The Ron Holland-designed Discovery 55 sets a high benchmark for the luxury, push button cruising yacht category. The interior layout is brilliant with a raised dinette, pilot station, large passageway galley, full beam aft owner’s stateroom, bunk room, and VIP guest stateroom. Interior design details are by the renowned mega yacht stylist Ken Freivokh. The light maple interior and large saloon windows make the interior bright and airy. A walk-in engine room allows superb machinery access.
INTERLUDE is hull no. 19 of this Discovery 55 series. She was launched in 2007 and spent most of her life in the eastern Mediterranean with light seasonal use and on-land storage until November of 2017 when she participated in the ARC rally ending up in the Caribbean. Her condition is therefore excellent when compared to sisterships that have circumnavigated as is their wont and capability. She has never been chartered and has always received the best of care. Electronics were updated in 2017 with a full suite of the latest Raymarine Hybrid Touch displays.
INTERLUDE is now in Annapolis and available for viewing. She has just been bottom painted and is ready for summer cruising in New England or beyond.
INTERLUDE has a navy-blue gel coat hull with thin gold cove strip and red over white boot stripes. Three opening hull side ports on each side and an opening port in the transom assist interior views and ventilation. The functional and gracious Ron Holland-design has a flared/overhanging bow to keep the decks dry in a seaway and facilitate clear anchor deployment from the stemhead bow rollers. The reverse transom is scooped in way of the swim step and mid-level steps to the main deck. This well-designed stern serves many functions. A telescoping stainless-steel swim ladder is housed just above the waterline where it can easily be extended by a swimmer in the water; an important safety feature. A stainless-steel crab bar is just above the swim ladder. Two hinged-top storage lockers are located in the full beam mid-height step; excellent for storing dive/snorkel gear, fishing gear, and outboard engine gas. An additional small step makes for easy ascension to the main deck.
Staying on deck is vital to safety aboard any offshore cruising yachts and the Discovery 55 is well set up for crew safety. A 3” tall raised bulwark surrounds the deck and is topped with a 3.5” wide teak caprail. The bulwark rises to 6” high at the bow with a graceful spring of the sheer line. Large stainless-steel mooring cleats are mounted atop the caprails eliminating the need for chocks. Extra-high stanchions are set into the bulwark, keeping side decks open and uncluttered. Double stainless steel-uncoated wire lifelines run from stern pushpit to bow pulpit with interruption at the midship’s boarding gates.
Ground tackle and handling gear is well-suited for a world class cruising yacht. Double Delrin bow rollers with massive stainless-steel cheeks are welded to the stemhead and recessed into the caprail. The anchor locker is top opening and drains overboard.
The deck and coachroof are overlayed with 12mm thick teak and rubber. This decking is recessed level into the coachroof forward of the raised saloon and aft of the cockpit. Large, aluminum-framed tinted safety glass windows in the forward face and sides of the raised saloon delineate this yacht as a Discovery. The two outboard, forward facing window hinge open when airflow is desired in the saloon. A visored and well-cambered roof tops this raised saloon. Stainless steel handrails are secured outboard along both sides of this deckhouse.
Sailing yachts designed for long range cruising need ample “deck-accessible” storage. A large bow locker just aft of anchor locker is entered through a gasketed and guttered flush deck hatch. The aft bulkhead is watertight and serves well as a collision bulkhead. Two quarter lockers are accessed through flush, gasketed and guttered deck hatches. Two side deck lockers are to port midships. The aft locker dedicated to cooking gas.
Another hallmark feature of the Discovery 55 is the comfortable and well-protected center cockpit. Located behind the raised saloon with narrow, curved coamings rising above the aft coachroof, this space serves well for sailing or lounging. The settees have high backs and are inlaid with teak and rubber. The cockpit widens slightly outboard of the helm. The cockpit sole is also covered with teak and rubber and drains forward into a grating covered “line tail” trough. A fixed teak cockpit table with hinged side leaves breaks up this wide cockpit. A tan canvas dodger mounted atop a raised foundation base protects the forward cockpit and companionway. A large tan bimini folds up from behind the cockpit to provide shelter from rain or sun when desired. Cockpit cushions consist of closed cell foam covered with tan yacht acrylic.
