The companionway is an area that Beneteau has really thought through. The steps flow into the cabin so that you feel as though you’re gliding downstairs rather than clamoring down a ladder. Once in the saloon, you do search briefly for handholds before taking a couple of steps forward or to either side, where furniture or overhead rails are within your grasp. Down below, I was struck by the amount of volume that the 16-plus feet of beam, carried aft from the main bulkhead, creates. The model we sailed had three cabins and two heads (up to five cabins and four heads are possible), and there’s even a double-bunk crew quarters just aft of the anchor locker, complete with head and vanity, should a captain and mate be in your cruising budget.