The french shipyard has unveiled the all-new 60, a high-fashion sailboat that fits into the yacht range between the 54 and the 64. it replaces the Jeanneau 57, a model that has sold several hundred units worldwide including in Italy
by Geoffroy Langlade – photo by Jérôme Kelagopian and Jean-Jacques Bernier
To complete the Jeanneau Yachts range and replace the famous Jeanneau 57, the French builder did not hesitate to entrust the project to two great names in drawing and design: the English designer Andrew Winch and Philippe Briand, a renowned French naval architect to whom we owe several top-of-the-range sailboats and superyachts. Jeanneau had no choice, in this market of high-end sailboats, it was absolutely necessary to hit hard on the design level to face a well-informed competition such as Solaris in Italy, Amel and Dufour in France or X Yachts in Northern Europe for example. From the outset, the Jeanneau 60 asserts itself with a rare elegance via a powerful inverted bow, an evolving chine and an integrated dolphin/ “delphinière”.
The cruising yacht that we had the privilege of testing in two versions displays a modern and minimalist character. A spirit that continues on board with several versions, layouts and options available. «There is a big key word, it is really a sailing boat on demand, both inside and on deck. So we can have a multitude of options on the deck, masts, and also up to 19 versions of interior design» says Francois-Xavier Debeaupte. Product Marketing Manager at Jeanneau shipyard.
THE INTERIOR GLEAMS WITH NATURAL LIGHT. 19 LAYOUT VERSIONS ARE OFFERED, FROM 3 TO 6 CABINS FOR THE CHARTER VERSION.
For this day of sea trials carried out in Canet en Roussillon (France), we had the opportunity to sail aboard the first two examples of the Jeanneau 60, one more sporty, the other more oriented towards ocean cruising. Two philosophies and several versions of deck fittings, sails and fittings. For example, the Jeanneau 60 number 2 is fitted out on deck with an arch and a hood with “lexan”, which gives excellent forward visibility as if we had glass. On this arch you can also have a hard top. The entire cockpit is protected by this hard top, which can be opened with an electric canvas.
For a more demanding clientele in terms of luxury and comfort, the sailboat also has an outdoor galley (optional) equipped with a plancha, a sink and a 30-liter refrigerator and of course this outdoor galley can be used as a seat once closed. On board number 1, we find a performance mast which will be 1.50m higher than the basic furling mast, with a “canoe” or “full batten” mainsail. It is equipped with a self-tacking staysail, a 110% genoa and a code 0. The upwind surface area increases from 127m2 to 173m2 of sail area. The other deck is more streamlined because there is no arch, we will just have a retractable hood and a bimini for the skipper.
The cockpit is open to the rear to have an even more streamlined deck without an outside galley. On the deck of the Jeanneau 60, we particularly appreciated the sloping side decks that offer a comfortable walkway without steps. They go down directly to the cockpit. On the other hand, the storage lockers are more difficult to access because the cushions have to be removed. The outdoor galley option is interesting when anchored. The tender garage on the sailboat is clever because it allows you to store the dinghy in the direction of the boat. And easily thanks to the 10 degrees tilting platform at anchor. For the interior of the Jeanneau 60, the French shipyard has not hesitated to move upmarket and increase space.
As we said, there are 19 versions of layouts, three different cabin atmospheres and several types of wood available, not to mention layouts to suit your seafaring profile. Jeanneau offers 3 to 6 cabins with an owner’s cabin at the rear or at the front. In the latter configuration (with the owner’s cabin at the bow), there are two cabins at the stern, including the VIP on the starboard side. In the forward owner’s cabin, the bed is installed against the bulkhead, which allows you to be away from the front of the boat, it is more comfortable to sleep at sea or at anchor. At the front, we find the bathroom.
At sea and in a real wind of 10 to 15 knots, we were able to appreciate the “racing” spirit of the Jeanneau 60, whose weight has been reduced compared to other older models. With a well-cleared deck and a maximum of electronic equipment, this gentleman’s yacht is easy to handle with a small crew, or even alone. Finally, the yacht is available in two drafts and with two engine powers, not to mention the different options for layouts and sail sets. A real yacht that should not leave indifferent the lovers of the brand or those who appreciate beautiful cruising yachts…
You can immediately recognize the sleek, modern style of the Jeanneau 60 designed by Philippe Briand.
Philippe Briand Yacht Design,
Andrew Winch Design e Jeanneau Design
Length overall 18,28m • Length waterline 16,82m • Beam 5,20m • Draft 2,55m • Mast height above waterline: 25,10m
Engine (standard) Yanmar 1 x 110 hp (81kW) • Fuel capacity 318 l • Fresh water capacity 380 l • Light displacement 20,17 t
Standard sail area: furling mainsail + self-tacking jib 131m2: 72m2 + 59m2 • Optional sail area: Full-Batten mainsail + genoa 110% 163m2: 82m2 + 81m2 • Asymmetrical spinnaker: 250m2 Code 0: 110m2
EC Category: A14/B16/C16/D16
Starting at € 654,100, ex VAT (Price in Europe) (February 2022)
(Jeanneau 60, wrapped in – Barchemagazine.com – February 2022)