SAIL - - Best Boats 2019 -

BENETEAU OCEANIS 46.1 An off­shoot of last year’s Oceanis 51.1, the Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 of­fers the same “stepped hull” as its pre­de­ces­sor, as seen in the chine run­ning all the way for­ward. This, in turn, al­lowed de­signer Finot-Conq to max­i­mize ac­com­mo­da­tion space in the bow while re­tain­ing a fine en­try. Top­sides, the Oceanis 46.1 boasts a com­pli­cated deck mold­ing that in­cor­po­rates a spa­cious twin-helm cock­pit with easy ac­cess to the mas­sive drop-down swim plat­form and an at­trac­tively drawn cab­in­trunk. For­ward, a com­bi­na­tion sprit/an­chor roller will help keep the gel­coat safe when drop­ping or weigh­ing the hook, while twin rud­ders en­sure con­trol in a blow. A “First Line” per­for­mance ver­sion of the boat is also avail­able. Beneteau,

DUFOUR GRAND LARGE 360 The Dufour Grand Large 360 packs a lot of boat into its 33ft of LOA (36ft if you add in the com­bi­na­tion an­chor roller and sprit), in­clud­ing twin helms and chines to in­crease both sta­bil­ity and in­te­rior vol­ume. Aft, the helm sta­tion fea­tures a pair of sleek steer­ing col­umns and con­soles that have been placed in close prox­im­ity to the winches to fa­cil­i­tate sail­han­dling when short­handed. Even far­ther aft, there’s an out­side gal­ley equipped with a bar­be­cue and a sink con­cealed in the seats. Dufour Yachts,

HANSE 388 Ger­many’s Hanse has been on a roll of late, with a steady stream of new de­signs fea­tur­ing the line’s pur­pose­ful an­gu­lar look and solid build qual­ity. Like all Hanses, ease of han­dling is part of the Hanse 388’s DNA, with all sail con­trols run­ning aft to the helm, and a self­tack­ing head­sail and Ger­man main­sheet sys­tem pro­vid­ing stress-free trim­ming on ei­ther tack. De­signed by Judel/Vrolijk, the hull is eas­ily driven and a wealth of in­te­rior op­tions are avail­able, al­low­ing you to cre­ate just the right boat for you. Plumb ends en­sure the long­est sail­ing length pos­si­ble. “Fast Cruis­ing” lam­i­nate sails are avail­able as an op­tion for those in search of even more get-up-and-go. Hanse Yachts, hansey­

HANSE 418 Another one of the many new Hanses to hit the mar­ket over the past year or so, the Hanse 418 is pure Hanse through-and-through: whether it’s in the boat’s an­gu­lar lines top­side (long a com­pany trade­mark) or its easy-to-han­dle rig, com­plete with self-tack­ing head­sail and the com­pany’s one-rope reef­ing sys­tem. Twin wheels (and a pair of flip-up helm seats) pro­vide clear sight­lines for­ward and easy ac­cess to the huge swim step aft—another Hanse trade­mark. A plethora of hatches and hull win­dows ad­mit an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light be­lowdecks and also pro­vide ex­cel­lent ven­ti­la­tion, ei­ther un­der­way or in a stuffy an­chor­age. Hanse Yachts, hansey­


One of the new­est ar­rivals in Hanse’s “8” se­ries, the Hanse 548 is de­signed by Judel/Vrolijk, and cou­ples a pow­er­ful, semi-bal­anced spade rud­der with plenty of wa­ter­line length and a self-tack­ing jib to pro­vide a com­bi­na­tion of speed and ease of use. (A reach­ing sail­ing can also be tacked onto the com­bi­na­tion an­chor roller/fixed sprit for ad­di­tional power off the wind.) Aes­thet­i­cally, the boat ap­pears to have hit a real sweet spot thanks to the way the min­i­mal sheer and cab­in­trunk are set off by the plumb bow and stern. For the epi­cures in the au­di­ence, an in­te­grated BBQ can be found hid­den in one of the twin helm sta­tions aft. Hanse Yachts, hansey­