The steering pedestal is well aft in the cockpit and has many control and monitoring functions mounted within easy reach of this command location. Controls at the helm include: Yanmar engine panel, water in fuel alarm, engine exhaust alarm, engine throttle/shifter, bow thruster, VHF RAM mic, compass, autopilot, radar/chartplotter, anchor windlass up/down, primary winch controls; deck, compass, transom, locker, boom, pedestal, steaming, spreader, strobe, and boom(cockpit illumination) lights.
A unique feature of this Discovery 55 is the hot tub located in the footwell aft of the helm. Imagine soaking in hot salt or fresh water after a long day’s sail in cold climates…
• Composite construction with end grain balsa core providing superior strength, thermal insulation and acoustic insulation but keeping the weight down which adds to performance
• 9,500kgs (20,500lbs) shaped lead keel and a depth of 2.23m (7’3”) provides a ballast ratio of 42% providing maximum stability and comfort
• Layer of Kevlar massively adding to the hull strength
• Non-pigmented gel is used below the waterline to help prevent osmosis
• Vinylester resins are used throughout for added strength and osmosis prevention
• 3 layers of epoxy as a barrier against moisture ingress
• Navy blue gel coat with gold caveta line
• Two water tight bulkheads providing sealed buoyancy and safety
• Transom bathing ladder
• Marine ply is used in all load bearing areas for added strength
• Full teak decks, capping rail, seating
• Lights in deck lockers (except two on port side (gas & storage)
• 40 kg polished stainless-steel Delta anchor stows in stemhead fitting
• 100m of calibrated 10mm chain
• Lewmar V4 electric anchor windlass with rope drum
• Kedge anchor roller fitted to transom
• Deep self-draining chain locker
• Large bow sail locker
• Deck is joined to the hull with epoxy paste and stainless bolts for security
• All bulkheads are laminated into the deck for strength and stiffness
• Hot/cold freshwater shower on transom
• Hot/cold freshwater and seawater outlets in cockpit to fill hot tub or wash down decks
• Saltwater pressurized deck & anchor wash located in the chain locker
• Stainless pulpit with teak seats for dolphin watching
• Stainless stern rail with teak seats for wake watching
• Stainless stanchions with higher than standard guard rail for added safety around deck
• Full length stainless steel rub strip to capping rails
• 2 stainless fairleads fitted at forward end of capping rail
• 10 stainless mooring cleats (2 on transom and 8 on side capping rail)
• Stainless guardrails over dorade boxes
• Bimini in Solacryl beige canvas. Zippered bimini side and aft sun screens add comfort while still allowing full visibility from inside the cockpit
• Bimini, sprayhood, and opening hatch, cockpit table & pedestal covers in Solacryl beige canvas
• Exterior covers for saloon windows in Solacryl beige canvas[DR1]
• Simpson davits (150kg load)
• Zodiac Cadet 310 Hypalon RIB with Sunbrella tube covers and all-over cover (new 9/17) (2 oars, 2 fuel canisters with straps, anchor with line)
• 10 HP Honda 4-stroke outboard (BF10 2015 model purchased new in 2017)
• Passerelle (260cm x 35cm customized, lightweight carbon fiber with protective storage case
• 10 fenders with spliced warps and fender socks
• 1 aluminum retractable boat hook
• 1 x ensign flagstaff with sunbrella cover and USA ensign
• Full complement of mooring lines/warps
INTERLUDE has a powerful yet manageable sail plan with “pushbutton” powered sail handling systems operable from the cockpit. The mainsail furls into and out Selden mast and is electrically powered. The mainsail is easily reefed on any point of sail and eliminates the need for a sail cover. The Furlex genoa and jib furlers have lines led aft to the cockpit where a powered winch makes for effortless furling. Three additional self-tailing electric winches in the cockpit handle genoa and main sheets. From stowed to full sail takes about two minutes. One will sail more often and with just the right amount of sail area for the conditions with such a setup. A mast two whisker poles, and asymmetrical spinnaker will make downwind sailing faster and more fun when desired.
