Jeanneau is the all-rounder of the production yacht market. Over the last decade its models have consistently offered tasteful styling, good performance, high build quality and value for money. It’s the benchmark against which other production builders can be compared.


Some might argue she is a little over-engineered, complicated and heavy. But in my opinion that does not unduly affect her sailing performance. I won’t pretend the 54’s performance is electric, nor need it be. A modern Jeanneau is versatile, with the ability to continue sailing in as little as five knots of wind with the help of a code sail and to keep punching with a kindly motion through the heavy stuff.

The Jeanneau 54 has plenty of power, yet delivers in the full range of conditions. And with 30 knots of wind over the deck, it was great to come in under the shelter of that sprayhood and be totally protected.

So if being comfortable whatever the weather is at the top of your list, then so should this latest yacht from Jeanneau.

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Jeanneau 54 is a 53 ′ 0 ″ / 16.2 m monohull sailboat designed by Philippe Briand and built by Jeanneau starting in 2015.

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Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

Hull length 15.75m / 51.67’ Shallow keel draft 1,77m / 5.75’ Shallow keel weight 4 980 kg / 10,979 lbs Opt. Fuel cap.: 480l/127 US Gal Opt. larger water cap.: 964l/255 US Gal Opt. larger Yanmar engine: 110 HP

SAIL AREA: Mainsail (furling) 48m²/516 sq ft Mainsail (classic) 60m²/646 sq ft Genoa (109%) 63m²/678 sq ft Self-tacking jib 49m²/527 sq ft Code 0 108m²/1162 sq ft Asymmetrical spinnaker 197m²/2120 sq ft Standard sail area 111m²/1194 sq ft Classic mast sail area 123m²/1323 sq ft Dimensions from builder brochure.

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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 54 DS

  • By John Kretschmer
  • Updated: March 4, 2004

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Jeanneau’s distinctive new flagship, the Sun Odyssey 54 DS, was launched in France in the fall of 2002 with much fanfare and a bit of trepidation. “The company was looking to develop an elegant performance cruiser,” said Erik Stromberg, customer-support manager for Jeanneau America. “We wanted a boat with the hull volume to accommodate today’s system demands and cruising payloads, but it also had to sail well.”

The safe step would have been simply to scale up the successful Sun Odyssey 43 DS. Instead, the brain trust at Jeanneau took a risk. Blending the diverse talents of French naval architect Jacques Fauroux, Italian designer Vittorio Garroni, and Jeanneau’s in-house design department, they conjured up a striking new deck-saloon cruiser that marries the curvaceous deck lines of a sexy Italian motor-yacht with the long waterline and slippery underbody of an offshore thoroughbred. High freeboard and a maximum beam of nearly 16 feet created the volume necessary for a truly spacious interior. The result is an elegant performance cruiser, just what the company was looking for.

While the 54 DS design represents a leap into the future, Jeanneau continues to build boats the old-fashioned way. The hull is solid hand-laid fiberglass; it and the keel structure are supported by fiberglass over wood floors and stringers, which create a rugged internal framework. These individual floors are laminated directly to the hull, as are the primary bulkheads and the furniture facings, producing a rigid structure that can take a pounding. This time-consuming stiffening technique is in contrast to those that use molded hull liners.

The cast-iron keel is externally fastened with stainless-steel keel bolts, well spaced to efficiently handle the relentless load imposed on narrow-chord keel sections. The standard draft is 7 feet 6 inches; an optional 6-foot-6-inch shoal keel ups the ballast by nearly 1,000 pounds to 11,905 pounds. The balanced fiberglass rudder is supported by a beefy stainless-steel stock. A fiberglass rudder tube houses self-aligning bearings and is molded directly to the hull in lieu of a conventional rudder stuffing box. The deck is balsa-cored, both for rigidity and sound insulation; teak decks are optional. The hull/deck joint, which incorporates an inward hull flange, a small molded bulwark, and a handsome teak caprail, is bonded mechanically and chemically.

