Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 55: at last the suspense is over


01/2008 –

The Pilot Saloon 55 has been unveiled for the first time ever at the 2007 Paris Boat Show. Like it’s predecessors, the range’s new flagship is the work of architects Berret and Racoupeau, with the participation of designers Couëdel-Hugon. With this latest sailing yacht, Wauquiez is targeting sailors who, although convinced by the 47-footer, are looking for something larger. The suspense began one year ago, and is soon to come to an end.

From plans to construction
The project for the Pilot Saloon 55 was first presented in a 1:20 scale model at the 2006 Paris Boat Show, where visitors discovered the long, harmonious lines, simple deck plan and spacious interior with high quality fittings. The hull of the very first real-life version was moulded in May 2007 then fitted with the engine, electrical systems and plumbing. The manufacturer then moved on to installing the various interior fittings which remain true to the Wauquiez tradition but with more colour and more comfort. Wenge, teak and stainless steel bring out the new upholstery in Goya red Alcantara for the seat cushions and cream for the backs.

Bigger, faster and more comfortable

The Wauquiez PS 55 is the epitome of sophistication and comfort. The aft owner’s cabin and the two double guest cabins have their own independent shower rooms. The U-shaped galley is designed to be as practical at sea as in port, and the saloon remains as impressive as ever with its panoramic view. The deck was installed on the first Pilot Saloon 55 in mid-October, along with the famous arch that takes the mainsheet, outdoor loudspeakers, bimini and lights. The other sheets and manoeuvring lines run under the coachouse coamings. The 2 electric winches allow complete control of the boat from the helm station. With an LOA of 17 m, maximum beam of 4.95 m and 2.4 m draught, the Pilot Saloon 55 is built for the high seas. She carries 415 litres of diesel and 800 litres of water, ensuring excellent autonomy.

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