Argentous, Trois Vignes, Amandine, Madelene ll, Serenity, and now Celerity, are all Jeanneau 64s that I’ve had the pleasure of sailing and spending time aboard since the 64 was first introduced in Corsica in June, 2014. I’m lucky I know! And while all these boats each have their own, unique personality, they also share the same great design features that you’ll find on all 29 boats built to date.
Officially, the Jeanneau 64 is part of the “Yachts” collection that includes all models above 50 feet, including the new Jeanneau 54 and 57. In reality however, the 64 is in a league all its own. Designed by naval architect, Philippe Briand in close collaboration with designer, Andrew Winch, the 64 is truly a mini super-yacht more akin to an Oyster or Swan than any other production boat on the market today; it’s simply a lot more than just a big boat.
This past March I was fortunate enough to spend a week aboard Serenity in the Caribbean for the 2016 Owner’s Rendezvous. Not only was the event itself great fun, it allowed me to see firsthand how the boat performs as a live-aboard. And, since our cruise began with a 120 mile passage from St. Maarten to Virgin Gorda across the Anagada Passage in 25 knots of wind, I got to experience all aspects of what the Jeanneau 64 offers.
A few of the sailing features that’s hard not to love include the North sails that come standard on every boat. Most of our customers chose to have the in-mast furling main. But Celerity, the boat I most recently sailed on, has a boom furling system that allows for a beautiful fully-battened, full-roach North mainsail that really adds to the sailing performance without losing the convenience of stowing the main at the end of the day. Another great feature is the optional Harken captive winch that lives below decks and allows you to sheet the main in and out with the touch of a button. For world cruising, it’s nice to have the optional inner-headstay which allows you to sail under reefed main and staysail; a real pleasure for when the winds pipe up and it’s time to reduce sail.
On deck creature comforts include an enormous cockpit that’s nicely separated into two distinct zones with the forward part reserved for lounging and dining and the aft cockpit reserved for all things related to the actual sailing of the boat. It’s truly a treat to be on deck aboard the Jeanneau 64 whether at the helm sailing or stretched out forward with a cold one in your hand. Either way, on deck living aboard the 64 is a delight.
Talk with Erik Stromberg, product development manager at Jeanneau, and he’ll tell you the 64 is “engineered for choice.” What he means by this is that while the 64 is a long ways away from a fully customizable yacht, there are several interior design configurations for people to choose from allowing customers to configure their boat to their liking. So whether you’re looking for owner’s cabin aft or owner’s cabin forward the design already exists; all you have to do is plug and play. Like to have a 4th cabin for extra guests? No problem, the option to have this is there for the taking. Like to have a skipper’s cabin or pantry or additional head? It’s not a problem because they have all been designed into the boat. This “engineered for choice” approach helps drastically to keep quality high and costs low.
All and all the Jeanneau 64 is a pretty sensational boat. And I guess it’s fair to say that I have a bit of a love affair going on with the 64 as well. And why not, it’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s fun to sail anywhere you want to go; safely, quickly, and in total comfort. I consider myself lucky that I’ve had the opportunity now to sail on so many different 64s and I look forward to the time when I do so again. So here’s to the Jeanneau 64, until we meet again!
And here’s a nice video of the 64 in action taken aboard Argentous, hull #1: