Bénéteau GT 50

Motorboat & Yachting - - Cannes Preview -

The new flag­ship of the Gran Tur­ismo range kills two birds with one stone as it’s avail­able as ei­ther a hard­top sportscruiser or a sport­sy­acht with a small fly­bridge perched up top.

Like the GT 40 and GT 46, the 50 has been styled and en­gi­neered by Nu­volari & Le­nard, who have en­sured it looks just as sweet in Sport­fly form as it does in Hard­top.

The com­pact fly­bridge man­ages to de­liver enough space for a de­cent dinette and sun­pad – though no wet bar – with­out the top deck ru­in­ing the boat’s rak­ish lines.

The main deck con­fig­u­ra­tion is the same no mat­ter which body style you opt for with an L-shaped dinette in the cock­pit and op­posed seat­ing in the sa­loon ar­ranged around a fold­ing ta­ble. Aft, there is a ten­der garage large enough for a 2.9m ten­der with out­board or a Wil­liams Mini­jet. You can spec two or three cab­ins; if you go for two then you gain a lower dinette in place of the twin­bunk third cabin.

The only en­gine op­tion for ei­ther boat is IPS600 (twin 435hp), which could be on the small side for the fly­bridge – but should be good for 30 knots in the sportscruiser vari­ant.

The GT 50 will also be one of the first mod­els to sport Bénéteau’s new Ship Con­trol sys­tem that feeds all the boat’s ma­jor func­tions into one 7in screen. Con­tact See web­site for deal­ers. Web: www.beneteau.com

The Sport­fly vari­ant gains a use­ful-sized fly­bridge but the Hard­top ver­sion is sleeker

The sa­loon is the same on both boats with seat­ing that flows through into the cock­pit when the doors are opened

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