Beneteau releasing Oceanis 37.1
The French builder is filling out its Oceanis line with the 37.1, which will be showcased in at least four boat shows in Europe this autumn and debut in the US in October.
Beneteau will premiere its Oceanis 37.1 at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival from September 12-17 before the new sailing yacht shows at Grand Pavois La Rochelle from September 20-25.
The model then makes its country debuts in Italy at the Genoa International Boat Show (September 21-26), Spain at the Barcelona International Boat Show (October 11-15) and US at the Annapolis Sailboat Show (October 12-15).
Featuring naval architecture by Marc Lombard, and deck and interior design by Italy’s Nauta Design, the Oceanis 37.1 has an overall length of 11.9m (39ft 2in) based on an 11m (36ft 1in) hull with a beam of 3.9m (12ft 10in). Part of the seventh generation of Oceanis cruisers, the 37.1 joins a six-strong series also featuring the 30.1, 34.1, 40.1, 46.1 and 51.1.
A renewal of the 38.1, which was produced for nine years, the Oceanis 37.1 was designed to offer greater volume and improved performance, while retaining the ease of use that has been a hallmark of Oceanis cruisers since they were first launched in 1986.
The outdoor space is very open, with no backstay, a layout used on the Oceanis 30.1 and 34.1. The rig is tall (in-mast furling system is optional) and promises excellent performance. In the standard version with a self-tacking jib, focus has been put on making things easier, while the lively First Line version has a square-top mainsail and furling genoa for 22 per cent additional sail area.
To retain easy handling shorthanded, all the rigging is brought back to the two aft winches. Only the halyards remain grouped around the coachroof. All the instruments, including a seven-inch plotter, are at the starboard helm console.
The open cockpit is over 3m long and has central table. Once the helm seats have been lifted, the wide walkway opens onto a lowered bathing platform.
Iroko, an alternative to teak, is used for the cockpit decking using a new assembly process called Iro-Deck. Each strip of plywood decking is made up of several laminated layers, which ensure a uniform colour, excellent sustainability and rule out the risk of cracks, which are frequent on solid wood decks
The hull is flared with a rib, which maintains fluid lines below water and achieves greater power and stability. It also improves the hull rigidity, controlling the weight well, and providing greater volume inside the bow.
Beneteau says the space in the saloon is nearly as large as on a 40-footer. The lounge is to port and has plenty of room with a C-shaped sofa and a comfortable table for six. The long galley is to starboard, forward of the common bathroom.
The layout includes a forward owner’s cabin, with or without en-suite bathroom, while aft are either two identical double guest cabins or one king-size double to port and a vast sail locker to starboard.
The Oceanis 37.1 is available with an electric motor with a 12kW pod and 10kWh batteries, enough for a cruising range of two hours at five knots between two charges, all emission-free and in eco-friendly silence.