HANSE 548 While the an­gu­lar Hanse aes­thetic is a good one up and down the com­pany’s prod­uct line, at 50ft or more it truly shines—case in point, the Hanse 548. Be­yond that, the boat’s plumb bow and stern pro­vide a max­i­mum of sail­ing length, while its dou­ble-head­sail rig, which in­cludes a self-tack­ing in­ner jib, makes the boat easy to han­dle in a wide range of weather con­di­tions. (An A-sail can also be flown off a sprit.) Aft, an op­tional car­bon T-Top in­cludes a re­tractable por­tion al­low­ing you to cre­ate some shade on a sunny day or open things up for a clear view of the stars over­head at night. The T-Top also serves to an­chor the main­sheet, keep­ing it out of the way of the crew and guests. Hanse Yachts, hansey­

HY­LAS 48 Cre­ated by renowned megay­acht de­signer Bill Dixon, the Hy­las 48 is a true lux­ury yacht ex­pressly con­fig­ured for cross­ing oceans in se­cu­rity and com­fort. A cen­ter­cock­pit de­sign with a sin­gle wheel, the H48 can be ar­ranged with ei­ther two or three cab­ins be­lowdecks, both an­chored by a mag­nif­i­cent sa­loon fea­tur­ing scads of am­bi­ent light and top-qual­ity join­ery­work. The boat’s twin-head­sail rig makes it easy for short­handed to crews to “shift gears” de­pend­ing on the con­di­tions, while the boat’s mod­er­ate over­hangs fore and aft—does any­one re­mem­ber over­hangs?—will not only keep the deck drier un­der sail, but also serve to min­i­mize slap­ping at an­chor and help pro­tect the stem from dings when weigh­ing an­chor. Hy­las Yachts, hy­lasy­

JEAN­NEAU SUN ODYSSEY 319 De­spite years of go­ing af­ter longer and longer LOAs, the ma­jor play­ers in the in­dus­try still make a point of re­tain­ing some en­try-level de­signs in their prod­uct lines. These ef­forts, in turn, are of­ten among the more in­ter­est­ing boats out there as a re­sult of the chal­lenges in­her­ent in cre­at­ing as much qual­ity as pos­si­ble in a smaller vol­ume. To this end, the Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 319 of­fers two com­plete cab­ins, a full gal­ley and head, and a sur­pris­ing amount of stor­age. Un­der sail, twin rud­ders en­sure the beamy hull stays on track even when well heeled. A swing keel is also avail­able for thin-wa­ter sail­ing. Jean­neau, jean­

JEAN­NEAU SUN ODYSSEY 490 The big brother of the Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 440—one of SAIL’s Best Boats win­ners for 2018—the Philippe Briand-de­signed Sun Odyssey 490 in­cludes many of the same fea­tures and in­no­va­tions that made the 440 such a suc­cess. First and fore­most are the slop­ing wrap­around sid­edecks that make it pos­si­ble to get from the cock­pit to the fore­deck and back with­out hav­ing to step over the coam­ing. Other great touches in­clude sep­a­rate ter­mi­nals for the cap and lower shrouds, cre­at­ing a clear pas­sage­way for­ward in way of the chain­plates; hinged loung­ing pads that lie hid­den in the afore­men­tioned coam­ings; and er­gonom­i­cally friendly in­board po­si­tions for the pri­maries. Jean­neau and Briand started with a blank sheet of paper when cre­at­ing these boats, and the re­sults are im­pres­sive. Jean­neau, jean­


Fresh out of the mold and hav­ing only been an­nounced in July, the Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 410 rep­re­sents the third it­er­a­tion the of Best Boats Award-win­ning Sun Odyssey 440. As such it in­cludes the same slop­ing wrap­around sid­edecks, which make for such an easy tran­si­tion in and out of the cock­pit; the same er­gonom­i­cally po­si­tioned winches that make grind­ing that much eas­ier, es­pe­cially when the head­sail is fully loaded; and twin rud­ders and twin helms, in the in­ter­est of con­trol and good sight lines for­ward. It’s good to see these de­sign fea­tures mak­ing their way to­ward the smaller end of the com­pany’s prod­uct line. Jean­neau, jean­

Hanse 458

Dufour Grand Large 360

Hanse 388

Hanse 418

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1

Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 410

Hy­las 48

Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 319

Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 490

Hanse 548

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