LATEST: Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 60 revealed
What makes a sailing vessel a yacht?
“The attention paid to each detail and the remarkable result of it all” says Damien Jacob, Sailboat Product Director with Groupe Beneteau.
So the designers of the Oceanis Yacht 54, Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento, made no concessions when drawing the new Oceanis flagship. This beautiful ocean-cruising yacht immerses us in a world of elegance and sophistication.
The contemporary yet timelessly elegant 18-metre hull profile of the Oceanis Yacht 60 definitely echoes that of its 54-foot sister. A subtle interplay of proportions and a gentle reverse sheer create the kind of space you typically find on a 62-footer, while retaining an elegant design and excellent sea-keeping abilities. These unique features result in a true bluewater yacht that offers outstanding performance yet is easy to short-hand.
The huge cockpit offers safe, free-flowing movement throughout. Wide side-decks run round the helm stations and offer obstacle-free circulation to the fore deck. This unique layout reinvents the central cockpit concept.
Although the two identical tables and sun bathing areas are standard on Oceanis Yachts, special attention has been paid to the helm consoles. With two real helm stations, controlling the boat’s course is as easy as trimming the sails, windward or leeward. The owner can carry out all the usual manoeuvres without leaving the helm, which is a definite plus on a big boat when sailing short-handed.
An innovative bimini is supported by the mainsail arch, keeping sheets safe and out of the way, and comes in an optional rigid version. Maintained by two lateral supports, the central section slides forward to adjust the amount of cover in the cockpit. Depending on the weather and the time of day, the crew will always find the best compromise between protection and air flow.
And since cruising goes hand in hand with anchorages the large bathing platform provides access to the tender garage, a must for a boat this size, capable of housing a 2.8 m jet-propelled tender. A system with double wires and guiding rollers makes for effortless launching and retrieval, promising active stopovers and lots of fun.
Lastly, onboard systems such as “Ship Control” and “Seanapps” respectively manage all the boat’s systems and make for effortless maintenance and monitoring, so that you can relax while you are cruising – and when you’re not.
You are met with a great deal of space and light as you go down the companionway, and an overall impression of volume and balanced proportions. The Oceanis Yacht 60’s galley is now positioned midship, where you are less likely to be bothered by movement, and it is full beam, with storage and a fridge to port, and a sink, oven and dishwasher to starboard. There is substantial storage space and worktop surfaces are ample.
The saloon layout provides a variety of spaces to enjoy social life onboard; six people can sit comfortably around the table which faces a lounge area with a soft sofa, ideal for relaxing at sea or at anchor. And the curved chart table allows the skipper to swivel around and take part in conversations on board!
With a clean design, optimised layout and top-quality fittings, the new Oceanis Yacht 60 is a clear step in pursuit of excellence. Built in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France, the Oceanis Yacht 60 will be on show at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2022.
LOA 18.8m (61ft 8in)
Beam 5.3m (17ft 5in)
Draft 2.65m (8ft 4in) (standard)
Mainsail 77sqm (in-furling mast), 98sqm (classic mast)