The Jeanneau 45 DS is instantly recognizable by the teardrop portlights and rakish, southern European styling. This almost trademark look comes courtesy of Italian designer Vittorio Garroni. The hull and interior arrangement is the work of Phillipe Briand, who has been drawing boats for Jeanneau since 1984. Pairing different naval architects with Garroni has been an effective strategy. Jeanneau has maintained consistency with its deck saloon series while incorporating the latest innovations in performance and manufacturing processes. The 45 DS is modern and sexy but not trendy or gimmicky. It's fresh and reeks of quality, the marks of good design work.
On board, there’s a feeling is of being up on top of the water, thanks to a wide, open cockpit.
The helm position at both wheels is well laid out, with the engine throttle at the port wheel, and instruments – Autohelm, VHF radio command mic and pod-mounted Raymarine E120 chartplotter – all nicely to hand.
he Harken genoa winches are also within easy reach but the mainsheet is led to the coachroof.
Sitting outboard to steer is comfortable with clear visibility forwards and a curved footwell provides good bracing when standing.
There are plenty of grab handles around the wheels, table and companionway for moving around, and the table provides necessary bracing for crew when heeled.
One of the two winches on the coachroof is electric for hoisting the mainsail.
With all lines led aft, there was a lot of rope lying on deck.
Rope bags would have helped, though the 41DS and 44DS have rope bins in the cockpit sole.
Wide side decks allow an easy passage forward, although there is a narrow ledge outside the cockpit coaming to look out for.
Shrouds terminate just outboard of the coachroof, leaving plenty of space to step round them.
The low-proﬁ le coachroof creates a large working area on the foredeck and the deep anchor locker contains an electric windlass.
Moulded GRP decks give good grip and a teak toerail keeps feet securely on deck.
The steps down to the wide bathing platform contain the liferaft and cockpit storage is ample, with shallow cockpit lockers under the benches and plenty of space beneath the helm seats and cockpit coamings aft.
Below decks, large windows and a pale wood finish give a bright, spacious feeling.
Hull ports offer views outside when sitting at the saloon table.
Nice details include recessed grabrails running the length of the saloon in the deckhead and just below the windows, so there is always a handhold at any angle of heel, and a locker dubbed ‘the juke box’ by Boyd, just forward of the chart table, which opens to reveal a mirror-lined cabinet of glasses and a good selection of bottles – a dangerous proposition one might argue, in a remote anchorage.
Two rather cave-like aft cabins are helped by an extra dose of daylight from hatches that open into the cockpit.
The forward heads provides an en suite for the owners’ cabin with a closed-off shower compartment.
The other heads, aft of the chart table, has two doors for access from the saloon or the port aft cabin.
The L-shaped galley offers good space for preparing meals, with two cool-lockers, one of which could be opened from the front and top.
The other is used as a freezer. The cook can prepare meals without being in anyone’s way and the companionway steps provide bracing for cooking under way.
Work surface space is increased with infills over the double sink.
Shore power inlet
Battery Charger (2)
LED interior and cockpit lighting
Electric Head (2)
Wind Speed/Direction Apparent/True
Bluetooth Stereo with Bose Speakers
Vagabond Deux is fitted with a 9/10 fractional Z-Spars rig with two sets of swept-back spreaders and a hydraulically adjustable split backstay.
A powerful fully-battened mainsail and large overlapping genoa give her plenty of drive and options for adjustment. Single-line slab reefs are led back to the cockpit.
A high boom and the mainsheet forward of the companionway keeps the cockpit clear, but does mean that a couple of mast steps are needed to get hold of the head of the sail and to zip up the mainsail cover.
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