Last fall, I sailed Liberté, hull number 4, with owner Dick Gates on Narragansett Bay. From the dock, I noted that her sheer line was straight as a ruler, but the swooping deck softens the hard edge. The bow is nearly plumb, giving the boat a long waterline, and the design specs claim that the hull lines remain symmetrical to 15 degrees of heel. The aft sections are full. The 54 DS will be quick under most points of sail. The triple-spreader spar reaches 72 feet 2 inches above the design waterline (eliminating any thoughts of traversing the Intracoastal Waterway) and supports 1,431 square feet of sail with the standard furling mainsail and 135-percent genoa. The optional full-batten mainsail adds 139 square feet of sail area.

The 54 DS is nimble under power, and as Gates skillfully maneuvered us out of our tight slip, a few tweaks on the bow thruster made the job easier. The twin-level cockpit features double wheels aft. Whitlock cable steering is standard, and each binnacle contains molded consoles for sailing instruments. Engine controls are to starboard only.

The primary sheet winches are well placed on the coamings just forward of the wheels for easy helm access, and clever foot switches between the wheels activate the furling drum. The mainsheet leads aft to the starboard end of the trunk house. All other sail controls also lead aft through the coaming that supports the mainsheet traveler and a series of Spinlock rope clutches. Although it’s a bit of work and the loads can be heavy, the 54 DS can be handled by an experienced couple. One person aft steers and trims the headsail while the other person tends the mainsheet, traveler, and other sail controls near the companionway. Dick and I sailed aggressively in blustery conditions without much fuss. In fact, he told me that he often sails alone, a testament to his sailing skills, Fauroux’s forgiving design, and a reliable autopilot.

There is ample cockpit storage, including a dedicated life-raft locker that houses a lightweight valise-type raft and a propane locker that holds two bottles. Additional locker space is under each seat, and these lockers also provide access to the steering systems.

It’s a noticeable uphill step into the forward section of the cockpit, and this will take a bit of getting used to, although there’s a well-placed handhold on the cockpit table. Once there, however, this is a lovely spot to enjoy the ride. The seats are amply wide, and the seat backs are angled for lower-back support; there’s even a small bridgedeck to discourage green water from sloshing below.

A cutout in the cockpit coaming makes it easy to exit the cockpit. The side decks are wide and easily navigated, as the genoa tracks and shrouds are well inboard. The stainless-steel stemhead fitting includes double self-launching anchor rollers. The chain locker is almost ridiculously deep, but at least the ground tackle is positioned as low as possible, and an electric windlass is standard. Enclosed oval stainless-steel chocks, including midship leads for spring lines, will please the inspectors at the Panama Canal.

The standing rigging is discontinuous wire and includes double backstays. Stainless-steel turnbuckle covers are standard; they look great, but they trap moisture and hinder routine observation. ProFurl roller-furling gear is standard, as is a Marechal roller-furling mast. The nonfurling mast is optional. A quick-release inner forestay is optional. I’d recommend it strongly to anyone heading offshore; it’s the ideal way to fly a storm jib. (The chainplate is optional, too, if you might wish to add this feature later.) Harken blocks are used throughout, including at the mast collar and for the genoa leads, which are adjustable, even under load.

The main saloon is huge; in fact, it will require careful maneuvering to make your way from the companionway forward when at sea, but fortunately, there are full-length overhead handholds. The designers have maximized the beam by pushing the interior components outboard. The result is an airy, spacious saloon with sumptuous settees and elegant chairs rimming a lovely teak table to starboard and a minibar to port. The trade-off is in storage; for a 54-foot boat, storage is only adequate, especially considering the bulky items that passagemaking requires. Nice touches including foldaway shades, recessed halogen lights, superb ventilation with 12 opening hatches, lateral overhead windows for natural light, and even a handy coffee table contribute to the overall ambiance. The C-shaped galley is to port of the companionway, but beware of the step down. There’s plenty of counter space, more than in most small apartments, and it’s encircled by a handsome fiddle. In true French style, most of the amenities for preparing great meals are standard. You can access the large 12-volt refrigeration/freezer from the top or through a front-loading door. There’s a stainless-steel microwave and a four-burner stove/oven with a crash bar that can also support a harness. Food storage is outboard, in decent-sized lockers, while the cutlery is housed in drawers below the sink.

