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Fresh Water / Winter Stored Indoors
All of the right gear too !
Electric Genoa Winches
Full Electronics / Air / Heat
Shows Like a One Season old Model
2 Cabin Layout with Optional Storage area aft of Galley !
Specs Builder: Beneteau
Designer: Berret-Racoupeau / Nauta Design
Dimensions LOA: 45 ft 9 in
Beam: 14 ft 9 in
LWL: 42 ft 7 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 9 in
Displacement: 23257 lbs Dry Load Ballast: 6693 lbs
Two Cabin Layout
Engines Total Power: 54 HP Engine
Engine Brand: Yanmar Engine Model: 4JH5CE
Engine Hours: ONLY 211 hrs. !!!
Propeller: Folding propeller
Drive Type: Sail drive Engine
Power: 54 HP
Tanks Fresh Water Tanks: Plastic (151 Gallons) Fuel Tanks: 1 Plastic (53 Gallons) Holding Tanks: 2 Plastic (21 Gallons)
Accommodations Number of double berths: 2
Number of heads: 2
Electric Anchor windlass
Harken H46STCEH Electric Sail Handling Winch Port Coachroof
Harken 46.2 Chrome Electric Genoa Winches
InMast Furling Mainsail
Standard Furling Headsail
Asymmetrical Spinnaker in Sock, with related handling gear
Beneteau Installed Options US Elegance Trim Package
Simrad Electronics Pack:
STANDARD EQUIPMENT CONSTRUCTION
( information to follow is offered as a reference only to new model specs, any info below should be verified upon inspection to be specific to this particular OC 45 or not applicable ? )
General Information from Spec Sheet for 2012 model year OC 45
Design made following European Directive requirements and according to EC certification
Monolithic hull in polyester
Monolithic structural hull liner bonded to the hull
Injection-molded deck in glass fiber/balsa sandwich, covered with diamond-point non-slip coating
Hull-deck join screwed, bonded and trimmed with 1 toe rail
Cast iron keel fixed with bolts and stainless steel backing plates
Rudder hung with glass compound stock
White colored hull - Grey metal hull decoration
DECK EQUIPMENT RIGGING
Standard mast 9/10 anodized aluminum installed on the deck, 2 sets of spreaders
Anodized aluminum boom
Discontinuous stainless steel standing rigging
2 Backstays with turnbuckles
Rigid boom vang
Genoa furling system with drum on the deck
2 Blocks Stand Up on mainsheet arch
2 Genoa tracks with piston adjusted traveller cars
2 Genoa sheet return blocks
Rigging run back to cockpit (except boom topping lift)
Complete running rigging: Main halyard, Genoa halyard with clutch on mast and cleat, Boom topping lift with cleat on mast, Mainsheet, 2 Genoa sheets, 2 Reefing lines, 1 Manual reef
7 Line stoppers
Self-bailing chain locker - Clench bolt - Hatch cover
Single roller stainless steel bow fitting with offset roller
1 12 V - 1000 W Vertical electrical windlass - Remote control
6 Aluminum mooring cleats - Stainless steel deck line protection
Sail Locker Bow
Access through deck hatch T60
Stainless steel ladder
Cubby hole lockers
SAFETY ON DECK
1 Open stainless steel forward pulpit - Step
2 Stainless steel aft pushpits
1 Ring lifebuoy bracket
1 Outboard engine bracket
1 Flag pole socket
Double lifelines and stainless steel stanchions - Door to port and to starboard in lifeline
2 Cockpit locker
2 Lockers in cockpit floor under helm's feet
1 Liferaft locker under helm seat
1 Gas locker for bottle(s) under the port helm seat
Natural solid wood slatted cockpit benches
2 Steering wheel consoles: Stainless steel steering wheels - 900 mm diameter - Leather covered - Steering gear at the helm station - Metal cable transmission system - Stainless steel handrail - Navigation instrument pod (optional instruments) - Glass holder
1 Deck plate for access to tiller system + Power supply access hatch
1 Emergency tiller
2 Steering compass on console
Portside engine control and control panel
Polyester cockpit table - 2 Flaps - Glove boxes - 2 Large storage space - 2 Stainless steel handrails - 12 V Power outlet - Lamp with shade
1 Cold water cockpit shower
1 Fixed composite arch - Built-in lighting
2 Hinged PMMA companionway doors - Sliding hatch made of PMMAÂ
Fully opening transom, convertible into swim platform
Transom opening controlled by electric Ram
Natural solid wood decking on swim platform
1 Stainless steel swim/boarding ladder - Solid wood steps - Folding
Woodwork Alpi Mahogany
Parquet type laminated floors
Cloth hull spar ceilings in salon and cabins
Wooden salon companionway with molded wood hanging steps with non-slip surface
2 Stainless steel handrails
U-shaped salon bench - Double density foam
Central seating on pantograph
Salon table in 1 piece - Varnished wood top with inlay - Aluminum legs
Mirror on bulkhead
Cupboards - Cubby hole lockers and storage along the hull - Storage under bench seats
Cubbyholes with stainless steel beading
2 Panoramic deck house windows with concertina blinds
2 Hull portholes with curtain
2 Opening portholes on coaming in side windows
1 Opening deck hatch with shutter / Mosquito screen
CHART TABLE - PORTSIDE
Sliding, can be configured with the armchairs - Placed against the forward bulkhead, against the galley or between the 2 mobile seats
Table with flap - Molded wood beading
Switch panel on bulkhead for access to electrical functions
1 White reading light / Red
GALLEY - PORTSIDE
1 Stainless steel sink 2 rectangular basins - 1 Mixer tap cold water / hot water, under pressure
1 Gas stove 2 burners - Stainless steel oven on mountings - Stainless steel protection handrail
1 85 L ice box / 22 US Gal, top opening
1 12 V 130 L refrigerator / 34 US Gal, front opening
Fitted cupboards and closed cubbyholes (Shelving, Garbage bin)
1 Lower cupboard: 1 Drawer - 2 Shelves
1 Opening portlight with curtains in side windows in the coaming
Storage space along the hull
STARBOARD AFT CABIN
1 Double bed - Marine mattress
Access door to starboard aft washroom
Cupboards - Hanging locker - Closed cubbyholes
Storage on both sides of berth
1 Hull portholes with curtain
1 Cockpit windows with curtains
1 Cockpit porthole with curtain
1 Flush deck hatch with shutter / Mosquito screen
STARBOARD AFT HEAD COMPARTMENT
Access through salon and the starboard aft cabin
Separate shower - 1 Mixing tap hot water / Cold water
1 Rigid holding tank 80L / 21 US Gal
Sink - 1 Mixing tap hot water / Cold water
1 Opening portlight with curtains in side windows in the coaming
AFT-PANTRY (PORT AFT)
Access via galley
Large storage area (Numerous cupboards, Shelves, Drawers)
Access door to port cockpit locker
1 Flush deck hatch with shutter / Mosquito screen
Central double bed
Hanging lockers - Glove box - Cubby hole locker - Lower cupboard - Stowage under platform
3 Flush deck hatches with shutter / Mosquito screen
2 Hull portholes with curtain
STARBOARD FORWARD HEAD COMPARTMENT
Access through forward cabin
Manual marine toilet
Moulded basin - Shower mixer tap hot / Cold waterSeparate shower - 1 Mixing tap hot water / Cold water
1 Flush deck hatch with shutter / Mosquito screen
Engine Yanmar Diesel 54 HP
Engine control - Control panel at the port cockpit helm
Engine compartment: Soundproofing foam - Ventilation: 1 air intake and 1 air outlet
1 Alternator 12 V / 80 Ah
1 Rotomoulded diesel tank 200 L / 53 US Gal (under port aft berth) - Electronic gauge - Low-level alarm - 1 Deck filler
Filters: Sea water - Diesel - Decanter
1 Engine access through companionway (opening with 2 gas pistons) - 2 Engine access through aft cabins (access panels in walls)
12 V Circuit
2 Service batteries (110 Ah) - 1 Engine battery (110 Ah)
1 Charge divider
12 V Electrical panel (Fuses - Voltmeter - Water gauge - Fuel gauge - Battery warning - Fuel warning - Water warning)
1 12 V Power outlets
Lighting: Overhead lights - Reading lights - Reading light White/red - White strip lighting
navigation lights: 1 Forward and aft navigation lights - 1 Engine navigation light / Deck light forward of mast - 1 Mooring light on masthead
Full 120 V system
- (Shore power socket)
1 Rotomolded freshwater tank (330 L / 87 US Gal Forward cabin) - 1 Deck filler
Water pressure system - Expansion tank - Inline filter
40 L Electric water heater / 11 US Gal (engine run)
1 Rigid holding tank 80L / 21 US Gal
Delayed shower draining and electric shower drain pumps
1 Electric bilge pump - 1 Manual bilge pump
1 Electric ice box drain pump
1 Gas bottle box in the cockpit
Regulator and solonoid
In addition to introducing and expanding its new Sense line of family cruisers over the past two years, Beneteau has also revitalized its ever-popular Oceanis line. The new Oceanis 45 has been particularly successful, having snagged the prestigious European Sailboat of the Year award in the family cruiser category for 2012. Superficially, the Sense and new Oceanis design concepts seem quite similar, as both feature sleek, beamy hulls with hard chines above the waterline, mainsheet arches and low-profile coach roofs. In fact, the Oceanis concept is much more conventional, with accommodations running all the way aft and an interior that is deeper and more segregated from the cockpit. As such, the new Oceanis 45 should appeal to cruisers looking for a solid boat with modern styling and a traditional range of layout options.
