S/V Vitesse is a Bocas Del Toro. Panama based 1989 Jeanneau Lagoon 55s Catamaran For Sale By Owner. This JTA Jeanneau Technique Advances / Lagoon 55s catamaran has had a total refit and has been customized turning it into 60 foot waterline boat by adding two extra feet in the engine room area and then three foot swim platforms / sugar scoops. This all epoxy built fiberglass cored boat was built from the Jeanneau factory using carbon reinforcements and Kevlar inlayed bottoms.
New plumbing, new wiring, new panels, new watermaker, new standing and running rigging, new sails, newer engines, newer electronics, new composite interior floors and cabinets, new flooring, new protective driving station, owners suite , new carbon hardtop with side wings and glass windows, new washer and dryer. The list goes on and on with the custom work that has been done to remove weight and keep the boat balanced. This refit was done over a 10 year period to turn an x-charter boat into the perfect 2 person cruiser. Having the knowledge from owning a composite kit aircraft company for over 15 years allowed the current owners the ability to create a boat that checks almost all of the wants in a cruising vessel.
This Lagoon 55 sailing yacht, has undergone a full refit, and restored to a better than original beauty. This 3 cabin, 3 head owner’s version is a must-see.
In the late 1980’s, racing catamaran designers made the first cruising catamarans. Foremost among the designers were VPLP ( a French based naval architecture firm founded by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost). Vitesse is hull number 5 restored to better than new condition over the past ten years.
Why an early model Lagoon? The answer is simple.
1) Horsepower to weight. The ship is elegantly designed to provide spacious living but it retains a racing-cat’s “v-hull” shape and lightweight. Her displacement is 13 tons compared to the modern 55 foot boat which weigh in around 20 tons.
2) The difference is in the build. These boats were hand laid up using woven e-glass and EPOXY vacuum bagged in a mold. Some of the L55’s were also built using carbon reinforcements and Kevlar inlaid in the hulls below the waterline for abrasion resistance. This vessel was one of the few that has all three materials used in her build. It was also built with PVC core below the waterline so rot would not be an issue here. Building this way gave her better performance, lively acceleration and speed to safely to outrun weather and get to your destination. She has excellent sailing qualities and easy ship handling. This vessel goes over the seas instead of punching through them.
About the Refit
The ship’s refit was thorough, repairing items that had suffered the impacts of time and age which brings her to better new.
In 2010, Vitesse was put the on the hard. The top deck, formerly cored in balsa, in areas where attachments like deck blocks, tracks, stanchions or other hardware had been mounted, had developed rot in the core because the balsa core was not remove and replaced with structural filler and epoxy hard points. That takes time and material to do it right and we all know that production boats are trying to cut cost. All of the deck hardware was removed then the core and glass was removed and replaced with synthetic PVC foam core, vacuum bonded and re-glassed and faired anywhere that had any water intrusion or rot. The aft cross beam also needed to be rebuilt. The forward part of the bridge deck in front of the main bulkhead also had core rot. That complete area also had the core replaced and re-glassed with new tramp stainless hardware with backing plates so that issue would not happen again. The next issue that was addressed was the cockpit and duel outboard driving stations that had restricted views for maneuvering the boat. The driving stations were removed including the double teak floors that revealed more rotten core that needed replaced.
In 2011, we then rebuilt that entire cockpit area making new seating and we moved the driving station to the bulkhead. Vitesse now has a view of each corner of the boat for easy maneuvering. Electronic shifting was installed at the new helm with a backup plug on the port cockpit for a remote set of shifters. This allows us to be able to walk the boat while docking. Another plus is that same shifter can be placed forward thru the open hatch at the windlass locker so the captain can help anchor the boat. This is a huge plus as shouting or hand signals are not necessary to determine where the anchor rode is.
