Robert Perry review of the Beneteau Oceanis 45 from Sailing Magazine

2012 European Yacht of the Year Awards: Winner Beneteau Oceanis 45
January 25, 2012
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Sailing Magazine has been bringing us design reviews,  “Perry on Design, Reviews and articles on boat design by Bob Perry” since I was 12 years old (1975).  The large format volumes of “Perry on Design” intrigue me because Bob does not review boats, he reviews designs.  Boat reviewers are burdened by all the distractions of the actual boat. (I stopped counting the number that discounted a boat because the handholds were not large enough or some other easily solved problem.)  Bob’s reviews can be both critical and empathetic while giving the reader a backstage pass to his thought process.  His insights have taught me much and influenced my personal boat buying decisions.

Stanton Murray

Excerpts from Robert Perry review of the Beneteau Oceanis 45 from Sailing Magazine   (click here for the Full article)

“Here is Beneteau’s newest offering for the cruising sailor. It’s a 45-footer designed by Finot-Conq. When I was young I was a real fan of Finot’s designs. They were always slightly different than the typical boat and they were always successful on the race course…
There are four interior options… I’d go for the two-stateroom layout in order to gain the large cockpit stowage area to port. You can never have too much stowage volume…
The rig is big on this 45… The main is sheeted to a bridle on top of the arch. This gets the mainsheet out of the cockpit while allowing almost end-boom sheeting. This is good. The arch looks fine to me…
When you have a fanny as broad as this one there is plenty of room for the cockpit… This is a great cruising cockpit. If you cruise with dogs they would love this cockpit…
To my eye the Oceanis 45 looks fine…it has been carefully styled and has a handsome and crisp chiseled look to it. We just have to get used to adjusting our parameters for “good looks” to keep up with the industry’s quest for volume….”

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