• Double spreader B&R rig for strength and safety and clear decks
• Lewmar mainsheet traveller track
• Lewmar traveller for self-tacking Jib
• Electric in-mast furling for mainsail
• Lewmar turning blocks
• Standing rigging – 1 x 19 stainless steel wire in swaged terminals
• All stainless steel electric Anderson winches (2x68ST, 2x52ST, & 46ST)
• Anodized, white powder-coated Selden mast and boom
• (2) Andersen stainless steel manual mast winches
• Mast-mounted anodized, white powder-coated Selden whisker pole
• Second Selden whisker pole with toe-rail storage brackets for double-headsail downwind sailing
• Spinnaker halyard with associated fittings
• Selden Rodkicker solid boom vang
• Spinnaker halyard with associated fittings
• Mainsail boom gybe preventer rigging
• North vertical batten mainsail
• North self-tacking blade jib and 140% genoa with white UV covers
• Doyle 1.5 oz asymmetrical cruising spinnaker with ATN control sock (new 2012)
• Storm jib in bag (never used)
• All sails removed, inspected and serviced in January of 2018 at North Sails loft in St. Lucia
• Strong webbing Jackstays for safety
• Plastimo TransOcean ISO 9650 6-Man Offshore Liferaft with service pack 1 (>24 hours). New 2013, last inspected & serviced in Spring ’17
• (3) Fire extinguishers all replaced with new Spring ‘17
• OceanSafety Jonbouy Danbuoy Jon2100
• Crash blanket
• ACR GlobalFix 406 EPIRB
• 2 x Horsehoe Lifebuoys with AquaSpec AQ180 self-activating lights
• KIM Man Overboard Rescue Sling
• 25m Floating Rescue Line
• Fire blanket (galley)
• Automatic fire extinguisher (x 2) fitted in the engine room
• Engine: Yanmar Diesel 160HP 4LHA-HTP fresh water cooled (1500 hrs)
• Full walk-in engine room
• Single lever controls at cockpit pedestal
• 24” Gori folding propeller – for maneuverability and speed when both sailing and under power
• Bowthruster: Max Power 125 composite 10hp
• 1220mm leather covered stainless wheel controlling a Whitlock Mamba, solid rod steering system, providing direct & positive steering
• 48” stainless steering wheel covered in bespoke leather
• Semi-balanced large Kevlar-reinforced rudder provides light but powerful steerage
• Emergency steering tiller
• Heating: Eberspacher D10W central heating
• Full tropical air conditioning (1 x 10k BTU fwd, 1 x 12k BTU aft, 1 x 16k BTU saloon)
• (3) Danfoss DB50F fridge/freezer compressors (new Nov 2017)
• Ropecutter to propeller shaft (AM15, 3 blade)
• 2 x 6kg propane fitted gas bottles in outboard gas locker (convertible to Butane)
• Gas plumbing for BBQ on pushpit
• Fuel: 1334 litres (352 US gals) fuel in three polyethylene tanks
• Fresh Water: 2 x polyethylene tanks totaling 1008 litres (266 US gals)
• Seafresh H204A watermaker (95 litres/hour, 230V 50hz, close coupled) with complete extended offshore spares kit
• Black Water holding tanks: 2 x 80 litre
• Grey water tank (150 Litres)
• Pressurized hot and cold fresh water
• Dornbracht concealed thermostat shower valves with divert back to water tank for initial cold water flow (to save waste)
• 50 litre hot water heater providing plenty of hot water for showers etc
• Pressurized sea water for deck wash, electric toilets and hot tub
• Fitted full size Miele washer/dryer
• Pressurized hot and cold water
• Electric shower and sink sump pump
• Tecma electric toilets (fresh/salt water) with bidet fitments (fresh hot/cold)
• 12 x 2v sealed gel batteries for house providing 480 amp/hour at 24v (new Aug 2016)
• 1 x 200 amp/hour start battery for engine
• 1 x 120 amp/hour start battery for generator
• House battery charging via shore power or on board generator & charger
• 55 amp/hour 12v alternator for charging the start battery
• 100 amp/hour alternator for charging the main house batteries
• Generator: Onan MDKBN - 11 kVA (230V) (1500 hours)
• Marine grade tinned cabling is used throughout. This reduces corrosion and provides longevity
• 24v System for efficiency
• Halogen lighting throughout
• Victron Energy Multiplus 24v/3000w Inverter/Charger providing 230v/50 Hz (new Sept 2017)
• Night lights throughout the boat
• 230v/50Hz Shore power (2 x sockets - one on bow, one on transom)
