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Oceanis 40.1 Wins Best Cruising Boat Under 50 Feet [2021]

Marina Nazario | January 22, 2021

The Beneteau Oceanis 40.1 won Best Boat by SAIL Magazine.

The Oceanis 40.1 is an exciting new boat designed for comfort and speed. She’s versatile, sleek, and surprisingly spacious — perfect for a sailing couple or family. Despite the pandemic, SAIL Magazine made an effort to conduct and announce its annual Best Boat list for 2021. Among a sea of worthy competitors, the Oceanis 40.1 won “Best Cruising Boat Monohull Under 50 Feet.” SAIL Magazine described it as, “a true sailor’s boat that just happens to also have a drop-dead gorgeous interior as well.” Let’s dive into what makes this award-winning boat so special.

The innovative flared hull design of the Oceanis 40.1 has excellent speed potential during a poised and comfortable ride. This sailboat is available in different layouts, drafts, and rig options to accommodate sailors while also satisfying the need for comfort and pleasure underway. According to SAIL Magazine, the judging panel appreciated the boat’s fine sailing qualities when the wind kicked up, including easy motion, maneuverability, and superior tracking ability.

The judges also complimented the sailboat’s cockpit ergonomics. Two, long L-shaped benches face each other and are unobstructed as the halyard winches and mainsail sheets are on the coachroof. A deluxe table and plenty of seating create a peaceful setting for lunch on the water. The OC 40.1 has a large boat platform with an intermediate step to make entering and exiting the cockpit comfortable and safe for all ages. This detail also makes it easy to get into and out of the water when the boat is anchored.

A feature that really impressed the judges was the interior space on the OC 40.1, which is filled with impressive features that upgrade standard living arrangements on sailboats. This is the only boat in her size range with a clear path from the companionway to the forward stateroom. This boat comes standard with a 2 cabin, 1 head layout, but it can be adjusted to 4 cabins and 2 heads to offer extra space for families. The judges noted the convenience of the unfinished workshop area under the port cockpit seat and the spaciousness of the forward and starboard aft cabin. It’s an overall comfortable layout when you’re at sea.

The judges for SAIL Magazine concluded that The Oceanis 40.1 is an outstanding boat in the truest sense of the word — comfortable, great for entertaining, and a lot of fun to sail. It’s an ideal sailboat for families, couples, or friends as it offers a surprising amount of space on deck and below deck. The Oceanis 40.1 is adaptable to fit your cruising needs and is currently for sale with Denison Yachting. Ready to own an award-winning boat? Contact Denison yacht broker, Jeff Erdmann, to schedule a showing.

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