Jeanneau’s new family flagship
After the global success of the Jeanneau Yachts 60 launched last year, the French builder has upped the ante by introducing the new Jeanneau Yachts 65 to its flagship range of sailboats. Succeeding the old 64 which sold more than 70 units, the new 65 is at the head of a prestigious Jeanneau Yachts family which now has four luxury models including the 51 and the 54.
The Jeanneau Yachts 65 is being touted as a versatile model that offers a safe and comfortable experience for a family, with many getting to see it with their own eyes when the model debuts at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.
Designed to offer pleasant navigation even in winds below eight knots, the new flagship has a classic hull, again designed by Philippe Briand, combined with a sleek and modern deck plan. With over 12,000 sailboats built to his plans since the late 1970s, the highly experienced French naval architect is confident he has helped produce another winner in a sailing market with an increasing number of options to choose from. double hull.
“For owners looking for a family boat for extended voyages, the Jeanneau Yachts 65 offers the best package on the market today. As a sailboat ideally positioned for the travel market, it can access all marinas without any difficulty and offers a cockpit area comparable to that found on board a catamaran”, specifies Briand, who has studios in his native Rochelle and London. .
“In my opinion, the Jeanneau Yachts 65 offers a compelling argument as to why monohulls are a better choice for long voyages than multihulls, as they are more comfortable at sea, safer and more fun to sail. Indeed, the Jeanneau Yachts 65 is what is called a safe bet or a safe bet for any owner.
These words echoed in my head during a trip to the south of France when I was trying out the Jeanneau Yachts 65 in the bay of Cannes with a strong easterly wind and a nice swell, which the yacht handled with ease .
The nearly 68ft model comes with a 90m² roller-furling mainsail and 80m² self-tacking jib as standard, as well as a well soundproofed 175hp Volvo Penta D4-180 engine to maneuver the yacht discreetly using thrusters.
The two stainless steel steering wheels are sheathed in leather, which is pleasant to the touch, and the wheel is pleasant, allowing you to feel the responsiveness of the hull. The yacht is designed for use with a small crew and all halyards and sheets go back to electric winches, which can be operated from the console.
A solid hard top with a sliding sunroof covers the cockpit, although a drawback is that it can sometimes obstruct the skipper’s visibility during maneuvers. Briand’s touches include redesigning the taper of the coachroof at the front of the mast with a touch of automotive styling.
Flush deck, circulation of fluids
Manufactured at Groupe Beneteau’s Italian shipyard in Monfalcone on the Adriatic Sea, the semi-custom sailboat is carefully constructed with a bonded hull counter mold and an infused deck and deck counter mold.
The Jeanneau Yachts 65 has a different deck plan and interior from the older 64 and shares some features with the CNB 66, which was produced at the same factory in Monfalcone before the Groupe Beneteau brand was taken over by Solaris.
On the 65, circulation, access to maneuvers, storage and comfort at sea and at anchor have been thought out down to the smallest detail. Aft, the garage door folds back to reveal an integrated staircase that accesses the swim platform and the dinghy’s transverse garage.
On deck, an optional aft bench seat offers folding seats on either side for a skipper to use, while if you lift the cushions in the main section you can access the folding outdoor galley, a feature similar to that of the 60 .
Ahead of the wheels are two large, low storage lockers which can be covered with cushions to form the start of huge lounging areas on both sides. Each side of the cockpit has a C-shaped sofa and a long teak table which can be electrically lowered to further enlarge the sunbed lounging area.
Traffic is very fluid thanks in large part to the largely flush bridge. With the gently sloping, stepless side decks, a cockpit with a single step to the dining area, and the outboard positioning of the shrouds and cap shrouds, movement from stern to bow is safe for crew members or young children.
Inside, the Jeanneau Yachts 65 features new styling and decor by Winch, the prolific British designer who runs one of the biggest design studios in the yachting world. The decor has evolved compared to previous models, and is a little closer in spirit and interior atmosphere to the new generation of Jeanneau motor yachts.
Teak or white oak woodwork, both hollow pore, complements a choice of floor colors and a wide range of luxury leather upholstery. Light tones dominate the interior, which helps to emphasize luxurious details.
The impression of volume is reinforced by the presence of numerous portholes and skylights above and on the sides, while we appreciated the good headroom, the ease of movement inside and the large number of hands. common.
The salon features a flexible coffee table to starboard as well as a C-shaped sofa that seats eight guests, while there is a sofa facing to port. Aft of the dining area and to starboard of the companionway is the option of a well designed nav station including a chart table, or the area can be used instead for a cabin with bunk beds .
On the port side of the stairs, the three-sided galley is well ventilated and naturally lit by the portholes, and blends in nicely with the main saloon. The standard version offers plenty of storage space, equipment (microwave, refrigerator, extractor hood, three-burner stove and sliding bin) and beautiful Corian worktops. Good news: a wine compartment can be added!
Owners can choose from two, three, four or even more cabins, with the fore and aft areas able to be configured as a full beam suite or two cabins. The option of a full-beam aft owner’s suite includes a king-size bed measuring 2m by 1.8m, with a sofa to starboard, a corner desk to port and an en-suite bathroom forward to starboard. The area can also be designed with an adjoining double cabin to starboard and a twin to port.
The forward sleeping area can be designed as a full-width cabin with a forward-facing bed along the starboard side, a sofa to port and a bathroom forward. The area can also be fitted out as two double cabins, each with en-suite facilities, while Jeanneau said a six-cabin charter version is in development.
As with the Jeanneau Yachts 60, the new 65 elevates the brand image by entering the semi-custom yacht market with a higher level of performance and a clean, elegant and modern design. The cockpit is particularly user-friendly, the number of options is large and appeals to owners wishing to enjoy long cruises in the company of their family and friends.
“This large semi-custom cruising yacht is a concentrate of Jeanneau’s technical know-how, a precursor in terms of performance and well-being at sea,” says Briand.
“The Jeanneau Yachts 65 is adaptable to its owner, with customization designed and carried out in direct contact with the customer, allowing him to create a boat in his image.
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