• Shore power cable with extension and selection of adapters for 16 and 32 amp
• Scanstrut deck flood light
• 2 x 12V socket (pedestal & beside mast)
• 24V socket in bow
• 220V socket in bow
• 3 stainless-steel low level navigation lights (fwd port & starboard, & stern)
• LED Lopo navigation lights (steaming, anchor & tricolour)
INTERLUDE has three cabins - the owner’s stateroom being aft and the two guest cabins being forward. The forward cabin is a spacious centerline double with headboard forward. Pullman cabin aft and to port has spacious twin bunks. Additional berths are available in the saloon - one dedicated pilot berth to starboard, and one that can be prepared on the saloon seating (all with lee cloths). There are two heads, both with separate enclosed shower compartments, one forward and one owners en-suite. A walk-in engine room is entered through the aft shower stall and located beneath the cockpit providing easy access to maintainable items.
Interior joinery is maple, chosen over the usual cherry, with bird’s eye accents making for a very bright, elegant and stunning living space. Maple staving lines hull sides in cabins and the galley. Upholstery is cream Alcantara in the saloon and owners cabin. Headboards in the forward and owner’s cabins and pilot berth removable cover are upholstered with silk/cotton custom Sahco Hesslein 'Rubina'. Curtains with custom rope tie backs, including privacy curtain for companionway use the same high-end upholstery. Cabin soles are teak and holly laminate flooring throughout the yacht with removable (no studs) carpets in all floor areas.
• Light switches and sockets in polished chrome
• Custom fitted drawers for storing tableware and glasses
• Oceanair blinds on all hatches (except heads) with dual mosquito screens
• All portlights (Gebo & Lewmar) are opening (except pilot berth) with removable mosquito screens
• Cabin Marine reading lights in forward (x2)and owners (x3)
• Extra 220V electrical sockets
The main saloon is what makes the Discovery 55 unique. The dinette is raised, providing a panoramic view of the ocean and anchorage outside. The navigation station is also raised. A pilot berth is forward of the nav station with storage drawers and cabinets below the berth. The chartplotter, radar and autopilot are easily viewed from the forward-facing navigators seat allowing one to stand with excellent visibility staying warm and dry. Entrance to the accommodation is via three deep and wide companionway steps. Large grab handles are fitted avoiding the need to step down backwards.
• Double glazed windows in main saloon minimizing condensation and providing insulation
• All main saloon windows are toughened safety glass
• Saloon table fitted protective cover(s)
• Dimmable saloon perimeter lighting
• Fixed portlight fitted above Pilot Berth
• Custom Navigation Desk 'pod' to house plotter/VHF/autopilot
• Dimmable perimeter lighting and additional light switch in headlining adjacent to companionway
• Additional electrical sockets located inside saloon lockers x 3, under saloon table (x1), navigation desk x 3
• Ethernet socket under saloon table and at navigation desk
• Red night light at chart table
• Custom built drawers (x9) under pilot berth (in place of lockers)
• Custom drawer inserts to fit glasses and tableware
• Custom made maple pencil/divider holder on Navigation Desk
• Custom pale cream lampshades
• Custom coat hooks
The linear galley is down two steps from raised saloon and located in the aft cabin passageway. INTERLUDE’s cook/chef will delight in the copious countertop work space and abundant drawer and cabinet storage for provisions and cookware. The front-opening fridge and freezer are forward. Along the hull side, below the deck edge the stove/oven are next aft and serviced by an overhead extraction fan. A large bank of drawers and cabinets is located below the countertop aft of the stove. Inboard, is the “clean up” area with top opening trash bin, double sinks, a dish drying basin, storage cabinets, and built-in microwave. Opening hull side, cabins side, and overhead hatches will avoid the “down in a cave” sensation plaguing many cruising yacht galleys.
