The Beneteau Oceanis 48 features a design engineered by French naval architect Berret Racoupeau. The hard chine widens the yacht above the waterline, thereby increasing stability and tracking as well as adding overall space both on deck and below. Coupled with plenty of beam starting aft and running forward, the hull design provides roominess in all the cabins, main salon, on deck, and in the cockpit. An airy and bright interior design was created by Nauta Design. There’s plenty of room for friends and/or a large family, especially given the choice of six(!) different interior layouts.
The Oceanis 48’s six different cabin configurations highlight different functionality and goals: a simple 2-cabin, 2-head layout can be increased to a 5-cabin, 3-head layout while maintaining much of the interior space of the main salon.
In each of the six layouts, the L-shape galley is complete with refrigerator, freezer, and storage space for the basic essentials. An opposing double sink layout provides added utility and is a signature design aspect of all Beneteau boats.In the first three configurations, the forward head is separate from the shower; the aft heads are wet. In last three layouts, each of the forward heads includes a shower.Exchanging the sail storage in the port quarter for a third cabin, the main salon remains exactly the same for the second configuration. The 3-Cabin, 2-Head layout is a perfect set-up for three couples.
The fourth interior layout
option is the 4-Cabin, 3-Head configuration. In it, the forward cabin is divided into two, still comfortable cabins, each with space for a friendly couple. In this layout the original interior layout is preserved, optimizing the space in the main salon.
Summary on Interior Configurations
Beneteau offers plenty of flexibility with these different interior configurations. The two-cabin layout might appeal to those looking for quiet horizons with one other couple. For extended cruising the 3-Cabin or 4-Cabin layouts with en-suite heads are a bonus for each couple while maintaining the bulk of the main salon space.
is the gain of the additional head against the forfeiture of the small settee opposite the main seating area. If an owner has a large family, plans to entertain many friends, or enter the boat into the charter business, the 5-Cabin option provides plenty of accommodations. The adaptability is excellent.
The master stateroom
in the first three configurations is quite comfortable with a centerline double island bed that reminds us of more of what is usually found in the bow of a powerboat. Storage in hanging lockers, drawers, and in lockers has been maximized given the confines of the bow. Large windows and hatches provide sun and light during the day and are equipped with curtains and shades for the night.
The en-suite head
is unusual because it is actually divided into three sections, something we rarely see on any size boat, sail or power. There is both a separate shower and a separate water closet, something that is much appreciated on any size boat. By putting the wash basin in the stateroom itself, Beneteau has maximized the utility of this space, provided convenience, and created privacy.
Aft cabin options
are up to the buyer’s preferences. There is the choice of one or two aft cabins, and similarly, the choice of one or two heads aft. Obviously, as more cabins are added more compromises are made in terms of storage and usable deck space.
is large in all of the Oceanis 48’s layouts. It is either in the traditional place to port opposite of the companionway or to starboard along the hullside. Either way, counter space is generous, storage space adequate, and amenities are easily at hand. There is a large refrigerator and freezer, 3-burner stove, and oven. Above the counter are large lockers, next to the stove are deep drawers, and opposite the stove a large, double stainless steel sink. Two people can easily work in this space. There is built-in storage for bottles of wine.
The Main Salon
is open and airy. The centerpiece is plush U-shaped seating around the dining table. The entire salon is surrounded by portholes and deckhouse windows that provide plenty of light to the area. It is large space for entertaining and dining.Depending upon the interior layout chosen, the additional settee seating may be displaced by the galley when moved forward to accommodate an aft head and or bunks.
Navigation Station and Moveable Seating.
The adjustable seating configuration on the port side can function as a settee, a navigation station, separate seats, or even an additional sofa. The seats can slide into several different positions: against the forward bulkhead, against the aft bulkhead, or in between the two seats.
Head and Shower Option.
The Oceanis 48 can be configured with up to four heads, depending on the buyer’s mission. Each head has direct access to a berth and all contain showers with hot and cold water, sink, mirror, and toiletries storage.
