Posted August 10, 2020
Team SpinSheet Sail reviews the Beneteau Oceanis 40.1
With the same flared hull of her big sister, the 51.1, this cruiser has a spacious, comfortable cockpit with twin rudders and two wheels, which makes for good open-access to the transom. The transom converts to a sizeable swim platform—always nice for a cruiser.
There is in-mast furling for the main and a roller furling jib as well as an electric winch for the main halyard. A classic mast for a semi-full batten main is also available.
The roomy interior, filled with natural light from plentiful hatches and portholes, is made up of two cabins, with a single en suite head in aft cabin. The forward cabin has a small sink. The layout would suit two couples with a few kids. (One among a few layout options). The galley offers a lot of storage and workspace.
The layout on the new Beneteau 40.1 is excellent for ease of sailhandling, notes Ewenson. “All controls lead into the cockpit area means no need to venture onto the deck to make changes.”
When it came to sailing, Ewenson noted, “This boat is very nimble for a cruiser.”
This editor concurred—being used to sailing a heavy 40-footer, I was surprised by how quickly the boat responded while turning in 10 knots of breeze. A very pleasant boat to sail… as well as simple to drop sail and head for home. Once there, a retracing bow thruster makes docking easy. ~MW