Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 Review: A transformative sailing experience.

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Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 Review: A transformative sailing experience.

Port Vendres, France, August 2018 New Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 Ph: Guido Cantini / Beneteau

Chesapeake Bay Magazine

By Joe Evans – March 6, 2020

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1

Dual-wheel steering with all of the rigging and alignment required to make it work is a significant boatbuilding challenge. Outboard rudders make sense, particularly upwind as a boat heels and the leeward blade goes vertical. The theoretical benefit is a smaller blade with more bite, less drag, and less load. Twin wheels also open up the cockpit and give the helmsman a better view. But everything must be precisely lined up, or you’ll have one rudder arguing with the other over what direction the boat wants to go. Additionally, the system must be free of any slack that would numb the connection between the helmsman’s grip and the boat’s attitude. This day, the touch was as light and responsive as a traditional tiller and post steering system would be. Delightful.

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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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