Beneteau Oceanis 45
Posted: November 1, 2012
A trick transom is ready for its close-up
By: Zuzana Prochazka
I first saw the Beneteau Oceanis 45 sailboat at a boat show, where crowds were lining up to see the nearly full-width transom drop down electrically and form a swim platform, thereby adding almost 3 feet to the cockpit. Everyone was recording the transom’s repeated progress up and down, and although I didn’t know where anyone would post this kind of video, I watched — and then fumbled for my smartphone to record what would soon become an award-winning feature.
Cockpit, Deck & Rigging
The Oceanis 45 is the middle sister in the new Beneteau line that includes a 41 and a 48. The Finot-Conq design has kept the plumb bow and sleek profile that are signature Beneteau features, but it has turned the concept of an accessible cockpit on its ear. The push-button transom transforms the aft bench seat into a playground that opens up the cockpit and creates a clean flow from the companionway, past the dual helms, all the way aft and into the water.

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