SAXON BLUE was built for her current owner with the specific brief that she be specified for high latitude sailing as well as comfortable cruising in warm water. She has cruised to Iceland, Greenland and Canada in 2010, followed by a cruise in the Caribbean in 2011. Since then she has cruised extensively in the Western Isles of Scotland. During that period she has been maintained by a captain.
She has a fantastic open saloon interior with two stress-less chairs on the starboard side. She has bow protection against ice and many upgrades to fit her for extended cold and warm water sailing. She also has powered furling for both yankee and genoa as well as the mainsail, all controlled from the helm position.
We chose SAXON BLUE as the vehicle for our trip to Greenland and the Caribbean because she is the perfect place to be 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. Wherever we ended up, we could sit in the beautiful raised saloon, eating our dinner and looking out at the scenery, either warmed by the heating or cooled by the air-conditioning.
That’s not to underplay her abilities as a sailing yacht. She is sleek, fast and very safe. On our passage from Bermuda to St Martin, we left a much longer Swan in our wake. With the wind behind, just rig the twin headsails and she romps along downhill with minimal intervention from the crew – even in a gale. Her sail handling has been designed so that she can be easily sailed by a single person on watch. All the controls can be reached from behind the wheel. She has Reckmann furlers on both headsails and a hydraulic vang so there is no need for a winch and a tangle of lines on the coachroof.
She has a water-maker and an electric cooker so the only fluid she requires is diesel. She has an uprated generator and battery bank along with twin inverter chargers so the batteries charge in half the time. Her heating can run for free from the waste engine heat – although she has an Eberspacher for when the engine is off. She has full tropical air-conditioning and fans for when the sea doesn’t have icebergs in it. She has an open saloon layout with 2 stress-less armchairs (perfect for taking a nap while underway) instead of the pilot berth that nobody ever uses. She has a stainless-steel sheath over her stem that is great for deflecting ice or for pivoting off a tight marina berth. Her oversized stainless Spade anchor (with a spare in the lazarette) is a sure way to have a peaceful night.
She is, in short, the best designed and equipped Discovery 55 that they ever built. She took us to extraordinary places, both hot and cold, in total safety and comfort. She’s been professionally maintained throughout her life and she’s ready to do it all again.