The nav station is opposite the galley. The curved seat keeps the navigator on an even keel when heeled. A once-folded chart can be spread on the wraparound nav table that also has a cutout for a laptop. The electrical panel is outboard, and there’s room for repeaters. Wiring looks tidy and is well labeled, albeit in French. A deep wet locker is located behind the nav seat. Access to the house batteries is beneath the floorboards between the galley and nav station. The electrical system includes both 12- and 24-volt systems (for the bow thruster and if the headsail furling is powered up) and 115-volt shore power as well. Most of the heavy equipment, the watermaker, generator, and tanks, is centered over the keel and positioned as low as possible. Most owners have chosen the 9-kilowatt Onan generator.

Jeanneau offers several different sleeping-cabin arrangements. It’s possible to convert the forward section from three cabins?including a crew V-berth forward, a single to port, and a double to starboard?to two by way of a removable wall section between the single and double cabins. A similar option is available aft, although most owners, including Liberté’s Dick Gates, chose the owner’s-cabin version. This arrangement includes a centerline queen berth, a vanity to starboard, and a reading/dressing seat to port. The cabin comes wired for an entertainment center. Gates chose to have the head to starboard and the separate shower compartment to port.

Liberté is powered by a 100-horsepower turbocharged Yanmar diesel. Access is from behind the companionway and through removable panels in the aft cabin. I inspected the engine while under way and was impressed by the soundproofing. A dripless stuffing box is standard, as is a fixed three-bladed prop, although Liberté was fitted with a Max-Prop. One battery is dedicated to starting. Fuel capacity is 191 gallons in two stainless-steel tanks; this translates to a maximum range of around 500 miles. Clearing the marina, we punched into a modest chop at 6.5 knots at 1,800 rpms.

Gusty southwest winds ranged from 12 to 21 knots as we unrolled the main and full genoa and shot off across the bay on a close reach. The acceleration was impressive as I watched the speedo arch past 7 and finally settle in at 8.3 knots. We were slightly overpowered with the 135-percent genoa, and the helm felt better when we shortened the headsail a tad. This is when you appreciate the load-bearing headsail leads. Hardening the sheets, we pinched up to inside 40 degrees apparent and kept the boat moving at more that 7 knots. The inboard shrouds allow for close sheeting angles. Even hard on the wind, the heeling was minimal, and there was no sign of pounding; of course, we were sailing in protected waters. The high freeboard contributes to the boat’s dryness.

The stylish 54 DS, which is certainly one of the best big-boat values afloat, places Jeanneau squarely in the big leagues of performance cruisers.

John Kretschmer, delivery skipper and author (Flirting with Mermaids, Sheridan House), lives in Fort Lauderdale.

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About the yacht

Jeanneau logotype

sailing monohull

414100€ (Ex. VAT)

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Family, Luxury, Nordic, Explorer, Tailored

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Practicality, affordability and a touch of elegance

Jeanneau 54. Tailored charter management in Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Caribbean and Thailand.

Description from Yard: “Every aspect of the Jeanneau 54 is all-new and designed to fit the way you live, like no other yacht in her class. Never before seen solutions are found throughout, from the clever VIP interior layout to the spacious living cockpit and the easy and discreet management of the tender and the innovative aft terrace. Every detail and function has been considered to enhance life aboard and the cruising experience.

The Jeanneau 54 is born from the close collaboration of Philippe Briand, who’s chined hull and elegant deck profile ensure seaworthy handling and timeless looks, and Andrew Winch’s meticulous approach to every ergonomic detail and the selection of high-end materials that echo the look and feel of his super yacht pedigree.

