BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW
2006 Beneteau Cyclades 51.5 By David Kory
ave you ever chartered a sailboat with The Moorings, Sunsail, or a similar outfit? You fly in to some exotic locale, board a perfectly prepared yacht and sail away. Everything you could want is already on the boat, from a fully equipped galley with fridge and deep freezer to floating cockpit cushions, to linens in the cabins to a full dodger and cockpit Bimini. And the boat is set up to make everything easy—furling jib, stack pack and/or lazy jacks for the main, pushbutton anchoring, full electronics and autopilot, and all lines led to the cockpit. At
The 51.5 is a big boat. LOA is 51’3”, LWL 49’9”, LOD 50’, beam 16’1”, draft 6’7”, and it displaces 27,955 pounds. That 16-foot beam translates to a fantastic amount of space—about twice the volume of more traditional 50-footers.
anchor, there are shades and screens for all the hatches and a generator with three-zone air-conditioning to keep everyone cool and happy. What’s not to like? When I decided to sell my 65-foot, ultra-light racer and get a cruising boat my family and friends could enjoy with
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