by Dom Wiseman

The new Oceanis 46.1 is a brilliant evolution of the bestselling Oceanis 45. They yacht has been very successful worldwide and was also awarded the title of “European Yacht of the Year” in the Family Cruiser category, in 2012. The new 46.1 is loyal to the Oceanis yacht’s reputation. With equal parts living and sailing. It boasts all the features of a large yacht without sacrificing speed and the quality of her fittings are unbeatable for a boat of this size. It is no coincidence that the Oceanis 46.1 will be premiered in Australia, a country of seasoned sailors with high standards.

The Oceanis 46.1 shares a rare balance between elegance, clever features, comfort and performance. Based on a drawing by Finot-Conq, the Oceanis 46.1 employs the much-applauded stepped hull of the 51.1. This is a major development of the line, with a shape widening to the bow, freeing up unbelievable interior space without altering the performance under sail. The incredible amount of space on deck and inside, as well as the particularly clever choice of fittings, all in an elegant style by Nauta Design, set the Oceanis 46.1 apart.

On deck, the cockpit is a great deal larger than on other yachts on the market with the space are skilfully distributed. The large cockpit table is designed for up to eight people and also cleverly houses the life raft.

Whilst sailing, manoeuvres have been made much easier by grouping the winches at the helm, creating a large space to unwind on either side of the companionway. Delivering that mix between sailing and relaxing, there are with two elegant reclining sun loungers together with drinks holders. When it is time for a nap, these can easily be lifted and taken to the yacht’s bow to relax there instead.

To the aft a single step separates the cockpit from the huge swim platform. This provides easy access to all the pleasures of the sea. You will also love the Plancha grill built into the aft of the helm station, allowing you to cook from the platform or the cockpit.

The additional space in favour of comfort and habitability can be seen in all aspects of the interior. Large hull portholes allow natural light to flood into the heart of the boat. They also provide an excellent view of the horizon. The interior cabinetry can be customized with a choice between brushed light oak or mahogany.

Below there is a separate shower and head, worthy of a much bigger yacht. In the three cabin version, the guest rooms aft of the companionway are the same size. A large port hole and deck hatches bathe them in light.  The generous ceiling height of these cabins allow a layout with bed heads facing in the same direction as the boat.

For the charter market, a five-cabin offer, with two galley layouts and a wide choice of options is available.

Designed to be accessible and easy to use, in addition to the joys of life on board, the Oceanis 46.1 also provides increased safety for all crew types. With internal diagonal shrouds and verticals on the hull side, the split rigging frees a considerable amount of space for movement on deck.

Equipped as standard with an inmast furling system and a self-tailing jib, all the halyards and sheets lead back to two winches on either side of the helm station. The twin rudder system with a fibre steering gives you greater control under sail. In addition to these main features, the different rigging plans and wide range of options mean that each sailing yacht can be customized to match its owner’s identity.