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SAIL REVIEW | BENETEAU 30.1

Little

Big Yacht

Story | Zuzana Prochazka

As boat builders clamber to create ever-bigger platforms for
ever-more generous budgets, the entry-level cruiser has
become an elusive animal. Sure, if you want to daysail, there
are plenty of small open boats from which to choose, but if
you want a freshly built pocket cruiser, you're in for a long
search. Enter French builder Groupe Beneteau, which identified this gap in the market and set about creating the
Oceanis 30.1, an adorable little cruiser that resembles her
larger siblings in all but length and price. With all she offers,
it wouldn't be a stretch to call her a mini yacht.
design & construction
The hull is by Pascal Conq of Finot-Conq, the firm that ushered in the revamped Oceanis line in 2017 starting with the
51.1. The foam core sandwich hull is svelte at the stem but
runs aft into a hard chine just above the waterline. The chine
starts just inches aft of the stem and continues all the way
back, creating more interior volume throughout.
Maximum beam is 9'10" and that allows this boat to be
trailered without a wide load permit. The width lends itself to
having twin rudders commanded by either a simple tiller or
optional twin wheels. There are three choices of keel: a fixed
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shoal keel at 4'3", a deep version at 6'2", or a swing keel for
easier beaching and trailering.
rigging
The tapered, 9/10s, deck-stepped, single-spreader, aluminum
mast has an air draft of just under 45 feet. Because there's no
backstay, the spreaders are deeply angled, which means that
running off the wind will be a series of shallow jibes rather
than sailing with the main let far out. The standard sail area
is 425 square feet split between a self-tacking jib and a large
square-top mainsail. An in-mast furling main is optional as is
an overlapping genoa with jib tracks added to the deck. A rigid
vang is standard and there is no traveler.
on deck
The cockpit is open with twin lifelines running across the
transom for safety. A small portion of the transom drops down
to form a narrow swim platform, which extends the deck just
enough to make water access a bit more comfortable.
Outboard of the drop-down section to starboard is a boarding
ladder with an added handle to make getting up easier.
Twin wheels are set on slim pedestals and there are inteMAY 2020



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting May 2020

At the Helm: Uncharted Waters
Marina Yacht Club: Krates Marina, Keswick
Special Feature: Eye Care - Beware of What You Cannot See
Special Feature: Anchoring - Science, Art and Experience
Power Review: Greenline 33 Hybrid
Sail Review: Beneteau 30.1
The Port Hole: May 2020
DIY/Maintenance: Cored Deck Repair
Crossing the Line: Kjallarinn
Canadian Yachting May 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting May 2020 - Cover1
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Canadian Yachting May 2020 - At the Helm: Uncharted Waters
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Canadian Yachting May 2020 - Marina Yacht Club: Krates Marina, Keswick
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Canadian Yachting May 2020 - Special Feature: Eye Care - Beware of What You Cannot See
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Canadian Yachting May 2020 - Special Feature: Anchoring - Science, Art and Experience
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Canadian Yachting May 2020 - Power Review: Greenline 33 Hybrid
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