Regarding the new Benetau 41, well for good and for bad it represents a cut with the tradition. When I saw the boat sideways it seemed a revamped 40 but the hull design is a completely different story. Compare both boats:
So, big difference eh!
Now take a look at the shape of the Pogo 12.50 and the Opium 39:
That's the same kind of hull, even in what regards the big lateral chine. Finot the Benetau 41 designer is also the Pogo 41 designer
Will then the Benetau 41 be some kind of inexpensive Pogo, some kind of very fast boat?
, the Pogo weights 5.5T the Benetau weights 8.5T. The Pogo will plan easily downwind with medium winds and the Benetau will go over hull speed downwind but will need strong wind to do that.
The Oceanis 41 seems to have remarkably thin bow entries for a cruiser but I am sure the Pogo will have them thinner. The Pogo is not a beast close upwind but it will be a lot better than the Oceanis even if I have the feeling that she is not as bad as that type of hull lead to suppose.
The Oceanis 41 seems to come in the following of the Oceanis 37, also a Finot designed boat and a boat that shares some of its characteristics even if the 41 is more radical. The Oceanis 37 is a great boat for an inexpensive boat and one of the best 36/37ft mass production cruiser around.
The boat seems a lot more "light" than the old 40 and a lot more sportive but like the old one shares some drawbacks the worse, a small Ballast/weight ratio but also a single rudder that don't seem appropriated to any sportive attempt. The Arch system give it a odd looking and don't seem to go with the boat design, but worse than that the boat has not a travel, just an easy and very basic trim system.
So, why that hull design? well UrbanChicago got it. It is for the same reason the Sense series have the same hull. As UrbanChicago says:
.. Their Sense series is perfect for the way I use a boat most of the time (lots of inexperienced guests looking for a nice relaxing sail) - ..
The boat is made to sail with very little heel in a relaxing way. That's what that hull is all about
: To provide a huge hull stability that permits the boat to be a very stable platform and to sail with little heel.
And what other mass production 40ft can carry almost 600L of water
. The ladies are going to love that: Finaly they can wash the hair with fresh water everyday while on anchorage to take away the salt. My wife would love that
So UrbanChicago, this boat are god news for you, it will sail lake a Sense (maybe better) and it will cost a lot less.
I don't know why they have chosen that dark wood for the presentation pictures. That seems a mistake to me: the boat really look a lot better in lighter woods
Beneteau Oceanis 41 45 48 - YouTube
And the boat has also a big galley and a big head. I will be very curious about the first test sails. Finot is known to design fast hulls and even if the rigging is quite basic it can reserve us some surprises