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Beneteau Oceanis 35.1 BoatTEST Review

BoatTEST has a thorough review of the all new Beneteau Oceanis 35.1.

We’ve pulled some of the highlight below.  You can read the full review here.

Brief Summary

The new Beneteau Oceanis 35.1 offers two-cabin and three-cabin arrangements, and a new L-shaped galley that will make cooking easier and safer underway. Her large cockpit proves equally useful for daysailing, cruising, club racing, or entertaining on the hook. An optional fold-out transom makes for easy boarding from the dock, a convenient step into a dinghy for a night ashore, or an ideal snorkeling platform. Twin rudders and wheels are handy in a boat that carries her wide beam.

Key Features

  • Twin helm station
  • Wide cockpit
  • Stowage locker
  • Ventilation and aerator on deck hatch for natural ventilation
  • Private fore cabin and two aft cabins accommodates six people
  • Head with toilet and shower
  • Gently sloping 45-degree saloon companionway
  • Wide aft cabin, spacious berth
  • L-shaped Galley

Mission of the Beneteau Oceanis 35.1

Beneteau designed the Oceanis 35.1 to satisfy most sailors’ needs in a modern, aesthetically exciting package. Below decks, there are two-cabin and three-cabin arrangements, and a new L-shaped galley that will make cooking easier and safer underway. Buyers can choose Essential or Exclusive trim levels, and select many individual options to create a boat that meets their specific preferences.

Overview

Beneteau’s Oceanis 35.1 is an evolution of the company’s popular Oceanis 35. Like the earlier boat, the 35.1 rides on a contemporary, high-performance hull designed by Finot-Conq. Her deck layout is uncluttered, her sailplan efficient and easy to handle, her profile simple and, we think, attractive. Below decks, there’s an important change compared to the earlier boat: the Oceanis 35.1 now has an L-shaped galley just to port of the companionway in place of the starboard-side galley in the Oceanis 35. This change not only makes for a safer, easier to use galley (especially underway) but also doubles the seating around the cabin table (the side galley of the Oceanis 35 is still available in the 35.1 boat, on request).

Observations

While it isn’t uncommon for builders to offer an array of options to further tailor a boat to an owner’s needs, Beneteau has really taken the concept well beyond what’s common. The buyer can select the number of cabins, the placement and design of the galley (the side galley of the Oceanis 35.1 is still available in the new boat), and choose among many options.

To make it easier, this year Beneteau has collected popular options into two trim levels: The Essential trim level includes B&G wind and boat instruments, a Windex masthead wind vane, an electric windlass, 110-volt shore power, a hot-and-cold cockpit shower, a sound system and two extra 12-volt batteries. The Exclusive trim level adds the swim platform, helm seats, indirect LED lights in the cabin and halyard bags to prevent them from getting underfoot in the cockpit. And there’s still a long list of individual options, too — the Oceanis 35.1 can be built virtually a la carte.

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Click here for the full BoatTEST review.