Sails : Sails 26 June July 2014
beneteau beneteau oceanis 38 065 Your boat, Your rules The open plan interior layout of our review yacht combined with the large rectangular portlights in the hull create a very airy interior feeling, which is dominated by the centrally- located mast compression post above the keel, so as the rig position is nearly directly in line with the yacht’s centre of effort. A three-cabin layout (with open plan queen sized bed forward) felt spacious throughout, as there’s plenty of internal volume (1.95m headroom) with copious beam aft. The longitudinal galley to starboard features a two-burner stove/oven, a deep sink and 130-litre fridge, while opposite a U-shaped dinette affords sea level views for the six seated, plus two moveable stools. Sharing the aft bench, the skipper lacks a backrest when sitting at the navigation table but apart from that it’s an effective workspace with overhead locker space and bulkhead room for additional navigation screens. Along with Italian designers Nauta, the prestigious longchamp was also engaged to create stylish optional storage in the shape of rollout cases that are portable so you can travel to the boat and then hook-up your luggage – a smart idea for the busy, modern owner. As mentioned, upgrades to your Oceanis 38 are available as Beneteau’s modular build concept will allow the addition of, say, a full stove /oven to the Daysailor version or a cabin conversion to the Weekender version, so these versatile boats can change as your family needs evolve. For engine access and periodic mainetenance, I found it easy to lift the companionway steps to reveal all the key parts of the Yanmar saildrive with clear access to both sides in the engine room space. All three batteries are nearby – in the port cabin – and are set low in the hull. The single bathroom aboard is to starboard and has a large shower space and moulded tray for easy cleaning, with a manual head / toilet and the obligatory opening hatch for fresh air. The standard of finish throughout the Oceanis 38 is good, as you’d expect from the world’s largest yacht maker, with smoothly rounded Alpi Blond Oak joinery and CNC- machining means there’ll be little if any variation in the components. HarD cHineD Hull Known for his many performance sailing boats, including the race- winning Pogo, designer Pascal Conq has created a modern family cruiser with stability coming from a wide beam and modest sail plan, packaged WITHIN REACH Both power and sail controls are conveniently placed at the outboard helms on the Oceanis 38. In-mast reefing is available on the Oceanis 38, along with a self-tacking jib allowing for simple sailing.
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