Fast and comfortable Beneteau cruiser unveiled

by • September 21, 2017 • older, YachtsComments Off241

This is intended as the first of a new generation of Oceanis cruising yacht that’s more comfortable, yet also faster than its forebears. The flared and stepped hull is particularly noticeable in the forward sections, where a chine extends the width of the upper part of the hull. The idea behind this is to create additional interior space without unduly changing the boat’s sailing characteristics. A key benefit is that it allows for new layouts on a boat this size, including an unusually large owners cabin forward.

Four different interior layouts are offered, varying from three cabins/ two heads through four cabins/four heads to five cabins/ three heads. Interior woodwork is in a choice of brushed oak or mahogany.

On deck there’s a choice of areas for relaxation when in port, including plenty of sun-loungers. There’s a large modular cockpit table, plus a barbeque grill built-in to the aft bench, and a spacious open swim platform.

As standard the boat is equipped with an in-mast furling mainsail and self-tacking jib, with all controls brought back to a single winch at each of the helm stations, making for very simple and easy sailing. A Dock & Go system with a joystick control simplifies close-quarters manoeuvring.

Five optional rigging plans, plus three different keel types are offered, giving owners the flexibility to customise their boat for exactly the type of sailing they want to undertake, and for the crews with which they intend to sail. At the opposite end of the spectrum to the all-furling standard boat is the Oceanis 51.1 First Line. This has an extra-long carbon or aluminium mast, with up to 35 per cent additional sail area in high-tech materials, allied to a deep 2.8m keel with a lead bulb. This version also has a composite steering wheel, higher specification deck fittings and an extended bowsprit to cater for larger spinnakers.

The Oceanis 51.1 will be unveiled at the 2017 autumn boats shows in Cannes, France, Southampton, UK and Annapolis, USA.

  • Length overall 15.94m
  • Hull length 14.98m
  • Waterline length 14.52m
  • Beam 4.80m
  • Draught 1.86 or 2.3 or 2.8m
  • Ballast 3,396kg; 3,604kg; or 3,198kg
  • Displacement 13,930kg
  • Fuel tankage 200 litres
  • Water tankage 440 litres
  • Furling mainsail 45.80sq m
  • Self tacking jib 48.1sq m
  • Slab reefing mainsail 55.9sq m
  • Jib (105%) 61sq m
  • Asymmetric spinnaker 180sq m
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