Browsing through our archives, a great service from two years ago jumped out at us, made possible thanks to your help. We asked you what makes a boat a myth. Construction? Speed? Robustness? Glamour? Of course, but that is not enough. We had selected 200 boats, divided into macro-categories, with the only constraint being that they were mass produced (even small) and also available on the used market. Then, we had given them to a “panel” of 300 subscribers, chosen from the most loyal. The results? Surprising, both in terms of size and the “celebrity” of the models you had chosen: after all, who said, for example, that a “Lady of the Sea” could not be 6.50 meters long? Now that we are approaching the end of the year, a time of great rankings, we present again in seven installments the 50 boats chosen just by you, divided by characteristics. After the Ladies of the Sea, which we presented to you yesterday, it is time for the Comfortable ones. And we ask, you, today, which ones would you add?
THE MYTHICAL COMFORTABLE
Large cockpits, comfortable seating, ample sunbathing space, and easy maneuvering. To those who steer them, they give the pleasure of smooth sailing, and in some cases not without a few privateering darts, with the knowledge, once they arrive at their destination, that they can enjoy an aperitif above deck. Or, why not, here’s a comfortable saloon equipped with a dinette reminiscent of a sofa at home, a large, spacious and well-equipped kitchen, cabins with generously sized bunks with plenty of space reserved for stowage. Monohulls and multihulls now fully compete on the very issue of on-board comfort. And a new category has emerged: that of the monomarans.
Beneteau Sense 50 (2010 – today + 14.98 m + 125 sqm + 14,150 kg)
With the Sense line, Beneteau has well embodied the concept of “single-handedness.” The Sense 50, the progenitor of the series, has French water lines with the interior design designed entirely by Italian studio Nauta Design. The strength and feature of this boat’s interior lies in the incredible lighting and spacious feeling in the saloon. In fact, the saloon is the antechamber to the terrace on the sea; it is equipped with a large dining area on the left and a very spacious galley on the right; the countertops are enormous, as if one were, precisely, in a large beach house; from the saloon one accesses by going towards the bow to the sleeping area, where the cabins benefit from a bathroom each (the owner’s one with a separate shower stall) and in the two-cabin version to a study dedicated to the owner. Heading aft, there is direct access to the cockpit (in fact, the aft cabins are missing) where the guest area is preponderant and has two small tables (one that can be turned into a sunbed thanks to the telescoping legs) for dining with guests. The main maneuvers are deferred within reach of the helmsman, who has two electric winches at his disposal. The lack of aft cabins made it possible to lower the cockpit almost to sea level, with a remarkable scenic effect.
Italy 10.98 (2010- today + 11.29 m + 72 sqm + 45000 kg)
A boat designed for those who love to go to sea, this project by Maurizio Cossutti made by Italia Yachts syriasses in these few but simple words.
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 51 (1989-1995 + 15.35 m + 124.5 sqm + 14000 kg)
She is a true seafaring beach house, a Farr design where skill is at a premium, with a beam of 4.85 meters. About 100 were produced.
Lagoon 400 (2009-present + 11.97 m + 92 sqm + 10300 kg)
Dynamic water lines and large cockpit, available with both 3 and 4 cabins. Starting this year, the S2 version was launched, with an all-new interior.