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Why the Stepped Hull of the Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 is a Good Idea

A year after the launch of the Oceanis 51.1, the French yard presents the new Beneteau Oceanis 46.1. The boat will be launched in Sydney next August and then at the main European and American boat shows in autumn 2018.

The Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 is based on a drawing by Finot-Conq, employing the stepped hull of the 51.1. This is a major development of the line, with a shape widening to the bow, freeing up relevant interior space without altering the performance under sail. The amount of space on deck and inside, as well as the particularly clever choice of fittings, all in an italian style by Nauta Design, set the Oceanis 46.1 apart.

Beneteau oceanis 46.1

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 – The deck

With internal diagonal shrouds and verticals on the hull side, the split rigging frees a considerable amount of space for movement on deck. Equipped as standard with an inmast furling system and a self-tailing jib, all the halyards and sheets lead back to two winches on either side of the helm station.

As for the choice of a twin rudder system with a fibre steering, it gives you good control under sail. In addition to these main features, the different rigging plans and wide range of options mean that each sailing yacht can be customized to match its owner’s identity.

Beneteau oceanis 46.1

The large cockpit table is designed for up to eight people and also cleverly houses the life raft. Manoeuvres have been made easier by grouping the winches at the helm, creating a large space to unwind on either side of the companionway – equipped with two reclining sun loungers together with drinks holders.

The aft of the Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 hits the same note of comfort. A single step separates the cockpit from the swim platform, affording easy access to the sea.

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 – The interiors

The comfortable owner space features a separate shower and head and is worthy of a much bigger yacht (160 x 205 cm double bed accessible from either side).

Beneteau oceanis 46.1

In the three cabin version, the guest rooms aft of the companionway are the same size and strikingly bright thanks to a large hull porthole and two deck hatches. The generous ceiling height of these cabins allow a layout with bed heads facing in the same direction as the boat.

Beneteau oceanis 46.1

With a five-cabin offer, two galley layouts (L or lengthwise) and a wide choice of options, the Oceanis 46.1 has also everything chartering companies could hope for.

 

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