** Fully Equipped Offshore Cruising Yacht**
This 2006 Jeanneau 54 DS Deck Salon is new to the market and is set up for any adventure you could possibly think of. For additional information on this beautiful 2006 Jeanneau 54 DS Deck Salon Sailboat please contact the listing agent at any time day or night. I look forward to hearing from you and informing you about all the systems on this vessel.
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. 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; 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.
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Ian Van Tuyl
I personally commissioned this yacht new and then sold it to the current owners and after a complete re-fit they are looking to move on and take a break from boating.