• Front opening Frigoboat fridge (10.4 cu.ft)
• Frigoboat freezer (or 2nd fridge) (6 cu.ft)
• Force 10 - 3 burner gas cooker with hood extraction fan
• 230v Panasonic Microwave
• Blanco twin stainless steel galley sinks
• Large corian “dump sink”
• 2 x Blanco swivel spray head taps (salt & fresh water)*
• Manual fresh water tap
• Counter tops in beige Corian
• Chute design waste bin
The aft owner’s stateroom is well separated from the guest cabins forward and entered through a privacy door aft of the galley. A king-sized island berth is on centerline with an upholstered headboard aft at the transom where an opening port helps ventilate this cabin even when raining outside. A curved, vanity is forward on centerline and fitted with beveled mirrors. Hanging lockers and storage cabinets are outboard on each side. Drawers and storage bins are beneath the bed. A small dressing seat is to starboard forward.
• King size double berth with split interior sprung mattress
• Bedflex battens underneath mattress
• (3) Lee cloths
• Opening overhead hatch, (2) opening hull side ports, (2) cabinside opening ports, (2) dorade vents
The aft ensuite head is to starboard and entered through a locking privacy door. A vanity with oval sink is outboard and aft. The Techma electric flush head is just forward. A stall shower with clear bifold door is further forward. The washer dryer is housed all the water forward behind a hinged door in the shower stall. Engine space access is through a watertight door inboard of the stall shower.
• Electric shower and sink sump pump
• GRP moulded units for easy cleaning
• Beige Corian surfaces
• Beige Corian seats in shower
• Flip style chrome sink plug
• Separate showers keep heads areas dry
• Tecma electric toilets(fresh/salt water) with bidet fitments(fresh hot/cold)
Passage to the forward/guest area is to starboard and down two steps from the raised saloon. All the way forward is a large guest cabin with a centerline double berth. A headboard and reading lights are forward on the bulkhead. Drawer storage is below the berth. Open bookshelves run along the hull sides aboard. A hanging locker is aft to port and a tall locker with shelves is aft to starboard.
• Double bed with split mattress
• Bed mesh underneath mattress
• Central lee cloth
• Opening hatch, dorade vent, (2) opening hull side ports
The bunk cabin is to port and aft of the guest cabin. An upper and lower berth are outboard along the hull side. Drawer storage is beneath the lower bunk. Aft and inboard is a wardrobe locker with shelves above two drawers. Forward is a hanging locker.
• Bed mesh underneath mattresses
• (2) Lee cloths
• Overhead hatch and opening cabin side port
The forward head is shared by the two guest staterooms and located to starboard in the forward passage. The Tecma electric flush head is all the way forward. A vanity, sink, and storage cabinets are outboard along the hull side. A stall shower is aft of a clear bifold door.
• Electric shower and sink sump pump
• GRP moulded units for easy cleaning
• Beige Corian surfaces
• Beige Corian seat in shower
• Flip style chrome sink plug
• Separate showers keep heads areas dry
• Tecma electric toilets(fresh/salt water) with bidet fitments(fresh hot/cold)
The Discovery 55 is the ultimate world-class cruising yacht - strong, safe, fast and beautifully balanced. She is a thoroughbred from the board of the renowned yacht designer Ron Holland. Designed for effortless handling by just two people, she offers impressive performance and reliability. The Discovery 55 is a yacht that you can sail across oceans or soak up the peace and tranquillity at anchor in your favourite bay. She is a truly luxurious home to enjoy in different locations with family and friends.
The cockpit, which is divided into two parts, is self-draining with large cockpit drains.All drains have slotted stainless covers to prevent small items being lost overboard.
The forward part of the cockpit provides a spacious, comfortable seating area, with carefully sculptured seat bases and well angled, deep seat backs for maximum comfort and safety. A substantial table, incorporating drinks stowage and glass holders, is mounted centrally for outdoor eating. This incorporates a stainless steel grab handle and a central foot rail. A pair of water-resistant cockpit speakers is fitted. There is an instrument housing just forward of the main hatch. The side benches extend through to the aft cockpit to provide maximum seating and sunbathing space. The cockpit seats and forward sole are finished in solid teak.
