Beneteau’s new concept makes sense

by • March 23, 2017 • older, YachtsComments Off245

The world’s largest boat builder rarely calls new trends wrongly. The latest model in its Sense range of cruising monohulls thoroughly cements this new concept in the market place. The key difference between this boat and more conventional alternatives is that that the saloon and galley are right at the aft end of the accommodation, almost opening out into the cockpit, rather than divorced from it by the aft cabins.

Anyone standing in the saloon or galley is almost at eye level with those sitting in the cockpit, which makes for easy communication and significantly improves the social aspect compared to most monohull designs. Despite the lack of a pair of aft cabins, there’s still space for three generous en suite cabins forward of the saloon, including a spacious owner’s suite right forward.

On paper the Sense concept sounds intriguing, but it’s only when you see the boat in the flesh that you really appreciate how different it is to the majority of monohull yachts. Arguably it’s not ideal for a trans-Atlantic yacht – at night it will be almost impossible to prevent the on-deck crew being blinded by the interior lights. However, in many ways it’s a perfect arrangement for any boat that lives either in the Mediterranean or Caribbean. For the former it offers many of the advantages of a catamaran, but with an enhanced sailing experience and with a smaller beam that will make mooring on crowded quays easier.

  • Hull length 16.80m
  • LWL 15.93m
  • Beam 4.97m
  • Draught 1.85 or 2.40m
  • Displacement 18,780kg
  • Ballast (deep keel) 4,900kg
  • Ballast (shallow keel) 5,500 kg
  • Air draught 23.91m
  • Fuel capacity 415 litres
  • Fuel capacity (optional) 830 litres
  • Fresh water 640 litres
  • Fresh water (optional) 970 litres
  • Mainsail (slab reefing) 74sq m
  • Mainsail (furling) 69sq m
  • Genoa (105%) 78.5sq m
  • Asymmetric spinnaker 208.3sq m
  • Code Zero 115sq m
  • Self-tacking jib 59sq m
  • Staysail 34sq m
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