There has never been a yacht like the Jeanneau 54”

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Jeanneau 54 (2017) 'Paradise Found'

Jeanneau 54 'Second Wind' Exterior

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This Jeanneau 54 charter yacht Features:

This design, by Philippe Briand, is easily sailed short-handed with roller mainsail and genoa, and with new Quantum sails, she will truck past pretty much any other bareboat in the BVI, one hull or two. Book now and see how she lives up to her name.

The flexible sleeping arrangement provides the ability to sleep 8 in 3 double cabins and a skipper’s cabin. The arrangements include:

  • 3 Cabins & 3 Electric Heads
  • Bow Cabin with 2 Single Bunks & Head
  • Salon Table converts to double bed

The look and feel of an elegant lounge in the salon combine with a spaciousness that cannot be found on other yachts of comparable sizes. Many creature comforts are offered to guests – a complete list is provided below. Guests have the option of dining inside or al fresco around the large table in the cockpit. There is also convenient walk-through access to the transom when at anchor.

There is optimum performance on the seas because the Jeanneau 54 is designed accordingly. From your preferred steering station, she has twin helms affording great visibility forward under sail, and convenient walk-through access to the transom when at anchor) the furling main and electric winches throughout allow for single-handed management of the sails. The bow thruster and state-of-the-art steering enable this 54-footer to be handled as if she were a yacht half her size.

If you would like to experience the comforts of a Jeanneau 54 and don’t have the necessary experience, this yacht is also available to you as a captained yacht (there is a bunk cabin available for a skipper). Add a captain and/or chef to your charter of this beautiful yacht, and make your experience even more luxurious. The captain will guide you around the islands so you can sit back and relax, and do as little (or as much) sailing as you wish, and our amazing chefs will provide you with gourmet cuisine, so you can leave the shopping, prep, and clean up and enjoy your vacation time to the fullest.

  • Owners Cabin, VIP Cabin, Stateroom – each with separate head and shower (3 cabin layout / 3 head plus Skipper cabin with a head). The twin starboard aft cabin also makes a double cabin.
  • Light Oak Interior with Upholstery in Linen Color
  • Furling Mainsail
  • Bow thrusters, electronic winches with rewinds, windlass & chain counter at the helm, Dock water inlet, USB plugs at chart table and in the cockpit, Upgraded Gel batteries with extra battery charger, Hood for Stove in Galley
  • DVD/CD/MP3 Blue Tooth Fusion player with BOSE speakers in saloon & cockpit speakers
  • Upgraded Ray Marine E95 GS Series chart plotters at both Helm stations
  • Electric folding back terrace with folding sun lounger cushions, teak terrace, and cockpit floor
  • There are leather handles for cabin doors, upholstered side skirting on beds and upholstered headboards
  • X Grid Mylar taffeta sails with furling mast
  • Fold up helm seats
  • Retractable Dinghy Davits
  • Custom bimini and dodger with LED Lights
  • Removable ladders at side gates
  • Folding cockpit table with fridge and liferaft storage
  • Airconditioning has independent units for each cabin and the Saloon). The skipper cabin has airconditioning as well
  • Folding electric deluxe saloon tables on telescopic legs
  • Electric toilets
  • Innerspring mattress in owners cabin and VIP cabin
  • Autopilot with remote
  • 8 turbofans installed
  • Rogue Wave WIFI Booster
  • Mast lighting – Blue LEDs on the mast above and below spreaders to illuminate the mast at night
  • Underwater lights at the stern – blue

Please also review the list of included equipment and amenities Horizon Yacht Charters provides on all our Yachts.

You can find out more about the Jeanneau 54 with this review by UK reviewer Rupert Holmes.

So, if you like what you see and would you like to check the availability of this Jeanneau 54, submit a Request Form and we will advise straight away! Perhaps you would like to buy this yacht or something similar? Visit our yacht sales pages here.

Enjoy the Caribbean sailing vacation of your dreams when you join Horizon Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands!

Please note that some images are stock images and the actual charter yacht may differ slightly.

