Slick Sailing with a Trick Transom
Reviewed Sep 2016
Beneteau has filled out its Oceanis line with a third forty-something footer, the Oceanis 48. The new Berret-Racoupeau designed cruising sloop builds on the elements of her 41 and 45 sisterships, while optimizing her appeal for both living aboard and sailing.
The Oceanis 48 has a number of characteristics that I noticed as I walked through the boat at the Miami boat show. First, the electric transom transforms the aft bench seat into a full-width swim platform at the push of a button. This opens up the award-winning cockpit design with a clean flow from the companionway, past the dual helms, all the way aft and into the water. It has good feng shui for anyone wanting to enhance their fun at anchor...