Beneteau Oceanis 55

5.0 from 6 Reviews


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Powerful cruising sloop loaded with modern innovations

Blue Water Sailing  
Reviewed Sep 2016
Under power the big sloop, which was fitted with a 75-h.p. diesel and a sail drive with a fixed three-bladed prop, ambled along nicely at cruising revs making 8 knots without breaking a sweat. At full revs, the 55 is capable of running at 9 plus knots while burning about a gallon and a half an hour. The 55 can be equipped with Beneteau’s Dock & Go system that allows you to maneuver into and out of incredibly tight marinas and docking situations. Or you can opt for the simpler bow thruster solution...
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This luxurious cruiser strives to be a mini-superyacht

Suzana Prochazka  
Reviewed Sep 2016
The noticeable feature on all the new Oceanis models is the hard chine of the hull. These new boats carry their beam well aft which provides more volume in the interior, but also creates a broad bottom that sails flatter than traditional designs. Under sail, the boat heels to her hard chine, finds her groove, and accelerates. The cast iron keel is available in deep (7’ 3”), shoal (5’ 11”), or very shoal (4’ 11”) draft versions...
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Radical redesign that nicely combines substance with style

Kevin Green  
Reviewed Sep 2016
Many of us aspire to be like our older brothers and sisters but establishing our own identity should always be important; and so it is with Beneteau’s latest offering to its popular Oceanis range (that comprises a crucial 70 per cent of company sales). Sporting hard chines, twin rudders and a more open deck plan, big-brother syndrome is evident aboard the Oceanis 55, however, scratch the surface and there’s plenty of separate DNA...
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Offers a lot of choice to buyers in a yacht that can even be set up for single-handed sailing, while giving only light heel in decent breezes

Ingmar Jense  
Reviewed Oct 2016
I could write an exhaustive list of what makes the Oceanis 55 such a great yacht but first impressions come first. The Oceanis 55 punches above its length in the looks department. Features such as the waterline port holes, white spars, wooden decking and sleek coachroof with sweeping windows give it an exclusive look.

The Oceanis is a Japanese garden in the midst of a bustling city; stepping on board is instantly relaxing. It is very stable and, thanks to a transom that opens up to almost the full width of the wide rear-end, is highly accessible to the less sure-footed land-lubber coming aboard for cocktails and canapés...
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An all-new look to Beneteau’s popular cruising marque

Kevin Green  
Reviewed Sep 2016
Trimming both sails is easy on the Oceanis 55. Using the outboard electrically-powered Harken winches for mainsheet trimming and the halyards took little effort from my perch on the gunwale, while headsail sheets ran to the inside Harken 60 winches via a double-deck block. As the pressure rose, the hard chined hull of the Oceanis 55 dug in as though on rails and the wide beam gave the extra form stability that minimised the heeling angle making for very comfortable sailing. Helm feedback was somewhat lacking though, perhaps hampered by the cable connections, but wheel pressure was light – as the twin rudders shared the load – which bodes well for autopilot usage when bluewater cruising over long passages...
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