The next big change was the engine rooms. Originally, the engines were against the engine room bulkhead with the v-drives inside under the bed. That meant the engine room was completely open to the bed so heat, diesel and normal engine room stuff was not isolated from the bedroom. It also gave bad access to the shaft seal because it was directly under the bulkhead where the engine was against. We decided to spend the time correcting these issues. It required two foot extensions for the hulls in that area. They were constructed using the same build materials except the core was PVC. The hulls were cutoff close to engine room bulkhead in the solid glass area. The new panels were installed and then the fun was to reshape the rest of the engine room to fit the new panels. While this was being done we also added sugar scoop type platforms into the end of the hulls. It took 3 months per side to make the parts, cut off and install the platforms and then reshape and reinstall back to the factory specs. Carbon reinforcements were also used in this area. The original engine mount beds were just stringers with steel plates for the engine to sit on. The stringers were left but shelves were added so you could lay or sit beside the engine. The engine rooms were then filled and finished with all epoxies materials and then Awlgrip paint was applied New rudder shaft logs with new bearings replaced the aluminum tubes factory logs that were in bad shape.
For a total of 18 months, we worked full time on the hard to fix hull and deck rot issues, remove all hardware, mast, boom, bow beam, compression beam and their fittings, change anchor brackets to the bottom side, build a 7 foot bow sprit for Code-0, remove front windows and make those areas ready for hatches. We cut the hulls and finished the 5 foot extensions. We filled and finished the hulls and them painted her with Awlgrip fighting lady yellow. We also Awlgripped all of the aluminum parts including the mast and beams. A Coppercoat bottom job was applied in Aug. 2011. The boat was then craned into the water and towed home to continue the work with no engines, no fuel tanks, no rudders and so on.
From mid 2011 – 2016, we purchased new and lightly used Lewmar Ocean hatches to replace and up-size the hatches that were installed by the factory. All of the hatches were removed and molds for the hatch deck rings were made to fit the new hatches. New parts were made and installed and hard points for the screws were added so no water could get into the core. Ten new portlights were also installed on the outside of the hulls. Five of the older port lights were re-used in the inboard sections of the forward hulls for more ventilation. New acrylic was installed to make them like new.
We purchased used Yanmar 4JH4-HTE 110hp engines which had only 600 hours on them in 2014. We took them down to the block and installed new bearings and seals, rings and did valve jobs on the heads, cleaned and reassembled them and then test ran them until the engine rooms were finished.
In 2016 the carbon and corecell hardtop was made along with the carbon side wings and front windshield with opening glass windows. The raised driving helm was built with an instrument panel for the electronics and hydraulic steering station. Electronic shifting was added and installed when both engines were done. The main fuel tanks were removed and composite tanks were made and replaced under the aft berth floors. The wiring was pulled and replace with new 220 / 110 volt AC panels and 24 / 12 volt DC panels. The plumbing was also removed and replaced for hot and cold water, bilge pumps, fresh water pumps and high water systems with alarms. The rudders were pulled and remade. In 2017 we had Vitesse back together enough that we spent 3 weeks in the Bahamas.
From 2017 to present, the interior was completely removed so most of the living areas were changed using PVC cored panels that I built. We opened the fresh water tanks and cleaned them. We then replaced the plywood tops of the tanks with composite. The floors were also replaced with composite. We purchased and installed stainless stanchions and gates from Hylas. New 1.25” 316 stainless corners and bow pulpits were custom made and installed. The side coach roof windows were removed and replaced with hurricane glass windows. We added a new solar system. New Lewmar 70 hatches were installed in the front of the coach roof which replaced the fixed windows from the factory. The teak toe rails were also in bad shape and were removed and remade out of composite materials and painted with Teak Awlgrip paint.
In 2020, the topside was faired, and painted with Snow white Awlgrip and Matterhorn white non-skid.
The Genset and Watermaker were installed in 2021.