The hull is solid fiberglass set in polyster, while the deck, also fiberglass, is injection-molded and cored with end-grain balsa. The hull-deck joint is bonded with adhesive and fastened with screws. The hull is stiffened with a monolithic inner structural molding that is bonded in place. The keel, with cast-iron ballast, is bolted on with stainless steel fasteners and backing plates. The stock for the single spade rudder is fiberglass. The 9/10ths fractional rig features an aluminum mast with double spreaders and discontinuous stainless steel standing rigging.
The deck and cockpit layout is clean and functional. All hatches forward of the companionway are flush with the deck, in the contemporary style. All working lines run aft, with the jibs sheets coming to self-tailing winches on the cockpit coamings within easy reach of the twin helm stations aft. All other lines, including mainsail controls, come to a pair of winches on the coach roof either side of the companionway.
The cockpit is very wide, but is bifurcated by a large fixed table with folding leaves, so crew can easily brace themselves to windward when the boat is heeled. This table has two insulated storage compartments, and our test boat had a multi-function nav display mounted in a module at its aft end, where it could be easily viewed from either helm station.
Helm ergonomics are good, with clear sightlines forward and a mix of comfortable steering positions. A long bench seat directly abaft the wheels makes it easy for others to come aft and socialize with the helmsperson.
The cockpits most impressive feature is the electrically controlled full-width fold-down transom. With just a touch of a button, the entire transom, including that bench seat behind the helms, folds down flat to form an immense teak-covered beach that sits nearly flush with the water. This will make it very easy for small pets and even infants to crawl on and off the boat from a tender.
There are four interior layouts, ranging from two profligate charter configurations (four staterooms with two heads, or three staterooms with three heads) to two more moderate plans (three staterooms with two heads or two staterooms with two heads). Our test boat had the two-stateroom layout, which is definitely the one to pick if you value stowage space. In lieu of a second aft stateroom to port, this plan includes both a commodious pantry and an enormous storage room abaft the galley that can also be accessed from the cockpit.
Both the moderate layouts have short settees to port, forward of the galley, which feature a clever sliding combination end-table/nav-table that can be positioned between or at either end of the two seats. This is very versatile, but if you pine for a dedicated nav space, you will probably be disappointed with it. The charter layouts both have long in-line galleys to port with no nav space whatsoever.
The aft staterooms are well conceived, with lots of light and headroom and proper double berths that dont have bites taken out of them to accommodate the engine space. The forward stateroom, taking up a full third of the boats interior, is fabulous, with lots of private storage, a generous island double berth and a private ensuite head and shower.
I sailed the boat in very good conditions on Narragansett Bay. Our test boat had an in-mast furling mainsail and a 104 percent jib, and in 13-17 knots of apparent wind, we made 7 knots at an apparent wind angle of 35 degrees. Pinching to 30 degrees, we still managed 6.5 knots, and bearing away to 60 degrees we hit 7.7 knots.
Turning off the wind onto a flat reach, our speed ranged from 5.7 to 7 knots in 8-12 knots of true wind. On a broad reach at a 140 degree angle in 8 knots of apparent wind, our speed was 5.3 knots.
