Oceanis 51.1: The cruising yacht new generation


The Oceanis 51.1 is the first model in the Oceanis line’s seventh generation. This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this line. We created this new boat leveraging all our experience. This boat was developed with three main principles. First of all « Smart », for the elegant and ingeniously designed boat, then, of course, « Comfort » as this is a cruising boat and finally « Fast » because we wanted to offer a proper fast cruiser.

Oceanis 51.1: A new hull for new layouts

Oceanis 51.1The Oceanis line is dedicated to cruising. So we spent a lot of time designing the cockpit and platform for easy access to the sea. The very large swim platform can be lowered and raised with an electric actuator. There is a very comfortable and solid bathing ladder. Concerning dingy storage, instead of compromising the interior and reducing the size of the rear cabins, we opted for easy to use, retractable davits. We redesign the cockpit layout to offer you even more comfort. There are no longer areas with winches and seats close together. We moved everything to do with maneuvering, the halyards, sheets and winches to aft at the helm stations. So the deck layout is all about safety. Young children can be protected under the Bimini, or friends who do not necessarily know how to sail, at the front of the cockpit. Everything to do with maneuvering, anything that might be a bit dangerous, like winches for example, are located in one place. It is also an ideal deck layout for people who want to sail alone or shorthanded. We have the electronics on the console and all the winches right at hand.

In the middle of the cockpit there is a very large dining table that can easily accommodate six to eight people. There

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is a 30-liter fridge forward, several cup-holders and a compass to aft for navigation. Finally, at the front of the cockpit, there are two very comfortable sunbathing areas, with an easy to use backrest. Storage volume is something very important on a cruising boat. So we decided to create dedicated storage for the life raft in the cockpit table, this frees up all the other storage lockers for your equipment. There are very deep lockers under the seats to both starboard and port, line storage bags on each side of the cockpit, and to aft a very large locker for storing fenders and mooring lines with access through the starboard helm seat and also through a very large, central deck hatch.

Oceanis 51.1There are large side decks with toe rails molded into the deck that serve as good footing. Lifelines are high and easy to grab. And finally, to facilitate the passage forward we decided to place the lower diagonal shroud on the inside of the side deck, while keeping the cap shroud to the outside for rigging stability. This new generation of hulls is really beneficial for interior space but also improves the deck area as well. It is possible, on the fore deck, to bring the loungers forward to sun bath. It becomes yet another space for relaxation.

The bowsprit – anchor integration is beautifully done. Forward, there is a tack for the spinnaker, then one for theOceanis 51.1 code zero, and finally, just aft, the furling Genoa. The code zero tack point is sufficiently forward to be able to keep the code zero set, even when sailing under Genoa. A little aft, we find a very deep anchor well to avoid a tangled chain, and finally a very large sail locker. Though there is already an asymmetric spinnaker, a code zero and a stay sail in the locker, there is still plenty of storage space for a dingy, paddles or fenders. This sail locker can also be fitted as a skippers’ cabin with a two-meter long transverse berth. With of course a toilet and sink.

For this new generation of Oceanis, Olivier Racoupeau, our naval architect, has created five different rigging designs to meet the needs of various owners. Here we have the Carbon mast with the canoe boom. It is a taller, high performance mast that comes with the First Line package that also incorporates high end deck hardware and winches. The standard rigging includes a furling mast and a self-tacking jib. This configuration requires only one winch per helm station. So it makes sailing extremely simple. 

Oceanis 51.1: Light and space

Oceanis 51.1The Oceanis 51.1. is a cruising boat, so we kept the gently sloping companionway, with a handrail on each side. The interior is very bright, with large hull portholes, but also many deck hatches and many openings for good ventilation. This version has three cabins and two bathrooms, with an owner’s cabin forward, two guest cabins aft and a bathroom to starboard. There is also a version with three cabins and three bathrooms, with a private bathroom for each aft cabin. Concerning trim choices, the interior is finished in brushed oak or in a dark mahogany. We also have a wide selection of bulkhead linings and interior upholstery.

The galley is ideal to use at sea. There are Corian fiddles and hand rails so one can stand securely when heeled over.Oceanis 51.1 The galley is also very easy to use when at anchor, with large counter-tops accessible from both sides. So, it is possible for two or three people to work at the counter at the same time. In terms of household equipment, you have all the comforts of home, with a dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, wine cellar and several refrigerators. There is a lot of storage, in the upper and lower cabinets, a cutlery drawer and other storage spaces below.

Oceanis 51.1The Oceanis 51.1 is above all a boat built for conviviality. So we opted for a very large salon table that can easily accommodate six people. This table is also extensible, which allows for the use of the port side couch, to sit up to ten people around the table. It is also possible to lower the table to create a double berth or a large lounging space to watch TV, for example. The chart table faces forward and is very comfortable to use at sea, with this very comfortable armrest. But it also turns out to be a very nice place to rest at the end of the day.

The owner’s cabin is worthy of a 60 feet boat. The bed is 1 meter 60 wide and 2 meters 05 long, with walk aroundOceanis 51.1 access on each side. There is even a very comfortable seat to be able to untie one’s shoes for example, or put one’s shoes on or to set your clothing on at the end of the day. There are numerous cubby holes in the bedside table, a 220 volt and a USB socket as well. There are also many cupboards above and a wardrobe with indirect lighting. There are also curtains that effectively block all outside light. There is a large drawer under the bed with even more storage forward, for travel bags or linens, for example. There is a large mirror on the rear bulkhead, with a tray for your phone or sunglasses and finally, shoe storage. To starboard there is the shower cabin, with a separate wash room. It’s a beautiful space with a seat and also storage for your towels. On the port side, the head is once again a very bright space, with a sink and toilet made with quality materials like the Corian counter-top.

Oceanis 51.1Aft of the companionway, there are two very nice cabins that are ideal for welcoming your guests. They have berths that are 1 meter 60 by 2 meters 10 in length, with enough ceiling height to have the headboard aft, which saves your guests from having their pillows fall to the floor. They are very luminous cabins with numerous portholes. They are also well ventilated thanks to the hatches. 220 volt and USB sockets are located at the headboard. There are many storage spaces along the hull and two wardrobes to the front of the cabin. To starboard there is a veryOceanis 51.1 nice wash room with a separate shower stall. There is access via the lounge or directly from the starboard aft cabin.

Considerable time was spent on the technical design of the boat to allow easy service access to everything to do with valves or electrical panels. In the engine compartment we have the 110-horsepower propeller shaft engine. Look at all the space there is around the engine to perform maintenance. It is an ideal workspace and there is also the possibility to access the rear of the engine through both aft cabin. The standard version includes an 80-horsepower engine with a Saildrive, there is also the option of an 80 horsepower Dock & Go.

For more information about the Oceanis 51.1 by Bénéteau (sea trial, brochure, quotation…), click here or send an email at chooseyourboat@gmail.com, we will be pleased to reply to you really shortly!

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