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Beneteau 57, sailing charter yacht greece
Boat details
Type Sloop Cabins / Berths

5 / 10

LOA 17.60 m Toilets 5
Displacement 21.5 tons Showers

5 + 1 Deck

Beam 4.93 m Engine 123KW / 165HP
Draft 2.10 m Diesel 480 lt
Main Sail

74m², Furling

Water 1000 lt
Genoa 94 m², Furling Year 2006-2007
Boat overview
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Equipment

Deck equipment: Electric anchor, windlass,Cockpit table, Cockpit shower, Cockpit speakers, Steering wheel, Dinghy, Outboard motor, Spray-hood, Bimini top Electronics & Facilities: Electric fridge, Gas oven, Log & Speed, V.H.F., GPS, Wind Instruments, Depth sounder, Radio, CD Player
Rigging / Sails: Roller furling genoa, Roller furling main, Spinnaker fitting.

 

Benetau 57

For years, Francois Chalain, Beneteau's chief designer and inhouse conceptualist, dreamed about creating a production boat like the new 57. His vision centered on a powerful sailing machine with the kind of luxurious amenities and long list of standard features that would permanently alter the public's perception of the world's largest sailboat builder, placing it squarely among the ranks of the elite custom boatbuilders. And as lofty as those aspirations are, there is also a practical side to Beneteau's stunning new flagship. Dealer Chuck Laughlin of St. Barts Yachts in Charleston, South Carolina, puts it in perspective: "The 57 is a natural progression, it's the next step up for Beneteau 50 owners."

The new 57 is a leap for Beneteau; this new center-cockpit passagemaker has genuinely raised the bar for production builders as it combines a hull form that allows for luxurious accommodations and yet one that offers surprising performance.

The boat is a powerful sloop rig, and with the bow sections a bit fuller than Beneteau's usual First Series boats, the beam, of which there is plenty, seems less pronounced. The construction is in line with Beneteau's other big boats, featuring a solid hull and balsa-cored deck. The hull also includes a balsa rib band for stiffening. A massive hull liner that is bonded and laminated to the hull provides structural integrity.

The cockpit is brilliantly designed, that is if you can live with a bulkhead-mounted wheel with an impressive wooden cockpit table that is the perfect place for a meal, either under way or, better yet, at anchor. There is also a spacious aft deck, ideal for sunning or simply stretching out and there is handsome teak seating as well. If you're the claustrophobic type, this boat is for you. The deck includes teak on the side decks and molded nonskid on the coachroof.

There are three basic arrangements, offering two, three or four private cabins. The test model included the impressive owners stateroom aft. The derigueur centerline queen berth has drawers below, and a large hanging locker offers more storage. There is abundant ventilation and natural light in this simple but very comfortable stateroom. Indeed, ventilation and natural lighting is terrific throughout the boat. There seem to be Lewmar Ocean deck hatches and Atlantic series portlights everywhere. The aft head includes a molded shower compartment with plenty of head and elbow room.

A large dining table, flanked by a curved settee and free-standing chairs are to port with the compact but very functional navigation station to starboard. The galley is to port, aft of the companionway. There is plenty of counter space, a four-burner gimbaled stove and a built-in microwave. The fridge is front-loading, for convenience, while the freezer is reached through the top- less accessible but far better for keeping the cold in. Forward, most boats have double guest cabins, with a crew cabin and separate sail locker. The sail locker is especially useful, like a garage, and it also provides access to the workings of the indispensable bow thruster.

The new Beneteau 57 is a worthy flagship for the world's largest sailboat builder. It's a world-class yacht and an excellent big boat value. Francois Chalain can rest easy; his dream has been realized in a powerful synthesis of fiberglass, stainless steel and pure French style.