New wave

The Oceanis Yacht 54 is equally ready for a fast ocean passage or a leisurely double-handed sunset cruise.

28 April 2020


The Oceanis Yacht 54, younger sister of the Oceanis 62, embodies the hallmarks of the Beneteau brand, while continuing the Yacht range ethos: elegance, luxurious accomodations, and unrivalled performance.

Capitalising on experience gained with the enormously popular Oceanis range, as well as the trend-setting new First Yacht 53, this design from Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento seamlessly blend form and function into a yacht that is designed to be exhilarating under sail, easy to shorthand, and comfortable both at sea and in port.

The Oceanis Yacht 54 reimagines the traditional central cockpit into a space that allows for free flowing movement, ample seating areas, and safety throughout. The yacht features cutting-edge technology such as Ship Control (a simple interface that accesses all the boat’s systems); Dock&Go (joystick harbour-side manoeuvring); and Harken’s AST (automatic sail trimming).


By incorporating a standard feature of the Oceanis range – the mainsail arch – the OY54’s cockpit is completely open, allowing for intuitive movement, comfort, and space. The flush cockpit occupies more than a third of the full deck area.

Passage from the companionway down the centerline to the side-decks is unimpeded, and transit to the foredeck is made safe by the boat’s high bulwarks and lifelines, as well as the generous width of the catwalks.

Access to the sea is provided by the expansive swim platform, which, once deployed, reveals the space below the cockpit to stow away a 2.4-metre inflatable tender.

Cruising really comes into its own on the Oceanis Yacht 54, with all sheets and halyards run aft of the cockpit seats, leaving a clean area for rest and relaxation.

The sunpad on the foredeck is likely to be the most popular spot on the boat.

To simplify manoeuvres both at the harbour and underway, Beneteau has equipped the Oceanis Yacht 54 with the Easy Sailing navigational aids. Ship Control is standard on the yacht and provides user-friendly intuitive control of all the boat data and components. The well-proven Dock & Go system is also available to facilitate engine-powered manoeuvres in a limited space, using a straightforward joystick control which operates a bow drive and a 360 degree rotating saildrive pod. You can use the amazing Harken AST (assisted sail trim) to trim the sails automatically in line with the apparent wind and trim the jib when you need to change tack. The AST system is controlled from a display in the cockpit.

The Oceanis Yacht 54’s interior layout offers a chart desk and large saloon table which easily accommodates six adults. The interior can be built in two different wood tones, light oak or the more traditional walnut.

In terms of layout, two versions are available: three cabins and two heads, or three cabins and three heads with an extra-large forward master cabin, in which it is easy to walk around the double bed (1.6metres wide). The trim show great attention to detail, such as the top quality upholstery, wood linings, riddles and lighting, making this 17-metre sailing yacht ideal for cruising.

Hull #1 is undergoing sea-trials and testing now.

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