Designed by Berret-Recoupeau, the Beneteau 343 is the perfect boat for the sailing couple or smaller family. Again, like her sister the Beneteau 323, the Beneteau 343 has been designed with all lines leading aft into the cockpit. This allows for singlehanded sailing when needed – or wanted.

The Beneteau 343 was offered with (3) different draft options.
Deep Draft 6’0”
Shoal Draft 4’9”
Keel Centerboard 3’10” to 8’

Sailing Magazine

A boat that’s easy on the eye and so easy to sail you’ll go every day
The Beneteau 343 is the latest model from one of the industry’s most prolific builder. Conceived as a lively cruiser, the 343 includes design and construction features that we’ve come to take for granted from Beneteau. The 343 is comfortable on deck and below, it is easy to handle and maintain, and it performs well through a wide range of conditions. When you throw in a base price that hovers just over $100,000 you can add excellent value to the mix of features.

2005 Boat of the Year Winners Announced

The Beneteau 343 follows a popular trend that increases interior space with a raised coachroof and incorporates panoramic deck lights for more ambient light down below. She looks and feels large for her size and offers unrestricted visibility and movement without dodger or bimini. The test boat had a full-batten main, a folding prop, and a six-foot-one-inch deep-draft keel–in other words, none of Bill’s three go-slow factors. Consequently, she delivered six and a half knots of boat speed on a beam reach in 10 knots true. The 343 also turned heads with a steering column that swivels 90 degrees to clear the passage through the cockpit.

Practical Sailor Review

July 1, 2005 Issue
Beneteau’s New 343
A revamp of the 331, this midsize cruiser has a plain-Jane mien coupled with adequate comfort and surprising performance.
A revamp of the 331, this midsize Beneteau’s New 343 cruiser has a plain-Jane mien coupled with adequate comfort and surprising performance.

Beneteau Oceanis 343 Yacht / Sailboat

Launched in 2005, the Beneteau Oceanis 343 blends impressive performance with exceptional comfort and spacious accommodation. Her stylish lines and innovative design have won her a string of accolades including winning the under 40 foot category of the Croatian Boat of The Year 2005, being a finalist in the Australian Marine Industries Awards 2006 and being shortlisted for Cruising World’s 2005 Boat of The Year.

Why do some models use Oceanis and Clipper?  Beneteau stopped using Oceanis in their marketing from the early ‘90s to 2012 ish.  So in the US it was a Beneteau 343 and the rest of the world it was called the Beneteau Oceanis 343.  Clipper was used in the rest world to describe the standard Beneteau in the US.