Our ver­dict

Yachting World - - On Test: Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 -

It’s rare to have the op­por­tu­nity to sail a new pro­duc­tion yacht in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions and with dif­fer­ent op­tions, and to be able to re­ally push the boat. It is per­haps just as un­com­mon to see it per­form so con­sis­tently in all con­di­tions. While its builders will be acutely aware how im­por­tant the de­sign, styling and ac­com­mo­da­tion space is to main­tain a healthy or­der book, the de­signer of the 46.1 clearly knows that the fun­da­men­tal as­pect of suc­cess is sound sail­ing qual­i­ties.

With their lat­est full bow de­signs, both Beneteau and Jean­neau have added a new di­men­sion in vol­ume for cruis­ing yachts, par­tic­u­larly with their enor­mous for­ward cab­ins. The 46.1 takes all the best bits of the ex­cel­lent 45 and makes them slightly bet­ter. The over­all im­pres­sion is of just how much deck space and in­ter­nal vol­ume you get in­side 45 (and a bit) feet.

If the fin­ish qual­ity matched the de­sign this would be a very dif­fi­cult boat to beat. Even so, the Ocea­nis

46.1 has raised the bar sig­nif­i­cantly in the highly com­pet­i­tive melt­ing pot of mid­size fam­ily cruis­ers, in terms of both looks and per­for­mance. And I wager that it will go on to be as suc­cess­ful, if not more so, than the 45.

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