In its light configuration, the Oceanis 60 displaces 48,600 lbs. (22,044 kg) and draws 8'10" (2.69 m). With a 7'3'' (2.20 m) draft she displaces 50,176 lbs. (22,807 kgs.). (Like many Beneteau sailboats, consumers have a choice of deep or shallow draft.) Her beam is 16'4" (4.99 m).Her cutter rig is well balanced with the 120% genoa measuring 1,062 sq. ft. (99 sq. m) and her main being 944 sq. ft. (88 sq. m).She is powered by a 150-hp diesel engine and she carries 159 gallons (600 L) of fuel. With an optional water tank she can carry 258 gallons (977 L) of fresh water. Obviously, those wanting to make long passages should consider a watermaker.
The primary difference between sailing a large boat such as the Oceanis 60 and a small boat such as a 35-footer -- other than the sheer comfort of it -- is the handling of the larger sails. Indeed, even though the 60-footer is less than twice as long, her sail area is nearly 3 times that of the smaller boat. Humans tend to be the same size and strength no matter what size vessel they are on.Beneteau has managed to make the Oceanis 60 nearly as easy to sail short-handed as a smaller boat by means of six important details --1) Providing two huge, self-tailing sheet winches next to the helm.2) Motorizing those winches, as well as the mainsheet and halyard winches.3) Running the mainsheet and all halyard and trimming lines back to the aft end of the cockpit instead of the coach roof.4) Designing an easily-handled cutter sail plan.5) Utilizing a self-tending staysail large enough to drive the boat.6) Using three blocks to increase the mechanical advantage on the mainsail sheet.
Larger sails require more energy with which to control them. But by utilizing a roller furling headsail, three blocks on the mainsail, and powered for all sail evolutions, the 2,006 sq, ft. (66 sq. m) Oceanis 60 sail plan is virtually as easy to handle as that of a 35-footer.
Because the mainsheet and halyards have all been run back to a point just forward of the helm, the captain need not take more than two or three steps to handle all of the lines on the boat. Because of this layout, and with an autopilot, the Oceanis 60 becomes a boat that is proabably as easy to single hand as any on the market, no matter what the size.
Sailing the Oceanis 60 shorthanded in 20 knots of Florida breeze and seas proved to be very manageable. Upwind performance and tracking were very good while you don't need to stay in the groove to see the boats true performance ability. When reaching, the boat proved very fast at 11 knots and an occasional 13 knots with the wind at 125 degrees apparent wind angle. Upwind and downwind the boat proved to be very dry and handled the 4 to 6 foot seas without any issues.
When underway or entertaining, the boat's cockpit is the primary venue. For that reason Beneteau takes pains to make sure it is both large and comfortable -- and equally as good for sailing as it is for entertaining. At anchor or in a marina, no fewer than 14 people can comfortably sit in the cockpit, counting four in the port and starboard helm seats. Underway, there are so many places to sit, both on the high side and to leeward that half the yacht club can probably be accommodated on deck to watch the start of the annual regatta.
Double Helm Seats.
We particularly like the design of the double helm seats, port and starboard. In this way a couple can enjoy sailing together, or a parent and child. There is nothing like this proximity to teach a beginner how to sail, where to look, then right next to the expert driving the boat.
Special Winch Placement.
Beneteau has for some time been placing the headsail sheet winches within reach of the captain. That aids short-handed or single-handled sailing. What is partiularly innovative on the Oceanis 60 is the placement of the secondary winches. By running all of the halyards and trimming lines under the deck and having them emerge at the aft end of the cockpit in the coaming, crew can easily sit, kneel or stand to bring home or pay out these lines. Likewise, it is only a short step or two for the captain to move forward to man these stations.
Aft Sun Deck.
The Oceanis 60 is designed for more than just sailing. She is also intended for sunning and doing it in comfort. On most boats the only place to work on one's tan is on the foredeck -- but that can be not only uncomfortable, but also wet, and even too breezy.Beneteau's solution is to add nearly 4' behind the helm for sunning. With the addition of a comfortable pad, now bathing in the sun on board a sailboat takes on a whole new dimension. First, the location is within earshot of what is being said in the cockpit; second, because it is located behind the helm, the location is protected from both wind and spray. Thirdly, when at anchor, it is only a step or two into the cooling waters of the Caribbean or wherever.
Starting forward, the vessel has a small pulpit that holds the anchor. The electric windlass is standard.A large hatch forward permits access to crew quarters in the boat's forepeak. Those eschewing crew will probably use it for storing sails, lines and fenders.Further aft we find two more opening hatches and two skylights. These hatches are over the master stateroom, or two cabins, depending on which layout is chosen.Just forward is the track for the self-tending staysail. The staysail is 517 sq. ft. (48 sq. m), almost exactly half the size of the boat’s standard 120% genoa.
The mast is supported with three sweptback spreaders connected to upper shrouds affixed to chain plates just outboard of the trunk cabin slightly abaft the mast. The rig is also supported by two permanent backstays that lead just behind the port and starboard helm stations. One advantage of this arrangement, in addition to stabilizing the mast, is that it leaves the centerline at the transom unencumbered for watersports activities.
The boat's 16'4" (4.99 m) beam pays off with wide side decks that make negotiating one's way forward in a breeze a relatively easy proposition. Beneteau has placed over 10' of track on deck so the cars for the headsail lead block can be adjusted to optimize sail shape for the conditions. Two turning blocks aft are designed to handle the headsail and asymmetrical spinnaker. We like their location as it’s almost impossible for someone to inadvertently stand in the bight.
Behind the helm, which is located on two molded-in fiberglass boxes that help enclose the cockpit and provide ventilation to the cabins below. We should add that in addition to sun bathing, this large aft deck can be used for other things as well. It is large enough for several folding chairs that can be used as fighting chairs for the occasional dolphin dinner. Likewise, when at anchor it becomes another venue for cocktails and keeping a sharp eye out for the green flash.
When the swim platform is deployed a compartment is reveled that holds an inflatable dinghy. While not large, it is certainly easy to launch and retrieve and will get the job of going ashore done. We'd hang a 3.5-hp outboard that weighs just 41 lbs. on the stern life rails and store the gas can in the dinghy when underway.
The drawings and photos below do the best job of describing the Oceanis 60 below decks. It has two layout versions: one with three staterooms and three heads, and another with four staterooms and four heads. The latter is ideal for the charter trade. Otherwise both layouts are identical.The interior joinery work is Alpi wood, the same composite material that Beneteau uses in all of its boats for durability in the marine environment. Note that the Oceanis 60 has standard hanging lockers in both layout plans. Crew quarters with two pipe berths and a head come in both layouts.
We have saved the best news for last. While this boat looks like she should sell for well over $1 million, she retails for substantially under that figure.She makes a good summer cruiser, and because she is so large and capable she can also be sailed fairly quickly to the tropics in the fall. We can see her easily making the round trip from the Caribbean to New England, Canada or the Great Lakes -- or from Seattle down to Mexico on the West Coast. Likewise for yachting people in the Southern hemisphere.We very much like the three stateroom version because of the remarkable master and, of course, that version can be chartered, too. But either way, the Beneteau Oceanis 60 is a versatile boat that should be comfortable in most conditions.
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