Beneteau announces new Oceanis 30.1 cruising yacht
Published: Thursday, 10 January 2019
Beneteau's hallmark is creating innovative yachts for everyone, which includes the new Oceanis 30.1. The smallest yacht in Beneteau’s cruising range boasts trailability, incredible living space for her size and focuses on simplicity, while still being stylish and beautiful. Naval architect is Finot-Conq, while the deck and interiors are by Nauta Design. The Oceanis 30.1 will be unveiled at the upcoming Boot Düsseldorf 2019 (January 19-27).
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 make the difference in terms of living space and comfort.
With an overall size of under 9x3 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. For those that prefer sailing by canals and rivers, the lifting keel and rotating mast version opens limitless programmes. Perfect for sailing on lakes or for coastal hopping, this new Oceanis is a sturdy 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 previous generation in 2017 with the 51.1. She boasts a slender stem widening in a hard chine above the waterline, optimised 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).
With a hard-chine hull and well-proportioned sides and coachroof, the Oceanis 30.1 looks like a small yacht. 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 specifications, particularly in terms of volume and cruiseability, the Oceanis 30.1 stands apart from its competitors by gaining a few extra centimetres in strategic places. 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 gained at the bow and aft give her enough length for two good-sized double cabins, a wide open space (a real entranceway for each of the cabins) and allow lengthwise berths. The two times two 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 litre refrigerator and a real oven under the gas hob.
Another element of comfort on the Oceanis 30.1 is the gently sloping companionway (three steps at 33°) present on all the Beneteau cruising range yachts. And because "boating for everyone" requires it to be affordable, the Oceanis 30.1 is announced at a competitive, ready-to-sail price.