With the new Oceanis 41.1, which will be unveiled at the Paris boat show (Nautic, Dec. 5/13), French shipyard Beneteau, a world leader in the sailing segment, takes another leap forward.
At first glance it appears to be an evolution of the 41, but in reality while keeping the hull and hull lines intact, it has otherwise been completely revamped, in design, interior and deck layouts, technical and aesthetic evolution. It is a solution to renew a successful product that has yielded great results in the automotive field. You only have to say Porsche or Mini and Fiat 500 to see that if a product meets with public favor, continuing to improve it technically and aesthetically works.
Beneteau applies this concept in boating, building on the success of this model, which had strong innovative content when it came out in 2012. Starting with the hull, designed by the wizards of ocean-going boats for demanding sailing, the French Finot Conq, with excellent resistance to heeling due to the full shapes characterized by an edge placed about a meter from the water. The sail plan, with the mast placed amidships at the bulb, also makes sailing more balanced.
WHERE’S THE NEWS
Above deck new is the design of the deckhouse, which has a gentler line at the bow with a greater connection to the deck, and at the large window towards the bow, there is now a soft gray coloring that slims the superstructure. Also new is the connecting edge with the hull. The toeboard that used to be made of wood now, following the latest trends, is provided by the slightly raised edge in the hull/ deck junction. More beautiful and safer.
The other evolution is in the transom. Now the stern is totally enclosed and opens electrically, giving rise to an even larger swim platform. Folding benches in the wheelhouses are also comfortable. Also new is the less intrusive design of the roll bar that houses the mainsail luff and acts as a superstructure for a large canopy (sprayhood). There are also notable innovations inside. Starting with the new layouts by Nauta Design, which are as many as four, from two to three cabins with one or two bathrooms, featuring an owner’s suite that looks like that of a superyacht, with the choice of the head of the bed towards the bow.
The volumes, thanks to the maximum width of 4.20 m that is maintained towards the stern, are equal to a larger boat. Also new are the wood species, with a choice of bright light oak or warm, classic mahogany. Optionally, a sporty Pack Performances version with “German-style” mainsail sheet and carbon look sail play.
THE NUMBERS OF OCEANIS 41.1
Length. out all m 12,43
Hull length m 11,98
Width. at b. max: m 4,20
Draught: m 2.18/1.70
Displacement: kg 8,777
Engine power: 30 hp (45)sail drive
Fuel: 200 liters
Water: 240 liters
Sail area: sqm 85.1
Project: Finot Conq/Nauta
Versions: 4 (2 cabins + 1 bathroom/2 cab.+2 bathrooms/3 cab. + 2 bathrooms/3 cab. +1 bathroom)