|model||Oceanis Yacht 54|
|model year introduced||2021|
|draft||6.42’ / 7.25’|
|light displacement||36586 lbs|
|max hp||80hp / 110hp|
|designer (s)||Biscontini Yacht Design / Lorenzo Argento|
|mast height||78.75’ / 85’|
|displacement hull speed||9.5 kts|
Description of the Vessel
Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento are the two architects behind the easy movement and maneuvres under sail of this stunning craft of over 17 meters long, featuring top quality trims. The Oceanis Yacht 54 paves the way for a new generation of cruisers with an optimized cockpit and Easy Sailing navigational aids. This new cruiser can easily be handled short-handed and remains true to the Oceanis signature features in its design and comfort on board, with an additional focus on the materials used, making her a cruising yacht through and through.
In addition, BENETEAU makes a 54 footer more affordable than ever thanks to the powerful pricing position available only through Beneteaus’ purchasing clout.
With a straight stem offering new volume at the bow and the max beam (5 metres) further aft, the Oceanis Yacht 54 boasts a modern, perfectly balanced hull that aims to make sailing as much fun as possible. Emphasis has been placed on circulation on deck and especially around the cockpit, to ensure nothing can hinder the crews’ movements. We clearly see a development of the traditional central cockpit on the Oceanis Yacht 54, as this retains the benefits of easy movement and safety and innovates by providing flush circulation. The ergonomics of the coaming and the good bulwark height provides maximum safety and considerable comfort of use on the ocean. Your path is intuitive from the top of the companionway and its sunbathing area, between the two cockpit tables and the two steering wheels, each with a comfortable seat, to the transom. Access to the sea is provided by the extensive swim platform, providing space below the cockpit to stow away a 2.4 m inflatable tender. The Oceanis Yacht 54, is available with two different draughts (2.5 m as standard, 1.95 m on option) and two types of masts (standard or in-furling).
Lorenzo Argento’s watchword in designing this cruiser was to create a warm modern atmosphere with as much natural light as possible and excellent ventilation. The Oceanis Yacht 54’s interior layout offers a chart table and large saloon table seating six people easily. It is bathed in the light from the many portholes and deck hatches and the owner will be able to choose between a light oak or walnut ambiance. Two versions are available: three cabins and two shower rooms, or three cabins and three shower rooms with an extra-large forward master cabin, with an island double bed (1.6 m wide).
NAVAL ARCHITECT: Biscontini Yacht Design
“I love to get to grips with the design. I do a lot of it myself. When I started out, we did everything by hand and I still begin by drawing the style of hull, and then I move on to work with my team on cutting-edge naval architecture software. ” Roberto Biscontini
Based in Milan, Roberto Biscontini qualified from the Southampton School of Architecture and his resume says a lot about his expertise in naval architecture and boat performance. He worked for 20 years for the Italian and New Zealander America’s Cup teams – a major accomplishment! The man who designed the fastest hulls in the world is also an experienced sailor. “As a teenager, I was completely obsessed with sailing. I went racing practically every day on the Adriatic Sea,” said Roberto, who despite working on cutting-edge software, always starts with a drawing in his hand…
With 20 years of working on the America’s Cup for several syndicates, travelling across the world, and meeting lots of different people, Roberto gained considerable experience and admits to have learned everything on the best-performing hulls, from Il Moro di Venezia to the Team New Zealand catamaran in the 2013 America’s Cup.
“I then decided to stop so that I could focus on ocean racing sailing yachts, as I felt like taking on new challenges,” explains Robert. “For example, it was a real challenge to work with BENETEAU. The cost of the boat is a restriction and each part must be industrially processed. My work is now to decide which elements are the most important, without ever sacrificing performance.”
Keen on challenges at sea and ashore, always fascinated by hulls and with a constant eye on the wake, Roberto Biscontini is a highly talented architect who has moved with the times to provide his expertise so that sailing can always remain a pleasure for everyone.
INTERIOR AND DECK DESIGN: Lorenzo Argento
“A boat is like a woman. She must be sexy without being vulgar, as well as smart and elegant!”
Lorenzo Argento, has been actively involved with sailing since the age of 12 having had first sailing experiences on Lake Garda. Lorenzo, a deep passionate into every aspect of design, graduated in Yacht & Boat Design at the Southampton College of Higher Education.
After a year working at SP, he moved back to Italy in 1987 to join Luca Brenta to found, two years later, studio Associato Luca Brenta. Timing was perfect….as the first project with Luca, Lorenzo was involved with the Two Ton Admiral’s Cupper “Marisa”.
In 1989 the first Wallygator was commissioned by Luca Bassani which started a long relationship with Wally Yachts. The second Wallygator (first ever 100ft built in carbon fibre) soon was followed by other racing yachts and further projects for Wally, including Wally B and Kenora.