We have a Beneteau Sense 43 that is available for charter in St. Petersburg, FL through SailingFlorida.com, and we will have the Beneteau Sense 50 on display at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami Show, February 13-17, 2014. https://www.murrayyachtsales.com/progressive-insurance-strictly-sail-miami-at-miamarina-at-bayside/
By: ALLAN WHITING
Beneteau’s new Sense 43 and 50 yachts are headed Down Under. But ALLAN WHITING journeyed to the south of France to get the jump on these dashing new designs…
Beneteau Sense 43 & 50
Over a quiet beer on the waterfront of the Isle des Emebiez (near Toulon in southern France), I quizzed Beneteau’s yachting development manager, Bruno Belmont, about the origin of the Sense design.
“When we were redesigning the Oceanis range five years ago, in conjunction with Jean Berret and Olivier Racoupeau, we pursued the idea of a parallel, yet clean-screen design, with only a few set criteria,” said Belmont.
“The parallel yacht design had to be capable of around-the-world cruising, with sea-kindly manners; be ideal for coastal cruising and for just sitting onboard. (The average cruising boat spends 80 to 90 per cent of its life in a berth or at a mooring, or anchored).
“But the most radical departure from the existing Oceanis design was to be owner-oriented use, with no chartering or only high-end chartering considerations in mind.
“In addition, the proximity relationship between the cockpit and the sea and the cockpit and the saloon was to be as close as possible: similar to the ergonomics of a powerboat,” he said.
Belmont explained that this concept had arisen in part from discussions with yacht, multihull and powerboat owners. By abandoning the option of aft cabins or garages under the cockpit, the Sense would have a lower cockpit floor, close to water level and only a short companionway away from the saloon.
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