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Robert Bollard , 9-16 March '24 OUTSTANDING!
Jonathan Horvath, Dave Polakoff & Mathieu Gombault , 3-10 February '24 Dear Horizon Friends, Thank you for another successful and delightful Horizon Yacht charter and Horizon ASA school experience.  From start to finish, our interaction with you was professional, friendly, courteous, efficient, and fun.  We are so glad we returned to Horizon for 2024 and look forward to continuing to do so. Please extend our appreciation and gratitude to ALL staff, on the water and behind the desks, who contributed to our wonderful experience. If only we would visit you more often (SMILE!). If anyone is passing through New York City during the 2024 sailing season, please let us know, so we can hope to get you on the water and return the hospitality. Best, Jonathan, Dave & Mathieu
Jonathan Horvath and Dave Polakoff , BVI Feb 2023 Thank you for a wonderful experience, (February 4-11, 2023), our first, with Horizon.  Everyone’s friendliness and courtesy were so appreciated. From our first contact with Christalen to our last day, farewell with Sandra and Courtney, we could not be happier with the experience. Please also extend our appreciation to John, Henry, Vijay, Will, Kieran, Cara, the gents at the fuel dock, and everyone else who worked so hard behind the scenes to make our experience easy and delightful. One key differentiator, beyond everyone’s exceptional efforts to accommodate our requests and needs, from our experience with other BVI charter companies, was knowing, in advance, which boats we would be utilizing. This allowed us to hit the ground running upon arrival, thanks to each boat’s excellent Horizon-produced manual and video, as well as fine-tune our planning and manage the expectations of our fellow sailboat guests. We look forward to recommending Horizon to others, returning to Horizon in the future, and continuing our newly formed friendships in the interim. Thank you so very much, Horizon friends.
Brian McEwing , BVI May 2023 I switched from using the Moorings several years ago and I can honestly say that I love your operation. The location being at Nanny Cay is excellent, your boats are much better maintained and better optioned. Your staff is always friendly and helpful. I’m sure I will continue to use Horizon for future charters and am already considering Grenada next year.
Dr. Rocco Detomo, Jr. , BVI October 2023 I just finished a Horizon Charter in the BVI from Nanny Cay, (“Paradise Found”) I want to emphasize that the entire Horizon Staff at Nanny Cay were very responsive and professional, and I very much enjoyed working with this group of people and look forward to working with them again in the future!  

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Well, apart from guaranteed fun on the water when you charter a yacht with Horizon BVI, we hope the following list of charter yacht equipment provides you with a good idea of what you need to bring with you (and what you don’t!)

In addition to the comprehensive equipment lists below, we also offer wifi and watertoy rental.

Here is a  useful list  of things to bring with you on charter and not to forget on your shopping list!

Equipment On Board

All of Horizons’ British Virgin Island yachts have the following charter yacht equipment included on board:

  • Chart plotter
  • 10ft – 12ft RIB Dinghy and 15hp outboard motor
  • Charts and Virgin Islands Cruising Guide
  • Adult Lifejackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Through-hull Plugs
  • Cockpit table
  • Linens and towels
  • Beach towels
  • Clothes pegs
  • Speedo and depth-sounder
  • Wind indicator
  • Electric windlass
  • Refrigerator
  • Cellular Boatphone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Signal Horn
  • Bucket with Lanyard
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Cooler or deck cooler
  • All galley and cooking utensils
  • 110 Volt Inverter to charge laptops etc
  • Autopilot in all yachts
  • Roller furling main or fully battened main with lazy jacks
  • CD Player with saloon and cockpit speakers
  • Roller furling genoa

Some of our BVI yacht charter vessels also have the following additional charter yacht equipment included:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Blender 110V
  • Wifi (charges apply)
  • Watermakers

Bluetooth Headsets

Avoid shouting from the helm to the bow with our Sena Boom headsets, allowing you to communicate with ease when picking up a mooring ball, anchoring, docking, or navigating through shallow waters. Perfect for blind spots and windy conditions on board.

Please contact us for details on availability and pricing.

Why not rent some watertoys to give that extra dimension to your BVI sailing vacation?

