One challenge for cruising yacht designers is how to create a boat that feels open and spacious on the inside while retaining eye-catching lines on the outside and true comfort on the inside. The solution may well be found in this Jeanneau 45DS Megalikai.
The movement toward deck salon boats has become the chosen ways to meet the challenge. In creating the deck salon (DS) series, Jeanneau employed Vittorio Garroni to style the boat and Phillipe Briand to design the hull and interior. This division of creativity shows very clearly on this 2011 two-cabin, two-head version.
The Jeanneau 45DS is well-proportioned, looking much sleeker than you might expect with its 14’ beam. The coach roof blends beautifully into the foredeck forward and the cockpit coamings aft, belying the volume below. The modern materials below decks combine with a straightforward layout to create an appealing and usable space.
The forward cabin easily passes for an owner’s cabin, even though it’s considered a guest cabin. The aft cabin is beautifully done and extremely spacious. Each have their own head and shower arrangement.
Rigging is set up for simple, stress-free sailing with in-mast furling and three electric winches.
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Beginning at the bow, the two-cabin arrangement allows for a luxurious cabin forward. Cabinets line the walls, while a hanging locker provides plenty of space for clothes. A makeup desk, complete with mirror and seat, is to port. A shower arrangement has a solid swing-out door to separate it from the rest of the head.
The main salon benefits greatly from the combination of light wood and large deck salon windows, overhead windows and long hull windows. The feel of lightness and airiness is tremendous. A dinette is to starboard while a settee and special wine cabinet are to port. Also to port is the navigation table with storage.
The galley is particularly large, and with white countertops and in-fills for the sink, there is plenty of countertop space. Equipment is complete, with a 3-burner stove with oven, freezer and refrigerator and microwave.
The aft cabin features a queen size island bed, abundant lockers and cabinets, large bedside tables and an ensuite head with shower. There are four opening ports to provide ventilation and hull windows for a water view.
Espar hydronic heating
Quick Nautic water heater
Pioneer DEH 3200UB stereo
Bose Speakers in main salon
LED overhead lights plus reading lamps at berths
Integral blinds for windows, hatches and overhead windows
(4) Opening ports in master suite
Galley & Plumbing
ENO 3-burner stove with oven
Solid surface galley countertops
Vitrofrigo refrigerator and freezer
Jabsco water pressure pump
Jabsco manual toilet in forward head
Jabsco Series 37245 electric toilet in aft head
(2) Automatic electric bilge pump
Yanmar 4JH4 TE 100 HP
SD 504T saildrive
Single lever control
Lewmar 140-300 bow thruster
3-blade feathering propellor
120-volt AC system
12-volt DC system
(8) Dyno GC2B Golf Cart Style Marine Batteries – 6V, 235 AH (2022)
Magnum Energy Magna Sine inverter/charger
Magnum Energy ME-RC remote control for inverter/charger
Balmar 100 amp alternator
Balmar Max Charge MC-614 voltage regulator
Smart Plug AC input
Electronics and Navigation
Raymarine C-120 chartplotter
Raymarine ST70 autopilot
Raymarine wind and speed
Raymarine mast-mounted digital radome
Standard Horizon Matrix VHF/AIS GX2100
Standard Horizon CMP30 RAM
Deck and Hull
The hull was injection molded into a closed mold. Not only does this make an efficient and solid layup, it prevents pollutants being emitted. The deck is balsa cored except in loaded areas, which are solid laminates. Bulkheads are tabbed and a grid system provides rigidity.
The deck features an effective nonskid, and the wide beam makes it easy to transit forward. The cockpit is exceptionally roomy, with a centerline table with leaves that create a perfect dining area while on the hook. The twin wheels allow the helmsman to get outboard for good visibility and provide access to the swim platform. The deep aft lockers will absorb all the fenders, fenders and lines.
Lewmar Constellation steering
(3) Lewmar opening hatches
Davits – can swing in to reduce LOA
Hoisting crane for outboard
Dodger with Isenglass windows
Quick windlass with electronic chain counter
Lewmar 45 lb. CQR anchor
300’ (approx.) 5/8″ anchor chain
Plastimo manual bilge pump
Teak cockpit seats and flooring
(2) Dual speakers in cockpit
Sails and Rigging
Megalikai’s rig is set up for easy sailing. With the headsail and mainsail both on furlers controlled from the cockpit, there is no need to go forward to reduce sail. Electric primary winches plus an electric cabintop winch make sail handling an exercise in finesse rather than muscles.
Double spreader rig
(14) stoppers adjacent to companionway
Profurl headsail furling
In-mast mainsail furling
Harken 40ST cabintop winch – manual
Harken 40ST cabintop winch – electric
(2) Harken 50ST electric primary winches
Solid boom vang
Technique Voile mainsail
Technique Voile headsail
Miscellaneous and Safety
11.5’ West Marine MX-350/0 hypalon RIB (2019)
9.9 HP 4-stroke Yamaha outboard for RIB
Carbon Monoxide sniffer
Ship’s clock and thermometer
(5) padeyes in cockpit for harnesses
Multiple padeyes on decks for harnesses etc.
Owner will retain the name Megalikai
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.