The sensation at the helm of the Eagle Class 53 is unlike anything you’ve felt on a yacht of this size. This boat feels like half of its 16m length in the light touch of its helm and the nuanced accelerations and decelerations as it sails through puffs and lulls. No feeling of inertia, just pure speed.
That is not what you expect when you board via the transom and see the spacious open-air salon where the stylish design offers not only wide spaces and comfortable seating, but also a full bar and plenty of stowage. Winches, rope clutches and lines are clustered forward in the winch island, mostly out of the way, but reachable. And a push and lift of the clever gull wing hatches on each hull reveals a simple cabin with enough amenities to be comfortable.
The roof overhead gives shelter from sun and rain, yet its lightness in design is such that you do not feel enclosed, or even remotely removed from the elements.