Beneteau Oceanis 35 first impressions

Platinum Beneteau Dealer - Murray Yacht Sales
Beneteau and Shore Premier Finance
February 10, 2015
Strictly Sail Miami
New Location for Strictly Sail Miami 2016
February 18, 2015

Murray Yacht Sales was lucky enough to receive hull number 1&2 of the new Beneteau Oceanis 35 just before the St. Petersburg boat show in early December, 2014.  We ordered the boats with contrasting options in order to show off the versatility of the model.

Hull #1 is a
  • Cruiser
  • Centerboard
  • Gray hull
  • Teak cockpit sole & seats
  • Helm seats with teak
  • Deluxe cockpit table
  • Moka (dark) interior cushions
  • Self tacking jib
  • Roller furling main
Hull #2 is a
  • Weekender
  • Shoal draft
  • No galley group
  • No teak on deck
  • No helm seats
  • Removable cockpit table
  • Storage in lieu of shower aft of head
  • White PVC cushions
  • Roller furling main
The boats are so different that one may not recognize them as the same model at first glance.
  • Waterline length 31’10”
  • Theoretical hull speed 7.56
Sea trials on Hull #2; fixed prop, roller furling main, light load
Motoring: 30 hp diesel (US standard)
  • 7.7 knots 3200 rpm
  • 6.7 knots 2800 rpm
  • 6.4 knots 2400 rpm
Sailing: I sailed the OC 35 three times now in different conditions.
  1. In less than 5 knots of wind the boat responded well but would have liked a folding prop.
  2. In Ten knots of wind the OC 35 felt more nimble than the OC38 and was fun to sail.   The twin rudders gives the boat unparalleled control under both power and sail.
  3. 12 knots of wind with gusts to 18:  Top speed 7.9 knots; sailing over 7.5 knots consistently in 15 +.   Twin rudders kept the boat under control at all times. The most interesting observation was that due to the lack of rudder cavitation it was not always obvious when the boat slowed down without looking at the knot meter.  I found the same thing on the Sense 50 sailing offshore with more than 10 knots of boat speed.  The 35 was faster with a single reef in the main and jib in 15 knots of wind.  The OC35 has such tremendous form stability that at 15 degrees of heel the boat stabilizes, well before the ballast starts working very hard.

Available upon request:

  1. Polars
  2. Engine Speed, RPM & Fuel Burn
  3. Stability Curve

 

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Michael James
Michael James
Michael James has been with Murray Yacht Sales since 1995 and is in the the New Orleans office.

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