This presentation may seem to be a repetition of an old one, but it’s not quite so, because this article is more ample and it is based only on Beneteau, with its sailing yachts section’s models. On my opinion at this very moment (doesn’t matter at all that in some parts of the world is a deep winter), Beneteau is one of my favorite yacht builders of the moment. I hope I’m not upsetting you by saying same things again. First time I said them (and I’m not linking with that), I was on Blogger. The pics are still on Picasa, the fonts are a mixture. This is a brand new article, in a brand new series of yacht presentations. I am just an independent observer.
They have the Sense with three model lengths: the 55′ (a new one), the 50′ and the 43′. The 55 is the bigger, so the 55 will be presented, the others are only mentioned.
Design : Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design, Interior layout and design : Nauta Design, Length Over All : 17.20 m – 56’5″, Beam : 4.97 m – 16’4″, Displacement : 18,560 kg – 40,906 lbs
As you can see, both above captions are drawings. The price is estimated at around €320,000, which is not very cheap. I don’t say it’s not worth the money.
The jewel of the series is Sense 50′, an awarded model at some boating fairs. The price is also estimated at around €300,000 for a LOA of 14.98 m and two designs, with two or three cabins. Have a look at this pictures:
The main issue the price is not the cheapest of all is the revolutionary Dock & Go system which allows a calm maneuvering of the boat because it synchronizes a pivoting sail-drive base and bow-thruster, so it’s a “one man is enough” boat.
A back view of one of the most beautiful Beneteau boats. The photo series shows how much attention they give to design. I’m not commenting much. The pics are from yachtworld and simpsonmarine from Asia. The hull materials are fiberglass and GRP. The rest is of natural wood, glass, metal and plastic.
Here you have a layout for the two cabins option.
In Sense series there is only one more model, the 43′, which you may find on their site. It is a 13.2 m LOA, almost the same design, anyway the same Nauta and Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design made it. Too many pictures anyway, and not a single one of the engine. I said that it could be important.
With this above, I’m going to show you the Oceanis 58′, the longest of the Oceanis series. Beneteau builds also a series called First, of whom I shall speak later.
No matter how much I’ve talked about this model, it remains my all time favorite. Of course, unfortunately can be considered a little bit expensive at over €450,000 recommendation, a price without VAT, for the brand new. But, there are advantages as well. Beneteau is an almost exclusive network, they have certainly their dealers worldwide and they claim to have they own exclusive brokers. I don’t comment. The website changed from the last time I saw it, but let’s say it doesn’t matter. Let’s talk about Oceanis. This is a series which starts at 58 as the longest and then continues decreasingly through 54, 50, 48, 45, 41, 37, 34, 31. The 48, 45 and 41 are new, like Sense 55 was. I’ll present just the Oceanis 58 because is my favorite and the largest sailing model from Beneteau anyway. For pics and prices for the other models, you may visit the main site, but I don’t guarantee for the prices. If someone said he upgraded his Oceanis to €1 Mil by changing the rigs with different ones and a Rolls Royce motor made for an airplane, you may be found in the position to accept even that price. It is not unique, it’s a 58, but it can become unique, like this Genesis site, or quite like this one you’re on, now, The Yacht Owner.
LOA 18.2 m, Draft 2.6 m, Beam 5 m, Displacement 21,658 kilograms, Engine 140 HP, Fuel Capacity 1,080 l.
Powering all the gear is a newly designed 140hp VW engine, a five-cylinder turbocharged unit with two (12 V and 24 V) alternators attached. The VW offers a better power-to-weight ratio than some traditional marine brands and on the test sail it was one of the quietest engines ever met, with little vibration transmitted throughout the hull. I don’t know why some say it’s designed for the very experienced sailors. This is not good for business :). Maybe because the experienced may realize how super trouper special this model is. It is spacious, that’s for sure.
A good accessory, the dinghy.
The First is a series with six models, the 50, the 45, the 40CR, the 30, the 25.7S, and the 21.7S. I’m gonna show you some pics from the largest, the First 50.
Designer Ph Briand Yacht Design/Veerle Battiau, LOA 15 m, Beam 4.4 m, Displacement 13,115 kilograms, Engine 75 HP, Fuel Capacity 237 l.
Bénéteau First is a range of high-performance yachts that combines serious racing features with spacious accommodation. The First series is produced in partnership with several leading designers including Bruce Farr.
Remember that the First series is for racing, with an infusion-molded deck, T-profile torpedo-bulb keel and sleek underwater hull with modern appendices. Pure, sleek lines and lowered coach-roof, while below decks, the design is stunningly contemporary with light wood finishes.
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