On Deck Layout for the Beneteau Oceanis 48
With any of the interior layouts, the deck and cockpit remain unchanged. The cockpit is roomy and comfortable – the long bench seats port and starboard of the centerline table are easily long enough to fully recline in the sun. Under those seats is plenty of storage for dock lines, fenders, and any other assorted gear. The wings of the table fold up to transform the cockpit into a comfortable entertainment and dining area. The foredeck is broad and unencumbered – safe and easy to handle dock lines or the anchor.
Aft, separate wheel stations port and starboard include redundancy of all electronics. Using twin wheels keeps the centerline passage of the cockpit open and free for ease of movement. At the same time, whether sailing from the weather or leeward sides, visibility is enhanced, providing safety and ease of maneuverability. Outboard wheels are clearly advantageous when coming alongside a dock.
A welcome feature is the large format navigation display mounted on the aft side of the cockpit table. The display mount rotates port and starboard for clear viewing at either helm station. By installing the display there, the steering station pods are unencumbered and remain clean and low profile.
A signature feature of the Oceanis is the electric, fold down transom that turns into a spacious swim platform. The robust ladder provides an easy climb out of the water. With the transom down and the swim ladder up, the boat is ready for stern-to, Mediterranean-style docking with a comfortable step from boat to dock.
On the foredeck
, Beneteau has hidden away most of the moving parts of the anchor, anchor rode, chain and windlass under a molded hatch. The anchor rode feeds directly into a draining locker forward keeping the deck clean and uncluttered. The hatch can easily be opened for service.
Sails and Rigging
The standard sail configuration for the Oceanis 48 is a 105% roller furling genoa and a fully battened mainsail with a lazy jack system and zipper lazy bag. The lazy jack system allows one to use a larger mainsail with the security of a proven stowage system when the sail is lowered – as opposed to an in-mast roller furling system. The mainsheet blocks are attached to the top of the arch over the companionway. This intelligent design has an important safety benefit: it keeps the mainsheet system out of the cockpit. The boom is 7’ off the deck, which eliminates the concern of an accident in an unexpected gybe.
For Light Air.
As an option, Beneteau offers an asymmetrical spinnaker and rigging, very useful for extended off-the-wind sailing (as in the Trade Winds) or for traditional light air regions. The asymmetrical spinnaker can be set up on a roller furling system for ease of handling by a crew of two. It is an efficient and fun addition to the yacht.
Two additional options are offered
: an in-mast furling mainsail and a slightly smaller, self-tacking jib. These features can be useful for those who are single-handing or simply looking for less work while underway.
Halyards and mainsail control lines
run mostly under deck from the mast to the two winches mounted on the coach roof. Main, genoa, and spinnaker halyards run through jam cleats to the winches and the mainsheet; the outhaul and boom vang lines are neatly organized alongside. Sheet tails drop into roomy tail bags to keep the deck clutter free.
Two electric self-tailing genoa sheet winches (H60.2 STCEH) are comfortably located aft in the cockpit, just forward of the helm station, with trim buttons within easy reach of the helmsman or crew sitting in the cockpit. Two self-tailing winches (H46.2 STC) mounted on the coach roof manage halyards and additional running lines. While the choice between manual and electric winches is still an option, the majority of bigger Oceanis models are equipped with electric winches (H46.2 STCEH), making sail trim effortless and extremely accurate with the push of a button.
Options to Consider:
The Beneteau Oceanis 48 clearly reflects the refinement of previous models and amenities over the years. This yacht is well thought-out and incorporates a myriad of subtle, but efficient and beneficial attributes. In its inherent design, there is much flexibility to suit an owner’s needs and the dreams, and everything about the boat is designed for ease of operation. So easy, in fact, that the boat can be single-handed when the occasion calls for it. Beneteau is well-aware of the value of a dollar (or a Euro, as the case may be) and has carefully designed the boat so as not to waste money on equipment and amenities that an owner may not need or want. By having a long list of options, in addition to the many layout plans, potential owners can select just the equipment and details wanted. By making options available piece by piece, an owner can customize the boat to meet their specific goals.
Standard and Optional Features
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