Beneteau announces details about the new generation of Oceanis sailing yachts

Oceanis 51.1 by Beneteau was designed by Olivier Racoupeau and is the first of the next generation
Oceanis 51.1 by Beneteau was designed by Olivier Racoupeau and is the first of the next generation

Beneteau has announced the first of a new generation of Oceanis sailing yachts which promise to be faster than previous models and feature up to 35% additional sail area.

Fitted with an extra-long carbon or aluminium mast, the customisable Oceanis 51.1 was designed by Olivier Racoupeau and has a stepped hull which creates additional interior space without changing the shape of the bottom.

Beneteau marketing director, Gianguido Girotti, said: “We capitalized 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 boat has a 2.8m lead bulb keel which reduces weight and hydrodynamic drag and comes with the option of three different keel types and five rigging plans.

The furling mast, self-tailing jib and all the halyards and sheets on the standard model are brought back to a single winch at each of the helm stations. The vessel is also fitted with Dock & Go technology to simplify manoeuvring.

Oceanis 51.1 will be available to view at the Cannes, Southampton and Annapolis boat shows.

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