The aft part of the cockpit is designed to give the helmsman an uncluttered helming area. The curved helm seat provides good forward visibility and comfort, whether the boat is heeled or upright. The custom designed pedestal provides a clear instrument and control platform. The leather-covered wheel is mounted on the pedestal, with instruments, controls and single lever throttle immediately to hand. The side seats also provide a comfortable helm position. The aft cockpit is normally self-draining. However, this cockpit has the option of being filled with sea or fresh water to provide a â??hot tubâ?? or â??splash poolâ??, and the cockpit is shaped to allow two people to comfortably lie back and relax in this area. There is cockpit lighting positioned on the underside of the boom for evening dining.
Sprayhood and (Optional) Bimini Top
The cockpit is well protected by a large folding sprayhood with 25mm diameter stainless supports and a stainless grab handle on its aft edge. Large clear panels provide good forward visibility. When not in use, the sprayhood folds onto a moulded coaming on the coachroof. A Bimini Top is offered as an option. This is set on stainless steel frames, and extends beyond the immediate cockpit. It provides good shade for the whole cockpit. It can have optional roll down side panels for when the sun is low on the horizon. Bimini Tops may be customised to suit owner's preference. A full sun awning to cover half or all of the boat is also available as an option. This not only provides shade, but also shields open hatches.
The standard joinery finish is in maple. We will be pleased to discuss the characteristics of each wood, and show samples of finish. There is also a wide choice of soft furnishings available. Part of the main saloon and all the cabins are finished with a high quality carpet. The rest of the main saloon and the galley sole are finished in teak and holly laminate flooring with a non-slip finish. However, if an owner prefers a wood finish throughout, this is available as an option.
The standard saloon layout is designed to allow panoramic views whether standing or seated. The saloon can dine six to eight people in comfort and the saloon table easily folds down from dining to a coffee table when needed. The saloon seating is really comfortable and long enough to be used as an additional berth. To starboard is a good size single berth, which is an excellent pilot berth while underway. There is a drinks locker under the pilot berth and generous stowage lockers. Two opening deck hatches, together with the oversize companionway hatch provide excellent ventilation. Access to the main saloon from the cockpit is via three easy steps with good handholds. There are grab handles and sturdy fiddles positioned throughout, to allow easy movement around the boat.
The raised navigator's station affords good visibility outwards. Reflecting the way that most people now navigate, the chart table has been designed to incorporate the plotter/radar screen, but still leave desk space for logs and chart work. Other navigation aids and radios are mounted beside the navigator's seat itself, while stowage for HF radios, almanacs, etc is conveniently to hand. There is provision of both white and red night lighting in this area. The large navigator's seat is well curved for maximum comfort. There is a separate chart drawer under the pilot berth.
A ventilated wet locker is located at the aft end of the galley.
Owner's Stateroom (Aft)
This cabin is light, airy and spacious. The king size double berth is 6' 6" long by 5' 9" wide (2m x 1.8m). The high quality split mattress is set on special battens for maximum comfort and to allow it to breath. To starboard is a comfortable armchair, and there is generous drawer, locker and wardrobe stowage. There is a central vanity unit. A large hatch is positioned over the berth, with an additional opening port aft, recessed into the transom that can be left open even in rain showers. There are two opening portlights in the coach roof, two fixed ports in the hull (opening ports are optional) and two dorade vents for extra ventilation.
En-suite Heads Compartment (Aft)
To starboard in the Owner's Stateroom (aft) is access to the en-suite heads compartment with hand basin, Tecma electric WC and separate large shower compartment with built in seat. The heads compartments are GRP mouldings for easy cleaning. The basin surrounds are Corian marble finish (or equivalent) in colours to owner's choice. The trim is in maple. Ventilation is by two opening portlights in the coachroof, and an opening hatch overhead. Pressure hot and cold water is fed to a mixer tap at the handbasin and to the shower. A full size washer/dryer is fitted as standard: a great luxury.
