Oceanis 40.1 and Oceanis Yacht 54 : The New Wave of Oceanis Cruising Yachts by BENETEAU

The joy of sailing, the pleasure of living on the water, the satisfaction of putting to sea on a beautifully crafted yacht – all brought to you by the two new Oceanis cruisers, which have made a considerable impression at the beginning of 2020 ! The Oceanis 40.1 distinguishes itself with a surprising amount of space on deck and volume below, while the Oceanis Yacht 54 reinvents movement in the cockpit and sets a new standard in terms of build quality, ergonomics, and trim options. Both yachts display the signature Oceanis features that continue to redefine the pleasures of the cruising life.


The Oceanis Yacht 54, younger sister of the Oceanis 62, embodies the innovation that has always been a hallmark of the Beneteau brand, while continuing to remain loyal to the Yacht range ethos: elegance, luxurious accomodations, and unrivaled performance. Capitalizing on experience gained with the enormously popular Oceanis range, as well as the trend-setting new First Yacht 53, her architects, Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento, have created a masterpiece that seamlessly blends form and function into a yacht that is exhilarating under sail, easy to shorthand, and comfortable both at sea and in port.

The Oceanis Yacht 54 paves the way for a new generation of cruisers by completely reinventing the traditional central cockpit into a space that allows for free flowing movement, ample seating areas, and safety throughout. The yacht features cutting-edge technology such as Ship Control (a simple interface that accesses all the boat’s systems); Dock&Go (joystick harbor-side maneuvering); and Harken’s AST (automatic sail trimming), all of which firmly set BENETEAU at the vanguard of the industry and meets passionate sailors’ high levels of expectations.


By incorporating a standard feature of the Oceanis range – the mainsail arch – the OY54’s cockpit is completely open, allowing for intuitive movement, comfort, and space; indeed, the flush cockpit occupies more than a third of the full deck area. Passage from the companionway down the centerline to the side-decks is absolutely unimpeded, and transit to the foredeck is made safe by the boat’s high bulwarks and lifelines, as well as the generous width of the catwalks. Access to the sea is provided by the expansive swim platform, which, once deployed, reveals the space below the cockpit to stow away a 2.4 m inflatable tender. Cruising really comes into its own on the Oceanis Yacht 54, with all sheets and halyards run aft of the cockpit seats, leaving a clean area for rest and relaxation. The sunpad on the foredeck is likely to be the most popular spot on the boat! 


To simplify manoeuvres both at the harbor and underway, BENETEAU has equipped the Oceanis Yacht 54 with the invaluable Easy Sailing navigational aids. Ship Control is standard on the yacht and provides user-friendly intuitive control of all the boat data and components (batteries, tanks, engines, lighting, etc.). The well-proven Dock & Go system is also available to facilitate engine-powered manoeuvres in a limited space, using a straightforward joystick control which operates a bow drive and a 360° rotating saildrive pod. You can use the amazing Harken AST (assisted sail trim) to trim the sails automatically in line with the apparent wind and trim the jib when you need to change tack. The AST system is controlled from a display in the cockpit.The Oceanis Yacht 54, destined for the cruising life, is available with two different draughts (2.5 m as standard, 1.95 m on option) and two types of masts (standard or in-furling). In both cases, Easy Sailing will make all manoeuvres much easier, so that the crew can focus on the real pleasure of sailing.


Lorenzo Argento’s watchword in designing this yacht was to create a warm modern atmosphere with as much natural light and ventilation as possible. The Oceanis Yacht 54’s interior layout offers a chart desk and large saloon table which easily accommodates six adults. The interior can be built in two different wood tones, light oak or the more traditional walnut. In terms of layout, two versions are available: three cabins and two heads, or three cabins and three heads with an extra-large forward master cabin, in which it is easy to walk around the double bed (1.6 m wide). The trim show great attention to detail, such as the top quality upholstery, wood linings, riddles and lighting, making this 17 m sailing yacht ideal for cruising. Lastly, the numerous storage areas have been optimized: tanks and service areas are easily accessible and their location has been studied to improve weight distribution, illustrating that every detail of Oceanis Yacht 54 has been meticulously thought out to ensure that the crew is one with the craft and the sea.



