WE MAKE no bones about revisiting the Beneteau Oceanis 50, which we briefly sailed in light wind last year in Valencia.
With the first new 50 arriving in Scotland recently, when we visited the north of Britain’s Beneteau agents at Clyde Marina to sail the new Oceanis 46, it would have been churlish to pass up the chance to sail the big sister in some decent breeze, writes racing editor Andi Robertson.
Indeed having now sailed the boat in the zephyrs of the Med and the brisker, more solid winds of the Clyde it is easy to conclude how well suited this boat is to both.
Which is gratifying, because the Oceanis 50 is an ideal candidate for the go anywhere blue-water cruiser, and all at a sensible price.
Improvements to the production techniques mean the new 50 – launched last year – is actually cheaper than the boat it replaces, and in my opinion it is much more appealing.
First and most lasting impressions are of a big, light, airy and simply executed interior and a good, meaningful all-round sailing performance.
It will work hard for her owners, eating up the miles, but it remains a relatively simple and easy boat to sail for her size. READ REVIEW