Oceanis Yacht 60 the new luxury sailing yacht from Bénéteau
Oceanis Yacht 60 is the new luxury cruising sailboat built by the Bénéteau shipyard designed by two Italian naval architects Roberto Biscontini founder of Biscontini Yacht Design who designed the naval architecture and Lorenzo Argento who designed the deck and the interiors, the the same ones who designed the First Yacht 53 and Oceanis Yacht 54 for the same French shipyard.
The imprint of the two talented designers is present in all the details of the boat, such as the well balanced hull and rudder, performing hull, simplified maneuvers, the clean deck plan, the well-proportioned spaces with perfect balance of surfaces and volumes between deck and interiors, are all design features of the two Italian naval architects who boast an enviable professional experience behind them.
The hull of almost 18 meters appears as an elegant silhouette with a slightly inverted bow, tilted just enough to guarantee excellent sailing qualities with the softly shaped stern and with the knee raised on the water, which will dive with the boat heeled to increase buoyancy.
Oceanis Yacht 60 is the largest model in the Oceanis Yacht range a new generation of safe, high performance and easy to manage luxury cruising boats that the Bénéteau shipyard intends to develop which also includes the Oceanis Yacht 54 launched on the market just two years ago.
In this regard Damien Jacob, Director of the sailing division of the Bénéteau Group made the following statement while presenting the boat:
“It is attention to every detail and the extraordinary result of everything that makes a sailboat a real yacht”
The boat overall is 18.80 m (61.68 ft) long, the hull length alone is 17.64 (57.87 ft), while the total beam is 5.30 m (17.39 ft), standard draft is 2.65 m (8.69 ft), standard ballast weight 5,000 kg (11,023 lb), shallow draft 2.20 m (7.3 ft), surface ballast weight 5,650 kg (12,456 lb) , displacement 21,500 kg (47,399 Iibbre), fuel tank 500 liters (132 gallons), fresh water tank 800 liters (211 gallons), engine 150 hp, mainsail 77 sq m, self-tacking jib 62 sq m , gennaker 250 sq m.
The deck layout is characterized by a well integrated low deckhouse with long side windows, a well covered cockpit with two twin wheelhouse wheels which are served by large and comfortable seats and enjoy an excellent view of both the sails and the boat. sea, positioned not too far back which leave ample space aft and everyone can move freely around the cockpit with easy access to the large side walkways and without any obstacles it is possible to walk from stern to bow.
All the maneuvering devices are hidden and converge near the two twin wheels which have been optimized so that all the maneuvers of a majestic sail plan, excellent for handling and performance, can be performed without leaving the rudder, an advantageous set-up. which allows you to manage the boat with a small crew.
The cockpit is well sheltered from the elements, shaded and protected during navigation by a sun cover bimini and a canopy also called sprayhood for wind and splashes.
This solution makes it possible to extend the life of the on-board instrumentation installed on the two columns of the twin wheels of the wheelhouse and make the boat always usable in all weather conditions.
These accessories, if in part they may be unsightly as they disturb the lines of the boat, in reality they significantly increase the comfort on board and many now absolutely cannot give them up. Until a few years ago the sprayhood was used exclusively by sailboats sailing in the north sea, Moody, Hallberg Rassy, Oyster, just to name a few boats suitable for navigating in cold climates and in the challenging waters of high latitudes. Recently, however, canopies are also shown on yachts sailing in the quieter and sunniest waters of the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.
In particular, on the Oceanis Yacht 60 the bimini covering the cockpit is available in 2 versions. The rigid version that can be folded over the structural rollbar allows the crew to find the best compromise between protection and ventilation, an ideal solution for both hot and cold areas.
In the relaxation area of the cockpit, on both sides there are comfortable seats with two identical tables and sunbathing sofas, in the middle a long free deck leading below deck.
The bow consists of a large triangular space with manholes and portholes flush with the floor that do not create any problems when walking, at the end there is the bow locker for the anchor.
The transom ends with a large command beach, equipped with a ladder with 4 steps with two sturdy grab handles, which in addition to facilitating guests to enter and exit the water, when the beach is pulled down, a long stowage space is accessible, where an inflated tender with a 2.80 m engine can be placed. This tender is moved by an electric winch with a double rope system with guide rollers, which guarantee effortless launching and lifting.
For the interiors, a real design work has been done with a layout that includes a saloon with kitchen, three cabins with three bathrooms.
The descent below deck takes place via a staircase that is accessed through the hatch located aft of the mast.
The saloon under the deckhouse filled with natural light, thanks to the large windows, is the first room of the interior that we find and occupies the entire width of the beam and offers a lot of freedom of movement and a lot of very comfortable space.
On the right side we immediately find a refined arched chart table with a splendid swivel seat that allows the navigator to rotate and take part in all the discussions on board, further on on the same side a splendid sofa for 2 people.
On the opposite side is the dining area with a soft U-shaped sofa for 6 people with a central table. Continuing there is the space for the transversely developed kitchen complete with everything divided into two parts to allow easy communication between the various environments. On the left side we find the storage units and the fridge on the opposite side the sink, the oven and the dishwasher and an unprecedented linear worktop. Throughout the room there is a huge storage space.
Forward towards the bow, there is a cozy and luxurious owner’s cabin that offers the right privacy and from the side windows a splendid view of the sea, the bed is located to starboard, after passing the private bathroom with sink and separate shower, which looks towards bow with lots of space around it surrounded by very spacious and well organized wardrobes that offer ample storage space
2 other generous cabins are located aft and can be equipped with double beds or leave one with single beds. All cabins have their own bathroom.
The materials used for the wall, ceiling and floor fittings are available in two variants, one standard in walnut and the other as an optional light oak, both versions enjoy an incredible brightness guaranteed by the large windows and the numerous portholes and hatches present in the hull.
Also on this boat could not be missing the tried and tested Seanapps application, which the shipyard now installs on all its latest generation models, which allows you to connect the boat to your smartphone to always keep an eye on the boat such as checking the battery level and fuel and helps planning all maintenance operations.
The Oceanis Yacht 60 sailboat, the flagship of the Oceanis Yacht range, stands out because it has been built with refined elegance and set up with care, precision and perfectionism at the highest levels with great attention to detail thanks to a meticulous work of artisan technique without neglecting anything by combining traditional skills with modern innovations.