If you fell in love with the modular design concept of the Benetau Oceanis 38 which was introduced just a year ago, but thought it was a bit too big, take heart: The French builder has just released the Oceanis 35. This new design comes in just under thirty-three feet overall but offers the same innovative options as her bigger sister.

beneteau oceanis 35

At 32'9" LOA the Beneteau Oceanis 35 is significantly smaller than the 38, but maintains its modular attitude.

The new boat is intended to replace the popular Oceanis 34 of a few years ago, with a twist. The interior can be configured as a daysailer with a single open V-berth sleeping area and a galley with a sink, as a weekender with more accoutrements, or even as a real cruiser with a full galley and an enclosed master forward. Two or three cabins may be specified on the weekender or cruiser, and all the flavors of the design feature one head compartment to starboard. Unlike the 38, however, there’s no stall shower option.

The Finot-Conq design has been dubbed the three-in-one boat that can change with your growing (or shrinking) family and lets you specify modules of furniture as you need them. That means that if you want to add a stove or the forward bulkhead to enclose the V-berth a year or two after purchase, you can opt for that and adjust the boat below as it fits your new objectives.

The most basic of the three versions creates a feeling of a larger boat below. For a couple that cruises with only an occasional guest, the open minimalist approach may be the best choice. Of course, the Longchamp roller luggage that doubles as a locker when it’s hung in the cabin on its specially-designed handle is also available, just like on her bigger sister. Fill it up at home, roll it down the dock, hang it up, and you instantly have additional stowage.
Fuel capacity34 gal.
Water capacity34 gal.

The Oceanis 35 has the same sleek exterior as the 38 and comes with the signature drop-down transom, a mainsheet arch (though not on the daysailer model) and a hard chine. The cockpit is open, with a removable center drop-leaf table and two helm stations that make it easy to walk from the companionway all the way to the transom. The T-shaped keel is available in two drafts, and there are twin rudders to keep this beamy boat tracking when healing.

The Beneteau Oceanis 35 will be at this year’s fall boat shows, where I’ll take a test-sail, so check back for a full review soon.

Other Choices: Though the Beneteau is the only sailboat of this nature to offer the modular interior, comparison shoppers may want to check out the Hunter 33. Another to investigate would be the Solana 33.

See Beneteau Oceanis listings.

For more information, visit Beneteau.

Written by: Zuzana Prochazka
Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.