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15th June 2018

New Oceanis 46.1 revealed by Beneteau

A year after the launch of the “Oceanis 51.1 phenomenon,” Beneteau continues to create a revolution with this much-loved 30 year old line. The new Oceanis 46.1 is a superb progression of the bestselling Oceanis 45, which has enjoyed great success worldwide and was awarded the title of “European Yacht of the Year” 2012 in the Family Cruiser category. True to the Oceanis reputation, she is a joy to live aboard with a wide choice of fittings. She boasts all the features of a large yacht without sacrificing speed and the quality of her fittings are unbeatable for a boat of this size. The model will be premiered in Australia, a country of seasoned sailors with high standards.

Riding on the wave of the current generation’s energetic line, the Oceanis 46.1 shares a rare balance between elegance, clever features, comfort and performance with the 51.1.


The Oceanis 46.1 is based on a drawing by Finot-Conq, employing the much-applauded stepped chin hull of the 51.1. This is a major development of the line, with a shape widening to the bow, freeing up huge amounts of interior space without altering the performance under sail. The incredible amount of space on deck and inside, as well as the particularly clever choice of fittings, all in an elegant style by Nauta Design, set the Oceanis 46.1 apart.


On deck, the architectural design creates a cockpit that is a great deal larger than on other yachts of her size on the market and the spaces are skilfully distributed.

The large cockpit table is designed for up to eight people and also cleverly houses the life raft. Manoeuvres have been made much easier by grouping the winches at the helm, creating a large space to unwind on either side of the companionway – equipped with two elegant reclining sun loungers together with drinks holders. When it is time for a nap, these can easily be lifted and taken to the yacht’s bow to relax there instead.

The aft of the Oceanis 46.1 hits the same note of comfort and well-being. A single step separates the cockpit from the huge swim platform, affording easy access to all the pleasures of the sea, much to everyone’s delight. Guests will also love the Plancha Grill built into the aft of the helm station, allowing the option to cook from the platform or the cockpit.

Designed to be accessible and easy to use, in addition to the joys of life on board, the Oceanis 46.1 also provides increased safety for all crew types. With internal diagonal shrouds and verticals on the hull side, the split rigging frees a considerable amount of space for movement on deck. Equipped as standard with an in mast furling system and a self-tailing jib, all the halyards and sheets lead back to two winches on either side of the helm station. As for the choice of a twin rudder system with a fibre steering, this ensures greater control under sail. In addition to these main features, the different rigging plans and wide range of options mean that each sailing yacht can be customised to match its owner’s identity.


Reminiscent of Beneteau’s well-known racing line, the First Line version offered on the new Oceanis 46.1 will satisfy people who love fast cruising. With a longer mast, by one metre, a sail area increased by 28%, Harken Performa racing deck fittings and a deep lead-bulb keel to reduce drag, this version will guarantee unique cruising sensations. With the addition of a composite steering wheel and a bowsprit for a large spinnaker, Beneteau’s keen eye for detail sets this yacht apart from her peers.

To see her live, join us at the upcoming Cannes International Yachting Festival (11-16 September 2018) where you will also be able to see a full Beneteau sail display. Please contact us at [email protected] to request more information, and help us plan your trip to France.

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