Bénéteau Group cruised right into 2020 with two new spectacular vessels that made waves across the world upon their debut. The celebrated French boat-builder introduced the spacious Oceanis 40.1, which features unprecedented volumes both indoors and out on deck, and the wonderfully sprightly Oceanis Yacht 54, which represents a new generation of cruisers—one that sets the bar even higher in terms of construction, ergonomics, and trim customization.
Available from Europa Yachts Philippines, the leading distributor of European-made sailboats and motorboats in the country, these two new vessels from the Bénéteau Oceanis range are seen by industry insiders as possible contenders for top prizes in this year’s leading global boating awards. In this brief primer, we’ll take a closer look at their top-of-the-line features.
The Bénéteau Oceanis 40.1
As every old hand in sailing would tell you, there is simply no one way to sail, so being able to engage in this activity at your own pace and according to your own discretion is important. This is why Bénéteau is offering the Oceanis 40.1 in different configurations, each of which makes certain adjustments to important interior and exterior elements.
If performance is at the top of your list of priorities, then you must certainly consider the First Line version of the vessel, which features a lengthier mast and a greater draft than the standard version. If you’re sailing shorthanded, you don’t have to worry because the boat’s in-mast furling system and self-tacking jib will make handling easy, even if you don’t have a large crew to back you up.
Indeed, her many options for rigging—even those on the standard version—make the 40-foot cruiser an ideal watercraft for those wanting to make the best of their sailing excursions. The designers’ choice to make her lines and halyards lead aft of her two helm stations—both of which have also been placed further to the back of the boat—means that there is more than enough space for 6 guests to enjoy the cockpit area. This lounging space is virtually unobstructed since that the halyard winches and mainsail sheets are positioned on the coachroof.
The Oceanis 40.1’s innovative hull, designed by legendary naval architect Marc Lombard, is another sign that no compromises have been made to this boat, ensuring optimal performance on water. Her flared hull is particularly ingenious, as it incorporates steps extending to over a third of the bow, affording the vessel greater speed potential while at the same time reducing turbulence under any sailing condition.
The Oceanis 40.1 also makes customization possible even when it comes to her interiors, being available in different versions that were all created by Italian naval design company Nauta Design. Buyers can choose between two basic types of woodwork, namely walnut and light oak, either of which imbues the vessel with an atmosphere of warmth comfort. On top of this, the numerous hatches, hull portholes, and coachroof portholes all fill the boat with natural light while providing ample ventilation, ensuring that the interior is always airy and bathed in light.
On the starboard side of the lower deck, there is C-shaped galley that is fully equipped to meet all your needs at sea. Conversely, on the port side, there is sizeable saloon that serves as the main space in the boat for lounging and entertainment. You also have the option of getting a boat with two, three, or four cabins, which means no matter the size of your party, you’ll always feel at home. Whether you’re sailing as a couple, with your family, or with a group of friends, the Oceanis 40.1 is supremely adaptable to fit all your cruising requirements.
The Bénéteau Oceanis Yacht 54
Next up, we have the Bénéteau Oceanis Yacht 54, a free-flowing, delightfully speedy 54-foot cruiser designed by naval architects Roberto Biscontini and Lorzenzo Argento. Exhibiting the unmistakable pedigree of the famed Oceanis range, this luxurious watercraft maximizes cockpit and interior spaces without compromising on performance and practicality.
Bénéteau Oceanis Yacht 54 fully reinvents the conventional central cockpit by adopting of flush layout that enhances freedom of movement between the companionway and the helm stations. This cockpit area features distinctly separate areas for sailing and lounging, with the latter featuring ample seating space for the most comfortable outdoor gatherings. Moreover, with her halyards and sheets being positioned aft of the cockpit seats, you can be sure that your sacred space for rest and relaxation will always be unobstructed.
Moving between this yacht’s foredeck, gangways, and swim platform will also feel remarkably organic, while the boat’s bulwarks are high enough to inspire confidence in her safety. It’s especially reassuring if you have some boisterous children onboard. Aft of the boat, deploying the swim platform reveals another surprise below the cockpit: a space for an eight-foot inflatable tender that you can use both for service- and leisure-related activities.
Inside, the Bénéteau Oceanis Yacht 54 dazzles with a warm and modern interior that is as bright as it is airy. Highlighting her understated elegance are her trim details, with top-quality upholstery, wood linings, riddles, lighting fixtures, and other accoutrements being used throughout the interiors. Like the Oceanis 40.1, this vessel can be fitted with either a light oak or a more traditional walnut paneling and flooring. Either way, each of these options is sure saturate the indoors with a feeling of comfort and conviviality.
Her saloon is unbelievably spacious, too. The main lounge area and saloon table are on the starboard side, but additional seating is available on the port side, where a chart deck can also be found. Behind this right-hand lounge area is the boat’s galley, filled to the brim with all modern kitchen essentials. In terms of cabin layout, the Bénéteau Oceanis Yacht 54 comes in two versions: three cabins and two heads, or three cabins and three heads with sizeable master cabin situated fore of the boat.
These feature-rich boats are coming to the Philippines very soon courtesy of Europa Yachts Philippines. For updates regarding these sailboat models and other best-in-class watercrafts from Europe’s top manufacturers, make sure to visit their website regularly. You may also call their hotline at (+632) 8553-2027 for more information, or you may send them an email at [email protected].