Beneteau Oceanis 45: Cruising World Sailboat Show 2012
The Oceanis 45's distinctive hard chine promotes stability and increases interior space. From our January 2012 issue.
Other than the difference in their respective lengths, there’s no question that the Beneteau Oceanis 45 and the smaller Oceanis 41 are of the same pedigree. Both share the same sleek profile lines, the mainsheet arch, and identical cockpit/helm treatments. But the similarities between the two don’t end there.
Both yachts also incorporate a distinctive hard chine that runs well forward in their hulls, which not only promotes sailing stability but also increases overall interior volume. While there are several different accommodation plans from which to choose, the Boat of the Year judges inspected (and were impressed by) the two-cabin layouts on the 41 and the 45. (The latter is also offered in three- and four-cabin versions.)
Among the highlights: a generous pantry/workroom aft of the galley, to port, that also provides access to a vast storage locker (which can also be reached via a cockpit seat), and an innovative sliding table incorporated over the port settee, which can be centered as a breakfast table or for entertaining or slid forward or aft as a dedicated navigation station.
The solid-fiberglass hull encapsulates a rugged internal grid system, to which it’s tabbed and bonded. The resin-infused deck is sandwiched around a balsa core. It’s all covered by a five-year structural warranty.
View a photo gallery of the Oceanis 45 here.
LOA 45’ 5”
LWL 42’ 1”
Beam 14’ 9”
Draft 5’ 9”/7’ 1”
Sail Area 1,007 sq. ft.
Displacement 21,048 lb.
Water 151 gal.
Fuel 53 gal.
Engine 54-hp. Yanmar