In her light configuration, the Oceanis Yacht 62 displaces 53,286 lbs. (24,170 kg) and draws 9'6" (2.90 m) with her deep keel or 7’7” (2.30 m) with her shallow draft option. Her beam, carried well aft, is 17’ 6” (5.33 m).
The Oceanis Yacht 62 3-spreader mast carries a large in-mast furling mainsail at 1,030 sq. ft. (94.3 sq. m) and a 943 sq. ft. (87.6 sq. m) 105% roller-furling jib. The optional roller furling asymmetrical spinnaker adds 2,583 sq. ft. (250 sq. m) of off-the-wind sail area and performance.
She is powered by a 160-hp Yanmar diesel engine and carries 264 gallons (1,000 L) of fuel. She holds 280 gallons (1,060 L) of fresh water.
Short-Handed or Single-Handed Sailing
A vital ingredient for successful short-handed sailing, especially as the size of the sails increase, is a logical and ergonomic layout of winches, running rigging, jammers, autopilot, and line handling bags. The Oceanis Yacht 62 provides a compact, easy to reach layout close by to each helm station.
The main running rigging Halyards, topping lift, boom vang, and mainsheet -- are all led aft from the mast in hidden runs through the cabin top keeping the deck clear. Just ahead of each helm station is a bank of jammers for each line and a powered self-tailing winch -- all within arm’s reach of the helm. Slightly outboard of each helm station is a larger powered primary self-tailing winch for the 105% and 2,583 sq. ft. (250 sq. m) asymmetrical spinnaker.
Larger sails do require more energy with which to control them. By utilizing roller furling mainsail, headsail and asymmetrical spinnaker, three-block mechanical advantage on the mainsail, and powered winches for all sail evolutions, the Oceanis Yacht 62 sail plan is virtually as easy to handle as that of a much smaller yacht.
Extra Crew. Push the “Auto” button on the autopilot, reach just forward of the helm for halyards and the mainsheet controls or just aft for the jib sheet, and one person can access, ease, or trim all the key trim ingredients for the boat. Because of this layout and with the autopilot engaged, the Oceanis Yacht 62 becomes a boat that is probably as easy to single hand as any on the market, no matter what the size.
Beneteau has managed to make the Oceanis Yacht 62 nearly as easy to sail short-handed as a smaller boat by means of eight important details:
- 1. Complete running rigging handling within a compact, ergonomic area of each helm station
- 2. An easy-to-use B&G autopilot with clear, concise operations display
- 3. Two powered self-tailing winches just ahead of the helm for halyards and the main sheet
- 4. Two oversize powered self-tailing winches outboard of the helm for jib and asymmetrical spinnaker sheets
- 5. Key running rigging led aft from the mast under deck to a bank of jammers within easy reach of the helm
- 6. Large tail bags keeping the tails of running rigging organized and clear from the cockpit floor
- 7. Increased mechanical advantage from the mainsheet block and tackle secured to the rigid arch over the companionway
- 8. Arch also eliminates the need for a main traveler thus reducing the amount of running rigging in the cockpit
Sunbathing anyone? The Oceanis Yacht 62 provides seven generous lounging areas on deck due to its clean and uncluttered layout, flush deck hatches, and level cushion areas. On the fore deck, large cushions are fitted to the cabin top forward of the mast. The cabin top on either side of the companionway is fitted for another set of sunbathing cushions. This area also doubles as a comfortable reclining area under a dodger when the weather is inclement. The two 8’ 1” (2.47 m) long cockpit benches provide comfortable lounging whether at anchor or sailing. With the hydraulic lift tables lowered, these bench areas are 3’ 3” (0.99 m) wide. Across the transom aft of the wheels, a seventh padded sunning area provides a sheltered area, free from wind and spray.
When on deck, the boat's cockpit is the primary venue. Beneteau has evolved the cockpit design to ensure that it is large and comfortable and at the same time functional and efficient.
With two helm stations, each complete with engine and sail controls, and port and starboard cockpit seats and tables, this Beneteau can easily seat a large crowd of family and friends. We particularly like the separate port and starboard tables that allow for a wide centerline passageway from the companionway all the way aft without jostling guests onboard.
On the port helm console, Beneteau has added a beverage refrigerator to complement the barbeque, sink, and bar on the hydraulically lifting console. Line storage on either side near the running rigging jammers provides sufficient storage to keep the lines clear of the cockpit floor.
