Versatility in power. This is the concept behind Beneteau’s Oceanis range. After its debut (and the success it encountered) with the 38-footer, the French shipyard doubled its offering this season with the Oceanis 35. The philosophy is the same, that is, to have a boat capable of embodying many souls in one hull, being able to change the interior according to the different needs of the owners, declined this time on a boat. A choice that bore fruit, allowing the shipyard to win the Boat of the Year award from the American publication Cruising World.
COMFORT ON DECK
The Beneteau Oceanis 35 has an overall length of 9.99 meters (at least in its Daysailer version, the Weekender and Cruiser reach 10.45 meters instead), for a maximum beam of 3.70 meters. The design of the Oceanis 35 sees the hand of the Finot-Conq studio in terms of naval architecture, while it is once again Nauta Design that conceived the interior layout. The boat’s profile echoes the family feeling with its big brother, characterized by the presence of the roll bar that accommodates the mainsail sheet so that the cockpit is entirely free of rigging. To the two-wheelers, now increasingly popular on watercraft as well (the challenge with tiller steering now seems to have been won), are deferred the headsail winches. The ergonomic study appears correct, and the helmsman can handle them comfortably. The maximum beam that reduces only slightly toward the stern allowed for an extra-large cockpit.
Here again there is the possibility of customizing the boat: an interesting option is the fold-down transom, which converts into a large swim platform. Attention to comfort in the roadstead is then highlighted by the availability of a range of inflatable “toys,” such as the swimming pool that can be installed at the stern. As for the sail plan, the shipyard opted for a 27.5-square-meter mainsail, coupled with a 103% overlap genoa of 26.75 square meters. For carrying gaits here is the now unfailing gennaker, which is easy to handle and has an area of more than 83 square meters.
THE THREE INTERNAL LAYOUTS
The real heart of this boat, however, is the interior spaces and their versatility. It all starts with the absolutely minimalist and linear open space concept that characterizes the Daysailer version, with a forward cabin and a bathroom). Wanting to go up a level (especially wanting to spend more time on the boat, we upgrade to the Weekender version, which is already designed for cruising as well. Two layouts are available here, one with two cabins (the forward one has no separation from the saloon, however, and the aft one is placed transversely) and one bathroom, or with three cabins. Finally, here is the Cruiser version, where the two or three cabins available provide more privacy due to the presence of classic bulkheads.
TECHNICAL DATA SHEET.
Length f.t. (Daysailer) m 9.99
Length f.t. (Weekender/Cruiser) m 10.45
Width. at b. max: m 3.70
Draft: m 1.85
Displacement: kg 1559
Sup. sail: sq. m. 54.22
Gennaker: mq 83.45
Project: Finot-Conq/Nauta Design
Price excluding VAT: 80,800 euros
Built by: Beneteau