(Starboard Hull) Aft guest berth. It was left using the same layout updating the liners, adding new veneer, led lights, 24 volt electric head / bidet with 24 volt LectraSan holding tanks that are Coast Guard approved, glass counter tops, new fixtures, new sliding acrylic mirrors, new flooring and a latex end load queen bed. Moving forward, major changes we made in the redesign of this interior. Making the galley longer with overhead cabinets and making a more open overhead area for more light from the coach roof windows. We removed the forward doorway using part of the dressing room from the forward berth to make this happen. We took out the bed and then built a large pantry for storage. I also sew. The pantry also has folding tops that make a sewing table for my sewing machine stored it that area. The room in front of the berth was the work room that only had access from a deck hatch. By removing the bed where the pantry is, a new door was was added for the workroom access. All new galley was installed with a Isotherm freezer and fridge, a portable refrigerator/ freezer in a pull out drawer, Blomberg gas oven / stove, lightweight glass tile counter tops and huge double sink area. The head in the galley area is our ocean going head. No holding tank, with new larger toilet with hand pump, new liners and mirrors.
(Port Hull) The owners berth is aft. It was left using the same layout updating the liners, adding new veneer, led lights, electric head / bidet with 24 volt LectraSan, glass counter tops, new fixtures, new sliding acrylic mirrors, new flooring and a latex end load queen bed. The chart room was also left in the same shape were the updated control electrical panels are located. Moving forward, the twin bunk berth was converted to one overhead bunk with a 220 volt Blomberg separate washer and vent-less heat pump dryer. Next to it is a Isotherm freezer for overflow or place to move the food to defrost the other units in the galley. The access for the washer and dryer is behind the cabinets so if the units need to be replaced in the future the access is easy. Further forward, was 2 more heads that were removed and replaced for a large walk in shower. Glass tile floors and counter top with curved bench seat and great storage using white Formica. The crew berth again had only access from the deck hatch in that area. By removing the wall from the 2 heads, that is now access from the shower room. It is now the sail and rope locker / storage.
(The Saloon) was completely taken out and rebuilt. We used real leather furniture on the port side and 2 massage chairs for lounging and seating on the starboard side. There is a Isotherm ice maker with a flat screen tv also on the port side. A beverage refrigerator was also added that has not been hooked up in the middle of the saloon for easy access. The house batteries and 2 inverter chargers are behind the sofas.
(The Cockpit) can be completely closed in with Strataglass snap on window covers or inside screens. The back of the cockpit has a complete drape for rain protection. A single drop leaf teak table was refinished using epoxy finish. New seat cushions with Sunbrella material are in place. The helm chair is the focal point of the boat. A Recaro chair from a mega-yacht. Once you sit in it, you will not want to leave. The electronics are Raymarine from 2009 and 2016. Most of the electronics were installed to make the 8 day trip home from Tortola in 2009. Some have been now been replaces with newer unites and we have a NEMA 2000 system. The autopilot has been upgraded to a newer version. There is great storage in the cockpit in the floors and under the seats with two rigid frigid coolers built in to the seats. Blue led overhead lights with 2 center tri-color lights.
(Tender Storage) A fiberglass / carbon fiber Targa bar was built and installed to lift the tender. Hinged aluminum chocks are in place to set the tender on for storage. The two electric sheet winches are used to pickup and lower the tender. We can do this in less than 2 minutes ether way. The tender can easily be tied down to the cleats for big wave traveling. The tender is a 12 foot Rigidboat with a Euro driving station bolted to the side of the boat. Yamaha 25 HP 2 stroke for lighter weight. It came with a cooler bench seat. Bimini for sun protection.
|Catamaran Name:||S/V Vitesse|
|Designer:||Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost|
|Loa:||55 ft 0 in|
|Lwl:||50 ft 0 in|
|Beam:||31 ft 0 in|
|Headroom:||6 ft 2 inches or better|
|Draft:||4 ft 0 in|
|Mast Height:||80' 0 in|
|Fuel Tanks:||170 gals|
|Water Tanks:||260 gals|
|Engines:||Yanmar 4JH4-HTE x2 with V-drives and shafts|
|Fuel Consumption:||1.2 gals per hour per engine|
|Sails:||Main Sail is tri-radial Hydranet 2017|
Self Tacking Jib is Black Dacron 2021
Code-0 4.4 oz Nylon 2019
Spinnaker 1.5 oz year?