Main Forward Cabin (Standard Layout)
The forward cabin provides sleeping accommodation that is nearly as spacious as the Owner's Stateroom (aft). The king size bed is 6' 8" long with a maximum width of 5' 3" (2m x 1.6m). The split mattress is set on special battens. This has the head of the bed forwards, but is big enough to sleep either way round.
Forward Guest (Pullman) Cabin
The forward guest cabin (to port) offers two good size single berths: upper and lower fitted with lee cloths. There are drawers, a mirrored hanging locker and a shelved cupboard. There are two opening hatches overhead, and a fixed port in the hull. This cabin shares the Forward Heads Compartment with the Main Forward Cabin.
Forward Heads Compartment
The Forward Heads Compartment incorporates a Tecma electric WC, handbasin with mixer tap, and a spacious shower compartment with seat. This is a GRP moulding for easy cleaning. The basin surrounds are in Corian. Two opening deck hatches provide ventilation.
The galley has been designed with both use at sea and in harbour in mind. The general layout is as shown on the plan. The double sink is set near the centreline of the boat, so that it can drain on either tack. Since water from washing up and food preparation seems to have a mind of its own at sea, the whole of this inboard worktop is Velstone (or equivalent) with large Velstone and maple fiddles to contain any spillages, which can be wiped back into the sinks easily! Hot and cold pressure water is fed to a mixer tap. There is a separate foot-operated fresh water pump. A large draining sink is built in beside the sinks, so that crockery can be left to dry securely. This is also a useful place to put things down and know that they will be secure. There is a handy chute leading to a pull-out garbage container under the worktop. There is extensive stowage in lockers and drawers above and below the worktop and there are fiddles and grab handles throughout.
Halogen down lights provide good working light. Two opening ports in the coachroof provide ventilation and light. There is also a fixed port in the hull, an opening hatch overhead, and a good sized opening hatch into the cockpit, which allows food to be passed directly to the cockpit. A 230v extractor fan is fitted over the cooker.
There is a Force 10 three burner gimballed cooker, with grill and oven set into a GRP moulded recess. It is fitted with fiddles/pan holders and has flame failure devices. A safety switch is provided to the remote gas supply solenoid shut off valve. There is a stainless "crash" bar running in front of the cooker. There are deep fiddles around the Corian finish worktop. A 230v microwave oven is also fitted as standard.
The main fridge of 290 litre (10 cu.ft) capacity has a front opening door. This is fitted with shelves and an internal light. There is a large, well insulated deep freeze of 170 litre (6.0 cu.ft) capacity, fitted with baskets. The fridge and freezer are positioned so that crew can reach cold drinks and snacks without disturbing the cook! The freezer can also be used as a fridge should an extra chill cabinet be required.
The standard refrigeration and freezer are 24v Frigomatic systems, with sea-water keel cooled heat exchangers. Both the fridge boxes and freezer are constructed with 80mm to 120mm closed cell insulation, and vapour barriers are fitted round the doors. Both fridge and freezer are specified for full tropical use.
The Discovery 55 has a full walk-in engine room, with the main access door from the Owner's Stateroom en-suite. There is good access to the engine and to ancillary equipment. There is good lighting and fan ventilation in the engine room area. Two automatic fire extinguishers are fitted as standard.
The engine room is fully lined with fire retardant insulation that is faced to prevent any contamination by diesel or inflammable substances. All access panels have rubber sealing strips. All ancillary pumps and motors are rubber mounted for quietness. Ventilation ducting is also sound-insulated where appropriate.
The standard engine is the YANMAR 4LHA-HTP. This is a 4-cylinder, turbo charged engine, which develops 160hp (118kW) at 3,300 RPM. Fitted with a 2.52:1 reduction gearbox, it is designed for smooth, long running operation. It has excellent torque characteristics that allow it to power a large, slow turning propeller for quiet motoring. The engine is fitted with dual alternators. (See electrical specification for more details). Yanmar provide a good world-wide service network.
