Jeanneau 54 DS - British Virgin Island skippered charter yacht
Yacht Charter Description
This big yacht, flagship of the Jeanneau fleet, represents the most accomplished shape of innovative architecture. Conceived by two designers of large yachts, Jacques Fauroux for the performance side and Vittorio Garroni for the comfort aspect, and project-managed by the Jeanneau design office, the Sun Odyssey 54DS offers a sailing experience designed to give a new dimension to your cruises, whether short or long haul.
Crusing World Review: "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."
Yacht Charter Accommodation
The Sun Odyssey 54DS sailing yacht has The Sun Odyssey 54DS sailing yacht has 3 double ensuite cabins and is extremely spacious for 6 guests. The master cabin has a huge walk-in area and king sized berth. There is room for an extra two people in the saloon/ dining area in single settee berths.
Endless Reach is a stunning, 54' luxury yacht designed by Jacques Fauroux and Vittorio Garroni, as the flagship of the Jeanneau fleet. This beautiful, spacious air-conditioned boat offers all the extras and amenities that one would expect of a quality luxury yacht. Real teak wood and leather has been used throughout. Below decks, Endless Reach has a flexible sleeping arrangement with the ability to sleep 9 comfortably. She has a truly magnificent aft master stateroom with an oversize bed, two seating areas, ensuite head and separate ensuite shower. Forward of the salon is an adjustable suite fitted with a removable bulkhead. She comprises of a starboard double berth, a double berth port (that can be folded into a couch) and a single bunk over. There is access to an ensuite head and shower. The double berth in the forepeak can be used as a lockable captain's cabin with entry from the deck. The salon has the look and feel of an elegant lounge with a spaciousness that cannot be found on other yachts of comparable size. All creature comforts are offered to your guests including a TV and DVD player as well as two separate CD players (salon and master suite) with speakers inside and outside on the sun deck. The galley is a seafaring chef's dream with all the conveniences one could ask for - a large refrigerator and outsize freezer, a gas stove, oven, microwave and icemaker. Guests have the option of dining inside or al fresco around the folding dining table on the sun deck. A fully adjustable bimini / dodger system provides you with flexible sun exposure and a cooler built into the table on the sundeck gives you instant access to cold, refreshing drinks. Endless Reach is designed for optimum performance on the seas. From your preferred steering station, the furling main and electric winches throughout allow for single-handed management of the sails. The bow thrusters 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 enjoy the comforts of this yacht but don't have the necessary experience, this yacht is also available to you as a captained yacht.
Yacht Charter Specifications
Charter Amenities and Extras
The Sun Odyssey 54DS has classic slab and roller reefing, wheel steering, GPS and an electric anchor winch. There is a swimming platform and ladder, a bimini and dodger shading the companionway, a dinghy with outboard motor, an ondeck shower and BBQ,AM/FM radio & CD player, fully equipped galley with LPG stove & oven, fridge/freezer, pre-charter cruising guides, full boat and chart briefing. This yacht is also available as a bareboat or fully crewed.
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