The Oceanis 40.1 follows in the wake of her elder sister the Oceanis 51.1, which, upon its launch in 2017, marked a new era of cruisers by BENETEAU. The volumes and space on deck and inside are unprecedented, but with the new Marc Lombard hull design, no concessions have been made to performance. Additionally, the Oceanis 40.1 is available in different layouts, draughts and rigs, to meet the requirements of the most demanding sailors, in terms of comfort and sailing pleasure. For families, couples, friends, young people and old salts, this versatile new 12-meter cruiser is perfectly adaptable to fit your cruising needs!

How can you blend comfort and performance? In other words, how can you be as happy at anchor as you are under sail? With the innovative flared hull design of the Oceanis 40.1, and steps extending over a third of the bow, BENETEAU has made no sacrifices. The result is stiff hull with great speed potential yet a poised and comfortable ride in any conditions. Above the waterline, the deck plan and ultra-spacious interior by Nauta Design is simply unheard of on a boat this size. The result is the unmistakable feeling you are aboard a much larger yacht.


As there is no one way to sail, and because everyone cruises at their own pace, this recent addition to the Oceanis line comes in several versions. Sailors keen on performance can choose the First Line version, with a longer mast and a greater draught. The in-mast furling system and self-tacking jib will make shorthanded manoeuvring easier. A standard mast for a semi full battened mainsail is also available. In terms of accommodations, the Oceanis 40.1 comes in 4 different versions, with a choice of two basic types of woodwork as standard: walnut or floated oak. The many alternatives and options to customize your boat ensure there is an Oceanis 40.1 for each and every sailor.


The flared hull increases the area on the fore deck. This makes for a better flow of movement and makes anchoring or mooring easier. The cockpit is quite large, much bigger than on its predecessor, the Oceanis 41.1, and on competitors’ boats of the same size. It is ingeniously laid out to allow for a clear demarcation between active and relaxation spaces. These are the strengths of this new 40 foot cruiser. Lines and halyards lead aft to the two helm stations now further to the rear, leaving space for a large cockpit table for 6 guests, under which is a dedicated space for the life raft. The two long L-shaped benches on either side are unobstructed, as the halyard winches and mainsail sheets are on the coachroof. She has angled coamings, a low coachroof, and clear side decks making it easy to walk from the bow to the transom. If you want to go swimming, the transom converts to an electrically (optional) or manually operated swim platform. Whoever is steering under sail will love the twin rudders with textile linkage to the wheels, which provide unparalleled comfort and precision in all conditions. The stemhead guarantees maximum efficiency for the downwind sails and for handling the anchor and chain.


The Oceanis 40.1 comes in 4 different versions with two, three, and four cabins to fit everyone’s idea of life on board. Couples and large families will feel like they are at home! The owner version has a master cabin with an ensuite shower. The four-cabin version keeps a cabin with a double bed, and an additional cabin with bunk beds.  With a walnut or oak base, the styling of the interior by Italian designers Nauta, in Milan, excels in its remarkable brightness and clever arrangement of living spaces. A C-shaped galley on the starboard provides lots of storage and a spacious countertop. On the port side, there is a large salon together with table and removable bench, and the table at the foot of the companionway provides ample working space and lots of storage. You cannot help but notice the feeling of space, yet nothing is set in stone, so that everyone can live the way they want and enjoy sailing wherever the wind takes them. The many hull and coachroof portholes, two of which look towards the cockpit, and the hatches fill the boat with natural light and ventilation, making her exceptionally bright. 

True to form, the focus of the new Oceanis range is comfort and easy manoeuvring. Following the new generation of Oceanis 51.1, 46.1 and 30.1 cruisers, the 40.1 drives the concept home and clearly demonstrates BENETEAU’s resolve to be the leader and the gold standard of the cruising yacht market. Through constantly searching to simplify manoeuvres and make movement on deck easier, BENETEAU has reached a new milestone and achieved a much higher trim level. The new Oceanis wave has begun!!

Published on 18.02.2020