A new generation of Oceanis - 51.1

Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 - Sundance Marine

Beneteau is poised to launch the first new-generation of Oceanis sailing yacht, the 51.1, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the incredibly popular cruiser-racer range. 

Designed to be more comfortable and much faster than any of her forerunners, the Oceanis 51.1 is also touted as the most customisable production cruising yacht on the market.

There are four different interior layouts, five rigging plans, three different keel types, and a choice of 150 available options out of a 700 possible combinations — affording a unique Oceanis 51.1 for each buyer.

The first cruising yacht developed under the supervision of Beneteau’s marketing director, Gianguido Girotti, the Oceanis 51.1 utilises Beneteau’s yacht-racing prowess.

“We capitalised on our experiences with the First and the Figaro, which are boats that are more focused on racing. We brought their values into the heart of a cruising yacht,” Girotti says.

The design by Olivier Racoupeau of Nauta Design, with a stepped hull extending over a third of the waterline, is a major element in the development of the new Oceanis range.

With flared top sides, the new hull creates additional interior space without changing the shape of the bottom, which is essential for a good performance under sail.

The new hull form allows for exciting new layouts on a boat this size, Beneteau says. The variety of colours available for the hull is another first in the list of customisable features.

With the clean, taut lines characteristic of Nauta Design, the Oceanis 51.1 day marries style with pleasure and safety on deck.

The furling mast, self-tailing jib and all the halyards and sheets on the standard model are all brought back to a single winch at each of the helm stations, making the yacht especially simple and easy to sail.

Dock & Go technology simplifies helming around the marina.

Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 - Sundance Marine

The architectural choices that stand out on the Oceanis 51.1 are reflected in her habitability and an boosted interior space.

The owner’s cabin has a 1.6m wide island bed said to be worthy of a 55 foot sailing yacht, with an ensuite shower room with rotating screen and head.

Meantime, the U-shaped galley is designed to be as pleasant to use under sail as it is at anchor. The large hull portholes bathe the boat in light and warm the choice of brushed oak or mahogany joinery.

Outdoor areas have been designed for relaxation with plenty of sun lounges. The large modular cockpit table, top quality covers and bimini, in-built grill, and spacious open swim platform create an outstanding cruising yacht.


Fitted with an extra-tall carbon or aluminium mast, the Oceanis 51.1 First Line has up to 35 per cent additional sail area, a 2.8m lead bulb keel, composite steering wheel, top-of-the-range deck fittings and solid boom vang.

Beneteau says the new 51.1 is more than just another cruising yacht. While loyal to the legions of Oceanis fans, offering cruising pleasure at an affordable price, the new yacht has more performance and a completely new style.

The new Oceanis 51.1 will launch at Cannes, Southampton and Annapolis boat shows starting September 12, 2017.

At-a-Glance: Beneteau Oceanis 51.1
LOA: 15.94m
Hull Length: 14.98m
LWL: 14.52m
Beam: 4.80m
Draft: 2.30m/1.85m
Ballast: 3198kg/3604kg
Displacement: 13,930kg (light)
Fuel: 200lt
Water: 440lt
Engine: 80hp
Furling Main: 45.80sq m
Classic Main: 55.8sq m
Self-tacking Jib: 48.1sq m
Genoa 105%: 61sq m
Code 0: 48.1sq m
Asymmetric Spinnaker: 180sq m
Design: Berret Reacoupeau Yacht Design
Interior: Nauta Design