Thursday, February 12, 2009

Beneteau 31- Best Family Cruiser

Beneteau 31 Main Salon

Sail Recently announced their European Boats of the Year. Their recipient of the 'Best Family Cruiser' category was the Beneteau 31 (known as the Beneteau Oceanis 31 in Europe).

Entering at a size that is traditionally considered optimum for a 'starter boat', the "31" is rich in features that are afforded to the larger boats in the Beneteau Series.

Karma Yacht Sales currently has a Beneteau 31 in stock. Give us a call to set up some time to see what everyone is talking about.

Enclosed is the article :

European Yachts of the Year - judged on fitness for purpose

Thinking of embarking on a yacht purchase? Sail-World Cruising brings you the European Yachts of the Year for 2009. They were judged by a panel of journalists from some of Europe's leading sailing magazines. The criteria for the judging centred around six main points:

  • Sailing performance
  • Comfort
  • Construction
  • Quality Design
  • Outstanding technical features
  • Value for money

The winners were announced at the beginning of this year's Dusseldorf International Boat Show in Germany.

A new aspect for this year's judging procedure was the recategorisation of contenders. Instead of merely categorising boats by their length, this year they were categorised by their concept and purpose. This means that you are seeing here below the yachts which were judged on their ability to meet your needs, no matter whether they are for crossing oceans, day sailing, or lazy family comfort.

This year's winners were as follows:

European Yacht of the Year

  • Best Family Cruiser: Bénéteau's Océanis 31
  • Best Performance Cruiser: Arcona 430
  • Best Luxury Cruiser: X-Yachts' XC 45
  • Best Special Yacht: Saffier 26

Oceanis 31 design -

.. . Best Family Cruiser: Bénéteau's Océanis 31 As the range entry model, the Océanis 31 bears a strong family resemblance to its larger siblings by combining elegance with ingenuity for maximum cruising pleasure. It was designed by Finot Conq et associes, with the interior layout and design by Nauta Design. At just 9.66 metres it seeks to fill a gap in the market for family cruising. For more information about the Beneteau Oceanis 31.

To View The Cruising World Video tour of the Benteau 31

To Visit the Beneteau USA link on the Beneteau 31