In just a few days, the Jeanneau 64 will make its North American debut at the Annapolis Sailboat Show from March 8-12. Now we say debut but this isn’t totally accurate. It could be said that the 64 made its North American debut at the Annapolis show in 2013. Did we have an actual boat there? No, can’t say we did. Was there an actual boat anywhere at that time? Nope, can’t say that either. But, there were detail plans of the boat including some amazingly good artist renderings like the one pictured above and this shot of the 64s interior below.
It would take six months and hundreds of man-hours of detailed design, engineering, and industrial work before we had an actual boat. Looking back and comparing the artist renderings to the real thing, it’s amazing how accurate the two turned out to be.
Despite not having a real boat to show in 2013, we sold one to long-time Jeanneau 54DS customer, John Palmer. John, along with his dealer, Bob Reed of St. Clair Sailboat Center in Detroit, MI would travel to France at least 3 times over the course of the next 6 months to visit with Erik Stromberg, project manager and to see how hull #1 was coming together. By March we had a completed boat, by April she was in the water and by June, the first 64 had made its way down the west coast of France, around the bottom of Portugal and Spain, through the Straights of Gibraltar, across the Mediterranean Sea to the French Island of Corsica for its formal introduction to the world.
It would take a few more months before hull #2 became a reality and a few more months after this before hull numbers 3 and 4 arrived. And as much as we had hoped to show the 64 as last year’s Annapolis show it simply wasn’t to be. In fact, the 64 has been to very few boat shows around the world but despite this, the boat, or should I say yacht, has been an incredible success with over 35 boats sold to date including 5 in North America.
On Thursday, March 8th, the 2015 Annapolis Sailboat Show will swing into action. A main attraction at this year’s show will most certainly be the Jeanneau 64. She will be featured prominently within our display for all to see and admire. It’s taken 2 years but I can assure you, it was worth the wait.
For more information about the Jeanneau 64 and to make an appointment to visit her during the Annapolis show, please contact me at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Annapolis Sailboat Show.