LOA: 16.8 m
Beam: 4.8 m
Displacement: 12000 kg
Draft: 2.3 -3.9 m
Upwind Sail Area: 174 m2
Downwind Sail Area: 360 m2
Launched in August 2011, this 55 foot custom carbon cruising yacht was built by Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders in Auckland, 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.
The cockpit layout incorporates large comfortable seats to each side forward with a drop leaf table on centreline. Aft are twin wheels with adjustable helmsman's foot chocks either side of a large lazarette hatch. The walk through transom with sliding door also incorporates a swim step and custom dinghy davits. The cockpit sole and seat tops are laid with teak decking.
With her race boat construction, carbon rig and rigging from Hall Spars, Harken deck gear and a combination of Doyle windward sails and North Sails gennakers, this yacht promises to provide very competitive racing as well as the ultimate in cruising comfort.