With its chined hull and upgraded sails, the Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 is both roomy below and quick on its feet.
By Mark Pillsbury
For a venue to introduce the Beneteau 46.1, the latest model in the long-running Oceanis line, as well as a few other new sailboats to North America, the French builder chose Fort Adams, in Newport, Rhode Island, hosting two days of press and dealer sea trials just prior to the opening of the Newport International Boat Show last September. This was not your usual dog-and-pony presentation. Think instead Westminster Dog Show meets Kentucky Derby. And needless to say, the Pascal Conq-designed 46-footer was dressed to the nines for her debut.