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Like most Beneteau sailing yachts currently in production, the Oceanis 41.1 is equipped with twin helms for increased comfort, ease of handling, and overall sailing enjoyment. With an overall length of 40'9" (12.4 m) and displacing just under 20,000 lbs. (9,072 kg), she is offered in four interior configurations to best suit the needs of her owner. Whether set up for racing, day sailing, cruising or for charter, the new Oceanis 41.1 incorporates many proven features and benefits.
Mission of the Beneteau Oceanis 41.1
As stated, the Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 is capable of "multi-tasking" between cruising, racing, or as a fun cruiser/racer. The most basic configuration is the twin cabin, single head layout. This version provides comfortable accommodations for a sailing crew. She can be set up for racing. At the same time, she affords ample crew quarters to move her significant distances from one event to another – or to make long passages when cruising. Her large cockpit, hydraulic swim platform, and user-friendly deck makes her ideal for dayboating and entertaining.
The two cabin version with sail locker is also offered with a second head forward en suite with the master stateroom. By adding the second head, this layout maintains the generous room in the additional port quarter storage sail locker utilized for stores and provisions to allow for more extended stays aboard while cruising. The twin cabin with a port quarter storage locker and dual head configuration.
The three cabin layout replaces the port quarter storage space with the third berth, and while it is offered in a single head arrangement, taking advantage of the second head would be a logical choice. This configuration sets up well for the possibility of term chartering, a feature Beneteau has long been known to offer, as either bare boat or with a captain. What the Oceanis 41.1 achieves is one hull and model that satisfies three distinct missions, with cross capabilities -- racing, cruising, charter and dayboating/entertaining.
Many sailors, regardless of the size of the monohull boat they might be on, are too familiar with having to use the phrase, "Don't try to move out of my way or I will step on you". That is not the case with the Beneteau Oceanis 41.1. Taking advantage of the full expanse of the beam from its widest point where it begins amidships and carries aft, the cockpit feels less like a "cockpit" and more like a deck.
Safety Comes First.
There are no abrupt contour changes or trip hazards, and the expanse is flat and consistent across the cockpit from the port to starboard bench seat. The twin helms are positioned in an appropriate area aft of the main cockpit seating, with the port helm being the master station. This configuration provides clear separation between the operation of the boat and the enjoyment of passengers. Because the jib furling control lines come all the way back to the helm station, there is no need to move forward through the cockpit to unfurl or reef. This feature makes it very easy for short-handed sailing. The aft bench seat can accommodate up to four people comfortably sitting whether sailing or enjoying a warm sunset at anchor.
Dining for Six.
With the folding settee table’s leaves in the dining position, six people can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with sufficient elbow room. The GPS chart display can be mounted, on a swivel, at the aft end of the table, allowing it to be viewed conveniently from either the port or starboard helm. The table is also wired for a plug-in cockpit lamp.
Finot-Conq Design Chined Hull.
The defining feature of the Finot-Conq designed hull is the solid chine that’s clearly visible as a subtle, angled crease, part way up the freeboard, running almost the full length of the boat. The chine allows Beneteau to extend the beam farther outboard, which results in additional comfort, cruising stability and speed, and a significant increase in the interior volume, resulting in wider berths, more storage, and as with the Oceanis 41.1, the comfortable oversized cockpit.
The Oceanis 41.1 comes with two keel options – deep draft at 7’2” (50 cm) and shallow draft at 5’6” (1.68 m). We think that it is important to note that Beneteau has chosen to make even its shallow draft version 5’6” (1.68 m) deep, which means a minimal compromise on sailing performance. The boat we tested had the shoal draft keel.
Features Inspection by Function
As previously noted, the Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 comes in four layouts, providing multiple functions and comfort. It is important to note also that the main salon settee table can telescope down, converting the table and settee into an additional berth for additional overnight guests.
The L-shaped galley, located on the port side, is fully functional for a sailing yacht of this size, to include a separate front opening 34 gallon (128 L) refrigerator, a deep top-opening 22 gallon (83 L) storage freezer, a two-burner gimbaled stainless steel stovetop and oven, dual basin stainless steel sink, a microwave oven, overhead storage cabinets running the length of the galley and solid surface countertops. This design provides the essential requirements for any cooking needs, regardless of the length of passage.
The Oceanis 41.1’s interior is available in either dark Alpi mahogany joinery (as shown above) or blonde oak (shown below). Vinyl padding is available in white, taupe and anthracite, and an abundance of natural light from well-placed hatches and ports fills the salon. The table and settee, located to starboard, allows for indoor dining or working on a laptop. An additional feature is the sliding chart table to port which can also function as a work station. Air conditioning for the cabin is an option and recommended for those in lower latitudes.
The forward cabin has a double berth and dressing table with a storage locker to port (and to starboard as well in the single head configuration). Above there is a single hatch that can be used as a reading light and provides accent lighting.
Each quarter berth consists of a double bed, one hanging locker, accent lighting and a reading lamp. The starboard quarter berth has direct access to the aft head.
Heading up and out of the cabin and back into the cockpit, the companionway is ergonomic, with a shallow slope and wide steps, a 45 horsepower Yanmar engine below, and with the stair steps angled up to port and starboard, making ingress and egress from the cabin sure footed while underway and on a heel.
Cockpit, Main, Deck and Rig.
Coming up the companionway and back into the cockpit, to port and starboard are line bags, followed by tinted Plexiglas windows opening into the interior quarter berths outboard. The tinted glass does work effectively during night cruising by greatly reducing any light emitted from either cabin if a crew member is reading or preparing to go on watch. Additionally, when light is needed in the cockpit, mounted in the mainsail arch are two bright flood lights.
With a self-tacking jib and German main sheet system, the Oceanis 41.1 sails handily in variable wind conditions. The chined hull, along with her beam, helps limit her heel angle to around 15-degrees in a moderate breeze and she sets up for easy sailing. The headsail is roller furling and the sheets run back through turning blocks to the cockpit.
With a dodger installed, anchored by the fiberglass mainsheet arch, the forward half of the cockpit is protected, even in heavier seas. The control lines and halyards are run under the deck and back to the jam cleats mounted on the coach roof as shown above.
The mast on the Oceanis 41.1 is set slightly aft, setting her up more as a cutter rig, and optimizing the sail plan to create more balanced performance in conjunction with the hull design. This design in turn creates a union of both speed and stability.
Beneteau, in its new Oceanis 41.1, is offering what appears to be a tremendous amount of flexibility, sea keeping ability and comfort. With the hull design innovation that creates both space on deck and below along with solid performance, in a boat that can cruise comfortably for thousands of miles, the Oceanis 41.1 is set up for someone seeking value in an enjoyable, low-maintenance sailing yacht with the features of boats much larger.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 (2016-) is 9.1 Knots.
- Tested power is 1 x 45-hp Yanmar diesel.
Standard and Optional Features
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