This size of yacht has been very important for the Beneteau group, the world’s largest boat builder, ever since the Oceanis 410 and 411 models gained dominance in both charter fleets and among private owners in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This new design incorporates much of the latest thinking, creating a boat with a surprising amount of space given its overall length.
The beamy chined hull carries the generous maximum beam right aft, which helps to boost accommodation space and also increases form stability. The class leading cockpit sizes gives the feel of a larger vessel, which is accentuated because the mainsail controls, including sheet and traveller, are taken to the distinctive fibreglass overhead arch.
There is also an option of a self-tacking jib for those who prefer their sailing to be simplified as far as possible. Below the waterline, an efficient keel shape, particularly on deep draught models, helps to improve handling characteristics.
Below decks the accommodation options include two and three cabin layouts, with either one or two head/shower compartments. The single head boats echo the open plan loft style layouts that are available on smaller models in the Oceanis range, although that ceases to be practical with twin heads and a larger number of cabins.
The two cabin models have additional on deck stowage, as well as a further smaller interior compartment that lends itself to use either as an on board office, or as a workshop for those who plan to venture further afield.
This new design also takes a stage further trends that we have already seen in designers incorporating larger hull windows. Combined with the Oceanis 41.1’s almost full-length coach roof windows and opening deck hatches, the effect is of the kind of light, airy and well ventilated interior that was previously the sole preserve of deck saloon yachts.
Hull length 11.98m
Light displacement 8,777kg
Standard draught (shoal keel) 1.7m
Deep draught (optional keel) 2.18m
Mainsail area 85.1 sqm
Fuel tank capacity 200 litres
Fresh water capacity 240 litres
Optional additional fresh water tank 90 litres
Max engine power 45 hp