Sunday, February 23

Jetten Plans New Dutch-Built, 34-knot, Beach 55 Cruiser

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Jetten Jachtbouw just introduced plans for its new Beach 55 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The new cruiser is the first model since the prestigious Dutch yard was bought by MSAR under Jack Wijnants. He said he wanted to keep the Dutch reputation for high quality and superior seamanship, while providing a new direction with Innovative construction techniques.

The new four-stateroom Jetten Beach 55 will have Volvo power, a top speed of about 34 knots, and a range of about 675 at 10 knots. The boat has a plumb bow, a low profile (even with its flybridge), and a contemporary Dutch cruising yacht design.

Wijnants said he has spent many years cruising with his family on Dutch yachts, and he has always appreciated their well-known qualities. But, he said, “I want to change the way we see this category of yacht by bringing new and innovative construction techniques to the Netherlands. The results will be low maintenance, low running costs, and greater use of interior space. Owners will appreciate this difference every single day.”

One of the larger builders in the Netherlands, Jetten has delivered 350 yachts since 1997. With MSAR, Wijnants has been building patrol and rescue boats, plus the luxury AmaSea 84 catamaran.

The new Jetten 55 will have several social and entertaining areas, including a dining table and U-shaped sofa and sunpad on the foredeck. An optional “beach club” with lounge seating folds down from the transom. The transom also offers access to the engine room.

From the large teak swim platform, you walk up steps on the starboard side to the aft deck, which is protected from the elements by the boat deck extending overhead. It has a large table and settee for al fresco dining or entertaining. Large glass doors open to the salon. It has an open plan with a large table and U-shaped sofa to port and a settee to starboard. The galley is forward, opposite the helm, which has twin pilot chairs. Large wraparound windows and a sunroof overhead let in lots of natural light.

Central stairs lead from the salon down to the accommodation deck. The master stateroom is full-beam amidships. It has a sofa and windows for views of the water, a vanity and en suite head with his-and-hers sinks and a shower. The other three cabins and head are forward. A single crew cabin is in the bow with hatch access to the foredeck.

The flybridge has an extendable dining table, sofa seating, a large sunpad and a barbecue and sink. The nav station has two helm chairs. In an optional layout, the sunpad extends almost across the full beam aft, while the table and seating move forward.

Wijnants said the first Beach 55 will be launched in 2021, and will cost about $2,066,000. We’ll post more details when we have them. Read more:




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