The latest new cruiser from French builders Beneteau, follows on from the launch of the Oceanis 38 at the end of 2013. Watch Rupert Holmes in this Beneteau Oceanis 35 video to see for yourself the various configurations available to buyers. (For more details, see the review article: Beneteau Oceanis 35: cruiser of your choice.)




Like the Oceanis 38, the 35 comes in three basic configurations with dozens of optional extras. In theory you could start with the most basic daysailer version and keep adding the extras until you reach a fully-specified cruiser. There are some conditions, but the idea is to allow each individual buyer to include or remove as he or she sees fit.

See the full-length Beneteau Oceanis 38 review also on

The daysailer version of the Oceanis 35, which is shown in the video is the most radical in design. Most noticeably, down below, there is no forward bulkhead, which creates a completely open-plan saloon for socialising.

As standard, the daysailer comes without the mainsheet arch or the teak cockpit. However, as mentioned already, almost every option is available to almost every basic set-up.

The weekender and cruiser versions look more traditional below decks and all three versions have aft cabins (one or two optional). The buying process is fairly long-winded with the number of decisions that need to be made, but staff are being trained to advise buyers on the most suitable ways to specify the boat for the type of sailing they want to do.

If you enjoyed this Beneteau Oceanis 35 video, look out for the full-length review coming soon on, or you might also enjoy the Rustler 37 video, or the full-length GT35 review.

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.