By John Kerr

The Beneteau Oceanis 38 claims more flexibility than seen before on this size of boat and a new way of looking at below decks, giving the boat an airy loft than a traditional cabin arrangement.

The new Oceanis 38 becomes a day sailer, a weekender or a cruiser aimed at being sailed single-handed, as a couple, with the family or with friends giving the owner the choice of layout. It’s evident by the balanced rig and hull lines featuring a hard chined hull construction on for the full length of the hull moderating angle of heel.  This boat will offer good performance driven  by a balanced sail plan.

Throughout below decks there is a boldly modern feel: taupe textile linings, light-coloured wood and brown oak flooring, giving a light and harmoniously warm atmosphere, thanks to four large hull portholes.

On the Daysailer the view to the bow is completely clear, with large sofas and a deliberately minimalist galley.  As a  weekender -  the Oceanis offers a choice between two layouts (two or three cabins to be fitted out) which the customer configures according to choice: open or closed cabins, separate shower cubicle, fitted galley, extra table inside/out, helm seats, etc., completely personalised, and bursting at the seams with numerous clever and entertaining ideas. And as a Cruiser you can have two or three fitted cabins, a large galley facing the saloon seating six people, and a shower room with separate shower. It’s an original and more traditional layout . 


Naval Architect Finot-Conq Architectes

Interior Design Nauta Design

Length Overall 11.50 m 37'9

Waterline length 10.72 m 35'2

Beam 3.99 m 13'1

Air draught 16.55 m 54'4

Short draught (option) 1.60 m 5'3

Shallow ballast weight 2 060 kg 4,540 lbs

Long draught (Standard) 2.05 m 6'9

Deep ballast weight 1 790 kg 3.945 lbs

Water capacity (max) 330 L 87 US Gal Puissance moteur 30 HP – Elligible for Dock&Go CE certification requested A8/B9/C10 

Price $  $245,000 - $275,000

Photo Captions

1) In order to target a range of different types of sailors, the Oceanis 38 offers 3 possibilities: Week-end, Daily and Cruiser version.

2) Interior of the Beneteau Oceanis 38