Asym-Spinnaker 1.5 oz year?
Hank up jib baby stay year?
Storm jib year?
new storm jib 2020
spare self tacking jib 2008
- Epoxy Sport model
- built with Epoxy Resin
- Carbon Fiber
- Balsa core
- PVC core
- Vacuum bagged in a mold
- Modified 3 cabin with owner version on port side hull
- 2 queen beds that are end load with latex mattresses
- 1 twin bunk
- Bulkhead steering station fully protected from the weather
- all new refitted accommodations and furniture
- separate washer and dryer
- 2 electric heads with bidet sprayers with fresh hot and cold water
- 1 manual head with larger bowl
- 1 large walk in shower room with sink
- 12 volt build in sound system
- Isotherm built in Ice maker
- 40" flat screen LED TV
- 3) piece leather sofa with power recliner
- 2) I-JOY message chairs
- Isotherm stacked fridge and freezer stainless steel
- portable fridge and freezer
- 24" gas stove and oven
- large double sink with drain shelf
- glass tile counter tops
- large hidden spice cabinet
- overhead cabinets
- Bulkhead driving station with Racaro helm chair
- Electronic shifters
- full protected cockpit with Strataglass curtains or screens
- New cushions with Sunbrella material
- Folding teak table with teak chairs
- 2 - Rigid Frigid built in coolers
- Carbon hardtop with LED lights
- 5 - opening glass windows
Electronics / Navigation Equipment
- Raymarine ACU400 autopilot with LS hydraulic pump 24 volt
- Raymarine P70 autopilot displays x2
- Raymarine I70s multi displays x2
- Raymarine ST290 wind display
- Raymarine ST290 CH wind display
- Raymarine ST290 rudder display
- Raymarine E120 MFD x2
- Raymarine A65 MFD
- Raymarine VHF Radio with AIS
- Raymarine ITC5 converters x2
- Raymarine ST60 wind transducers x2
- Raymarine Raynet junction box
- Airmar 1KW in-hull sonar transducer
- Raymarine depth transducer
- Raymarine Speed and temp transducer
- Raymarine XM weather box
- Raymarine Sonar box
- Raymarine 24" Radar
- Sony CD / stereo / JBL speakers
- 220 volt switch / breaker panel with LED meters (Paneltronics)
- 110 volt switch / breaker panel
- 24 and 12 volt switch / breaker panel with VSM monitor (Bluesea)
- (Outback) Solar remote panels x2 12v and 24v
- (Outback) Solar controllers x2 Flex60 and Flex80
- 5 - 270 watt Solar panels
- Xantrex SW3012 3000 watt inverter / 150 amp charger
- Xantrex SW2024 2000 watt inverter / 120 amp charger
- Xantrex remote monitors x2
- 50 amp 220 v surge protector on shore power
- 50 amp 220 v shore power hook up
- 12000 BTU AC unit
- 17000 BTU AC unit
- 110 volt outlets thru out each room
- Isotherm main fridge 110 volt AC or 12 volt DC
- Isotherm main freezer 110 volt AC or 12 volt DC
- portable fridge / freezer 110 volt AC or 12 volt DC
- Isotherm freezer 110 volt AC or 12 volt DC
- Isotherm Ice maker 110 volt AC or run on the inverter
- Isotherm water heaters x2
- LED TV 110 volt AC or run on the inverter
- WaterMaker system 220 volt AC using generator
- Phasor 12 KW generator
- 4 - group 31 AGM batteries for main engine start and electric winches 2016
- 2 - group 31 AGM batteries for 24 volt systems 2020
- 5 - Northstar suitecase style AGM batteries for house 185 ah each 2016
- 1- group 25 AGM battery for Genset 2021
- 1 - group 25 AGM battery for Tender 2019