Helm response was generally precise with good feedback. While sailing close-hauled, the single rudder did lose its grip in one moderate gust, so we balanced the helm by increasing tension on the mainsail halyard. In stronger winds I expect you will need to reef early to keep the rudder working properly. This boat has a very wide stern and I suspect it would benefit from having twin rudders, like the boats in the Sense line.
The Oceanis 45 is powered by a 54hp Yanmar diesel engine and can be ordered with Beneteaus new Dock & Go drive system. This marries a rotating saildrive leg with a bow thruster and joystick control that makes it possible to drive the boat sideways (or in any other direction) with your fingertips. This is a pricey option (approximately $15,000), but will be valued by those who dislike maneuvering sailboats at close quarters under power.
Driving our test boat in open water away from the docks in Newport, I found it performed well. We carried a speed of 7.2 knots running the engine at 2,150 rpm, and at full revs of 3,000 rpm we ran at a crisp 8.6 knots.
The Oceanis 45 is an attractive, well-conceived cruising boat that should appeal to sailors who like clean modern styling combined with more conventional accommodation plans. The large, practical fold-down transom will be particularly seductive to families who like to spend time in the water; it will also find favor with those who put a premium on easy tender access.
Beneteau Oceanis 45By Andrew Cross On October 16, 2014
A few summers ago I signed on to crew aboard the brand new Beneteau Oceanis 45 on the delivery leg between the Newport, RI boat show and the Norwalk, CT boat show. Itâ€™s a run of about 140 miles across Block Island Sound and down Long Island Sound, which we planned to do in a straight shot through the night. That sounded like fun and would be a great way to get to really test the new Berret-Racoupeau designed cruising sloop.
But Irene got in the way. She was a wicked fall hurricane that slammed into mid-Atlantic and New England coastlines and left in her wake a mass of waterborne debris. Everything from trees to refrigerators could be found floating in the waters along the coast, so we made the decision to make the delivery a two-day affair.
We set off from Newport in the early afternoon with the 54 horsepower Yanmar and three-bladed fixed prop shunting us along at 6.5 knots as we maintained a constant 2200 rpms the break in revs for the new engine. There were five of us aboard, including me, the delivery skipper and his mate, and two prospective buyers who had flown in to Newport just to make this trip. Needless to say, we were overstaffed. But that was fine, as we all fit into the huge cockpit or around the saloon dinette table with room to spare.
The Oceanis 45 is the little sister to the new Oceanis 50 that debuted last year. The themes that made that boat so popular have been refined in the new 45-footer. The mainsheet runs to an arch at the forward end of the cockpit, so the cockpit is not obstructed by the sheet and tackle as you tack or jibe.
The 45 has an attractive cockpit table trimmed in teak, with a pod at its aft end for the chartplotter. Five of us ate comfortably around the table and we could have fit three more in a pinch.
The 45 has a nearly full-beam folding transom that works as an aft bench when it is up and as a huge water-sports platform when lowered. It is large enough for swimming and sunning, using SCUBA gear or rigging a sailing dinghy. The ladder is demountable and is designed like a swimming pool ladder so it is really easy to climb.
All of the working sheets and control lines lead aft to the cockpit and most run through conduits on the cabintop to winches on both sides of the companionway. As we motored out of Narragansett Bay, we rolled out the in-mast roller-furling mainsail and trimmed for motorsailing. The afternoon sea breeze had stalled, so we were forced to motor for a couple of hours as we rounded Point Judith and steamed along the coast to Fishers Island Sound. With the sail full, our speed bumped up nicely to 7 knots.
Finally, as the sun was getting low, the breeze kicked in and we were able to put the boat through her paces and sail the last 10 miles to our destination in Mystic, CT. Fishers Island Sound is a large, protected body of water with reefs and sand bars, so we tacked carefully to windward along the island shore. The 45 handled well under full main and genoa. The beamy hull, with the extra beam at the chine aft, stood up very nicely to the puffs and was happiest sailing very flat.
One of the benefits of the roller furling sails on both the main and the genoa is the ability for you to dial in just as much sail power as you need. With the new vertical batten, roller mainsails, or with a in-boom furling main, you can roll in just as much sail as you want to keep the helm balanced and the boat trimmed for optimum speed. If you are used to sailing narrow older designs that like to sail upwind at 15 degrees of heel or more, then the almost flat sailing angles of modern designs like the Oceanis 45 will be a pleasant adjustment.
