Philippe Briand is one of the most prolific yacht designers of our time. His latest project, which has just gone into production, is what he calls his “most advanced” yacht, the Jeanneau Yachts 60.
The project took four years of intense work in collaboration with Jeanneau’s in-house designers to complete. At 60 feet long, with a slight taper to the stern, a bow in the hull, and an inverted prow, the boat is very well proportioned.
“The JY 60 is special because it is the latest in the range and also the 120th of our series designs,” said Briand. “We put all our know-how into the yacht and also a lot of personal emotion. I’m used to putting myself in the customer’s shoes every time I design a series boat. For me it’s easy: I’d like to own this one.”
The technical qualities of the hull and rig promise agility, seakeeping and excellent balance. The hull counteracts heeling, while the flotation fore and aft reduces pitching. The twins give balance at the helm and the integrated bowsprit makes it easy to launch a big sail upwind. In fact, the boat can easily be steered by a pair, thanks to the option of in-mast furling for the mainsail and a self-tacking jib.
“This is a real sailor’s boat,” says Briand. “It’s ideal for almost any need, from fast cruising on the open sea to a quiet trip in the bay – a boat for both the Mediterranean and the Baltic.”
The cockpit measures a record 3.0m by 4.8m, and is accessed via a smooth ramp on the side decks. Briand has given particular thought to the cockpit platforms, to create the best experience for the helmsman. Their outboard position offers an excellent view across the bow and up to the sails, while the winches and control lines are still within easy reach.
For the interior, Briand worked with Andrew Winch, taking advantage of the volumes offered by the spacious hull. There is the option of a full-beam master cabin, with his and her bathrooms. The open galley is located forward and includes the option of a full-height refrigerator. The flexible saloon floor is raised slightly to give a clearer view through the roof windows.
“The interior was designed after feedback from a group of owners, and in collaboration with another keen owner – Andrew Winch. Compared to the previous 58 model, it offers 20 per cent more interior volume,” says Briand. “I really put all my energy and creative thinking into the design and interior layout of this yacht, which reaches another level of precision and care.”
(Philippe Briand, the Jeanneau Yachts 60 marks its 120th design – Barchemagazine.com – February 2021)