The new 45 rewrites the Oceanis design book and is a worthy winner of Europe’s yacht of the Year in the family cruising category.
– Powerful, easily-handled sailplan
– Powered, fully-opening transom/swim platform
– Below decks space
– Slippery cabin sole
– Awkward mainsail stowage
– Small opening ports in the aft cabins
– High performance cruiser/racer that takes the Oceanis brand to a level not previously attained
Not all that long ago an Oceanis wouldn’t venture into competitive club racing fleets without some serious modification, but the new Oceanis 45 changes that situation. Even with the standard kit it’s ready to run around the cans with many of yesterday’s Firsts.
The exciting part of the equation is that this level of performance comes not only without a cruising compromise, but with a cruising benefit. A dart-shaped hull with broad transom means greatly increased cockpit and aft deck space for lounging and sufficient beam to accommodate two large aft cabins.
The bottom line is that this boat can be used in a total cruising style or as a cruiser/racer with very little compromise.
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