Storage on deck is often an issue in boats with two aft cabins and a full width forward cabin. In the 45, lockers have been included under the cockpit sole aft, under the cockpit seats and in a huge locker forward of the forward cabin. This garage is deep and large enough for all of your fenders, docking lines, a couple of spinnakers, and possibly a couple of folding bikes.
The chain locker has the windlass built in under the lifting hatch cover so it is out of the way when sailing. The locker is large enough for 250 feet of chain and there is also room for a second rope-chain rode and a second anchor.
We sailed the 45 upwind for a while and found that she tacked easily inside 90 degrees and was capable of 7+ knots in 12 knots of breeze. Off the wind, as we headed toward Mystic, she slid along nicely at 7 to 8 knots and was easy to steer even through some strong puffs.
Like the Oceanis 50, the 45 feels like a big boat underfoot and has plenty of space on deck for a big sailing party. But, the boat sails well and is simple and easy to handle for a couple or even a singlehander.
The Oceanis 45 has two cabin variations. The boat we sailed had a large master cabin forward with its own head and two quarter cabins aft. You can also opt to have only one quarter cabin, which converts the port cabin into a huge sail and storage locker. The two-cabin layout will work well for owners who will be living aboard for long periods and may want to add a genset, extra tankage, and all of the sundry gear and equipment cruisers always collect along the way. The aft cabins are large by any standard. The berths are wide and long enough for standard-issue Americans and there is plenty of headroom. Quarter cabins can be dark and cavernous, but the 45â€™s designers solved this problem by adding large windows with shades facing aft into the cockpit and ample ventilation via the deck hatch and opening port.
The forward cabin has a queen-size double berth on the centerline so you can make the bed easily from the sides and climb in and out without trampling your bedmate. The storage and hanging lockers offer plenty of space for a couples clothing and stuff, and the large drawer under the berth will be a great home for linens, blankets and offseason clothing.
Both of the heads on the 45 have separate shower stalls that are partitioned with bi-fold acrylic doors. The forward head is slightly smaller than the aft head, but is still plenty large enough for all of its intended purposes. The after head will double as the wet locker for foul weather gear while underway since it is at the foot of the companionway ladder.
The saloon has the L-shaped galley to port, a bench settee to port and the eight-person dinette to starboard. At the foot of the companionway, the galley is well lit, well ventilated and has plenty of storage space for living aboard. There is a top-loading fridge-freezer and a side-loading fridge, so you will never run out of cool beverages and can carry a lot of perishables for the long haul. The double sinks are outboard, so they may not drain when hard on the starboard tack; but if they dont drain, the skipper has probably got the main strapped in too tightly, which makes the boat heel more than it should!
It is interesting that chart tables have gradually disappeared from modern cruising boats over the last decade. Now that most of us navigate with chartplotters in the cockpit, that means that we also have our paper charts, tide tables and cruising guides in the cockpit in fine weather. This makes sense. On the 45, the port settee is the nominal chart table and has been configured with a creative system of three folding seats that each convert into a table. So, you can have three side-by-side seats or you can flip up a table to create a chart table, or a serving table next to the galley, or a card table between two forward and aft seats. Radios, sat phones, instrument repeaters and other nav instruments can be mounted in the cabinet above the seats.
The fit and finish of the new Beneteau has been styled by Nauta Design with a very modern, somewhat angular look. The veneer on the boat we sailed was a teak-like wood called Alpi that has a uniform grain and very consistent color. The interior is warm and nods to tradition but is still very 2011.
Four of us slept on the boat that night one in each of the separate cabins, and I on the bench in the dinette. This worked well and if anyone snored, no one complained, or possibly no one heard it.
The new production boats coming in from Europe, where the companies are coming out with new models every year, are evolving quickly. The extremely wide transoms and now the chines we see in the Oceanis 45 and other production boats look massive next to a more traditional boat. The high topsides and low cabintops add to the visual mass of the boats, so they again look huge in comparison to traditional designs. Yet, form follows function. The new designs sail flatter and faster and are easier to sail than traditional boats, and the accommodations below are simply vaster and more comfortable.
