BENETEAU will reveal the first of a new generation of Oceanis sailing yachts at not only Southampton Boat Show, they will be shown for the first time internationally to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the range. More comfortable and much faster than any of her forerunners, the Oceanis 51.1 promises to be bang on trend and the most customisable and cruising yacht on the market, says northern Beneteau dealer, Simon Limb of Sunbird International.

The architectural choice, by Olivier Racoupeau, of a stepped hull, extending over a third of its length is a major element in the development of the range. In addition to the interesting aesthetics of this flared shape, the new hull creates additional interior space without changing the underwater shape, essential for a superb performance under sail. This allows for exciting new layouts on a boat of this size and the variety of colours and layouts available for the hull are the first of the many attractive customisable features.

ELEGANTLY SMART

With the clean lines characteristic of Nauta Design, the Oceanis 51.1 day marries style, with the pleasure of lifestyle and safety. With emphasis on taut cruiser lines, she is a joy to move around and reassuringly safe. The 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, making her simple and easy to sail.

‘As for harbour manoeuvring, Dock & Go technology simplifies everything. The Oceanis 51.1 is an ingenious sailing yacht, with no less than four different interior layouts, five rigging plans, three different keel types, and a choice of 150 available options, promising an individually unique Oceanis 51.1 to any future buyer.’

The architectural choices that stand out on the Oceanis 51.1 are reflected in her onboard comfort and an incredible amount of space. Inside, the owner’s cabin has an ensuite shower room and toilet, and a 1.6m wide island bed, worthy of a 55ft sailing yacht.

Spacious and well fitted, the U-shaped galley promises to be as pleasant to use under sail as it is at anchor. The large hull portholes bathe the boat in light and elegantly emphasise the interior design by Nauta.

A choice of brushed oak or mahogany finished woodwork ambiances increases the opportunities for customisation. The outdoor fittings are as generous and practical as those indoors, with areas for relaxation and plenty of sun loungers. The large modular cockpit table, top quality covers and bimini, cockpit grill built-in to the aft bench, and spacious open swim platform are all features that go towards making the Oceanis 51.1 an outstanding, new launch cruising yacht.

To satisfy sailors seeking excellent performance, the designers of the Oceanis 51.1 have created a particularly well fitted out version, whose name recalls the well known Beneteau racing yacht of the past.

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, to reduce weight and hydrodynamic drag.

To complete this version, a composite steering wheel, top of the range deck fittings and bow sprit marry speed and cruising and promise exhilarating performance.

More than just a cruising yacht, the Oceanis 51.1 prefigures a superb new generation. Loyal to the goal of providing real cruising pleasure at an affordable price, she now has added performance and a completely new style.

Oceanis 51.1 ready to reshape the market. See her at the autumn boats shows in Cannes and Southampton, or contact the Sunbird team at Clyde Marina for information or to arrange viewings at either boat show.