With the first year of production sold before the first examples roll off the production line it’s no great surprise that the new Jeanneau 51 has seen so much success so quickly. With the same high end finish, stylish good looks and modern chined hull design this is very much a state-of-the-art design, using the hugely experienced super-yacht team of Philippe Briand naval architecture & Andrew Winch styling and interior design. The cockpit is huge with the same ‘snugs’ at the forward end as the bigger Jeanneau 54 that we debuted at the Sydney Show last year. It also shares the same optional patented ‘terrace’ at the transom, and forward bimini. Down below is a sophisticated interior layout that is in one way very conventional, but ingenious in how it best uses the volume of this hull to provide an amazing saloon space for entertaining, and three generous cabins, with the choice of 2 or three heads. The 2-head layout (two of which are on order for PBS customers) offer a utility room immediately aft of the galley which effectively becomes a walk-in pantry off space for additional refrigeration, ice-maker and other options.
This is a luxury yacht, carefully designed to maximise the use of the cockpit, where we spend 95% of our time, to be comfortable at anchor, whether entertaining or simply relaxing, and also at sea. Although it looks like it should command a premium the price is highly competitive, due to Jeanneau being the most successful producer of production yachts over 50 feet. Their Jeanneau brand yacht production facility is state-of-the-art and highly efficient and this is how they have managed to offer the new Jeanneau 51 at such an attractive price point.