Quick Look: Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 55

Cruising World 2008 New Boat Showcase

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It's amazing what a little extra length provides for freeing up styling and accommodations. The PS 55 slips comfortably into the appearance set by its smaller predecessors and the layout above and below deck benefits in several ways from the added elbowroom.

A simple flip of the aft cabin entrance from port to starboard resolves many of the step up-step down issues that arise in a raised saloon design. Two double cabins forward complement the vast owner's suite under the cockpit and the elevated dining area provides every passenger with a view of the anchorage.

As in the PS 47 and PS 41, the companionway makes a sheltered perch for the watchkeeper, with ready access to the nav desk and essential tools.

Sail controls lead to plinths forward of the twin steering wheels, making them accessible from the helm. A targa-type arch supports the mainsheet traveler, lifting potential clutter from the cockpit and providing handy support when moving between cockpit and deck.
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Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 55 Specs

LOA: 58' 0"
LWL: 50' 5"
Beam: 16' 2"
Draft: 7' 6"
Sail Area: 1488
Displacement: 42,990
Water: 110 gal
Fuel: 110 gal
Designer: Berret/Racoupeau
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