  • Single Kayaks
  • Double Kayaks
  • Dinghy ladders
  • Floating mats

Please contact us for details and pricing, or visit our watersports page for more information.

Internet & Adapters

Enquire to [email protected] for rates & availability based on your charter dates.

Please  click here for useful information on plug adapters for your electronics .

Free Provisions

Complimentary starter kit.

Upon boarding your yacht for the start of your BVI sailing vacation, you will find we have included a Complimentary Starter Kit provided for your use. This includes:

  • Bottle of Rum (Naturally!)
  • Bottle of Spring Water
  • Dish Liquid
  • Roll Paper Towel
  • Antibacterial Spray
  • Guest Soaps
  • Complimentary bag of ice
  • Condiments (salt & pepper)
  • One roll of toilet tissue per head/shower
  • OFF Insect Repellent
  • 2 Trash Bags

Snorkel Gear

Please note that we do not supply snorkel gear. We suggest you bring your own mask and snorkel to ensure a good fit, or you can easily rent the full set from Blue Water Divers situated next door to Horizon Yacht Charters. Please contact Blue Water Divers ahead of your arrival to book your snorkel gear. Visit our watersports page  for more information.

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Did you know Horizon’s charters start and finish at noon? This means we can get you out sailing your first afternoon after your briefings – remember to watch your video briefings to speed up your check out! At the end of your trip, you sail back to Nanny Cay to refuel and debrief before your noon departure. This gives you a full 6 nights/7 days chartering around our beautiful islands, unlike some companies that start at 5pm, meaning you will have to sleepaboard* at the docks, and then finish at 10am, again meaning you will probably have to stay overnight on the docks the night before you leave to fly home.

*If available, a sleep aboard can be added the night before your charter start for a small supplement, boarding your yacht after 5pm.

Our standard charter rates are applicable for charters of 5 days or more up to a maximum of five weeks. For a tailored quote for charter durations outside this range please contact our reservations team who will be pleased to assits.

Current Rates

Weekly rates (full 7 days / 6 nights) are listed above as daily rates. Charters start and finish at noon. Our minimum charter duration requirement is 5 nights.

BVI Charter Rates are subject to change without notice.

Horizon Yacht Charters BVI Charter Rates are listed above. Yacht photographs and specifications act as a guide and are for information purposes only.  Although we endeavour to ensure that images are accurate reflections of the yachts in our fleet, certain aspects may vary slightly, such as yacht deck, the colour of the hull, dodger or bimini.

All yachts come with rigid inflatables & outboards, biminis, BBQ, Stereo, GPS, linens, towels, safety & galley equipment etc. See  What’s Included  for a full list.

C = Cabins, H = Heads, AC = Air Conditioning, S = Skipper first day only

*Additional $700 supplement per week applies from Dec 18 – Jan 4

May we advise that HDW insurance, Cruising Permits and National Parks Permit are payable before departure from the dock in cash or travellers’ cheques, as using a Credit Card will incur a 5% surcharge. Upon return of the vessel, you are required to top off the water and fuel tanks, which you receive full upon boarding the vessel.

BVI Charter Rates shown above are for 6 nights per vessel (min 5 nights except for Christmas and New Year min 7 nights + supplements on selected yachts) with the additional daily rate should you wish to add nights. BVI Charters start and finish at noon. Sleep-aboard (the option of staying on board your yacht at the dock) with the boarding of your vessel available after 5.00 pm, can sometimes be added to the start of your charter at an extra charge of $75.00 per head per night (minimum of $200.00 per night), depending upon yacht availability.

  • Hull Damage Waiver Insurance is compulsory for $60.00 (max $600) per day for Monohulls and $70.00 (max $700) per day for Catamarans. Security deposit is $2000 for monohulls and cats 41ft and under, and $5000 for cats 42ft plus. This limits your liability to the security deposit (either $2000 or $5000) per incident relating to the yacht and 3% of hull value per incident if in contravention of the Client Responsibility Agreement or the Charter Contract.
  • Skippers  are available from $225.00 per day, Instructors from $275.00 per day and Cooks from $225.00 per day (plus food and gratuity).
  • Provisioning – Please refer to our  provisioning page  for more information.
  • Windsurfing, kayaks, hammock rentals, SCUBA gear or other water sports  are all available at competitive rates.  Click here for more information.
  • Hotel Accommodations throughout the islands can be arranged. Most major credit cards are accepted.  Please check our Accommodations page for more information.
  • Learn to Sail – we are an ASA-affiliated Instructing Facility – Please request more details on our courses or click here for more information.

