Avant–Garde Design – Beneteau Oceanis 55
The Beneteau Oceanis 55 stands out from other yachts in its class thanks to her avant-garde design and a discreet charm with which she shines. This yacht is called “a ray of light” because its lines, and the way light reflects on them, are reminiscent of the changing colors of the sky at dawn and of the reflection of the sun on the water. After such an introduction, it is absolutely clear that naval architects from Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design studio, along with designers from Nauta Design, gave their best to produce a yacht that is beautiful to look at, easy to maneuver, comfortable to stay in, and which is available for charter.
The intense sailing sensation is provided by well-balanced rigging, along with a fantastic hull design and deck equipment. There is plenty of space to sunbathe on the bow and in the cockpit. The mainsail sheet is mounted to a high roll bar, which means that there is no bending required when entering or exiting the saloon.
The Beneteau Oceanis 55 is controlled by twin steering wheels, each surrounded by instrument boards and control winches, so sailing is rather comfortable and relaxed for the skipper as well. A generous and spacious lounge area in the cockpit extends behind the skipper’s back, to the sundeck and a folding transom that turns into a nice swimming deck when lowered. The rooftop also provides a fine sunbathing area, thanks to the superstructure, which is rather low, while most of the sheets are laid under the deck.
The interior is designed with special attention given to elegance, spaciousness and comfort, which means that the inside of the yacht is very light and airy, whereas the combination of colors and materials reminds of the glamour of classy old-timers. The interior layout is offered in various options: four cabins with two toilets, three cabins with two toilets, three cabins with three toilets, four cabins with four toilets and five cabins with three toilets.
The saloon layout always remains the same. There is a well-equipped and very handy galley to port, opposite to a chart table and an instrument panel to starboard. The long and comfortable settee to port lies just opposite to a large folding dining table and another settee to starboard, which is shared by the skipper when using the chart table. The layout of the cabins varies according to their number, but their extreme comfort and elegance remains the same.
The Beneteau Oceanis 55 has overall length of 16.78 m and the maximum beam of 4.96 m, while the draught is 2.20 m long. The fuel and fresh water tanks in the standard version hold as much as 400 l of diesel and 694 l of water, respectively, while their optional capacities are 200 l and 324 l, respectively. The total sail area of the Oceanis 55 consists of a 67m² mainsail, 66 m² of a 105% genoa and an optional 200 m² asymmetric spinnaker. A 75 HP engine takes care of maneuvers and powers the yacht when there is no wind.
The variety of the interior layouts, along with the charming design, makes this yacht very attractive to all those who like to spend their time aboard with style and uncompromising comfort. On the other hand, such options make the Oceanis 55 affordable not only to wannabe yacht owners, but to charter companies’ clients too.
I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!