It so happened that over the past week I have already told four times my impressions of the yacht Oceanis 50, on which we recently spent a week in Turkey. Friends and acquaintances just asked how the boat looked to me. And I thought that if this is so interesting, it makes sense to present my impressions here too. I don’t undertake to make test descriptions when I went on it, I didn’t set myself such a task, so it’s just a consumer impression after a week charter.
So. Although the model itself is not new, if I’m not mistaken, it went into series at Beneteau shipyard in 2007, it looks very modern. The hull with a fairly straight stem, wide, but not collapsed stern, slightly raised bottom at the transom, so as not to drag the water. In a word, everything that is inherent in modern cruisers.
Noteworthy is the arch in the front part of the cockpit, where the boom sheet is brought out. Obviously, the designers were solving not so much the problem of fine tuning the mainsail as they were freeing the cockpit for passengers. It is really spacious and comfortable here. Although I admit that trying to move the mount of the boom-sheet closer to the boom leg helps in some way when setting up the sail.
The mainsail in our case was traditional on a halyard, with through armor, a twist is done, I don’t know, but knowing Benet’s boats, I dare to assume that yes. The jib almost does not go behind the mast and cables, but it pulls like a good genoa, for example, in Bavaria. In general, the boat runs easily under sail, with a wind of about 20 knots, I accelerated it to nine – nine and a half knots on sharp courses and to eleven on gulfind. At the same time, the roll is quite moderate, the thought of reefs appears, probably somewhere after 25 knots of wind, but this has not happened with us in a week.
All other rigging, except for the unusual boom-sheet, is quite traditional for cruisers, so there is nothing to say. Very sensibly, I think, found a place for a life raft. This is a very good solution, because most often the raft is thrust into places where you can pull it out even on an even keel, and even on a good wave … Here the raft falls out if you just open the door on the transom.
And from the deck I would also like to note a reasonable, from my point of view, solution with ducks. Mooring lines do not need to be put in half-cleats or, even worse, into haws, you just need to put them on the bollard. The case is protected from abrasions by steel plates. Absolutely less hemorrhoids when mooring:
Let’s take a look inside. The salon is really big. Just a couple of weeks before the mentioned charter, I went to the fifty-third “zhanushka”. So the salon on Oceanis seemed to me more. And beautifully highlighted (sorry, for the creative mess, there was a small child on board):
The navigator is ordinary, small and rather big. But I drew attention to the simplicity of the electrical controls of the boat, somehow everything was minimized to the limit:
The galley is ordinary, longitudinal along the side. Convenient “island” in the middle of the cabin. There are a lot of things hiding there, it is convenient to stick to the pitching, and it is convenient to lean on your elbows, who cooks:
The aft cabins are really wide, but in the bow widows, each other is somehow noticeable. But on the other hand, there are a bunch of all kinds of cabinets, shelves, hooks, there is where to put things:
I also noted this hanger for non-industrial materials, which is next to the ladder to the cockpit. She is an additional handrail to grab onto the pitch:
In general, the boat is made, as they say, for the sea, and not for the marina. A small side on the tables, pumping outboard water for washing dishes, a lot of all sorts of convenient mounts, for example, for a flashlight or portable radio. Add almost a ton of fresh water in tanks (we had it on board) and an inverter and you have a great boat for cruising with family and friends on warm seas. Perhaps I would add small fans to the cabins for complete comfort.
And even a child can drive this boat))):