Jeanneau 509

5.0 from 1 Reviews


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The 509 has a lot to live up to and it doesn’t disappoint

Kevin Green  
Reviewed Oct 2016
Casting off from the pontoon in a 50-foot yacht can be a daunting prospect, especially if it’s just you and the wife. Dockside manoeuvring can stress out even old salts, so it’s unsurprising that pod drives are growing in popularity on sailboats. Jeanneau responded with the introduction of 360 Docking last year, the result of a collaboration with ZF Marine and Yanmar. Available on eight Jeanneau models now, the uptake rate has been strong, with about 70 percent of new owners choosing the easy docking option. Taking a mere 1.6 seconds to swivel the propeller into the desired direction, the joystick is moved, then twisted to increase the revs; the system is very intuitive. Just add a touch of bow thruster going sideways and no dramas will ensue; and that’s exactly what we did as we departed Cannes marina to sample the day’s Mediterranean breeze, a fickle creature at the best of times...
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