Beneteau’s new Oceanis to debut in La Rochelle
The French builder’s new Oceanis 34.1 will be on display at autumn shows in France and Spain in September and October.
Beneteau is scheduled to unveil its new Oceanis 34.1 designed by Marc Lombard at Grand Pavois La Rochelle on France’s west coast from September 28-October 3. Italy’s Nauta Design handled the interior of the sailing yacht, which will also be displayed at the Barcelona International Boat Show in Spain from October 12-17.
Lombard, who’s based in La Rochelle, has created a flared hull that provides greater interior space for the forward cabin in this latest addition to the seventh generation of Oceanis yachts, which feature slender waterline entries, a lower angle of heel and a hull resting on the chine for greater comfort on the water.
Standard equipment includes a conventional 31sqm mainsail and 18sqm self-tacking jib, while options include an in-mast furling system. More experienced recreational boaters can opt for rigging packs that include a stemhead for downwind sails, extra winches and a 26sqm furling genoa for longer cruises.
The bulb-free hydraulic lifting keel (1.25-2.55m), which reduces drag, combines with the 35sqm square-top mainsail for increased speed, while the lifting keel allows simple beaching. The ropes for the halyard and furling system are forward of the cockpit, while there is a winch on each side to set the foresails. The uncluttered cockpit has no backstay, making it easy to get to the swim platform.
The interior can be finished in oak or walnut and is lit by four deck hatches and four hull portholes. The L-shaped galley to starboard, the head compartment to port, the full-beam saloon with two sofas and a large dining table provide comfortable cruising for up to eight passengers.
Guest accommodation is in two or three double cabins. The two-cabin version has a large head compartment to aft with a spacious separate shower and lots of closet space accessed both from the inside and via the cockpit benchseat. There are also two single berths including one under the chart table, which has a folding top.
The French builder plans to stage the world premiere of its First 36 sailing yacht at the Boot Dusseldorf indoor show in January 2022.