Beneteau Oceanis 45

5.0 from 3 Reviews


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It has turned the concept of an accessible cockpit on its ear

Zuzana Prochazka  
Reviewed Sep 2016
We unfurled both sails in a minute and hunted for wind. At first, we had only 5 to 8 knots, which showed the boat’s ability to move in light air. At a 60-degree apparent wind angle, we squeezed out 5 knots in 8.3 knots of wind. When we jibed and put the wind aft of the beam at 120 degrees, speed dropped to 4.1 knots in 5.7 knots of wind. We were about to give up and go home when the wind suddenly picked up, as if summoned by Canfield’s whistling. At 40 degrees, we reached 5.7 knots in 9 knots of breeze and then went to 7.2 knots in 12 knots of wind. We even pinched up to 30 degrees, and the boat still sliced along nicely...
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The emphasis is user-friendly, but not at the expense of performance

Kevin Green  
Reviewed Oct 2016
Looking around the cockpit, the most striking feature is the mainsail arch, taken from the new Sense range and now featured on the new Oceanis trio. This GRP structure runs the mainsheet on blocks and allows the sheeting to be fairly far down the boom for greater control. The other big plus is that it strongly supports a sprayhood that can extend into a cockpit tent. Inheriting much of the DNA from the older Oceanis range, the large cockpit is deep and clad in Iroko, an African hardwood similar to teak. The foldup table is substantially built and while at sea, its flaps are a good bracing position when heeled...
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Offers great sailing in a design that will make a comfortable floating home

Blue Water Sailing  
Reviewed Sep 2016
We set off from Newport in the early afternoon with the 54 horsepower Yanmar and three-bladed fixed prop shunting us along at 6.5 knots as we maintained a constant 2200 rpms—the “break in” revs for the new engine. There were five of us aboard, including me, the delivery skipper and his mate, and two prospective buyers who had flown in to Newport just to make this trip. Needless to say, we were overstaffed. But that was fine, as we all fit into the huge cockpit or around the saloon dinette table with room to spare...
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