Sept 10, 2020

Oceanis 54 TransomThe Oceanis Yacht 54, younger sister of the Oceanis 62, embodies the innovation that has always been a hallmark of the Beneteau brand, while continuing to remain loyal to the Yacht range ethos: elegance, luxurious accommodations, and unrivaled performance. Capitalizing on experience gained with the enormously popular Oceanis range, as well as the trend-setting new First Yacht 53, her architects, Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento, have created a masterpiece that seamlessly blends form and function into a yacht that is exhilarating under sail, easy to shorthand, and comfortable both at sea and in port.

Under SailThe yacht features cutting-edge technology such as Ship Control (a simple interface that accesses all the boat's systems); Dock&Go Joystick harbor-side maneuvering); and Harken's AST (automatic sail trimming), all of which firmly set Beneteau at the vanguard of the industry. By incorporating a standard feature of the Oceanis range - the mainsail arch - the OY54's cockpit is completely open, allowing for intuitive movement, comfort, and space; indeed, the flush cockpit occupies more than a third of the full deck area. Passage from the companionway down the centerline to the side-decks is absolutely unimpeded, and transit to the foredeck is made safe by the boat's high bulwarks and lifelines, as well as the generous width of the catwalks.

HelmTo simplify maneuvers both at the harbor and underway, Beneteau has e9uipped the Ocean is Yacht 54 with the invaluable Easy Sailing navigational aids. Ship Control is standard on the yacht and provides user-friendly intuitive control of all the boat data and components (batteries, tanks, engines, lighting, etc.). The well-proven Dock & Go system is also available to facilitate engine-powered maneuvers in a limited space, using a straightforward joystick control which operates a bow drive and a 360° rotating saildrive pod. You can use the amazing Harken AST (assisted sail trim) to trim the sails automatically in line with the apparent wind and trim the jib when you need to change tack. The AST system is controlled from a display in the cockpit.

InteriorThe Oceanis Yacht 54, destined for the cruising life, is available with two different draughts (2.5 m as standard,1.95 m on option) and two types of masts (standard or in-furling). In both cases, Easy Sailing will make all maneuvers much easier, so that the crew can focus on the real pleasure of sailing.

LIGHT OAK OR WALNUT INTERIOR WITH THREE CABINS

The MasterLorenzo Argento's watchword in designing this yacht was to create a warm modern atmosphere with as much natural light and ventilation as possible. The Oceanis Yacht 54's interior layout offers a chart desk and large saloon table which easily accommodates six adults. The interior can be built in two different wood tones, light oak or the more traditional walnut.

Two versions are available: three cabins and two heads, or three cabins and three heads with an extra-large forward master cabin, in which it is easy to walk around the double bed (1.6 m wide.)

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