The 57 is Jeanneau's flagship yacht, which certain brings elevated expectations from clients and owners about the quality of a yacht. The 57 however has the added pressure of replacing the Sun Odyssey 54 DS, one of the most successful production yachts of all time. So how does it compare? Very well, very well indeed.
The 57 has been described by some yachting media as a mini-superyacht, with a quality that is seldom found on production line boats. The 57 has Jeanneau's signature curved windows, which add to it's sleek, slippery and very stylish appearance.
Although not as bulbous as the SO54DS, it has fantastic space below decks. The saloon is light and commodious, with a well appointed 'L' shaped galley and a large saloon table that can easily fit up to ten people around it. There are five cabins with a versatile layout. There are two double aft cabins, one of which can be split to make a twin. Forward there are three cabins, one is in the very bow of the yacht and can either be an enclosed skipper's cabin or a great cabin for the kids. The other are two smaller doubles, one of which has a Pullman bed that folds down to create a bunk sleeping setup.
It is above decks that the Jeanneau 57 really comes into its own. The cockpit is huge, with the companionway almost a mini-cockpit in itself, with two lovely sun loungers ether side. The twin helms are a long way back in the yacht, creating a large lounging space, an obvious priority for cruising sailing holidays in the Med, and fantastic free flow through the cockpit. The side-folding cockpit table is easily large enough for everyone to eat alfresco. Finally, there is a transom garage that folds down to create a swimming platform.
All in all, the Jeanneau 57 is a fine yacht. It will suit families, groups and skippered charters that are willing to spend a bit more to get a whole lot more.
Yacht Capacity: Sleeps up to 10 (ideal for 9)
This yacht is ideal for up to 9 people sharing four cabins + skipper's cabin. If on a skippered charter, this yacht is the perfect size for eight people plus a skipper, where the skipper has one cabin and eight of you share the four remaining cabins.
Please note that one further person can sleep in the saloon.