Modern production techniques and economies of scale allow companies like Beneteau to buy materials, gear, spars and engineering at very competitive prices, which allows them to pass along savings to their owners. In our view, the value proposition of the new Oceanis 45 and other boats in this category has never been better. In the Oceanis 45, you really do get a lot of boat and a lot of ocean sailing capability for a very reasonable price.
by George Day
The Beneteau Oceanis 45 features a design engineered by French architect Finot-Conq. The visible chine lines appear about half way up the freeboard, and run for two-thirds the length of the hull. The addition of the slight chine increases stability and tracking as well as overall space both on deck and below. Such a design gives buyers an added sense of space when compared against a traditional hull design, and allots for larger parties and gear depending on the buyersâ€™ mission.The Oceanis 45 comes in four different cabin configurations all of which highlight different functions and goals.
Layout Configuration A offers the most amount of private sleeping space providing four separate quarters for guests. The expanded portside galley allows two people to work at once, unlike many U-shaped galleys. Both heads are wet heads.Layout Configuration B seems ideal for cruisers featuring a master stateroom forward with an en suite and built-in hanging locker. Instead of having a third cabin aft, Beneteau left the space unfinished for additional storage of gear and sails. In this configuration, the owner gains an added bench with a settee featured alongside the galley.Layout Configuration C is a good combination of private sleeping spaces with en suite heads. The forward cabin serves as the master stateroom and has a separate shower stall.Layout Configuration D features a little bit of everything with a master suite forward, two births that share a head aft, and an expanded amount of sitting space with the inclusion of an added bench, settee and galley.
Beneteau offers varying accessories focused around the buyers mission. All of the configurations listed above change the layout below, but the cockpit and deck above remain standard. The primary components that change depending on the layout configuration are the number of berths the buyer desires along with the amount of sitting space vs. expanded galley. For those interested in chartering or heavy entertainment, the option of four heads, each tied to a berth seems like a strong fit for such a mission. If the buyerâ€™s mission is cruising, four berths may not be necessary, but thatâ€™s the beauty of the Beneteau Oceanis 45, the adaptability is noteworthy.
A deck view highlights the location of the mast and necessary rigging. Notice how the mast is closer to the center of effort of the boat as compared to a traditional sloop rig where the mast would be farther forward. This rig design also makes sail-handling easier.
The Oceanis 45 On Deck Standard Sails.
The standard configuration of the Oceanis 45 comes with three different sails, the classic mainsail (538 sq. ft./50 sq. m), 104% genoa (538 sq. ft./50 sq. m). The mainsail comes with a lazy jack system and zipping lazy bag. The lazy jacks and lazy bag do most of the work when dropping sail. The genoa forward is on a furling system.
Beneteau offers asymmetric spinnaker rigging, as well as a code 0 sail on the furler for those interested in maximizing knots and occasional racing. A self-tacking jib is an available option. This feature is useful for those who are single-handing, or simply looking for less work while underway. The buyer also has the option of an anodized mast furling system that would replace the lazy jacks on the mainsail. Again the buyer gains the convenience of quickly furling sail, but loses horizontal battens and some roach due to the roller furling system.
Two self-tailing genoa sheet winches (H50.2 STC) are located directly aft to the dual helm stations. An additional two self-tailing coach roof winches (H40.2 STC) manage halyards and additional running lines. For those buyers looking for added luxury, the builder offers electric genoa sheet winches (H46.2 STCEH) making sail trim effortless and extremely accurate with the push of a button.
The picture above highlights the standard rigging configuration for the Oceanis 45. Notice how the genoa sheets are run directly to the dual helm stations. The main sheet is connected to the mainsail arch keeping lines out of the cockpit and allowing for easy adjustments to the mainsail via the two coach mounted winches.All tasks involved with the mainsail and trim are done through the dual winches and cam cleats mounted on the coach deck.
The mainsail is handled completely through the winches on the coach rooftop, and the actual rigging is attached to a mainsail arch that keeps the companionway free from intrusions. The main halyard, mainsheet, outhaul, downhaul, and boom vang are all adjusted from the same set of dual winches.
Not having a traveler on the coach roof allows for larger cockpit and a longer companionway hatch, which Beneteau uses to provide a gentler angle to the companionway stairs 45-degrees instead of a more typical 60-degrees.
The mainsail arch frees the cockpit or coach roof from being divided by a traveler. This allows for free movement within the cockpit and from the cockpit to the upper deck. The boom is over 7' (2.13 m) above the cockpit deck.
Dual helms feature leather-wrapped wheels with dual compasses and matching electronics. Notice how the genoa sheets fall into built in compartments for easy storage.
