The new Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62, the French builder’s new flagship sailboat, has reached U.S. shores.

By Zuzana Prochazka October 7, 2016

I got lucky—I was the first journalist to sail hull number one of the Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62 (replacing the Oceanis 60 as the flagship of the fleet) off the coast of Les Sables d’Olonne in western France. Then I got lucky again after the 62 arrived in the U.S., and I joined her delivery crew from Annapolis, Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island for a 450-mile downwind journey. This extended time aboard showed me the way the boat is intended to be used, something you can’t get from an afternoon test. And while I couldn’t film during the trip, we did have the chance to shoot this quick First Look Video in Annapolis.

The Oceanis Yacht 62 is a product of the Berret Racoupeau design firm, which drew a sleek profile with a signature dark hull stripe that minimizes her freeboard and hides a dozen large hull ports.
There’s no need to muscle the dinghy into or out of the Oceanis Yacht 62, as there’s a Quick electric winch to assist, and the dink can be inflated or deflated with the integrated electric pump.
The entire teak-topped transom is a sunpad that hides a galley module below. An electrically raised grill, sink, and prep station pop out of the transom, and a 42-quart mini-fridge is at cockpit sole height next to the port wheel.
In the aft port corner of the saloon there’s a forward-facing navigation desk with a third B&G plotter, a digital systems panel and four USB plugs to charge personal electronics. The swiveling chair may jettison its occupant when on a port tack; a different seat and foot brace should be developed.
In the right conditions with the wind on the beam, I expect the Oceanis Yacht 62 to do almost 14 knots.

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