New Boats

A ground­break­ing mini-su­pery­acht from a ma­jor in­dus­try player

SAIL - - Contents - By Zuzana Proc­hazka

Reviews of the Ocea­nis Yacht 62 and Bali 4.0

Some­times I get lucky. When I stepped aboard Beneteau’s new flag­ship, I was the first jour­nal­ist (from any­where) to ex­am­ine and sail hull #1 of the new “Ocea­nis Yacht” line. The word “yacht” has been added to des­ig­nate Ocea­nis mod­els 60ft and over. It’s a bold new di­rec­tion for the French builder, which is now reach­ing be­yond pure pro­duc­tion boats to lux­ury-ori­ented mini-su­pery­achts.

DE­SIGN & CON­STRUC­TION The de­sign firm of Ber­ret Ra­cou­peau, a long­time Beneteau col­lab­o­ra­tor, drew this model from scratch. Beneteau then lever­aged its re­la­tion­ship with Pier­re­an­gelo Adreani (who has worked ex­ten­sively on the com­pany’s power­boats) to add some aes­thetic touches.

The re­sult­ing boat is sleek, with a pro­file ac­cented by a black hull stripe that hides a dozen dark win­dows. The high top­sides per­mit a low-pro­file coachroof that does not im­pinge upon the vol­ume and head­room belowdecks. Even the 30in life­lines don’t make the model look par­tic­u­larly tall at the dock. As a side note, I’m happy to see the re­turn of func­tional life­lines on an off­shore ves­sel. It’s a nod to safety that I hope other builders will em­u­late.

The ta­pered 9/10 frac­tional deck-stepped Spar­craft mast tow­ers over the deck with an air draft of 90ft. With the 105 per­cent genoa, the to­tal sail area with an in-mast furl­ing main is 1,959ft 2. A 2,600ft 2 Code 0 is also avail­able as an op­tion. The mas­sive sailplan is man­aged by four elec­tric Harken winches aft, near the helms.

ON DECK

The Code 0 at­taches on the in­te­grated stain­less steel bowsprit. It’s large and helps to hold the an­chor away from the plumb bow, but isn’t ob­tru­sive and melds nicely into the over­all hull shape. A sun pad dom­i­nates the fore­deck. It is one of six such ar­eas aboard. Loungers re­joice!

At the other end, the tran­som drops down elec­tri­cally to form a large swim plat­form, which at first blush is not that dif­fer­ent from those on the com­pany’s other de­signs. How­ever, in truth, Beneteau has very much stepped up its game here in that the plat­form drops be­low the wa­ter at the aft end to make it much eas­ier to launch and load the ten­der (spec­i­fied as a Wil­liams 2.85 jet boat, al­though an­other in­flat­able dinghy can also be used). A Quick elec­tric winch hauls the dink into the garage where there is also an elec­tric pump to in­flate/de­flate it. Along th­ese same lines, in­stead of a scary lad­der, the OY 62 has civ­i­lized stair­cases port and star­board, which lead down from the cock­pit and can be eas­ily man­aged by kids or any­one else who may be a bit less ag­ile.

For­ward of the swim step, twin su­pery­acht-style com­mand pods hold a pair of Car­bo­nau­tica wheels, tog­gles for the Quick bow and stern thrusters, a re­mote con­trol for the Quick 24V wind­lass and B&G Zeus 12in mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays (upgrad­able to 16in NSO B&G MFDs). Switches to furl and un­furl the head­sail on a Fac­nor furler can also be found here to make sure that you ex­er­cise very lit­tle more than your fin­ger­tips when set­ting sail.

For­ward of the helms, the so­cial cock­pit in­cludes a U-shaped set­tee to ei­ther side wrap­ping around a pair of ad­justable-height ta­bles. When th­ese are low­ered they be­come lounges, sep­a­rated by a walk­through pas­sage­way to the com­pan­ion­way. An elec­tri­cally ac­ti­vated mod­ule with a grill, sink, prep sta­tion and pop-up light is hid­den be­low the tran­som deck un­der the aft sun pad, and a rigid bi­mini is avail­able as an op­tion. Al­though I’ve only seen draw­ings, at first glance this re­ally adds to the lines of the boat. Com­prised of a black fiber­glass roof with an in­te­grated wind­shield, it also in­cludes a hand­hold along the aft edge that will make the tran­si­tion from helm to helm a bit eas­ier in rough con­di­tions.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TIONS

Belowdecks, the sa­loon fea­tures a port­side L-shaped lounge fac­ing a cen­ter­line set­tee with an ad­justable ta­ble in be­tween. To star­board is a straight-line gal­ley, sep­a­rated from the sa­loon by a con­sole that also holds a pop-up flat screen TV and a bot­tle holder.

