Several years ago when Jeanneau launched the then new Jeanneau Yachts 64, I was somewhat awed by the boat when we took it out for a test sail. This was something completely different from what one would expect from a high-volume production builder. The 64 was a yacht that could compete in the market with just about any custom 64 footer at half the price. Next year, Jeanneau will launch the all new Jeanneau Yachts 60 which takes the concepts in the 64 (as well as the 51 and 54) to a new level. Like all modern Jeanneaus, the 60 was designed by Philippe Briand so the hull is both stylish and will slip through the water very quickly. The interior and cockpit styling were handled by noted designer Andrew Winch who is known for his elegant super yacht designs. Jeanneau decided to make the 60 a boat that will appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers, so it has come up with 19 different accommodation plans and several cockpit options. In the end, a new owner can configure the 60 to their specific requirements much the way an owner of a custom yacht can. In the Yacht series, Jeanneau goes an extra mile with the quality of the hardware, equipment and joinery and offers dozens of options in woods, fabrics and flooring. One notable design feature, not often seen on 60 footers, is the large dinghy garage built in under the cockpit. This is accessed by folding down the transom, which becomes a wide sunning and swimming platform. As we look ahead to the new year in the hopes that we will be able to go to boat shows again and get back to a more normal cruising and sailing life, the new Jeanneau Yachts 60 is high on our list of boats that we want to take out for a test sail. Stand by. You can have a good look at the renderings of the new 60 here.