Double Helm Seats
Double helm stations and seats, port and starboard with redundant engine controls and instrumentation, is a real plus for a yacht with this beam. When docking the Oceanis Yacht 62, the Captain has the benefit of excellent sight lines along the side of the boat near the dock. Coupled with the 160-hp Yanmar diesel engine, the Oceanis Yacht 62’s bow thruster and retractable stern thruster make handling this yacht in close quarters a cinch.
While underway sailing, the benefits of a windward helm station, where one can easily see the sails and the waters ahead of the boat, make sailing this yacht fun, responsive and safe. With the large bench seat spanning the deck between the wheels, there is plenty of room for a couple -- and the kids -- to enjoy sailing together at the helm.
The transom door lowers on hydraulic rams to create a very large ‘teak beach’ -- a perfect swim platform. When Med-moored, the transom door opens for a step-aboard to dual companionways that reach into the cockpit. We really like the ease of access this design provides for stepping on to the boat and confidently into the cockpit.
A Boat Within a Boat
The hydraulic transom further lowers to launch the 10’ (3.1 m) Williams jet boat that comes with the Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62. Fully lowered, the transom becomes a launch ramp for the dinghy, so the boat can be rolled out and down into the water. An electric winch at the forward end of the garage retrieves the dinghy to store it neatly out of the way.
Starting at the bow, the Oceanis Yacht 62 has a solid stainless steel bowsprit that holds the standard plow anchor and tack fitting for the roller furling asymmetrical spinnaker. A robust stainless dolphin striker is integral with the stem fitting and provides the necessary structural support to fly the 2,583 sq. ft. (250 sq. m) asymmetrical in as much breeze as one would like.
Just abaft of the bowsprit is the headstay for the standard roller-furling jib. The electric windlass is just aft on deck with a healthy chain/anchor rode well just forward of the watertight collision bulkhead.
Crew. Next is the flush deck crew’s quarter’s hatch. All the hatches in the deck of the Oceanis Yacht 62 are flush, so there are no projections to catch one’s foot or snag a sheet. The flush deck arrangement also makes it very comfortable for sun bathing everywhere on deck.
The crew’s quarter’s double very nicely for sail storage, fender and dock line storage, and extra provisions and spare parts for an extended cruise. There are two bunks, a shower, sink, and head with sufficient storage.
Further aft there are two more opening hatches forward of the mast and large skylights just aft of the mast. With large windows and opening hatches in the cabin topsides, plus very large windows in the topsides, we found that there was a tremendous amount of light that flooded the interior and made the yacht open and airy. All of the hatches have screens and blackout covers to darken the interior spaces when desired.
The mast is stayed with three sweptback spreaders connected to upper shrouds affixed to chain plates on the yacht’s gunwales. Having the chain plates all the way outboard provides the maximum structural support and strength for the 90’ rig. The single backstay from the top of the mast is attached to a ‘fish plate’ well above deck that splits the backstay into two legs that attach outboard on the port and starboard quarters.
The advantage of this arrangement, in addition to stabilizing the mast, is that it leaves the centerline at the transom unencumbered for ease of access to the companionways that lead down to the transom.
The Oceanis Yacht 62 offers two layout versions: the first with three staterooms and three en-suite heads; the second with the same three staterooms plus a smaller bunkroom in place of the head. We would suggest that the three stateroom, three head layout is better for three couples, whereas the second layout might be better for a single, larger family with small children. Crew quarters with two pipe berths and a head in the bow come in both layouts.
Descending into the main cabin one can immediately see the abundant natural light, the open and airy layout and the comfort in the main salon. The interior joinery work is Alpi mahogany, the same composite material that Beneteau uses in all of its boats for durability in the marine environment.
The galley extends the full length of the main salon along the starboard side. Along with the large sink forward, the three-burner stove/oven, a top and side loading refrigerator, and the freezer, there is ample flat working surface in the galley for food preparation. Above and below the counter tops, forward in dedicated lockers and below the hydraulic ram supported floorboards, there is abundant storage for a long passage to one’s favorite cruising ground.
The master stateroom forward offers a generous amount of real living space: plenty of room to move about the cabin without bumping into things, large hanging lockers and drawers, book shelves and reading lamps, and a number of other smart treatments to make an overnight or an extended cruise a real joy.
Two large aft cabins offer queen size beds, hanging lockers, drawers, bookshelves, built-in reading lights, and lots of natural light. Each stateroom opens into a private head, so guests have full privacy.
The Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62 will make an excellent summer cruiser or winter adventure. Because she is so large and capable, she can 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.
We very much like the three-stateroom, three-head version because of the remarkable master cabin and heads and privacy in all the cabins.
The Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62 is a versatile boat that should be comfortable in most conditions.
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