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Jeanneau 53 Review


Jeanneau 57 and Jeanneau 53

By Bill Springer

With two new models in the 50-plus range, the company launches its “Yacht” line. A boat review from our August 2010 issue.

Jeanneau 53As I glanced over at Henry Ford’s summer house on the tony shores of Grosse Point, Michigan, I couldn’t help but contemplate mass production. Of course, the new line of Jeanneau “Yachts,” comprised of the Jeanneau 53, which I was test-sailing, and an equally well-appointed 57-footer, have little in common with a Model T, except that they’re built on a production line. As I glanced over at Henry Ford’s summer house on the tony shores of Grosse Point, Michigan, I couldn’t help but contemplate mass production. Of course, the new line of Jeanneau “Yachts,” comprised of the Jeanneau 53, which I was test-sailing, and an equally well-appointed 57-footer, have little in common with a Model T, except that they’re built on a production line.

And that’s what makes these boats so interesting. They have the good looks, waterline length, interior space, big-boat systems, and bluewater capability often found on custom and semicustom boats in the north-of-50-feet range, but they’re designed and built to take advantage of many of the mass-production techniques that Jeanneau has developed to enhance both quality and value on its other models. I took the 53 for a test-drive on Lake Michigan to see for myself.

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