Just a little while ago we pulled some Gs with Beneteau’s Mr Product, aka G3. You can go back and read Part One of the story of Gianguido Girotti, as and when you may like. However, for now we’ll push on with the incredible semi-foiler Figaro 3, and the new Oceanis 51.1, along with what they represent for the brand as a whole. It is a very interesting tale, especially as Beneteau will continue to hold true to its mantra of making the best ideas affordable further down the product chain. After all, this is the Beneteau mantra – that the inaccessible becomes accessible.
So stepping straight back into it then, G3 comments on a few key, specific design elements, “Yes. When you see the Oceanis 51.1, it’s the first boat in the cruiser segment, with set standing pedestals and all the halyards lead to the back, with proper rope bags and all of that. We aimed to combine the functionality of a sleeker looking boat, and the typical deck/hull the layout of bigger boats, of higher end boats, but without compromising the ergonomics and the workflow around it, because it still has to be enjoyable to trim and to work around it.”