Quick Look: Z60

Cruising World 2008 New Boat Showcase

The Z60 is the first boat out of Zeydon, a new yard in Belgium that aims to build semi-custom, high-performance cruising yachts. Described in the company’s press release as a “shorthanded luxury sports cruiser for him and her,” the Z60 is styled above the sheerline in the contemporary automotive motif and below the sheerline after the Open 60 class, but without the extreme beam or the canting keel.

From the renderings (the first boat was due to be launched last summer), the deck appears arranged to provide a spacious post-sailing social area rather than a hunker-down cockpit for passagemaking. Twin carbon-fiber steering wheels straddle a walk-thru to an aft deck platform that covers a garage for the RIB tender.

With careful construction, the Z60 will meet its target 48,000-pound displacement, but even at that the SA/D is about 20, which means the crew will get their exercise.


Z60 Specs

LOA: 60′ 0″
LWL: 54′ 9″
Beam: 16′ 11″
Draft: 9′ 0″
Sail Area: 1686
Displacement: 48,000
Designer: Zeydon/BMW Group DesignworksUSA
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