by Dom Wiseman

Beneteau are always pushing the boundaries of boat design and construction and the new Oceanis 30.1 is more of the same. Despite being the smallest yacht in the cruising range, this pocket rocket combines massive living space for length and focuses on understated simplicity, yet retains a stylish and beautiful appearance. It was released at the Dusseldorf Boat Show just weeks ago.

Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 redesign

Beneteau have worked hard to strike a balance between the small size while also increasing deck and interior space by precious centimetres. This can really make a difference in terms of living space and comfort.

Overseas, Beneteau claim that this boat is trailerable, coming in under the 9×3 metres and with a light displacement of less than 4 tonnes, enabling it to be trailered by a professional, without having to deal with an extra-wide load. In Australia, Our limit is 2.5 metres, so it’s well over our legal limits. The Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 also comes in a lifting keel and rotating mast version opening up coastal and offshore cruising with access to some of the more difficult to enter ports and anchorages along the coast.

The hull of the Oceanis 30.1 was designed by Finot-Conq and extracts maximum performance and easy sailing. She boasts a slender stem widening in a hard chine above the waterline, optimized weight, stiff canvas, and a square-top mainsail as standard, offering everything needed to perform well in all aspects of sailing. Whether you are seeking the thrill of racing or stepping up from dinghy sailing, you will love the tiller on twin rudders. For beginners or for shorthanded sailing, the self-tailing jib and the single winch will be perfect. For high performance sailing, the Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 can be equipped with a large overlapping genoa, a furling code zero or an asymmetric spinnaker (stemhead built into the hull design).

Apart from being visually attractive, 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 fold-away 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.

With this redesign, The Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 has won a few extra centimeters in strategic places. By making the floor of the cockpit part of the boats structure, headroom has been increased to 1.98m mid-ship and 1.85m in the two cabins. The double cabins are open and spacious courtesy of a few extra centimeters at the bow and stern. 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.

Beneteau Oceanis 30.1