BY APB Staff on 30 Aug 2016

Beneteau’s Oceanis 60 is a revamp of the 58 with several improvements.

THERE IS SIMPLY NO ARGUING with the fact that longer waterlines mean faster cruising miles, so when considering your big trip the Oceanis 60 is a strong contender. The proven Berret Racoupeau hull is now approaching the 100 mark for numbers sold, so Beneteau sensibly didn’t try to fix something that wasn’t broken; just simply improved on it, as I found out when sailing it off Mallorca, Spain. 

Bluewater Thoroughbred 1

The big improvement is the change of the large sugar scoop transom that is replaced by a dinghy garage; rather modest in dimensions but nevertheless a useful place to store a small rubber ducky. For bluewater sailors – the 60 is Category A for 12 people – a secure place to put the tender is welcome when the swells break over the stern, often when the dinghy takes a battering on the davits.

Bluewater Thoroughbred

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