Beneteau Oceanis 58
words & photos – Kevin Green
Beneteau’s flagship yacht, the new Oceanis 58 brings many innovative features into the large cruising boat market, such as a stylish mainsheet arch, new VW engine and masses of space, yet integrates it all into a vessel that voyaging sailors can manage.

Over 50s – The big European yacht manufacturers have all recently released cruising yachts over 50ft. We decided to get them all together and test them back-to-back. Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling them out so you can see what our testers thought and be able to compare them for yourself.  
— One of the biggest!
One of the largest production yachts currently being built, at 60ft, the Oceanis 58 is an imposing vessel with the kind of option list found on much more expensive custom-built vessels. But as the largest yacht producer in the world the French company is able to use economies of scale to build a competitively-priced boat capable of taking you around the world, and to do it in style. From the drawing board of famed naval architects Berret Racoupeau a high-volume hull was designed that maximised deck space, using novel ideas such as large sugar scoop transom rather than the in-vogue dinghy garages used by competitors, yet the 58 has remained true to the Oceanis philosophy by delivering a cost-effective cruiser that can be easily sailed. To this remit was added the interior design flair of Nauta Design that has resulted in maximum use of below-deck space so that even a crew of 10 wouldn’t feel a crowd.  READ REVIEW