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SAIL REVIEW

BENETEAU
OCEANIS
YACHT 54

A SEDUCTIVE
GRAND DAME

By | Zuzana Prochazka

B

eneteau saw an opportunity to add
a little thrill to any cruising adventure, so they took the hull of the
First 53 racer (introduced just last year),
and with a few fashionable changes, created the Oceanis Yacht 54, the new entrylevel of Beneteau's swanky Oceanis Yacht
line. The result is a performance cruiser
that sails like a witch and looks like a
grande dame.
DESIGN
Roberto Biscontini is the naval architect and Lorenzo Argento created the
details of the exterior and interior design.

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Biscontini's America's Cup experience
created a balanced hull with a carefully
positioned center of buoyancy. The hull
is modern and minimalist with a plumb
bow, a vertical and open transom, a low
coachroof, and a beam that is carried all
the way aft.
CONSTRUCTION
The construction combines fibreglass
stringers that are fixed to an aluminum
substructure and a hull that's cored with
balsa to the keel. She gained about a ton
over her racing predecessor but that's a
rounding error when you add on the usual

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full tanks and a load of cruising gear.
TOPSIDES
The aluminum, deck-stepped Sparcraft
rig has two versions: standard air draft at
78' 9 " or the performance mast that adds
another 5' 11 " and 33% more sail area.
Sail combinations include a self-tacking
jib or 105% genoa (which is what our test
boat had) and a furling mainsail although
a classic, fully-battened main is an option.
The sheeting angles are tight and with the
composite sprit, you can add a Code 0 or
a full spinnaker.



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AT THE HELM
FEATURE: THE WET SET
SAIL REVIEW: BENETEAU OCEANIS YACHT 54
DESTINATION: AHOY BY A CENTURY!
THE PORT HOLE: MAY 2021
BOATING LIFESTYLE: A MAIN COURSE OF BOATING CONVENIENCE SERVED UP WITH A SIDE OF ENVIRONMENTAL GOODNESS
TECH: ADD A SHADE - COOL COMFORT WITH CONVENIENCE
CROSSING THE LINE: DR. WINCH ANSWERS YOUR BOATING PANDEMIC QUESTIONS
Canadian Yachting May 2021 - Intro
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Canadian Yachting May 2021 - BOATING LIFESTYLE: A MAIN COURSE OF BOATING CONVENIENCE SERVED UP WITH A SIDE OF ENVIRONMENTAL GOODNESS
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Canadian Yachting May 2021 - TECH: ADD A SHADE - COOL COMFORT WITH CONVENIENCE
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