cruising sailing yacht / open transom / deck saloon / carbon
open transom, deck saloon
twin steering wheels, custom
16.8 m (55'01")
Launched in August 2011, this 55 foot custom carbon cruising yacht is from the drawing board of Botin Carkeek Yacht Design, and was Project Managed by Steve Marten, formerly of Marten Yachts.
The hull and deck shells, along with all internal structural members, are in carbon fibre and foam cores infused with epoxy resins. Strict quality controls have been utilized to ensure all components are built to specified weight targets.
Powered by a 75hp Yanmar marine diesel engine through a sail drive unit and Gori folding propeller, the M55 is also fitted with a hydraulic lifting keel, traveller, twin backstay rams, boom vang and jib car pullers. The M55 features all electric winches and a retractable bow thruster, a Spectra watermaker is also fitted and the boat utilizes BEP's new C-Zone electrical management system.
A custom hinged carbon fibre anchor arm folds back into the anchor locker to keep the foredeck clear and the retractable prod extends the sail plan 2 metres forward of the stem. Roller furling is utilized for the cruising jib and Code Zero, with all halyards and reef lines run aft under the cabin top to keep the decks clear.
The interior cabinetry is predominantly in a semi-gloss painted finish, with solid walnut timber fiddles inlaid with carbon fibre detailing. The bench tops are Corian, while the interior soles are in solid Bamboo planking over carbon and foam panels.