The baby of the Beneteau Oceanis line has thus far only appeared in artist’s renderings and in an enticing and creative video, but it already has boaters talking. The versatility of the newest model evokes memories of the old Burger King slogan, “Have it your way.” Not only are there three flavors of the model, but according to Beneteau America president, Laurent Fabre, owners can add features to their Oceanis 38 over time as their needs or interests evolve.
The Oceanis 38 comes as a day sailer, weekender and cruiser base model with extra customization available beyond that. The day sailer is open below with no bulkhead between the saloon and the double berth in the forepeak. Two straight settees, and a sink are in the saloon and a simple, enclosed head is to starboard. The aft section is dedicated to storage. This model is open and airy below and will work well for club racing with few bulkheads to limit storage of sails. It will also benefit from the weight savings of less interior cabinetry, so it should be nimble on the race course.
The weekender version has two or three cabins which can be open or enclosed according to owner preferences. The head may be enlarged to accommodate a separate stall shower and the galley can be fitted with extra countertop space, storage and even a propane stove. Tables may be commissioned for both the saloon and the cockpit. This is by far the most versatile version of the three models and due to Beneteau’s modular build concept, features can be added as the owner’s interests and family needs change down the road.
The cruiser option offers the most traditional layout with two or three cabins, a full galley, a U-shaped settee in the saloon surrounding a large table, and an aft-facing navigation station. With two cabins, the larger head may include a stall shower or remain smaller in the three-cabin configuration.
The Oceanis 38 still sports a sleek exterior and comes with the signature drop-down transom, mainsheet arch, and hard chine to keep her on her feet. The T-shaped keel is available in two drafts, and there are twin wheels and twin rudders.
In North America, the new Oceanis 38 will debut at the 2013 United States Sailboat Show. Look for our full review afterward.
Here's a video showing some of the customization options:
For more information, visit the Beneteau Oceanis 38 page. And let us know if there's another feature you think should've been included!