Published: Thursday, 29 June 2017

Beneteau will reveal the first of a new generation of Oceanis sailing yachts – Oceanis 51.1 – at Cannes Yachting Festival (September 12-17) before heading to Southampton and Annapolis, celebrating the range’s 30th anniversary.

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(Images: Beneteau - Oceanis 51.1) 

Gianguido Girotti, Beneteau’s Marketing Director, who supervised the development of the cruiser, said: “We capitalised on our experiences with the First and the Figaro, which are boats that are more focused on racing. We brought their values into the heart of a cruising yacht."

The architectural choice, by Olivier Racoupeau, of a stepped hull, extending over a third of the hull, is a major element in the development of the range. In addition to its flared shape, the new hull creates additional interior space without changing the shape of the bottom. The variety of colours available for the hull is one of the customisable features.

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With Nauta Design handling the lines, the yacht comes with a furling mast, self-tailing jib and all the halyards and sheets on the standard model are all brought back to a single winch at each of the helm stations. Dock & Go technology helps harbour manoeuvring

Created also by Nauta Design, Oceanis 51.1 offers four different interior layouts, five rigging plans, three different keel types, and a choice of 150 available options out of 700 possible combinations.

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The owner’s cabin has an en-suite shower room and a toilet, and a 1.6m wide island bed. The aft shower cabins can rotate to protect the room from water spray. The U-shaped galley can be used under sail at anchor. The large hull portholes bathe the boat in light. Brushed oak or mahogany woodwork are also available to choose from.

The outdoor fittings include areas for relaxation and plenty of sun-loungers, a large modular cockpit table, quality covers and Bimini, plancha grill built-in to the aft bench and a spacious open swim platform.

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Fitted with an extra-long carbon or aluminium mast, the Oceanis 51.1 First Line has up to 35% additional sail area in high-tech materials. The boat has a 2.8m lead bulb keel in this high performance configuration. This reduces weight and hydrodynamic drag. It is also equipped with a composite steering wheel, top-of-therange deck fittings and boomsprit.

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