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Brief Summary

The Beneteau Oceanis 48 blends performance with ease of handling, whether out for a day sail, an extended weekend get-away, or long term cruising. A variety of interior layout configurations will fit most anyone’s needs, with spaciousness below as well as on deck. The rigging layout on deck has been refined to keep the cockpit clean and uncluttered; winches and key control lines are within easy reach with smart stowage nearby. The hard chine hull design promotes an easily driven yacht whether under sail or power, provides good secondary stability in a breeze, and provides interior volume and roominess. The Oceanis 48 provides plenty of options to customize the yacht to an individual’s imagination and preferences.

Key Features

  • 2 stainless steel, leather covered steering wheels
  • Polyester cockpit table with 2 Flaps
  • Fully-opening transom, convertible into swim platform
  • Woodwork Alpi Mahogany in interior
  • U-shaped salon bench with double density foam in salon
  • L-shaped galley with separate sink located below companionway
  • Sliding chart table can be configured with the armchairs
  • Forward cabin with central double bed, hanging lockers and storage under bed
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 47’ 11''
    14.60 m
    Beam 15’ 7''
    4.74 m
    Draft 7’ 1''
    2.17 m
    Shallow Draft (Shallow Keel) 6’
    1.83 m
    Hull Length 46’ 10''
    14.27 m
    L.W.L 45’ 6''
    13.86 m
    Max Headroom 6’ 6''
    1.98 m
    Dry Weight 27,765 lbs.
    12,594 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Mast Height (max)
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 53 gal.
    200 L
    Water Capacity 98 gal.
    370 L
    Shallow Ballast Weight 8,951 lbs.
    4,060 kg
    Deep Ballast Weight 7,826 lbs.
    3,550 kg
    Mainsail Area (Classic) 603 sq ft
    56.04 m²
    Headsail Area (105 %) 603 sq ft
    56.04 m²

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Yanmar Diesel 75-hp Sail Drive or POD 120 Dock & Go
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 sailing shot
    The Oceanis 48 has a LOA of 47’11” (14.6 m), a beam of 15’7” (4.74 m), and a draft of 7’1’’ (2.16 m).
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 sailing shot
    The Beneteau Oceanis 48 is a fast, easily driven design with plenty of space throughout. Ample beam carries forward, providing excellent room below as well as on deck. The foredeck offers a safe, wide platform for sailing, docking, or simply lounging. The cockpit is roomy and efficient. The long, low deck profile provides great visibility and sheds water easily.


    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.

    Layout Overview

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 layout
    The 2-Cabin, 2-Head layout offers two entirely private cabins with their own heads, with storage in hanging lockers and drawers in each cabin. The port aft quarter of the yacht is configured as an extra-large storage area.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 layout
    The three cabin two head layout has a separate shower stall aft, and a conventional galley layout to port. The size of the salon is maximized with seating on both sides. This is a popular configuration for families, with privacy forward for the parents.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 third layout
    The third layout offered is the 4-Cabin, 2-Head option, with a pair of bunks in a side cabin. Great for young children onboard, this addition provides dedicated sleeping space for eight with privacy and maintains the large master stateroom forward and most of the features of the main salon. This layout appeals to grandparents with children and grandchildren.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 layout
    The four stateroom three head layout can be used in the charter trade and maximizes salon seating. Note that the master in this case is in the starboard quarter and the head has a separate shower.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 layout
    The next step up is the 4-Cabin, 4-Head design where each cabin has a private head. Some lounge space in the main salon is exchanged for the fourth head, and the galley is moved to the starboard side eliminating a settee. This provides an arrangement plan for four couples on an extended cruise, each with a private head, which is important. It is an ideal layout for charter.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 layout
    The sixth interior design balances the need for a fifth cabin – with bunk beds appropriate for youngsters – against the need for a fourth head. The 5-Cabin, 3-Head configuration will accommodate ten people onboard.

    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.

    The trade-off

    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.

