UK reviewer Rupert Holmes found the all-new 2017 Jeanneau 54 on display at the London Boat Show, so naturally, he moved in for a closer look. Join Rupert and see first-hand why he found it exceptionally roomy, both inside and out.


Though this model is significantly smaller than the flagship Jeanneau 64, the similarities in Jeanneau’s latest style and design are easy to see. Sleek may be the best descriptive word to use, as these sailboats have low coachroofs, and the cockpits are exceptionally long for the size of the boats. They’re also made easier to sail, with lines led aft to the within reach of the helm and staysails that are self-tacking on a track just ahead of the mast. Another similarity these models share can be found down below, in an interior that’s contemporary and finely finished.

One feature that showed briefly in the video but is worth further discussion is the aft “terrace”. This is essentially a mini version of the “beach club” transoms seen on super yachts. The center aft deck slides back—at the press of a button, of course—and then lowers to within a few inches of the waterline. It not only makes for easy access to the water or a dinghy, but also exposes a pair of aft-facing lounges which were previously hidden beneath the deck.

Another tricked-out feature in the cockpit is the dinghy davit. Unlike those we’ve seen in the past, this one slides down and retracts into the coaming, completely out of the way when not in use. The system is similar to the way some towing posts retract on watersports boats. And one final perk to take note of back here is the huge amount of seating and lounging space provided both port and starboard, with a fold-down cocktail table in-between.

As Rupert mentioned in the video, the interior of the boat is highly customizable. Most unusual is the ability to push the galley aft and up-size the saloon, or to move the galley forward and use the aft cabin area for a stateroom with two single berths. Either way, there’s also a VIP stateroom aft and the owner’s cabin forward.

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Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.