With the introduction two years ago of its revamped Oceanis line, Beneteau brought a whole new aesthetic to production boatbuilding. With its bold hull chines, cockpit mainsheet arch and sharp styling, the Oceanis 55 makes its predecessor, the handsome and capable Oceanis 54, look positively dowdy by comparison. There are some visual similarities to the recently introduced Sense 55, but the Oceanis’s layout and design are aimed at more conservatively minded sailors. Modular construction belowdecks allows for a variety of layouts, including a five-cabin, five-head version.
Chartering the U.S. and Spanish Virgins
Flying into Tortola in the British Virgin Islands one December morning, three months after Hurricane Irma, I felt like a war correspondent dispatched to the battlefront rather than a sailing magazine writer on an assignment to go cruising.As my LIAT plane descended toward Beef ...read more