Written on 06/02/2012
Beneteau Oceanis 45 named best family cruiser
at the 2012 European Yacht of the Year Awards
Beneteau are celebrating at the Düsseldorf boat show as the new Oceanis 45
was named the winner of the family cruiser category in the 2012 European
Yacht of the Year Awards.
Launched only last year and designed by Pascal Conq, the new Oceanis 45
benefits from a host of innovative features that impressed the jury. These
include; a well-balanced sail plan, a rig that’s stepped further aft, a Targa bar
above the companionway that improves the sheeting angle of the main, wide
and gently descending companionway steps, a large and well-organized
cockpit and a stern hatch that doubles as swim platform when lowered.
The new generation hull that delivers comfortable yet fast sailing was also
seen as a noteworthy feature.
Upon receiving the award Jean-Francois Lair, Export Manager for Beneteau
said, “We are very proud of the new Oceanis 45 and to get this industry
recognition is fantastic. I am sure that the intelligent design features and
versatility of this yacht will make it extremely popular with cruising sailors.”
This latest award is hot off the heels of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 44 being
named as the winner in the Trawler Yacht & Aft Cabin category in the
Motorboat of the Year Awards at the London Boat Show earlier this month.