Linssen 55 SL AC Variotop®

The luxury steel Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop® motor yacht has always been the company flagship. Since 1996, this yacht has been built with this unique convertible top, which means that the 500 AC Variotop® has always been in a class of its own. Its little sisters, the 450 and 480 AC Variotop®, from the same Grand Sturdy series, have been on the market for several years now. A new yacht in the Linssen SL series will be out by the end of 2022: the Linssen 55 SL AC Variotop®. 

The Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop® has been regularly improved and updated over the years. The engineering has been upgraded to a newer generation, with small details and sometimes major components being replaced and improved. The exterior has been given the latest SPH® hull shape to ensure even better sailing characteristics and the interior is fresh, modern and yet timeless. In addition, the latest generation of Variotops is a true “one touch” version with the latest electronic control system. 

Layout

Layout Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop

First Variotop® in the SL series 

The Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop is now getting a real “sister” in the SL series. With a length overall of 16.50 metres, this is the luxury Linssen 55 SL AC Variotop®. The design of this SL was also produced in collaboration with KesselsGranger Designworks, and that is clearly reflected in the consistently implemented style. The clean, modern look with contrasting shades of grey in the saloon windows and Variotop wheelhouse really stands out. The rising waterline and bow shape also create the immediately recognisable “Sports Luxury” look.

Tough but stylish
No-one will be able to resist the visual appeal of this Linssen 55 SL AC Variotop®. Robust and sophisticated. Tough, but stylish. It is precisely this modest, subtle appearance that gives the luxury yacht a real “look”.
Like the 500 AC Variotop®, the 55 SL AC Variotop® has a spacious stairway to the swimming platform on the port and starboard sides of the transom. In the case of the 55 SL, these steps are again just a bit more refined. They are now even safer thanks to the wider bottom step and the hand rail over the entire transom and on the side. Combine that with the LED lighting in the steps and you can feel safe going from the swimming platform to the aft deck even at night.

Interior
The Linssen 55 SL AC Variotop® yacht has a luxurious three-cabin layout. The spacious aft cabin containing a generously proportioned free-standing double bed, large toilet with sink and connecting shower room is your private domain. There’s an extraordinary amount of storage space in wardrobes and cupboards and drawers around the bed. Comfortable high-quality carpeting is laid right next to the bed. You can relax in style and watch TV from the bed. The passage to the aft cabin provides even more storage space on both sides and room for an additional refrigerator, wine cooler, etc.

The forward cabin and guest cabin are located at the front of the boat, on the port side. They share the toilet and shower in the passage to the forward cabin. The shower also houses the standard combined washer/dryer.
The saloon has all the luxury and comfort you are used to at home. The pantry is fully equipped, including a 110-litre refrigerator, induction hob with four cooking zones, extractor hood and microwave/oven/grill. This means you can have fun cooking together and then enjoying the meal with a glass of wine at the L-shaped dining table situated opposite. The saloon also contains a TV mounted against the aft cabin wall. If you don’t want to miss your favourite sports programme or TV show, you can watch it together from the U-shaped saloon sofa. Thanks to excellent insulation, double glazing and radiator heating, you will have the comfort you want all year round.

Variotop® wheelhouse
The most recognisable location of the Variotop® is, of course, the wheelhouse. It’s really well heated and sheltered under the Variotop® when the weather’s not so good, or open when the sun’s shining - but sheltered from the wind - when weather conditions permit. By adjusting the electric helm seat to the highest position, you can raise yourself above the windscreen to enjoy a clear view. The carbon fibre dashboard is finished in genuine leather and equipped with all the navigation equipment you’ll need. The two Raymarine Axiom XL16 screens provide all the information you could wish for while sailing. Combine this with the autopilot, triducer, tiller control, AIS receiver, VHF radio and powerful bow and stern thruster (3-phase, 400 Volt) with proportional control and there’s nowhere you couldn’t sail.

ICCESS and LIPPCON
On board the 55 SL AC Variotop® there are - as in all Linssen yachts - two ICCESS control panels. One panel is located at a central point in the saloon and the other is in the helmsman’s position. This CAN bus system makes it easy to switch all the 12V on-board systems on and off. The large consumers on board (230V/400V) are controlled by the LIPPCON system. Switching on the 17.5 kW generator immediately provides enough power at any time to actuate the bow and stern thrusters, the stabilisers if any and the hotel functions on board such as hob, dishwasher, etc.

Engine room
The engine room of this luxury yacht contains two powerful but whisper-quiet Mercury engines (150 HP at 3,000 rpm) to drive the boat and a set of lithium-ion batteries ensures there is sufficient on-board energy.
The sophisticated energy management system ensures that the boat supplies the skipper with energy almost independently. It can come from the running engines, the generator, shore power, or the integrated solar panels that follow the curvature of the deck. Independence is also ensured by the ingenious system that breaks down waste matter so that only pure water is discharged overboard. So no more discharging black water! If you still choose the optional freshwater cleaner, there is nothing stopping you from staying out of marinas for weeks at a time, except of course when you feel the need to get back among people a bit more.

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Basic specifications

Basic SpecificationLinssen 55 SL AC Variotop®
LOA x beam overall x draft± 16,50 x 4,90 x 1,29 m
± 54'2" x 16' x 4'3" m (hull length 49')
Air draft:Mast down ± 4,20 m / ± 13'9.4"
Minimum (Variotop® arch opened) ± 3,49 m / ± 11'5.4"
Headroom FC/saloon/AC/Steering saloon:± 2,00 / 2,00 / 2,00 / 2,00 m
± 6'6.7"
CE-classification:B (sea)
Tank capacity± 2x 1.185 ltr diesel fuel
± 626 gallons
Water capacity± 960 ltr
± 253 gallons
Holding tank capacity± 400 ltr
± 105 gallons
Weight/displacement:± 30.000 kg / ± 30 m3
± 66140 lbs
Engines2x 4 cil Mercury MD2.0L
2x 112 kW / 2x 150 HP
Emission compliance: EPA Tier 3, EU RCD Stage II, BSO II

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