Published: Friday, 09 March 2012

Featuring design by Garroni, which emphasises the interior spaces and ensures oversized windows, the yacht has found favour among Western and Eastern buyers alike. Jeanneau has now added to its range, which started with the revamped Prestige 60, and which now includes the new 550.

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The 550 continues the muted by stylish colour tones of the Prestige line, as well as the large window spaces. Below decks, guests in the forward cabins will notice that the large windows that are normally reserved for the midships area have been carried forward, making the VIP cabin seem more spacious and light. Wide aft doors open up to create a large continuous space running from the aft cockpit to the helm station.

Zeus pod drives have been specially fitted to the purpose built hulls, which means that Jeanneau has been able to move the engines forward for a lower shaft angle, which means better transmission of power to the water for improved efficiency. Additionally, the Zeus drives have been coupled to the Skyhook system, which allows the operator to hold the yacht in a specified position (using GPS technology) to a single point at the touch of a button.

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With a length overall of nearly 18 metres and hull length of 16 metres, the 550 has a maximum beam of almost five metres and standard keel draught of 1.17 metres. Thanks to the Zeus pod drives, the 550 manages a fuel consumption rate of 193 litres per hour at cruising speed of 24 knots, yielding a cruising range of 240 nautical miles. On her standard 600 horsepower engines, the 550 can hit top speeds of 30 knots, which provides plenty of wind-in-the-hair excitement for those on the flybridge or lounging at the bow.

The Prestige line is also known for being the luxury element of Jeanneau, and the company does not disappoint, adding such features as electrically powered swim platoform that lowers into the water, letting swimmers access the platform more easily, or providing a place to launch a small tender or jet ski. The bow area sun pad features an auto-activated half-bimini shade cover for readers and sunbathers.

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