Beneteau Sense 51 and 57

Yachting World - - New Yachts -

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

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