Sep 16, 2009
By Tim Murphy
This new model was built with an eye to comfort in port and performance on the water. The Beneteau folks will tell you that their new Beneteau 54 was created with three features foremost in mind: the cockpit, the owner’s cabin, and the main salon. In the course of our inspections last fall, Cruising World‘s Boat of the Year judges discovered plenty of value in the boat’s many other features, as well.
From across the water, the 54’s sleekness is the thing you’ll notice first. On a waterline of almost 50 feet—the bow nearly plumb, the scoop transom canting gently aft from the deck—it’s the horizontal line that dominates. The cabin top scarcely rises off the foredeck before the mast, and no hard angles announce the house, only subtle curves. READ FULL REVIEW