- We have 3 - 8D 300 ah lithium batteries on order to replace the Northstar batteries. Due in Aug 2021
Deck & Hull
- New Hylas stanchions and 316 lifelines with gates on both sides installed 2016
- Custom 1.25" 316 stainless corners / bow pulpits with seats installed 2016
- new toe rails out of composite installed 2021
- New Awlgrip topsides finished in 2021
- New Coppercoat installed July 2021
- Awlgrip hulls and bridge deck were painted in 2011
- 2 - custom 85 gal. composite main fuel tanks that will never rot 2016
- 1 - stainless steel 30 gal generator tank
- Hot and Cold fresh water shower on Starboard transom
- fresh water wash at anchor locker
- fresh water wash at cockpit
- New tramps 2016 and Stainless rail and eye nuts installed 2017
Sails & Rigging
- Harken self tacking track and car system for Jib replaced 2021
- 3 - Harken winches on mast for main halyard, topping lift, reefs and all other halyards 2 - 48's and 1 -56
- 2 - Harken 56 main sheet and traveler winches in cockpit
- 2 - Andersen 68 electric winches for sheets or tender or furlers added 2016
- 2 - Profurl 52 furlers for Jib and Code-0 changed 2015
- Harken C- track and batt cars replaced 2018
- Lewmar Ocean 3 main traveler and cars replaced 2016
- Custom boom rail for main sail added 2016
- Standing rigging on mast 316 compact 1/19 wire with Sta-lok top and bottom replaced 2019 Mack Sails
- Standing rigging for furlers and Cap shrouds are standard 1/19 wire with Sta-lok top and bottoms
- Custom Mack Pack for main sail 2017
- Main Sail is tri-radial Hydranet 2017 Mack Sails
- Self Tacking Jib is Black Dacron 2021 Mack Sails
- Code-0 4.4 oz Nylon 2019 Mack Sails
- Spinnaker 1.5 oz year?
- Asym-Spinnaker 1.5 oz year?
- Hank up jib baby stay year?
- Storm jib year?
- new storm jib 2020 Mack Sails
- spare self tacking jib 2008
Engines & Mechanical
- 2012 Yanmar 4JH4-HTE 110 HP engines x2 installed 2016
- 2008 ZF V-drives transmissions x2 installed 2016
- KE-4 electronic shifters with remote installed 2016
- LS hydraulic helm pump / system for rudder steering
- Raycor fuel filters system on engines with fuel magnets
- 12' RigidBoat with Euro steering system
- bench seat with Rigid cooler built in
- bilge pump
- Garmin depth sounder
- Switch and Breaker panel
- Running lights
- Mantis anchor system
- Bimini with 316 stainless frame
- seat cushions and back rest
- 25 hp Yanaha 2 stroke outboard
- Updated safety equipment onboard
- Life vests for 12 people
- No life raft. Tender is unsinkable
Anchor & Docking
- Lofrans 1500 windlass 24 volt with 3/8" G-4 chain and remote installed 2016
- Stainless steel delta anchor installed 2016
- Fortress spare anchor installed 2016
- 5 Solid Stainless steel 16" cleats 2016
- 2 tube Stainless steel 16" cleats 2016
- 2-1/2" rub rail added 2016
- Purchased 2 used Yanmar 4JH4-HTE engines that had 8000 hours on them. New parts were installed and these parts were taken off and packed for spares
- Stored in Florida and ready to ship if needed
- 2 - Turbos
- 2 - coolers
- 2- after coolers
- 2- fresh water pumps
- 2- raw water pumps
- 2- injector pumps
- 2- starters
- 2- alternators
- Yanmar senders
- Many spares onboard including hardware
- 2- fixed pitch props
- rudder molds