17 February 2016
Harmony. It’s the perfect word to describe the balanced form of the Eagle 54, whose 16.64 meters make it the longest hull ever built by the Dutch yard Leonardo Yachts. Created in cooperation with the Hoek Design studio and taking its inspiration from the long tradition of sailing boats in the North of Europe, the Eagle 54 is a luxury yacht in which the classic style is accompanied by a more contemporary vocabulary, evident in the rig, the shrouds (available in carbon fiber as well as the traditional aluminum) and the lines of the hull. The deck layout is clean, thanks to the sheets and halyards that run under the teak decking, and is characterized by a marked attention to the ergonomics of the rigging, which makes it possible to sail the boat with a skeleton crew or even singlehanded. In fact the winches are within reach of the helmsman: the one used for the mainsheet is electric, while the jib halyard, vang and backstay are operated by different hydraulic systems, allowing an overall sail area of 129,30 square meters to be handled without effort. The yard offers two solutions for the underdeck: the first with a single cabin of generous size in the bows, a U-shaped galley and a head with a shower box; the second with more berths (the owner’s cabin still in the prow and twin single-bed cabins in the stern), and with a galley and head located fore of the saloon. Since the yacht is semi-custom, owners can choose their own interior styling: in addition to mahogany or teak more modern styles with pale and lacquered surfaces are available. Eagle 54 also marks a turning point for a boatyard that has traditionally specialized in daysailers, as it has been designed with long cruises in mind.