Right in the center of all the excitement of Philadelphia’s waterfront, SailTime Philadelphia members have been enjoying their time on Beneteau’s easy-to-sail and roomy 41-footer.
Offering the best in performance, space, and cruising comfort – the Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 was designed to meet the needs of many, whether it be for a vigorous day of sailing, comfortably hanging at the dock, or an extended live-aboard cruise.
The interior is surprisingly spacious and seems like a much larger boat. The salon has abundant headroom and feels very airy. Plenty of light streams through the over-sized hull windows and overhead opening hatches. With the french doors to the forward cabin open, the boat seems like one long continuous room, stretching from the companionway all the way to the point of the forward V. The chef in the group will surely appreciate the port side L-shaped galley that has plenty of counter space and is laid out for cooking efficiency.
The noticeably angled crease of the hard chine along the hull allows for less heel and provides stability underway. This design brings the width of the beam farther aft, not only increasing the room down below but especially topside in the cockpit. Six or more can sail comfortably all day without getting in each other’s way! Having twin wheels allows the skipper to switch sides and have great visibility while steering from the high side following a tack. The wide drop-down transom provides a secure step to board when the boat is docked stern-to and makes getting back on board following a swim easier. Plus, it provides a great lounging area to sunbathe while at anchor.
The boat can be ordered with either two or three cabins, with the tri-cabin version having the added option of a second private en-suite head in the forward cabin. With the three cabin version, SailTime Philadelphia members can enjoy having a group of people sleep comfortably aboard following one of the city’s exciting waterfront fireworks displays. There is also plenty of space when an overnight trip to the bay is the goal.
When the wind picks up, the added options like in-mast furling and electric winches make reducing sail area easier. Having all the lines led to the cockpit, and the jib winches within easy reach of the helm, single-handing is simpler when underway with non-sailing friends. Having a bow thruster makes docking a low-stress event, especially with an assist from our dockmaster at Penn’s Landing Marina.
Plenty of space, comfort, and a well-appointed vessel are the things we all want in a cruising sailboat. With Beneteau’s Oceanis 41.1, you just may have found it!