Discovery 55, SAXON BLUE was built for her first owner with the specific brief that she be suitable for high latitude sailing as well as comfortable cruising in warm water. The specification was developed to make her capable and safe, as well as comfortable in both Arctic and Tropical waters. When he took delivery of SAXON BLUE, he cruised with her to Iceland, Greenland and Canada in 2010, followed by a cruise in the tropical waters of the Caribbean in 2011. After these cruises she was positioned in the Western Isles of Scotland, where she cruised extensively. SAXON BLUE was professionally maintained with a Captain in her first ownership.
She changed hands in June 2019, and after significant refit and upgrades over the winter of 2019 to 2020 at Berthon Boat Company, her current owner cruised from Lymington to Arzal in Brittany and after returning to Lymington, she made the passage to Roses, close to Barcelona which is her current hope port. In his ownership, she has visited the Balearics and also cruised the lovely Costa Brava.
She has a fantastic open saloon interior with two relaxing easy chairs on the starboard side. She has bow protection against ice and many upgrades to fit her for extended cold and warm water sailing. Her rig is fully automated with the furling for both yankee and genoa as well as the mainsail, all powered and controlled from the helm position.
We chose Discovery 55, SAXON BLUE because of her versatility for our planned trips to both warm or colder cruising areas and because she is the perfect sailboat after an enjoyable sail, to be aboard at anchor. After a long day at sea with all the effort involved in getting to a beautiful location, we didn’t see the point of sitting down below unable to see the world outside. That meant a Discovery 55 with her raised saloon was the perfect option for us. We could sit in the beautiful raised saloon, enjoying dinner and looking out at the scenery, either warmed by the heating or cooled by the air-conditioning.
That is not to underplay her ability as a sailing yacht. She is sleek, fast and very safe. Downwind, we have found that if we just rig the twin headsails, she romps along with minimal intervention from the crew – even in a strong gale (48 knots) with 4 meters waves which we experienced it in Cap Finisterre in 2020 when SAXON BLUE was on passage to Roses in Spain. Her sail handling has been designed so that she can be easily handled by a single person on watch. All the controls are reached from behind the wheel. She has Reckmann furlers, a significant upgrade, on both headsails and a hydraulic vang so there is no need for a winch and a tangle of lines on the coach roof.
She has a water-maker and an electric cooker so the only fuel she requires is diesel. Her fuel tank capacities were increased at build by her first owner. She has an uprated generator and battery bank along with twin inverter chargers so the batteries charge quickly. We added solar panels and a Watt & Sea hydro-generator behind the keel to reduce the need to use the generator on long passages which increases comfort aboard as there is no engine noise, whilst green energy is being generated.
Her heating can run from the residual engine heat – although she has an Eberspächer diesel heater for use when the engine is not running. She is also equipped with reverse cycle Tropical air conditioning as well as fans for use in warm waters. She has an open saloon layout with 2 relaxing armchairs (perfect for taking a nap off watch while underway) instead of the pilot berth seen aboard many of her sisters. She has a stainless-steel stem protector designed to deflect ice in high latitudes or for pivoting off tight marina berths. Her Spade anchor guaranteed us many peaceful nights at anchor.
She is, in short, the best designed and equipped Discovery 55 ever built, in our view. She took her first owner to extraordinary places, both hot and cold, in total safety and comfort. She has pleased us greatly in our ownership fulfilling the dream to own a sailboat with comprehensive specifications at the early stage of retirement. Age is now coming and our physical condition has reduced our capability to undertake long distances cruises, and therefore we can no longer justify owning a sailboat with such potential to sail far.
SAXON BLUE has been professionally maintained with the highest standards throughout her life and she is ready to sail in remote countries and unspoiled areas. It is merely a question of “turning the key” with the right owner with the right physical capacity and a motivation to discover the world. They will find in SAXON BLUE, a very special yacht as we have done.