These self-tailing winches are located on both the port and starboard side within easy reach of the helmsman or crew sitting in the cockpit. These winches manage the genoa sheets, asymmetrical spinnaker if used, and the roller furling line.
This is a big cockpit for a 45 (13.7 m) boat. Note the wide passageway between the table with leaves folded down and the cockpit seats.
There are two helms that back up to a full-width bench with teak inlays. This bench also transforms into a full-beam swim platform with ladder.
When sailing short-handed as many cruisers often do, the captain can be positioned near the genoa winch allowing for easy access to sail trim and boat position without having to move from the wheel. Sailors often prefer to sit either to leeward or windward, either way this can only be accomplished with dual wheels. Should the buyers mission focus around chartering and teaching, it can be very handy having two wheels and dual instrumentation.
Each helm includes an additional handrail and compass as well as space for electronics. The downside to two helms is the minor cost of added electronics, however, with todays networking and high-tech navigation, everything can sync or function independently.
Steering from Leeward or Windward.
Such a feature allows the captain to optimize his view of the sails, seas, and competition should the buyer be interested in racing. Often that means steering from leeward for added views of tell tails and sail position, but also from the windward depending on conditions and starting line position.
Having two wheels located outboard obviously becomes advantageous when maneuvering alongside a dock. Engine controls are located on the portside helm.
Both helm stations hug the outward bulwark, allowing for increased visibility and convenience. A teak inlay bench aft allows for ample seating and easy maneuvering from one side to another.
Helm and Cockpit Seating.
Dual bench seats flow down either side of the cockpit and are separated with a permanent folding table. Both bench seats are finished with teak inserts and lift to reveal dual lazarettes for storage of lines, emergency gear and fenders. The overall design keeps all lines under load out of the cockpit and away from guests, should a line snap or give way. The folding polyester cockpit table features an oddments locker, storage space, steel handrails and a 12V socket â€“ lamp with shade. The aft bench seat also lifts to reveal a life raft locker.
A standard chartplotter is affixed to the built-in polyester table. This central position allows for easy viewing from both binnacle stations.
Stern Boarding Platform with Swim Ladder.
A fully opening transom converts to a spacious swim platform equal to the beam of the boat. The electronically controlled platform opens and closes with a switch, and features a natural solid wood deck. The swim platform also features a stainless swim/boarding ladder with solid wood steps that fold upon closure.
This design maximizes
cockpit seating without sacrificing the space necessary for a traditional fixed platform. The folding transom is also the perfect height for boarding, and contains a built-in step that welcomes one into the large self-draining cockpit. Because of its height itâ€™s also ideal for dinghies, floating docks, and sunbathing.
Wood slatted steps are an added luxury on the stainless steel ladder. Slatted steps are easier for feet to grip and significantly gentler than traditional bars.
Hull Shape The hull
, designed by Finot-Conq, carries a wide 14â€™9â€ (4.50 m) beam all the way aft. The hard-chine widens the boat above the waterline where it increases interior and cockpit space. Her hard-chine also maximizes stability and overall handling while underway.
The boat is narrower at the waterline therein reducing drag while underway under power or in light air. Because of the narrow angle the boat can heel slightly in light wind with minimal wetted surface, less drag and an increase in overall speed. When the wind picks up and the boat heels, the chine puts progressively more beam in the water, which provides buoyancy aft to reduce heeling and increase control.The Oceanis 45 is designed to sail on her lines without an excessive amount of heel. This design parameter is a breath of fresh air for those uncomfortable with the concept of a sailboat heeling excessively.
Even in heavier conditions the boat rests comfortably on the hard chine. Also note the added buoyancy aft, a great feature for following seas.
The galley contains all necessary equipment to cook and serve, as well as a freezer and plenty of cabinet space.
The efficient galley is available in two of the four layouts, and allows for additional seating as well as a settee that doubles as a navigation station. The L-shaped galley contains a gray laminate cooking surface, and features a stainless steel sink, dual stainless steel burners, a 22 gallon (86 L) ice box and a 34 gallon (130 L) refrigerator. Fitted lockers and closed shelving are finished in an Alpi wood, and additional storage space can be found along the hull.
