BY Andrew Dembina on 22 Aug 2022

The Oceanis 40.1, Beneteau’s new take on its long-popular Oceanis 40, looks and feels like a winning combination

Oceanis 40

Performance and aesthetics shine in Beneteau’s revamp of its previous Oceanis 40 model. Released in 2021, the Oceanis 40.1 features a newly designed hull by award-winning French naval architect Marc Lombard, who has a sailing yacht focus.

This re-working of the Oceanis 40, launched in 2006, has its chine running across the new flared hull from bow to stern. This update not only aids agility, its ability to cut through swells, and its stability when mooring and anchoring, but also adds interior volume to the lower deck.

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Twin helms help with stability under sail

Additional space on deck and in living quarters and ease of performance are the two goals of the 40.1, and both are achieved.

Above the waterline, the deck plan seems particularly spacious for a boat of 12 metres. The Oceanis 40.1 offers several layout possibilities below the main deck in both cabin and living areas, each by Nauta Design interior studio, and sailing rigs that can meet the requirements of relaxed, casual cruising sailors and the more demanding ones, in terms of comfort and sailing pleasure.

Additional space on deck and in living quarters and ease of performance are the two goals of the 40.1, and both are achieved

Offered as an option is a deep, wide hydraulic swim platform (a manual platform comes as standard) with intermediate step for easy walking aboard into the cockpit, where there are twin helms – each fitted with a leather-clad stainless-steel steering wheel and controls for the boat’s two rudders – which helps with stability while under sail. Each helm has a clear, large sunken navigation screen, engine throttle, and bow thruster controls; wireless autopilot is available as an option.

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The Oceanis 40.1’s sailing rigs can meet the demands of both casual and demanding sailors

While at the wheel, owners and captains can look from port and starboard helms across a spacious cockpit socialising area. The social space features an expandable dining table at its centre, which can seat eight comfortably, along with cushioned bench seating that runs along each side of the bulwarks.

Further forward, on the companionway’s low coach roof (which allows better visibility) are two winches, with an option to fit an electric one on the port side. All halyard and control lines lead to this area. A rolling furling main sail, plus a tacking jib, come as standard. An upwind upgrade option can include a full furling genoa sail which leads aft to genoa winches, which have been placed further back to allow fewer impediments around the cockpit’s socialising area; a downwind option package includes a bow sprit and Code Zero spinnaker sail rigging. A performance sail option is also available.

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The spacious cockpit socialising area

It is a clear walk from the transom to the bow, where there is a large electric windlass and self-draining anchor locker.

Below deck, the owner chooses a two-, three- or four-cabin configuration. Obviously, the fewer the cabins, the more space for the galley, dining and lounging areas, as well as open or closed storage space for marine toys and fenders. The latter area is accessed via a hatch on the main deck so the living space can remain as dry as possible.

The owner version has a master cabin with an ensuite shower, while the forward double berth in any configuration has a double bed with plenty of walkaround space, hanging wardrobes and a washbasin under a desk top.

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The saloon’s comfortable lounging and dining area. Photo: Nicolas Claris

The path to the forward berth from the companionway staircase is unimpeded. The yacht’s three- and four-cabin configurations keep at least one cabin with a double bed and share a main bathroom/head with a shower. They both offer either one or two additional heads.

When descending from the main deck into the living quarters, a chart table – immediately to the port side in the saloon – has all communication and electronic navigation read-outs on a small screen, with an option for a larger screen.

Above the waterline, the deck plan seems particularly spacious in a boat this size

Forward of that is C-shaped cushioned bench seating around a large polished-wood dining table. Opposite this is a large C-shaped galley with a two-ring stove top above an oven, a refrigerator accessed from its front or countertop, and two stainless-steel sinks above storage counters.

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The master cabin with plenty of walkaround space. Photo: Nicolas Claris

In this lower deck, the wooden veneer can be finished in either a warm dark walnut or lighter-toned ‘floated’ oak; both options come with mid-toned oak flooring with under-floor storage compartments. Skylights, windows and portholes keep all areas below deck bright by day.

With easy manoeuvring and additional comfort, space and easy-on-the-eye aesthetics, the Oceanis 40.1 has much to offer in this size of sailing yacht.

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The galley

The first Beneteau Oceanis 40.1 in Asia sold into Hong Kong in 2021. Read more about it here.

Technical Specifications: Oceanis 40.1

LOA: 12.9m
Beam: 7.9m
Max draft: 2.2m
Displacement (min): 8t
Furling / classic main sail: 42.4sqm
Self-tacking jib: 27.4sqm
Furling Genoa: 34.3sqm
Engine: 45HP
Max Speed (under sail): 14kts
Fuel: 195L
Water: 235L
Cabins: 2 to 4