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Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 World Premiere

Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 World Premiere

There were ripples of excitement through the crowd as the stunning new Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 was officially unveiled this week at Cannes Boat Show. Oceanis is the best-selling production yacht ever and with the 51.1 Beneteau designers have honoured many much-loved Oceanis design features while setting new trends with a revolutionary new hull shape.

The dynamic ‘tulip-shaped’ hull delivers speed, stability and unrivalled volume. The new hull provides maximum volume above the waterline yet minimal wetted surface below the waterline. Beneteau promise this model will have an incredibly comfortable ride while sailing much faster than any of her forerunners.

As the exclusive NSW Beneteau dealers, Flagstaff Marine’s Graham Raspass and Micah Lane were at Cannes for the much-anticipated launch. They were amongst the first to step on board and are super excited about showing her to the Australian market.

In the words of Graham Raspass,

“There are three models available in the new 51.1; Smart, Comfort, and Performance. We knew the demand for this boat would be high and we were able to secure two boats from the initial 12 months of production. Both boats have already been snapped up by Sydney based Flagstaff clients who came along to the launch.

The first, arriving in July 2018 is a First Line Performance version and will be on display at the Sydney International Boat Show in 2018. The second is the Comfort – cruising version and arrives in September 2018. We are really excited the about the impact the 51.1 will have on the Australian market; it’s a perfect yacht for our waters.”

The 51.1 brings features and a build quality that set a new standard for production yachts. The new generation Dock & Go technology now aligned with the new common rail Yanmar engines massively simplifies berthing. Manoeuvring is controlled by a simple joystick with on-board computers engaging the sail drive and bow thruster as required.

The Smart and Comfort models are designed for easy sailing with optional in-mast furling main and self-tacking headsail. All the halyards and sheets come back to a single winch within easy reach of the helm stations. The Comfort cruiser also features an integrated bowsprit and the option of Beneteau’s unique mainsail arch for a safe and clutter-free cockpit.

The Performance model has been designed for speed with an extra-tall carbon or aluminium mast delivering up to 35% additional sail area. The extra sail is balanced by a 2.8m lead bulb keel. Top of the range upgraded racing deck fittings, dyform rigging, flat deck genoa furler, rigid vang, hydraulic backstays and German mainsheet system ensure optimal performance and crew comfort.

The customisation options on the 51.1 are endless. Beneteau have taken the idea of a ‘custom made’ yacht, and put it within reach, literally. With over 700 different possible
combinations, including your choice of brushed oak and mahogany woodwork, each of these three models can be built entirely around the individual buyer.

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