The engine is mounted on captive flexible feet to minimise vibration. An Aquadrive coupling at the inboard end of the 38mm (1.5â??) stainless steel shaft then transfers the thrust to the hull via a thrust bearing. This further reduces vibration, noise and wear. The shaft is led to a cast bronze P-bracket. An anode is fitted to the shaft. A rope cutter is optional.
A folding three-bladed 24" diameter Gori propeller is fitted as standard. The propeller folds automatically to maximize sailing performance. It gives excellent handling performance, ahead or astern.
An ONAN low speed, heavy-duty generator of 7kW 50Hz (9kW at 60Hz) is fitted as standard. This comes with its own insulated sound shield, and is located in its own space under the deck saloon for easy access. This area is then fully sound insulated for near silent running. The exhaust is fed to an HMI water separator, which eliminates almost all exhaust and cooling water noise. A remote control panel includes automatic shut down facilities. There is the option to upgrade to a higher output generator to support full air-conditioning, if specified.
A 10hp MaxPower tunnel bow thruster (24v) is fitted as standard. The tunnel is fully faired into the hull.
Fuel is provided from three rigid tanks made of special fuel grade high-density polyethylene. Total capacity of the tanks is 1,334 litres (352 US gals). The tanks are fitted with baffles and inspection covers. We have fitted these because we believe them to be far superior to stainless steel or aluminium tanks, as they minimise condensation and are much less likely to suffer from stress cracks. They have the added advantages that they are lighter. However, we will fit stainless tanks at no extra cost if an owner prefers. Each tank has its own deck filler and breather. Each tank has a pick-up point at the very bottom to permit the removal of any water or contaminants. The main fuel feed is then led to a Separ (or equivalent) fuel filter and water separator. This has a warning light on the main panel. This is in addition to the main engine and generators filters. There are fuel contents gauges for all tanks.
Hull Construction details
The hull is laid up in female moulds.The immensely strong lay up specified by the Designer and Structural Engineers meets or exceeds full CE regulations Category A-Ocean and is constructed in a Lloyds Approved laminating facility. The hull has two coats of isothalic gelcoat. This is non-pigmented below the waterline. This is followed by powder-bound mat. Both the quality of the gelcoat and the use of non-pigmented gelcoat below the waterline make for an impervious hull surface that is highly resistant to osmosis. The hull carries a five year written guarantee against osmosis.
Vinylester resin is used throughout the hull, which gives superior strength over more traditional polyester resins. The lay-up incorporates an end-grain balsa core, which provides exceptional stiffness and insulation. This is laid-up under vacuum to ensure complete structural integrity. Woven mat is used extensively for optimum strength to weight ratio, and this is further stiffened by a layer of woven Kevlar throughout the forward part of the hull. There are massive stringers running the full length of the boat to port and starboard. These incorporate the engine beds and tank supports. Structural bulkheads are of marine grade plywood laminated to the hull and deck.
There are two watertight bulkheads forward: one aft of the chain locker, and another between the main forward sail locker and the fore cabin. All services passing forward of this bulkhead then pass through watertight glands or seals. The aft lazarette lockers are contained in their own watertight compartments. The two transom lockers are also self contained.
The hull below the waterline is epoxy painted and given two coats of anti-fouling before the boat is launched. A double boot top line is sprayed or moulded in, and a caveta line is hand applied when the boat is sign written.
Deck Construction details
The deck is moulded in GRP with a balsa core to provide strength and insulation. A bulwark runs around the whole deck edge to give strength and a feeling of security. Wherever there are load bearing areas, plywood replaces the balsa core. All load bearing fittings have aluminium or stainless steel backing plates. The deck incorporates a locker in the transom and two lazarette lockers, a self-draining gas locker, a liferaft/ fender locker amidships, a large sail locker forward, and a self-draining chain locker at the bow. A fold out bathing ladder is built into the bottom transom step. A useful grab handle is provided when coming alongside in a dinghy. A bathing shower with hot and cold supply is standard. The lazarette lockers are fitted with interior lights, and the sail locker with a gas strut and interior light.
All sidedecks, forward coachroof, cockpit seats, helmsman's seat, forward cockpit sole and transom steps are teak laid, using finest quarter-sawn teak, with no visible fastenings. There is teak capping on the bulwarks.