Based on the highly successful Beneteau 473 and designed by renowned naval architects Berret/Racoupeau Yacht Design, this unique 39-foot passagemaker answers a long awaited quest for the serious bluewater cruiser. Roomier, more spacious and boasting some of the best accommodations to be found, the 393 will be sure to please the most scrupulous of sailors; flawlessly combining comfort and performance into an exceptional vessel.
The Beneteau 393’s efficient underbody and powerful sail plan provoke an urge to hunt down laggards during an afternoon sail on Narragansett Bay.
Perhaps one of the most delightful things about owning a boat is setting out on a breezy afternoon with only vague ideas of where you might want to go. You’re simply getting away for a while, and if you can do it with a touch of speed and excitement, well, that would be nice, too.
The Beneteau 393 is meant for just such days.
A scaled-down version of the 473, which won the award for the Best Production Cruiser Over $200,000 in Cruising World’s 2001 Boat of the Year competition, this is the first completely new model to be built at Beneteau’s recently expanded facility in Marion, South Carolina.
This month I’m going to do something different. I’m going to allow myself the space to talk about several things that have been on my mind lately. To start with, there has been some recent mail that indicates it’s time to once again go over the intent and format for these reviews. I apologize in advance to the builders and designers of the boats this month for usurping the space.
These reviews are design reviews, not boat reviews. It is logistically impossible for me to sail four boats each month and put them through a thorough testing regimen. All I can do is look at drawings that come from either the designer or the builder. My job, as I have defined it, is to evaluate the actual design work. Boat reviews are featured elsewhere in SAILING.
Beneteau has updated and refined its Oceanis cruising range, adding deeper keels to its two new aft cockpit models. Vanessa Dudley reports on the first to arrive on our shores
Beneteau tapped a major market when it introduced the first of its Oceanis cruising yacht range at the 1986 Paris Boat Show. Over the years since, various models have come and gone, refining the Oceanis concept. That is full-bodied, high-volume hulls which can carry plenty of people and gear, without neglecting sailing performance thanks to sophisticated lines from respected designers and the trend to lighter displacement.
These features, in combination with very competitive pricing, have led to the Oceanis range becoming a charter fleet staple around the world’s sailing holiday playgrounds – including Australia’s Whitsunday Islands – as well as attracting many private buyers.
Because the range has been established for so long now, particularly here in Australia through the marketing savvy of local representative Beneteau-Vicsail, it’s almost become part of the landscape (should that be seascape?), and I wonder if I’m not the only person who has ever been guilty of walking past a boatshow line-up thinking: “Oh yeah, another Oceanis, take me to the new boats”.
The new 393 benefits from big-company protocols in the production process. The basic design is nothing radical, but the layout and details incorporate a lot of owner feedback.
Here’s a medium-powered, Euro-styled coastal cruiser with a couple of layout options and good overall value.
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