A year after the “Oceanis 51.1 phenomenon”, BENETEAU is still creating a small revolution in this 30-year old line.
The new Oceanis 46.1 is a superb progression of the bestselling Oceanis 45, which has been very successful worldwide and was awarded the title of “European Yacht of the Year” in the Family Cruiser category, in 2012. Loyal to the Oceanis yacht’s reputation, she is a joy to live aboard, with a wide choice of fittings. She boasts all the features of a large yacht without sacrificing speed and the quality of her fittings are unbeatable for a boat of this size. It is no coincidence that the Oceanis 46.1 is to be premiered in Australia, a country of seasoned sailors with high standards.
The Oceanis 46.1 is based on a drawing by Finot-Conq, employing the much-applauded stepped hull of the 51.1. This is a major development of the line, with a shape widening to the bow, freeing up unbelievable interior space without altering the performance under sail. The incredible amount of space on deck and inside, as well as the particularly clever choice of fittings, all in an elegant style by Nauta Design, set the Oceanis 46.1 apart.
SPACIOUS AND EFFICIENT DECK PLAN
On deck, the architectural design creates a cockpit that is a great deal larger than on other yachts on the market and the spaces are skilfully distributed. The large cockpit table is designed for up to eight people and also cleverly houses the life raft. Manoeuvres have been made much easier by grouping the winches at the helm, creating a large space to unwind on either side of the companionway – equipped with two elegant reclining sun loungers together with drinks holders. When it is time for a nap, these can easily be lifted and taken to the yacht’s bow to relax there instead. The aft of the Oceanis 46.1 hits the same note of comfort and well-being. A single step separates the cockpit from the huge swim platform, affording easy access to all the pleasures of the sea, much to everyone’s delight. You will also love the plancha grill built into the aft of the helm station, allowing you to cook from the platform or the cockpit.
The impressive additional space in favour of comfort and habitability can be seen in all aspects of the interior fittings. Large hull portholes bring lots of natural light right into the heart of the boat, creating depth and elegance in the interior and providing a breathtaking view of the horizon. The interior cabinet work can be customized with a choice between brushed light oak or mahogany, and this can be extended to many of the options.
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). In the three cabin ver-sion, 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.
With a five-cabin offer, two galley layouts (L or lengthwise) and a wide choice of options, the Oceanis 46.1 has everything chartering companies could hope for and is set to become a standard in marinas worldwide.
AGILE AND EASY TO SAIL
Designed to be accessible and easy to use, in addition to the joys of life on board, the Oceanis 46.1 also provides increased safety for all crew types. 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 greater 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.
SPEED AND SENSATIONS
Reminiscent of Beneteau’s well-known racing line, the First Line version offered on the new Oceanis 46.1 will satisfy people who love fast cruising. With a longer mast, by one metre, a sail area increased by 28%, Harken Performa racing deck fittings and a deep lead-bulb keel to reduce drag, this version will guarantee unique cruising sensations. With the addition of a composite steering wheel and a bowsprit for a large spinnaker, Beneteau’s keen eye for detail sets this yacht apart from other boats on the market.