An Environmental levy of $10 per head is payable by all visitors to the BVI on arrival (effective 1st Sept 2017).

Bookings and Cancellations – We require a 50% deposit to confirm the reservation and the balance due of 50% should be received by Horizon Yacht Charters no later than 45 days prior to the charter start date. A full refund less a $200.00 administration fee is given should the reservation be cancelled in writing up to 90 days prior to the charter start date. If the charter is cancelled within 90 days of the charter start date, then a full refund (less $200.00) is made subject to Horizon Yacht Charters reselling the charter space reserved.

Trip Cancellation Insurance: We strongly recommend this as it protects you should anything unforeseen occur before your holiday.  Click Here for more details .

Conditions apply to all charters.

Additional Items

  • Cruising Permit $4 pp/pd
  • National Parks Permit From $25 per week
  • VISAR (Optional) $2 per person
  • Mobile phone rental $20 (Duration of charter) Mandatory

Super Size your Dinghy

Why not upgrade your yacht tender during your sailing vacation? Get the crew ashore in style and explore more with an upgraded tender. Only $300 per day. Find out more here .

Super Tender your Vacation with Horizon Yacht Charters!

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Licensed for 6 persons, this 15ft RIB with 60HP Yamaha outboard will get you and your crew to snorkelling spots and the beach in style and comfort.

Make your charter yacht vacation a breeze – enjoy the comfort of being able to tie up your yacht for the night and then continue exploring the surrounding bays! You can pick up your mooring ball at the Bight and then head to the Indians or the Caves for a snorkel. If you visit the Dogs, there’s no need to choose only one snorkel spot for your lunch stop, zip around them all!  A swim ladder makes boarding easy from the water.

For popular spots where it’s trickier to find a mooring, the RIB is the perfect alternative. Settle into Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke for the night and then take the RIB to White Bay for the afternoon to enjoy painkillers without the hassle of finding a mooring ball or having to move your yacht for the night.

The North Sound boasts a selection of some of the best dining options in the BVI. There’s no need to settle for only one spot when you have the RIB. Pick up provisions from Leverick Bay, enjoy the plunge pool at Nova in Deep Bay, and then zip back to the sound for sundowners at Saba Rock before enjoying dinner at The Bitter End.

If you have a mix of snorkelers, beachgoers, shoppers and sailors onboard then give your group flexibility by taking the standard dinghy included in your charter as well. This will also remove the need to make multiple dinghy trips ashore for larger groups.

Get more out of your sailing vacation with Horizon- ‘Super Tender’ it!

Please note that the Super Tender is towed as it is too large for davits and tenderlifts. You can choose to take your 10ft Rib as well on catamarans (stored on the davits or tenderlift), or leave it behind. On monohulls we recommend just taking the Super Tender.

Contact our reservations team for more information. Exclusively available only to Horizon Charter guests.

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Faithful to the spirit of the line – with elegance, high performance, and comfort for offshore sail-ing and longer voyages – this sailboat does not hesitate to break from tradition to better meet the expectations of avid sailors headed for far-off destinations. Designed as a true private apartment, in an unprecedented layout, the forward owner's suite occupies fully two-thirds of the interior. Refined, bright and comfortable, the Jeanneau Yachts 55 is well equipped for cruising with full peace of mind. The main companionway provides private access to the owner's suite, opening onto the forward cabin, and features numerous handholds for safety on board while under way. Two cabins with private bathrooms enable guests to enjoy perfectly independent living spaces, accessible from the cockpit by two separate companionways.

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