21 February 2019
The smallest yacht in Beneteau’s cruising range boasts trailability, incredible living space for its size and focuses on simplicity. The highly efficient Oceanis 30.1 hull is designed by Finot-Conq, has an overall size length of 9.53 metres, and weighs four tonnes.
The 30.1 boasts a slender stem widening in a hard chine above the waterline, optimised weight, stiff canvas, and a square-top mainsail as standard, ensuring the boat will perform on all points of sails.
There’s a tiller option on twin rudders aimed at those who want to exploit this design’s racing potential. For easy cruising the nicely balanced twin steering wheels make helming a pleasure. If you are heading-out short- handed, the self-tailing jib and the single winch is also an option.
In high performance/regatta mode, the Oceanis 30.1 can be equipped with a large overlapping genoa, a furling code zero or an asymmetric spinnaker.
“It is a really great design”, commented Graham Raspass, Director of Flagstaff Marine. “It combines performance and amazing volume in the cockpit and below decks. It also includes twin wheels and rudders, four keel options, and is also trailable if required – all in 30 feet.”
The unstayed mast with swept back spreaders gets rid of the back stay and frees up aft movement. The same goes for the mainsail sheet, which, placed forward of the companionway, frees up space while making manoeuvres safer. On either side of the large foldaway cockpit table are two large benches, which easily seat up to six guests. Aft, a step affords access to the sea and can be supplemented by a small lifting platform.
The Oceanis 30.1 has achieved extra volume in strategic places.
By making the soles part of the boats structure, headroom has been increased to 1.98 metres midship and 1.85 metres in the two cabins. Spaced saved in the bow and aft give her length enough for two good- sized double cabins, and allow lengthwise berths.
The benches in the saloon provide an additional place for extra berths. The large shower room is divided into a marine toilet on one side and shower and washbasin on the other. At the foot of the companionway, the L-shaped galley has top and bottom storage, a 75 litres refrigerator and a real oven under the gas hob.
Her design is based on the balance between reducing the boat’s size and increasing the deck and interior space by precious centimetres, which really make the difference in terms of space and comfort on board.