The full galley removes the extra seating and settee/navigation station, expanding the gray laminate into the saloon area. The primary kitchen components are the same, with the addition of added cabinetry above. Parquet type laminate floors run throughout the galley into the saloon and berths giving the cabin an open feel.The full galley becomes mandatory should the buyer be interested in adding a third head aft. With such an addition, the whole galley is slid forward to accommodate the added head. This configuration seems promising for entertaining and overnighting where the added private quarters are important. Also, two people can easily work in the space.
The open salon features a U-shaped saloon bench with double density foam, and a saloon table finished in one piece of varnished wood with inlays and aluminum legs. Central cube seating easily slides into place, allowing for a clear companionway when not in use, and brings an added sense of functionality to the space. The saloon table is surrounded by portholes and panoramic deckhouse windows that allow for plenty of light to enter the cabin.
The wood bulkheads of the mahogany interior create a warm feel.A large window surrounded with cupboards provides plenty of light and extra storage space.
Navigation Station and Moveable Seating.
The seating on the port side of the boat can slide into several different positions, depending on the buyers mission. They can either slide against the forward bulkhead, against the aft bulkhead, or between the settee/navigation station with molded wood fiddle. On the portside next to the navigation station, we find a switch panel on the bulkhead for access to electrical functions, and a white or red reading light.
The builder added a sense of functionality.
with an adjustable seating configuration. Specifically, the portside can now double as an additional sofa, separate chairs, or as an office desk/navigation station. Added storage is also found behind the seats.
Both seats slide on a platform and easily adjust depending on the ownerâ€™s mission. The navigation station/settee can be configured numerous ways as well. Notice where the builder placed the reading lights. In either of the corners, the settee could double as a desk or office space.
The Captainâ€™s Quarters forward features a central double bed, as well as hanging lockers, a valet tray, cubby hole lockers, and a base cabinet stowage underneath the bed platform. Three flush deck hatches with blinds and mosquito nets allow for a refreshing breeze on those cool nights, and dual portholes with curtains add extra light to an already welcoming space.Notice how much storage the builder is able to fit into this space. This particular set up would be perfect for cruisers or weekenders looking to carry added belongings. This particular configuration also features an en suite head, accessible exclusively through the Captainâ€™s Quarters.
The forward stateroom boats ample storage cabinets utilizing the bow flare, and the space underneath the access steps on either side of the berth. Note the dual gooseneck reading lights for added comfort on either side of the bed.
Beneteau has left the aft section of the cabin up to the buyers discretion. As mentioned in the above diagrams, the cabin can be configured with dual berths aft, or a single berth aft and space for storage on the opposing side. The buyer also has the option of including one additional head aft or dual heads aft.
This particular setup would be ideal for chartering or frequent entertaining where multiple berths were important. Both aft berths feature a double bed, access doors to aft head, cupboards, hanging lockers, and closed shelving. Both spaces also feature a porthole with curtain, as well as a cockpit window and a flush deck hatch.
Even in the aft berths the builder has allotted for decent storage and lighting. We also like how the flush cockpit window is non-intrusive, yet available to provide air in what would otherwise be a stuffy space.
Head and Shower Option.
The Oceanis 45 can be configured with up to four heads, depending on the buyers mission. Each head has direct access to a berth. All contain separate showers with hot and cold water, and a manual marine toilet. Added features include a washroom cabinet, at least one mirror, toilet accessories, cupboard and at least one opening port light or deck hatch.
We like the addition of a separate shower space as it adds to the luxury feel of the boat. Also notice how the Alpi wood continues between the entire cabin and the head.The portholes that bring natural lighting into the saloon and other below deck areas on the Oceanis 45
The Oceanis 45 comes standard with a 54-hp Yanmar diesel featuring Sail Drive. The boat has shown to be very manageable with the Sail Drive and bow thruster.
The Beneteau Oceanis 45 comes standard with the classic mainsail and a 104% genoa.
While it is common for builders to offer an array of options to customize a boat to an ownerâ€™s needs, Beneteau has truly gone above and beyond. While the typical builder offers components in packages, Beneteau allows the owner to select options piece by piece. This allows buyers to get into the best boat for them and their cruising plans.Our advice to buyers is to always go bigger rather than getting a boat that is â€œexactlyâ€ the right size â€“ because too often the â€œright sizeâ€ boat ends up being too small. Then, a second boat will be bought. By going bigger first, buyers can avoid the added expense of buying two boats.