A large monohull designed for outdoor living with minimal visual separation between saloon and cockpit areas. Beneteau’s new Sense 57 is the latest in this distinctive range that places the saloon and galley areas right at the aft end of the accommodation. The saloon is bright and well lit, with a dining/lounging area to port and a very large and well appointed galley to starboard. Anyone standing in the saloon or galley is almost at eye level with those sitting in the cockpit, which makes for easy communication and significantly improves the social aspect compared to most monohull designs. There are three generous en suite cabins forward of the saloon, including a spacious owner’s suite right forward. Alternatively one cabin can be replaced with a well appointed office area. Watch our First Look Video of the Beneteau Sense 57 filmed at the London Boat Show.


On deck

The lack of cabins beneath the cockpit means that freeboard can be reduced, which helps make the boat lighter and gives a more secure feel to the cockpit. The single most striking features on deck is the semi-hard Bimini top, which is designed to shelter the entire cockpit area from both sun and bad weather. It allows the degree of protection be altered by simply opening or closing fabric elements overhead and on each side. There’s also a pop-up outdoor galley area under the helm seats.
Twin rudders, allied to bow and stern thrusters promise predictable handling both under sail and when manoeuvring under power. There’s a choice of easily handled sail plans, including options for a self-tacking jib, Code Zero and asymmetric spinnaker.

Beneteau Sense 57

The semi hard top gives great protection but also has canvas sections that can be opened up.

What it does best

The Sense range may not be to everyone’s taste, however, it’s among the most successful monohulls that attempt to minimise the distinction between indoor and outdoor living. This is nothing new in the catamaran world some of the latest of which, such as Bavaria’s Nautitech 46, provide almost seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor areas. Nevertheless not everyone wants and multihull and there are some locations, notably some of the busier parts of the Mediterranean, where a monohull is significantly more convenient.

Beneteau Sense 57 saloon

A low bridge deck and large bulkhead windows help to soften the distinction between the saloon and cockpit.


The most obvious drawback of the arrangement is the lack of quarter cabins under the cockpit. This means the Beneteau Sense 57 offers less accommodation volume than other boats of its length, so it’s not an ideal choice if you need to maximise the number of berths.

Other models in the range

The Sense 57 is a development of the earlier Sense 55. The other model in the current range is the new Sense 51, while older models include the Sense 43 and 46. For more information visit Beneteau.

Beneteau Sense 57 specifications

LOA (with bowsprit) 17.78m
LOA (without sprit) 17.31m
Hull length 16.80m
L.W.L. 15.93m
Beam 4.97m
Deep draught 2.40 m
Deep keel ballast weight 4,900kg
Shallow draught 1.85 m
Shallow keel ballast weight 5,500 kg
Air draught 23.91m
Light displacement (EC) 18,780kg
Fuel capacity (standard) 415 litres
Fuel capacity (Optional equipment) 415 litres
Fresh water capacity (standard) 640 litres
Fresh water capacity (Optional equipment) 330 litres
Engine power 80 or 110hp
Mainsail 74sq m
Furling mainsail 69sq m
Genoa (105 %) 78.5sq m
Asymmetric spinnaker 208.3sq m
Code Zero 115sq m
Self-tacking jib 59sq m
Staysail 34sq m

See our other Beneteau reviews, like the Beneteau Oceanis 38.1 review and Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 video: first look.

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.