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 boats.com 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 boats.com.
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 boats.com, or you might also enjoy the Rustler 37 video, or the full-length boats.com GT35 review.