The key attributes of this British builder of high quality long distance cruising yachts are well known among serious sailors. First among these is the ability for each design to be easily handled by a couple.
The thinking here goes well beyond simply fitting appropriate deck gear – for instance, the saloon is reached by only three steps from the companionway. In addition, the layout allows for easy communication between someone in the cockpit and another person at either the navigation station or in the galley.
Another distinctive feature is the internal watch-keeper’s station, which allows for an almost all-round view from the protection and safety of the deck saloon. The boats are also fitted with two headsails – a large overlapping genoa and a self-tacking blade jib. This arrangement offers the ultimate in flexibility, whether cruising in northern Europe or with both sails poled out on a trade wind Atlantic crossing.
However, until now the company’s smallest offering has been the Discovery 57. This new 48-footer is therefore an appealing addition to the range for anyone who is seeking a smaller and more manageable vessel that retains the same hallmark qualities.
It’s offered in two variants, including an Ocean version with single wheel steering in a large centre cockpit and two luxury en suite cabins.
The Riviera alternative has been designed with twin wheels, a huge open cockpit, a sumptuous owner’s cabin forward and two further double cabins aft.
Buyers of the new boat will also benefit from the high levels of after sales care the company offers. Each part of the build – and all equipment – is fully documented, with Discovery retaining records so that owners can phone from anywhere in the world for advice on solving problems. If necessary qualified (and well briefed) engineers can be dispatched to any location.