01 March 2022
What makes a sailing vessel a yacht? Damien Jacob, Sailboat Product Director with Groupe Beneteau, has the answer. The attention paid to each detail and the remarkable result. Therefore, Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento, the designers of the Oceanis Yacht 54, made no concessions when drawing the new Oceanis flagship.
This beautiful ocean-cruising yacht immerses us in a world of elegance and sophistication. The Oceanis Yacht 60 is contemporary yet timelessly elegant, with an 18-metre hull profile that echoes its 54-foot sister.
A subtle interplay of proportions and a gentle reverse sheer create the kind of space you typically find on a 62-footer. Nevertheless, Oceanis Yacht 60 retains an elegant design and excellent sea-keeping abilities. These unique features result in a true bluewater yacht that offers outstanding performance, yet is easy to short-hand.
A vast cockpit offers safe, free-flowing movement throughout. In the same way, wide side-decks run around the helm stations and offer obstacle-free circulation to the foredeck. This unique layout reinvents the central cockpit concept.
The two identical tables and sunbathing areas are standard on Oceanis Yachts. However, the helm consoles have been paid special attention. With two real helm stations, controlling the boat’s course is as easy as trimming the sails, windward or leeward. The owner can carry out all the usual manoeuvres without leaving the helm. This is a definite plus on a big boat when sailing short-handed.
To keep sheets safe and out of the way, an innovative bimini supports the mainsail arch. There is also an optional rigid version. With two lateral supports, the central section slides forward to adjust the amount of cover in the cockpit.
The crew will always find the best compromise between protection and airflow.
The large bathing platform provides access to the tender garage, a must for a boat this size. The garage is capable of housing a 2.8-metre jet-propelled tender. A system with double wires and guiding rollers makes for effortless launching and retrieval, hence active stopovers and lots of fun.
Lastly, onboard systems such as “Ship Control” and “Seanapps” respectively manage all the boat’s systems, making for effortless maintenance and monitoring. This means more relaxing while you’re cruising – and when you’re not.
As you down the companionway, a great deal of space and light greets you. There’s an overall impression of volume and balanced proportions. The galley of the Oceanis Yacht 60 is now positioned midship. This means movement is less likely to bother you. It is full beam, with storage and a fridge to port, and a sink, oven and dishwasher to starboard. Moreover, there is substantial storage space, and worktop surfaces are ample.
The saloon layout provides a variety of spaces to enjoy social life onboard. Six people can sit comfortably around the table, which faces a lounge area with a soft sofa. In addition, a curved chart table allows the skipper to swivel around and take part in conversations on board.
Furthermore, the Oceanis Yacht 60 is available in a three-cabin version with three heads. She comes with two different finishes: walnut as standard and light oak as an option. True to their long cabinetmaking tradition, the craftsmen at BENETEAU devoted particular attention to the woodwork. Hence, many moulded wood features blend harmoniously with large lacquered white surfaces and exclusive upholstery. Together, they create a distinctly stylish atmosphere.
The most demanding owners will love the master cabin. Once past the ensuite head, the space opens onto a starboard bed lined with ample storage space.
This guarantees privacy and, at the same time, offers a stunning view of the sea.
What’s more, to create a feeling of hull depth, the linings have been chosen carefully in association with the portholes. The stretched fabric hugs the curved shapes of the coach roof and the hull. This creates perfect visual continuity inside the luxurious space.
With a clean design, optimised layout and top-quality fittings, the new Oceanis Yacht 60 is a clear step toward excellence. The Oceanis Yacht 60 was built in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France. She will show at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2022.