    Interior Details

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 cabin
    Note that the bow flare has been used to port and starboard to create much-needed storage space above, there are three storage compartments to starboard as well and another deep drawer under the bed, and because it is raised, it is easy to reach.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 interior
    Because the 15’7” beam of the Oceanis 48 is carried well, forward the space is put to good use in the master stateroom. We are particularly fond of the centerline wash basin and cabinet with large mirror, something rarely found on a sailboat even far larger than this one.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 aft cabin
    This is a view of the aft starboard stateroom. While the pillows are placed aft, this is in fact where one’s feet will usually go. Crawling into bed and turning around is simply part and parcel of sailing – boating photography notwithstanding.

    The Galley

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 galley
    This is what we consider a “traditional” galley placement in a sailboat this size – to one side or the other of the companionway. But there is nothing traditional about putting the double sink inboard in its own console. The gas stovetop and integral oven is one gimbaled unit, as it should be. Note the abundance of storage space and room for counter top food prep.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 salon
    The dining table seats six, and the two-seat settee to port serves double-duty as a seat for the nav table. Note the stainless steel mast support to the right of the door to the forward cabin. This takes up less space that a keel-stepped mast and eliminates deck leaks in this area.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 cabin
    Horizontal portlights in the trunk cabin, windows in the cabin side, deck hatches and skylights keep the interior from being a dark cave. Wood treatment is by Alpi, which is widely regarded as the most durable for recreational marine use.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 nav table
    Here we see the port side table being used as a navigation table or computer work station. But the components are moveable, so…
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 table
    …other things can be created, such as a cocktail table when entertaining, a work station for two, or place to serve lunch for the kids…
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 table
    …or, a forward-facing work station, secretary, or end table.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 head
    This head has a separate shower area which is a good compromise between a separate shower compartment and a wet head.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 deck layout
    Wide side decks make moving forward easy. Note the numerous deck hatches and skylights indicated in black.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 cockpit
    Note that the primary headsail sheet winches can be easily accessed from either the helm of the cockpit seating areas.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 display
    One screen serves both helm stations. Note the optional teak deck.

    Swim Platform.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 platform
    A push of a button lowers and raises the electric swim platform on the Oceanis 48.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 transom
    Note that most of the boat’s considerable 15’7” beam is carried all the way to the transom.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 life raft

    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.Beneteau Oceanis 48 anchor

    We like the double roller anchor pulpit that permits a second anchor to be used in the case of a Bahamas moor or for an emergency anchor, should the primary one foul.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 locker
    Access to the anchor locker is important so that a tangled rode can be sorted out.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48
    This simple system of blocks gives the mainsheet great purchase on the boom and allows easy adjustments from the cockpit.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 sailing
    Virtually everything about the sail plan of the Oceanis 48 is designed for both ease of sail-handling and safety. Note the high clew on the 105% headsail which gives good visibility for the skipper under the foot.

    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 winch
    To starboard, a winch makes quick work of lines to be handled. Note that all lines and halyards are color-coded.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 cockpit
    Any boat doing serious offshore work should be equipped with the optional dodger, which defects wind and spray when going to windward in fresh breezes.


    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 helm wheel
    Engine controls and joystick are located on the port binnacle.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 winch
    The main sheet, halyards, and other control lines are run back to the cockpit where jam cleats belay them until it is time to ease or throw them around the winch on the coach roof. In this image, note that the winch is powered.
    Beneteau Oceanis 48 lines
    A much-needed bin for mooring lines and sheet tails is handy to the helm.

    Options to Consider:

    • Electric winches
    • Electronics package with small format screens at helm stations and large format screen on aft side of cockpit table
    • Asymmetrical spinnaker and running rigging
    • Cockpit dodger
    • Cockpit Bimini if one is planning on spending extended time in the tropics
    • Bow thruster
    • 7.5kW generator
    • 220V air conditioning
    • Aft arch with davits if you are bringing a dinghy


    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.

    Beneteau Oceanis 48 life style
    The Beneteau Oceanis 48 shown above with her new owners after a day of sailing.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Optional


    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    TV/DVD Optional
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard


    Microwave Optional
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Ice Chest Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard


    Bimini Top Optional
    Full Canvas Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional


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