The gal­ley on our test boat was packed with a com­bi­na­tion of stan­dard and op­tional fea­tures, in­clud­ing a three-burner Eno stove/oven, a mi­crowave, Vitrifrigo top and side-load­ing re­frig­er­a­tion, an Isotherm ice­maker, a Dometic wine cooler, an Edesta dish­washer and twin sinks. At first glance you see none of this, though, as it’s all hid­den be­neath gray Co­rian coun­ter­tops or be­hind ma­hogany Alpi cab­i­netry with over­head lock­ers fin­ished in a shiny white lac­quer.

The for­ward-fac­ing nav­i­ga­tion desk is to port and close to the com­pan­ion­way for easy com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the cock­pit. A third B&G plot­ter, a Schreiber dig­i­tal bus panel and USB charg­ing plugs sur­round the large L-shaped desk, which also in­cludes an in­te­grated lap­top space.

The mas­ter state­room for­ward ben­e­fits from a foyer that adds a bit of pri­vacy for the owner, since you can­not see into the cabin from the sa­loon due to the wind­ing cor­ri­dor that leads to it. There’s also a place for an op­tional Splen­dide washer/dryer combo and a large pantry. A built-in book­case is lo­cated for­ward of the padded tower that hides the com­pres­sion post, while to star­board of the en­trance is an area that on hull #1 was con­fig­ured as a chest of draw­ers, but can also be a desk or a short sofa. With the raised cab­in­top, there is 6ft 11in of head­room at the foot of the bed, and the whole suite is light and bright due to the twin open­ing over­head hatches and the rec­tan­gu­lar hull win­dows that you can see out of from bed.

Guest ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude twin aft cab­ins with en­suite heads. One head also serves as the day head. The star­board cabin has an in­te­rior door for ac­cess to the Onan 11.5 kW genset as well as to the back of the Yan­mar 160 HP en­gine. (Ac­cess to the front of the diesel is via the com­pan­ion­way steps.)

Beneteau also added two tran­som hatches that pro­vide light and air to the aft cab­ins. When seated in the sa­loon, you can see all the way aft and out the back of the boat, which fur­ther ac­cen­tu­ates the sense of spa­cious­ness and length. That said, the trip back there on hands and knees to open or close th­ese hatches is not an easy one, and I sus­pect many guests will also pile their lug­gage and clothes there, negat­ing the ef­fect.

A cabin can be added to star­board, but elim­i­nates the head and shower com­part­ment there. Aes­thet­i­cally, Beneteau has bor­rowed some touches from its high-end mo­to­ry­achts to up the ante on the fin­ish. Brushed oak or ma­hogany Alpi wood, for ex­am­ple, are com­bined with nu­mer­ous fab­ric-topped and leather-wrapped sur­faces. In­di­rect light­ing and leather cabi­net pulls are also ev­ery­where. Th­ese small touches sig­nal that the Ocea­nis line is about lux­ury and choice, pro­vid­ing the owner with nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to per­son­al­ize and up­grade the ves­sel and con­se­quently the en­tire on­board ex­pe­ri­ence.

UN­DER SAIL We popped out of the river at Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, on a cloud­cov­ered windy day that showed a small At­lantic swell and a 3-4ft chop.

At a 55 de­gree ap­par­ent wind an­gle (AWA) in 16 knots of true wind, our In­ci­dence-built sails car­ried us along at 8 knots, which jumped to 10.2 knots when we eased off to a beam reach. Fall­ing off even fur­ther brought us 10.4 knots at a 140 de­gree AWA.

I ad­mit, I may have been driv­ing when a large wave slapped the hull just for­ward of the beam, dous­ing much of the cock­pit and every­one in it. How­ever, no one (well, al­most no one) seemed to mind as we no­ticed that the boat just shoul­dered the hit and kept on push­ing for­ward as if noth­ing had hap­pened.

UN­DER POWER We mo­tored along at 8.5 knots with the throt­tle set at 2,000 rpm, where the Beneteau Ocea­nis Yacht 62 burns about 3gph. An even bet­ter cruis­ing speed was 6.5 knots and 1,400 rpm, where fuel con­sump­tion set­tled in at just over a gal­lon per hour.

CON­CLU­SION

It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to step aboard a brand-new model, be­cause you get to see, feel and try out a boat that has pre­vi­ously only been on the draw­ing board. Along with the prod­uct de­vel­op­ment team, I was able to spend eight hours in­spect­ing ev­ery nook and cranny, and it should come as no sur­prise that since the day of my sail trial the boat has been sell­ing like hot cakes. s

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