The Beneteau Oceanis 45 has developed a strong following in the sailing community as a Legacy Beneteau Model and for good reason. As the Gulf Coast dealer for Beneteau Sailboats, we’ve had the pleasure of selling dozens of these remarkable vessels. In this blog post, we’ll delve into a compilation of excerpts from various articles that have reviewed the Beneteau Oceanis 45.

*Please note some of the links to original articles may have expired*

  1. Sailing Magazine:
    • Praises the Oceanis 45 for its thoughtful design, modern styling, and exceptional performance.
    • Highlights the spacious cockpit, fold-down transom, and well-designed deck layout.
    • Commends the modern hull shape for providing stability and speed on the water. Speeds of 7.7 knots in 12 knots of true wind when bearing away to 60 degrees.
    • Noted drawbacks were the lack of a real nav station below and that the main needed to be reefed early.
  2. Yachting World:
    • Focuses on the luxurious and comfortable interior, describing it as “comfortable elegance below deck.”
    • Emphasizes the elegant design and practical layout of the interior, including spacious cabins and a well-appointed galley.
    • Acknowledges the ample storage space, catering to those looking for a comfortable living experience.
  3. Cruising World:
    • Applauds the Oceanis 45 for its versatility, excelling both in cruising and regattas.
    • Describes it as a dual-purpose yacht, appealing to a wide range of sailors with different preferences.
    • Recognizes its performance and adaptability, making it suitable for various sailing adventures.
  4. Blue Water Cruising:
    • Acknowledges the Oceanis 45 as a value proposition, offering a lot of boat and ocean sailing capability at a reasonable price.
    • Recounts their test sailing experience, noting the boat’s performance under motor and sail, reaching speeds of 7+ knots in 12 knots of breeze.
    • Commends storage “garage” deep and large enough for your fenders, lines, a couple of spinnakers, and a couple of folding bikes.
  5. Sail World:
    • The cockpit felt like that of a much larger boat, and boasted plenty of storage both in the cockpit lockers and aft.
    • Recommends upgrading the factory main to a fuller, tri-radial cut.
    • The boat reflects Beneteau’s tendency to evolve the product to meet their loyal customer’s demands – “a hybrid of the Beneteau First series and their Sense craft.”
  6. BoatPoint:
    • LIKES
      – Powerful, easily-handled sailplan
      – Powered, fully-opening transom/swim platform
      – Below decks space
      – Slippery cabin sole
      – Awkward mainsail stowage
      – Small opening ports in the aft cabins
      – High-performance cruiser/racer that takes the Oceanis brand to a level not previously attained
      Not all that long ago an Oceanis wouldn’t venture into competitive club racing fleets without some serious modification, but the new Oceanis 45 changes that situation. Even with the standard kit it’s ready to run around the cans with many of yesterday’s Firsts.
      The exciting part of the equation is that this level of performance comes not only without a cruising compromise, but with a cruising benefit. A dart-shaped hull with broad transom means greatly increased cockpit and aft deck space for lounging and sufficient beam to accommodate two large aft cabins.

These reviews collectively paint a positive picture of the Beneteau Oceanis 45, praising its design, performance, comfort, and versatility. It’s evident that the yacht caters to a diverse audience, offering a well-rounded sailing experience whether one is looking for a relaxing cruise or a competitive regatta.

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