Beneteau Oceanis 393, Powerful Passagemaker

Beneteau's Oceanis 393

28th May 2004.
By David McCreary

img10996The Beneteau Oceanis 393 is a 39′ passagemaker featuring many of the design and esthetic elements as the Beneteau 473, which won the Cruising World’s Best Production Cruiser award for 2001.

The 393 was the first totally new model to be built at Beneteau’s expanded facility in Marion, S.C. She is a sleek and sophisticated cruiser incorporating a voluminous interior filled with an abundance of light and ventilation.

img10995To create a fast passagemaker, Beneteau turned to a design team with deep experience in both racing and cruising: the French naval architects Berret/Racopeau Yacht Design, based in La Rochelle. Their design portfolio includes a number of 6o’ to 117′ custom bluewater cruisers, in the production cruiser category they drew the lines for the Beneteau 361, Beneteau 381 and the Dufour 50. Their racing boat experience runs the gamut from Mini-Transats to Open 50s and 60s.

The 393 is available in either a 2 or 3 cabin version. The latter splits the aft cabin and moves the galley from port to starboard; there is a loss of some storage space. On both versions the settee is to port, in the 3 cabin version the galley replaces a starboard-side array of cherry finished cabinets and drawer storage.

The raised deck above the salon gives plenty of headroom and great views from down below. There are 7 opening hatches and 7 or 8 opening portholes depending on the version.

img10993Two rig options are available: furling and classic. The furling setup includes both a ProFurl roller furling jib and in-mast furling by US Spars. The mast section is identical in both versions, US Spars adds a furling unit within the same section.

Sails are from Neil Pryde and are their Series 2000 in dacron. There are no battens in the mainsail on the furling version. The 140% roller furling genoa has an anti-UV strip and featured the Neil Pryde multi-track foam luff system.

Power is from a 40hp Westerbeke diesel with a 63 gallon fuel tank.

img10994Specifications

L.O.A. 39’3″ 11.98 m
Hull Length 38’1″ 11.62 m
L.W.L. 35’1″ 10.69m
Beam 13’1″ 3.98m
Displacement 17,152 lbs. 7780 kg
Draft std. 5’1″ 1.55m
Ballast 5357 lbs. 2430kg
Fuel 63 gal. 240L
Water 131 gal. 502L
Auxiliary 40 hp
Standard Sail Area 637 sq. ft. (furling) 639 sq. ft. (classic)

Beneteau USA
24 North Market St., Suite 201
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843 629 5300
www.beneteauusa.com

Berret/Racopeau Yacht Design
3bis, Avenue des Amériques
17000 La Rochelle
Phone: +33 (0)5 46 45 79 79
Fax: +33 (0)5 45 45 49 88
yacht-design@berret-racoupeau.com
www.berret-racoupeau.com


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