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The Oceanis 55

We've been anchored next to an Oceanis 55 for the last few days and I've noticed 4 fairly large windows in the hull, on each side. These are not portholes but plain windows, inset about two inches.
After perusing the Oceanis 55 site, I found no mention of this being sold as a cruising or ocean going boat, but one could assume some might wish to cruise them.
I've been in some pretty hellacious weather over the last 50 odd years at sea and those 8 windows in The Oceanis 55's hull make me wonder exactly what they are made of and how they are affixed into the hull.
Do any of you know the answers to those questions?

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Man, that looks good

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IDK, but I will have no worries when I buy our Oyster:

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My dock neighbor had to rebed the hull windows on his Oceanis this past fall. They were some type of acrylic, bedded with some type of mastic.
Boats that have large windows below deck level are not what I would choose for offshore sailing. I guess I am not as much a risk taker as others.
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I have 3 "hull windows" on my pedestrian little Catalina, they are Lewmar "Deadlights", a portlight frame with a fixed light (lens). Since Bene uses Lewmar ports and hatches with green tinted lights I kind of assumed that was what they used. I guess none of you guys have "hull windows" huh ? If it starts looking like an aquarium from the nav. desk your overpowered.
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My dock neighbor had to rebed the hull windows on his Oceanis this past fall. They were some type of acrylic, bedded with some type of mastic.
Boats that have large windows below deck level are not what I would choose for offshore sailing. I guess I am not as much a risk taker as others.
To be fair, I don't think they are being pushed as world cruisers as such, but honestly, some of the most unpleasant weather I've encountered has been coastal sailing.
The US right coast can be quite treacherous in the Gulfstream in a northerly, especially between Lauderdale and Bimini or rounding Cape Hatteras and anywhere north of Frisco on the left coast, one need not venture very far offshore at all, to find out how ugly the Pacific can get when she's of a mind to be so.
Weather windows are all fine and dandy, but if someone lays down 400k on a 55 footer, one should hardly be worried if their sailing occasionally had them out in less than perfect weather.

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I have 3 "hull windows" on my pedestrian little Catalina, they are Lewmar "Deadlights", a portlight frame with a fixed light (lens). Since Bene uses Lewmar ports and hatches with green tinted lights I kind of assumed that was what they used. I guess none of you guys have "hull windows" huh ?.
From what I can see, these are not "Deadlights", portholes or any other "framed" sort of port. Just a piece of plastic fiberglassed into the hull is what it looks like.
That would make them "windows" IMO. Hense the questions.

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The windows are clearly a selling point for the manufacturer

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Modelling not only her elegantly designed interior but as well as functionality, the Oceanis 55 is encompassed by eight large windows, keeping below deck as bright as above.
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I think anyone who purchases this boat is going to have the luxury of picking only the best weather windows (ha ha) in which to cruise. The cockpit especially is designed for sunny days and light breezes.
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The new Beneteau Oceanus 55 is ocean going with a CE A rating for 12 people.

However that belies the fact that those windows have been popping out all over the place.
CEO of Beneteau said "**** me, we've been losing some people! Sailors dying all over the place as the windows explode from lake ferry wakes. Pity be anyone who takes them into salt water".

Lawyers are rushing Class Action Claims from myriads of dead clients claiming Beneteau should have at least warned them " YOU'RE GUNNA FUCKIN DIE!"

Replacement windows are in high demand on eBay....

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