But there’s much more to the 64 than just the comfort level. Some may consider this boat just a big Jeanneau, because it is; but then again, it isn’t. Think of it more as a small superyacht, since it’s the big-boat features that really set the 64 apart.
As you step aboard, the first thing you’ll notice is the size of the cockpit, which occupies over 40 percent of the deck area. The space is clearly divided between work and play. An overhead arch keeps the mainsheet out of the way, and trimming it is a push-button affair for the helmsman. A Harken captive winch is tucked neatly under the saloon floorboards just for this purpose — something typically found only on much larger vessels. (Jeanneau can also install a captive winch for the main halyard as an option.) For relaxing in the cockpit, you’ll find settees on each side with tables that can lower to turn the seats into comfortable outdoor berths. A large dodger protects the companionway from spray, and a bimini can extend all the way to the arch. On the boat I sailed, there was a second bimini for the dual helms, which kept us out of the rain on that squally day. The business end of the cockpit includes not just the steering wheels, winches and sailhandling controls, but also an outdoor galley of sorts: consoles that contain a sink, fridge, icemaker and storage, and a grill that lifts out of a lazarette on its own stand. In the transom, there’s a neat dinghy garage sized to fit a 9-foot-6-inch Williams Turbojet 285 tender, which is available as an option.