European boat of the year 2014 - Beneteau Oceanis 38
More important than to know that the boat was choosen is to know why it was chosen and regarding that I find that the opinion of the different testers is very relevant. Here they are with a "free" translation:
The British from Yachting World:
"By far the most radical and innovative in their group, both in appearance as in their concept, the Beneteau Oceanis 38 designed by Pascal Conq fom Groupe Finot… it has a moderate and easy to handle sail plan a surprisingly lively performance for a boat of this type. The twin rudder give a solid, secure feeling, while the cockpit design allows it to be easily sailed by a small crew. Available as Daysailer , weekenders or cruiser, the Oceanis 38 can be later adapted and upgraded by equippement modules. this multi-tasking interior is a strong and fresh approach of the shipyard, which has often set innovative trends in boat building.
The Dutch from Waterkampioen :
"A great performance from the French shipyard: It has developed a boat that fits to several purposes and that will provide fun. The cockpit and the large swim platform make the yacht very adequate for bathing and living in beautiful spots at anchor. The equipment with their various options that can be adapted from day-sailing to cruising is very special and the most amazing is that all of the combinations work really well. Finally, the Oceanis sails also really well.
The Swiss from Marina.ch :
Beneteau proved that it makes sense to make new design developments even in difficult times. The new Oceanis is more than merely a decorative cosmetic regarding older models. Especially the modular equipment is something new on the market being the the two most compelling versions the Weekender and the Cruiser. Also convincing the bright atmosphere below deck, the layout of the cockpit and the sailing performance.
The Italians from Fare Vela:
As the most innovative boat in the competition, the new Oceanis is a concept that can bring a revolution to the world of touring boats. You can buy a basic version and then change over the years the equipment, adding it or replacing it by omne more adapted to your sailing program and this is the most interesting aspect ….The exterior is not so appealing, yet modern and well thought out but she sails impressively, especially against the wind. Only the price is a bit high, especially if one takes into account the entire building quality…..as always Beneteau is a leader in innovation.
The Austrians from Yacht Revue :
Oceanis 38 , the most innovative boat in this size, it offers a tremendous diversity and plenty of space everywhere. Nice atmosphere inside, a comfortable cockpit, a special layout for cruising with functional Targa bar and impressive sailing performance at a wind speed of more than 20 knots.
The Swedes from Segling :
The concept with three versions – Daysailer, weekender and full cruising boat - is an innovative and interesting idea and the equipment solutions by Nauta Design will amaze you with its simple modernity. The sail performance has proved to be good enough to even face challenging conditions.
The French from Voile and Voiliers:
Oceanis has created with her new loft concept a very special interior. The more interesting thing is not so much the possibility of converting the boat after the purchase but the feeling of a huge open space. The 38 is also easy to sail, roomy, and the hull has plenty of stability and that gives a feeling of security when the wind picks up. Definitely not a race boat, but a boat to have a great time on the water.
The Spanish from Nautica & Yates :
Instead of making a boat on the line with the other cruising boats in the Oceanis line, one in direct competition with the models of its subsidiary Jeanneau the French shipyard enters unexplored territory: Sailing fun, lounge atmosphere at the anchorage, a cockpit that provides lots of socializing and a big swimming platform. The design is attractive, and so far as we could test: it works.
The Deutch from Yacht.de:
Beneteau has opened a new chapter in terms layout and design, in fact, the market leaders provided an interior that looks so huge and bright that you feel you are on a much, much larger boat, it is perfect.. .. Applause for the presentation and color scheme, which gives the interior a special ambience. Probably we will have similar concepts from other shipyards . The sail performance under sail with less than ten knots of wind was not exceptional, even with code 0, typical of wide, heavy touring boats, but the Oceanis showed that it can cope, fully controlled, with harsh conditions (and the twin rudder contributes to that control). Well done! "
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