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Launched - Discovery 55 designed for cruising

British boatbuilder Discovery Yachts has introduced a cruiser designed for liveaboard bluewater sailors.

The Discovery 55 raised-saloon sloop was developed for sailors who want to spend a year or more cruising, with space for guests. Inspired by Discovery’s managing director John Charnley, a veteran single-handed sailor and founder of the Sunsail charter company, the boat features uncluttered decks, wide companionways and watertight bulkheads. Electric winches with manual override are also standard.

Charnley recruited noted naval architect Ron Holland and yacht interior designer Ken Freivokh, whose mission, according to the company, was to strive for elegance, style, comfort, durability and performance.

Teak decks, a hot tub at the helm and a drinks locker under the pilot berth are among the Discovery 55’s standard amenities.

The aft owner’s stateroom is spacious, with a king-sized double berth, armchair, lockers and space for an optional full-sized washer and dryer. The yacht also has two forward guest cabins, a walk-in engine room, raised nav area, and spacious galley.

The hull is vacuum-bagged around balsa core with Kevlar reinforcement below the waterline. Length overall is 55 feet, 9 inches with a draft of nearly 16 feet beam and a draft of 7 feet, 3 inches. The 55 is equipped with a Yanmar 140-hp turbo diesel, communications equipment and Hood sails. Base price is around $1 million. Contact Discovery Yachts, Southampton, England. Phone: 44 (0) 23 8086-5555.