However, at first all the same about the “chips” of the whole new Oceanis series. Over the past year, they have been appreciated by many yachtsmen, including my charter friends. And the folding (electric) transom invariably caused special praise from them.
After releasing the anchor, a simple push of a button – and the closed stern turns into a spacious beach! This “shamanism” aroused the burning envy of neighbors in the parking lot. For the solution is really smart: the platform does not “bite off” part of the useful length. A stationary seat in the stern does not fall overboard, like mortgage inserts on most “classmates”.
The second “family” feature is the arch, onto which the boom-sheet blocks are inserted (“pointwise”, without a shoulder strap), the handrails are fixed, and the awning visor-mudguard and bimini-top are fastened. It also has cockpit shades that are very useful in the evenings (which of the charters did not fasten a flashlight with tape to the arches of the awning?).
Like the sisters, the cabin on the new sailing yacht Oceanis 55 is long and flat, convenient for laying out solarium mattresses or children’s toys along its entire length. Hatches are made flush with the deck, and running rigging from the mast is hidden under plastic. And the bow deck is wide and spacious.
But on the 55th in this sense, one more step was taken: regular mattresses were arranged to the right and left of the entrance to the wheelhouse! I have seen more than once how on warm evenings the pillows pulled out of the cabins are put on them to communicate with the company in the cockpit, blissfully relaxing the spine, tired during the day. And at night, those who like to sleep under the stars will settle here, of which, according to my observations, there are many (including myself).
In the bow I noted a standard fit for “code 0” and a quite cozy captain’s cabin (except that the shower is hardly convenient to use there). There are unusually opaque hatches on the wheelhouse: their purpose is only ventilation, and for illumination there are tinted “lines” of roof windows and superstructure coamings. The cockpit has short transverse profiled sun loungers – their cushions can be lowered before dinner.
From the cockpit pedestal, the “wings” of the table are reclined, and not only to the sides, but also to the bow-stern – even with an extended “sitting” there will be enough space for everyone. Winches are placed in front of the steering wheels, all the wires are brought to them (there are none at the wheelhouse!) – lone captains will certainly appreciate it. Both helm stations are equipped with wide dashboards with a pair (!) Of displays on each.
Next to the low-profile reverse throttle handle (with protection against “flying” ends) is the Dock & Go parking manipulator joystick (an option that makes docking extremely easy, etc.).
Experienced skippers always warn beginners about the potential injury of the cockpit gangway to the salon. But on the new Oceanis, this risk is greatly reduced: the ladder with wide steps is inclined only 45 degrees: you can walk along it without even holding onto the handrails.
Internally, the new yacht can have 3-5 cabins and 2-4 bathrooms. In all layouts in the stern there are the usual symmetrical double rooms. They can have a pair of bathrooms or a bathroom + a “Pullman” cabin. In the bow there is a large master cabin or (charter version) a pair of symmetrical ones with “personal” amenities.
The salon in all versions is almost unchanged: on the right is the dining group and the chart table, and on the left is the sofa and the galley. The latter is of a convenient C-configuration, with built-in electric hood, microwave and dishwasher. There are two refrigerators: with top and side access.
In the bow of the galley is a sofa, behind which a large TV is hidden in the curbstone (pulled out by pressing a button). In combination with the dining group on the starboard side, we get a wardroom with a tea / coffee or dining table (it folds out and folds in half). And the aft section of the dining group sofa can be combined with the navigator’s chair into a solid couch.
The navigator has at its disposal a full-fledged slip table with card slots, switchboard and universal display on the bulkhead. The movable convertible tables for navigational and tea purposes invented for the “junior” models on the sailing yacht Oceanis 55 did not survive: a solid ship – a solid environment.
If there is no “Pullman” cabin in the stern, then in its place there is a spacious bathroom with a separate shower. And if there is no bathroom on the port side (already combined), then in the aft cabin adjacent to the galley, a curbstone appears in which a washing machine can be placed.
The bow cabin (I am studying the “master” version) is spacious, with a double bed on a symmetrical podium and spacious wardrobes. Large side windows provide an excellent overview of the water area. But her main feature is a shower with glass walls, the same as on the “junior” sailing yacht Oceanis 48. The toilet is in a separate cabin on the port side.
The sailing yacht is equipped with a 75-horsepower engine and 139 sq. m. Contours from Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design, quite “racing” hull lengthening (5.99) and decent power-to-weight ratio (4.66) promise good driving characteristics. It remains only to be convinced of this …
Author: Bogdan Parfenyuk