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POWER REVIEW | GRAN TURISMO 35 FROM BENETEAU GREAT PERFORMANCE in a Versatile, Modern Design Photo: Beneteau Yachts With the Bimini top up, your guests are protected from the sun in this spacious open yacht. By Andy Adams For the Canadian Yachting readers who are not yet familiar with Beneteau's broad range of power boat models, the Gran Turismo 35 may come as a bit of a surprise. Our test boat is a head-on competitor to the North American built express cruisers and the latest day boats that are coming on the market. The GT35 has the style and amenities to match the best new designs in it's size range, the stern drive power to deliver exhilarating high speed performance plus, it still adds in an overtone of Euro style. To give some background (and this is just a little taste of the Beneteau heritage) the business was founded by Benjamin Bénéteau more than a century ago on the quays of Croix-de-Vie in 52 Canadi an Yachti ng Vendée, France. As you might expect, the beginnings were in fishing vessels. From the first sardine boat to their latest models, the shipbuilding tradition still stands as the strongest driving force behind their 2,500 employees. Today, more than 100,000 Beneteau yachts have sailed the seas of the world. As one of the model lines from this international builder, Beneteau explains that the Gran Turismo concept, borrowed from the world of luxury high-performance cars, is expressed in the design of this all-new range, which embodies the Italian lifestyle in an inspiring combination of glamour, luxury and 'dolce vita'. And, don't we all need a little more of that? The Gran Turismo 35 was designed to maximize enjoyment topside, with generous living space in the cockpit, a huge swim platform, open air above and with a cockpit galley to further enhance life aboard. The test boat had real teak strip decking that's luxurious and feels great underfoot. It extends all the way to the end of the swim platform where there is a sink and grill so you can BBQ at dockside. Or away from the dock when running the generator The other galley elements are located up by the helm so you can get a cold drink or a snack easily when underway. The double wide helm seat accommodates both standing and seated driving and the dashboard layout is impressive; MAY 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting May 2015

Vantage Point: Fuelling your dreams
Waterfront: CPS Boating Tools on Video, Sneak Peeks at New models launching, Trent Severn Rideau Waterway update and much more...
Club Profile: Vancouver Rowing Club
Feature: Sharon Green: Sailing Photographer
Destination: Ghost Lake
Destintaion: Croatia
Destination: Georgian Bay Six-pack
Destination: New York Canals
Power Review: Beneteau GT 35
Crossing the Line: Explaining Sailing to Powerboaters

Canadian Yachting May 2015