The smallest yacht in Beneteau’s cruising range boasts trailability, incredible living space for her size and focuses on simplicity, yet she is as stylish and beautiful as ever. There’s a good chance that she will rank ‘best in class’ throughout her career. She will be unveiled at upcoming Boot Düsseldorf 2019.
Although it is rare to start with size when presenting boats, the new Oceanis 30.1 is an exception. Her design is based on the balance between reducing the boat’s size and increasing the deck and interior space by precious centimetres, which really make the difference in terms of living space and comfort.
With an overall size of under 9×3 metres and a light displacement of less than 4 tonnes, the Oceanis can be trailed by road by a professional, without having to deal with an extra-wide load. If you prefer to go to your sailing grounds by canals and rivers, the lifting keel and rotat-ing mast version opens limitless programmes. Perfect for sailing on lakes or for coastal hop-ping, this new Oceanis is, never theless, a robust category B sailing yacht, fitted out for off-shore sailing.
The Oceanis 30.1 has a hull designed by Finot-Conq and meets the performance and easy sailing challenge of the recent generation inaugurated in 2017 with the 51.1. She boasts a slender stem widening in a hard chine above the waterline, optimized weight, stiff canvas, and a square-top mainsail as standard, giving her everything she needs to perform well in all points of sailing. Thrill seekers and new sailors from the world of dinghy sailing will love the unusual tiller on twin rudders. Sailors who prefer comfort will choose the twin steering wheels. For beginners or for shorthanded sailing, the self-tailing jib and the single winch will be perfect. For high performance, Oceanis 30.1 can be equipped with an large overlapping genoa, a furling code zero or an asymmetric spinnaker (stemhead built into the hull design).
The aft beam has space for two steering wheels, which frees up the cockpit. In the configuration with a tiller lifting on anchoring, there is even more space available. Apart from being visually attractive, the unstayed mast with swept back spreaders gets rid of the back stay and frees up aft movement. The same goes for the mainsail sheet, which, placed forward of the companionway, frees up space while making manoeuvres safer. On either side of the large fold-away cockpit table are two large benches, which easily seat up to six guests. Aft, a step affords access to the sea and can be supplemented by a small lifting platform.
Successfully meeting a very demanding set of specifications, particularly in terms of volume and cruiseability, the Oceanis 30.1 has won a few extra centimetres in strategic places, and in this it stands apart from its competitors. By making the soles part of the boats structure, headroom has been increased to 1.98 m midship and 1.85 m in the two cabins. The centimetres won at the bow and aft, give her length enough for two goodsized double cabins, a wonderful open space (a real entranceway for each of the cabins) and allow lengthwise berths. The two times 2 metres of benches in the saloon provide an additional place for extra berths. The large shower room is divided into a marine toilet on one side and shower and washbasin on the other. At the foot of the companionway, the L-shaped galley has top and bottom storage, a 75 litres refrigerator and a real oven under the gas hob. Another important element of com-fort on the Oceanis 30.1 is the gently sloping companionway (3 steps at 33°) present on all the Beneteau cruising range yachts.