Here is the new Beneteau 54, to be launched shortly, and she looks to be a beauty.
Sea views: The Super Yacht expertise of Nauta Design is very clear in the interior space and accommodation of the Océanis 54. The hull ports together with the long deck plexiglass windows bring natural light and give a view over the sea which will delight aesthetes.
As to the deck, access to the sea is by means of a wide, very comfortable stern skirt.
Handling: Thanks to its well-sized deck gear and a wisely designed running rigging plan, the flagship of the range remains a boat that is extremely easy to handle and, in particular, can be sailed short-handed. Also of note is the capstan type windlass, the arrangement of which is inspired by the Super Yachts.
Accessibility: The OCEANIS 54 is generous with its real living spaces (saloon, cockpit) in an Owner’s layout version (3 cabins + forepeak cabin).
In addition, BENETEAU makes a 54 footer more affordable than ever thanks to a powerful pricing position for a boat of this size (indicative list price ex tax: 249,900 Euros).
• Balanced, comfortable hull for good average daily runs whilst cruising
• Deck gear and running rigging plan designed to allow short-handed sailing.
• Twin steering wheel positions, a large table for a very friendly cockpit.
• Spacious sea galley built-in beneath the companionway capable of accommodating any appliances needed for comfort.• Long cruising range: 970 litres fresh water and 475 litres fuel.
• Two levels of trim for real luxury: ‘Avantage’ and ‘Elégance’.
Technical caracteristiques:Length overall: 16.7mWaterline length: 15mMaximum beam: 4.9mLight displacement: 14,450 kg
Draught (shallow keel option): 1.8mDraught (standard deep keel): 2.3m
Sail area - mainsail: 69m²
Sail area - genoa: 85m² (135%)
Sail area – asymetric spinnaker: 170m²Design: Berret RacoupeauDesign and interior design: Nauta Design
Engine : Yanmar 110HP diesel
Fuel capacity: 475 LFresh water capacity: 970 L
Sailing categories requested A12/B13/C14
Indicative list price: 249,900 Euros ex tax
Reproduced courtesy Beneteau Yachts and Voiles News Magazine
With the upcoming Sydney 2008 Boat Show commencing July 31st. local agents Beneteau Vicsail(marinas 187-97) will have all details available on their stand.
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