One Cool Cat

Cruising World - - Contents - By Mark Pills­bury

Straight from France, the Priv­ilège Se­ries 6 is well-suited for tick­ing off the miles in style.

STRAIGHT FROM FRANCE, THE PRIV­ILÈGE SE­RIES 6 IS WELL-SUITED FOR TICK­ING OFF THE

MILES BE­TWEEN HERE AND THERE.

lue skies, 12 knots of breeze and a long ocean swell wash­ing to­ward Mi­ami’s famed South Beach de­liv­ered per­fect conditions for a thor­oughly en­joy­able sea trial aboard Priv­ilège Marine’s lat­est blue­wa­ter cruiser. I ex­pect, though, even in driv­ing rain and dou­ble the breeze, the new Se­ries 6 cat would have fared just fine.

As it was, un­der full main and genoa, we danced along at a lit­tle bet­ter than 8 knots close on the wind, and then added a knot when we cracked off to a reach and eased the head­sail and trav­eler. I could eas­ily do both by my­self while sit­ting atop the fly­bridge. Sheets, elec­tric winches and con­trol but­tons were all within reach, a very wellplanned lay­out for a short­handed crew.

The 64-foot Se­ries 6 was de­signed by long­time Priv­ilège col­lab­o­ra­tor and naval ar­chi­tect Marc Lom­bard, with an in­te­rior by Franck Dar­net De­sign. The re­sult is a cat that’s slip­pery through the wa­ter and packed stem-to-stern with lux­u­ri­ous de­tails. Many of those come in­cluded in the boat’s $2,115,000 base price, and oth­ers can be added to make the ves­sel truly your own. The model we tested had loads of them, as the $2,816,000 price tag in­di­cates.

Board­ing from astern onto wide swim plat­forms, five steps take you to the wide aft teak deck where the dinghy’s stored. Dav­its come stan­dard, but on the boat we sailed the owner had re­quested a crane in­stead. Take two more steps up and you’re in the cock­pit, where raised, cush­ioned lounges sit out­board but still un­der the fly­bridge/bi­mini, fram­ing a teak din­ing ta­ble to star­board and a fore-and-aft set­tee to port.

Just for­ward, stairs on ei­ther side of the cabin house led to the fly­bridge. There, an­other teak ta­ble was sur­rounded by a U-shaped bench. For­ward were twin helms (a sin­gle wheel to port is stan­dard), both with can­vas bi­mi­nis for shade. A wind­screen and in­stru­ment pan­els gave the front of the fly­bridge the feel of a sports car’s dash­board.

A car­bon rig and V-shaped com­pos­ite boom in which the flat­topped main was stored come stan­dard with the Se­ries 6. For head­sails, this boat car­ried a genoa and stay­sail, both set on elec­tric furlers, and for off the wind, a screecher on a con­tin­u­ous-line furler tacked to the alu­minum bowsprit.

Deck de­tails speak to safety at sea: Hatches were flush, so there

Bwas noth­ing to trip on. Solid raised bul­warks pre­vented a foot from slid­ing over­board, as did the ex­cel­lent non­skid. A solid stain­less-steel, waist-high rail ran the length of each hull, with two wire life­lines be­neath; three life­lines spanned the bow.

Just in­side the saloon, the nav sta­tion faced aft to port and in­cluded a large touch-screen dis­play that could be used to con­trol all the ex­ten­sive on­board sys­tems. L-shaped couches were for­ward; to star­board, the oak din­ing ta­ble (mir­ror­ing the rest of the in­te­rior’s wood­work) sat eight.

The boat at the Strictly Sail Mi­ami show had its gal­ley down in the star­board hull, where ports let in lots of light and over­head hatches could open for ven­ti­la­tion. For­ward, there was a guest cabin with a dou­ble berth and en suite head and shower. En­ter­ing the aft guest cabin, a head was out­board and a shower stall sat in­board. I found the shower to be tight, some­thing the builder plans to ad­dress in sub­se­quent boats. An athwartship, out­ward-fac­ing berth was all the way aft and could be lifted to gain ac­cess to the en­gine room be­neath. The boat we sailed had twin 180-horse­power Yan­mars; 110 horse­power is stan­dard.

The aft cabin lay­out is usu­ally mir­rored in the port hull, though on this boat the bunk had been repo­si­tioned for the owner to ac­com­mo­date a pi­ano. Amid­ships, at the foot of the stairs, a washer and dryer were con­cealed be­hind locker doors. For­ward, the own­ers suite was noth­ing short of stun­ning. It was en­tered through an of­fice area with stor­age in­board. The en suite head and shower were far for­ward; in be­tween, the cabin proper spanned nearly the width of the boat, with the bed set in the body of the amid­ships na­celle, sus­pended over the wa­ter.

Priv­ilège’s roots go back to the mid-1980s, and over the years, the com­pany has proved adept at build­ing big, long-legged cruis­ing cats. With the Se­ries 6, that rep­u­ta­tion has be­come a lit­tle more pol­ished.

Mark Pills­bury is CW’S ed­i­tor.

For more photos and model spec­i­fi­ca­tions, go to cruis­ing­world.com/priv­i­lege­series6.

Hulls that flare out above the wa­ter­line add vol­ume be­low and car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity.

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