Beneteau Sense 51 and 57
The Sense concept remains solid six years after its launch. Keeping all accommodation forwards helps to divide the yacht into distinct areas for sailing, living and sleeping. It also permits a low cockpit for a smooth transition between outside and in. Factor in a beamy yacht designed to heel less than most and you have a boat for easy living.
The first large Senses, the 50 and 55, have now been upgraded to the 51 and 57. These now offer semi-hardtop biminis similar to Hanse’s new models. Additional panels can close off the cockpit completely to create a cockpit tent comparable to that of a motorboat or catamaran.
Instead of open transom steps, there is now a large, hydraulically-operated swim platform that lifts to close off the cockpit, which should make it safer at sea. The new Senses also have an exterior galley option, with sink and grill modules contained below the helm seats – ideal for cooking from the bathing platform at anchor. Accommodation on the 57 is in three ensuite cabins, and on the 51 in two ensuite cabins. The 57 makes debuts at shows in Cannes, Southampton and Genoa. The 51 launches at the Paris show. Prices ex VAT: Sense 51 €297,900 (£255,240); Sense 57 €393,100 (£337,835). www.beneteau.com