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Jeanneau DB/43, sea trial for the queen of design

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From the pencil of the internationally renowned designer Camillo Garroni comes the new Jeanneau DB/43. An uncompromised Day Boat which, at last, brings a breath of fresh air to a market a little too much asleep on established lines. Clearly dedicated to the enjoyment of long days at sea, this yacht brilliantly meets all the needs of those who want to live well, comfortably, immersed in an environment where the design is not only functional but also very captivating.

Jeanneau DB/43 Sea Trial

Today’s day is certainly not one of the best, the wind is about 20/22 knots and the sea is very rough, populated by short, steep waves. While these conditions are terrible for sailing on holiday, they are also perfect for putting the new Jeanneau DB/43 to the test.

We push the throttles forward and, at around 14 knots, the boat easily gets up on plane, immediately tackling the first swells. What is immediately apparent is the beneficial effect of the imposing freeboard, we are travelling at around 25 knots, against the sea and the wind, and not even a splash comes in. Even moving around on board, even in these fairly extreme conditions, is still very safe, which is never to be taken for granted.

Accelerating the Jeanneau DB/43 reacts well, the two Volvo D6s push on and the speed increases rapidly, thirty knots are reached in no time. This is a very interesting cruising speed, which shortens journey times, while consuming very little: just 4.5 litres per hour which, for a 13-metre fully-equipped craft and a full tank of water and fuel, is not bad at all.

Putting the bow in the direction of the waves immediately makes navigation harder but, to the great and pleasant surprise, the DB/43 is not affected at all. In fact, the bow slices through the waves without impact, thus allowing for very comfortable cruising. Will all the throttles down, the boat accelerates again and reaches a top speed of just under 35 knots, a speed that, although not really the purpose of this boat, also allows for fun cruising.

This quality becomes even more evident when we begin to make a series of turns, first wide then progressively narrower, where the Jeanneau DB/43 proves to have an excellent hull, allowing us to make respectable evolutions. In these conditions the boat skids and turns, even at reduced steering angles, without ever leaving its trajectory.

The Jeanneau DB/43 is a truly successful boat that at sea demonstrates that it knows how to move with great agility, and great confidence, even in difficult situations such as those of today.

Test Data

RPM

Speed in kn

L/h

L/Nm

600

3.4

4

1.18

1000

6

8,4

1.40

1500

8.7

22

2.53

2000

10.5

50

4.76

2500

16

74

4.63

3000

24.2

105

4.34

3200

27

121

4.48

3400

29.4

132

4.49

3600

33

149

4.52

3650

34.7

158

4.55

The Jeanneau DB/43 in detail

Exteriors

A high-end day cruiser, the new Jeanneau DB/43 catches the eye with its extraordinary aerodynamic lines, highlighted by an avant-garde windscreen profile and high freeboard. A finalist in the “Sportcruiser up to 45 feet” category at the Motor Boat Awards 2023, a finalist in the “Best for Family” category of the Best of Boats Award 2022 and nominated for the European Powerboat of the Year Award 2023 in the “Up to 14 metres” category, the Jeanneau DB/43 is designed by a Camillo Garroni who, in just 13 metres, succeeds in synthesizing luxury and elegance, sophistication and innovation.

The deck plan immediately highlights the purpose of the design, this boat is clearly designed to maximise the comfort and conviviality of the owner and his guests. The fulcrum of this approach is certainly the large cockpit sofa, which is a true master of transformation. The backrest of the aft seat can in fact transverse and create either a huge sundeck or remain in place and, even in the “opposite sofa” position, generate a chaise longue that looks aft. It is precisely in this area, not by chance, that the two folding side decks are positioned, which, when open, take the maximum beam from 3.82 to 5.67 metres and develop a beach club of an incredible 15/16 square metres.

Forward there is real island kitchen that, huge, will not only be used for cooking but, we can bet, will become the centre of night life on board in its “mobile bar” version. The helm station is raised, positioned to the right and equipped with two seats. There is certainly no lack of space to accommodate all the instrumentation, throttles, joystick and entertainment systems. The large windscreen is wrap-around and provides excellent shelter from the elements, and at the sides it is open to allow light and air into what, at a glance, really does look like the living room of a fashionable New York loft.

Three steps up lead to the bow where, set into the deckhouse, is a second large sundeck which, by simply raising the cushions, becomes a second lounge area as required.

Interior

The Jeanneau DB/43 is available in two versions: two cabins with two heads and two cabins, one head and a lower kitchenette, which is the one we tested and liked best. This small kitchen makes the interior very ‘airy’, adds storage space and allows a breakfast or snack to be prepared without having to go up to the main deck.

The two cabins are basically two large masters, the one in the beam exploits the whole width of the boat to create an environment where the king-size bed is placed at the side and set against a comfortable sofa, while the one in the bow, which is also very large, sees the bed placed in a central position and direct access to the services.

Technical Specs

LOA

13.03 m

LH

11.15 m

Width

3.82 m

Draft

0.94 m

Cabins

2

Berths

5

Fuel Capacity

800 l

Water Capacity

250 l

Engines tested

2 x 380hp Volvo Penta D6

Designer

Garroni Design

Architecture

Michael Peters

Design Category

CE B

Basic Price

€ 658.680,00 + VAT

Test model price

€ 913.738,00 + VAT

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