TEST Jeanneau Yachts 60 (18m), the right boat for top vacations

We were in Cannes at the official trials organized by the Jeanneau shipyard, where among the boats made available was the Jeanneau Yachts 60. Our tester tried it out on a spring afternoon with hues, however, still wintry, with strong winds from the east southeast even up to 30 knots, and short seas.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 – The Concept

Jeanneau identifies with the Yachts range boats 55 feet and up that differ from the Sun Odyssey range. They are dedicated to more luxury and owner cruising than the Sun Odyssey, which are also in high demand in charter. The Jeanneau yachts 60 is a design by Philippe Briand, with interiors by Andrew Winch. A boat dedicated to pure cruising, customizable in several aspects, with XXL interior and good ease in sailing.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 – Our Video Test

During our test we sailed in 18- to 30-knot winds, in some cases even with two hands of reefing. The boat handles even in harsh conditions easily in two people, and at the helm even under gusts it remains very docile and steerable. It does not particularly like upwind, where width, displacement and shallow draft do not facilitate its performance at angles narrower than 55 degrees. At wide swaths with 20 knots of wind, 9 is quickly exceeded, with peaks over 10 knots easy to reach.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 – Customization

The leitmotif guiding the project, however, is mainly one. Personalization. On deck, for example, there is a choice of rollbars, hard top (a solution pioneered by Jeanneau already with the Sun Loft), sprayhood, outdoor galley, removable forestay, roll mainsail in the mast, etc. There will be a “Mediterranean Sport” “package,” as well as a version adapted for offshore cruising.
This pliability, combined with the ability to have up to 19 different interior layouts (with 3, 4, 5 and even six cabins!) make this 18.28 m, in fact, a semi-custom boat.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 – Interior

It is precisely on the interior that it is good to dwell: the boat is ideally divided into four living areas, each of which offers multiple options: the forward locker, the forward cabins, the salon with the forward galley, and the aft cabins. First of all, the forepeak: three versions are possible, with a sail locker, a skipper’s cabin or a true sixth cabin.

Then, there are two versions of the large forward owner’s cabin: a true “owner’s” or a cabin with a double bed. With a solution that quickly allows you, in less than five minutes, to switch from one mode to another.

The center bulkhead recedes into a dedicated storage space, without the need for tools or hardware, to enlarge the bunks or turn them into a sofa.

Three possible layouts are available for the starboard salon: a version with a sofa and corresponding chart table, a cabin with bunk beds, or an “open space” version that can accommodate two armchairs of the customer’s choice.

Finally, the aft living area can be configured either as a master cabin or as a double cabin, one double to accommodate guests and the other for three children or another pair of guests.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 – I layout

For the first time, the galley is positioned forward at the mast bulkhead for an ultra-spacious salon worthy of a larger boat. Two varieties of wood are available: open-pore painted teak or open-pore painted light oak, each with matching floorboards. The upholstery selection includes five fabrics and five leathers from Foglizzo. Three different cabin styles are available to customize headboards and bed finishes.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 – Boat details

Overall length 18.28 m
Beam max. 5.20 m
Draft (long/short keel) 2.55/2.10 m
Cabins 3-4-5-6
Philippe Briand Project
Interior Andrew Winch
Fuel capacity 318 l
Water capacity 380 l



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