Big and bright on the inside
With an open saloon that adjoins a full beam galley, panoramic windows, and very well proportioned cabins, there’s an overwhelming feeling of space below. Ours had the master cabin forward with identical twin doubles aft. The saloon, including chart table to starboard, is a bountiful area, accentuated by an abundance of white on the head and hull linings. The interior is naturally very well lit, with multiple square overhead lights providing good illumination at night. Our test boat had a Moabi laminate finish, but there are options of oak and teak trim. Sturdy grab bars are everywhere.
A large wet hanging locker is practically situated aft of a portside table that uses three securable chairs to provide seating for eight. Storage behind the berths both to port and starboard is ample. The comfortable navigation station adjoins the starboard berth with a desk big enough for A1 charts and a large panel for screens.
One level forward and down from the saloon, the galley spans the large beam, allowing for plenty of worktop and stowage space. The test boat’s owner had opted for a second front opening fridge to compliment the top-loading fridge, plus there’s space for a washing machine, two-storey dishwasher and an icemaker. And being a Bordeaux-born boat, we even had a wine-climatiser.
Going forward, headroom reduces, yet remains a lofty seven feet in the master cabin. The white vinyl work and abundance of natural light from four deck hatches renders a bright and airy mood. A walk-in closet provides ample storage, with extra under the huge island berth. To port is a large lift-up vanity cabinet with swing out stool and mirror, and the ensuite is contemporarily styled, similar to the aft two heads.
These serve the identical double aft cabins (the starboard side has a second door for day heads access): with shower doors and seats over the heads, these make a treat for guests. The berths meanwhile are over five feet wide, offering comfort on most angles of heel, but air-conditioning back here proved vital to compensate for the cabins’ small porthole allowance.
Engineering it all
Machinery access throughout is exemplary. Under the cockpit steps, there is a walk-in room housing the water maker, waste tank, water filters and generator exhaust separator, all meticulously labelled. And the impressive network of fresh water manifolds are all kept together behind the saloon berth, with a picture diagram for identification mounted alongside. Access is also methodical, with fittings all mounted on railings to slide out for servicing.
The engine and generator are mounted centrally and low for weight optimisation, and the well-insulated saloon sole panels all lift on suction cups for unrestricted access.
Built in two halves using balsa wood composite, the Bordeaux 60s are resin-infused with quadaxial glass and carbon reinforcement. An aluminium grid is bonded to the hull onto which the keel and shrouds are connected, forming a strong frame from forepeak to garage. This garage opens hydraulically, operated by a remote unit on deck and can fit a 3.2-metre deflated RIBm with a hinging gangway above.
Owner care is paramount to Bordeaux, who spend at least three days going over the boat with each new owner. Each build comes with an impressive user manual, which includes photos, diagrams and explanations detailing literally every aspect of the yacht.
Overall, the Bordeaux 60 has the lines and look to sell from the glossy pictures alone. But the Bordeaux 60 is also a rewarding and versatile yacht. She can equally be a fast, ocean-going passage-maker, a family or charter boat, or a liveaboard. Voluminous accommodation and a large cockpit equal a lot of boat for the buck. Under the surface, there are fittings and finishes that may more resemble the parent company’s production boats, but her detailed machinery fit-out convinces you that she’s been put together carefully. It’s a clever compromise that delivers benefits from experience in both the custom and production fields.
CNB have also hit a clever niche with this length that fits squarely between the production and mini-superyacht bracket, coining it “spirit of the superyacht”. They’re serially producing slick designs, while ensuring their owners feel like the million dollars they’ve spent on them, a trick that motoryacht builders started doing years ago. Bordeaux have now done the same with a good-looking sailing yacht straight out of the box.
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