Designed by Groupe Finot, this popular family cruiser was produced between 1991 and 1995 and it remains a firm favourite yacht amongst blue water and coastal sailing and cruising enthusiasts. The Beneteau Oceanis 300 combines ease of handling and rigging, with superb upwind and downwind cruising and spacious accommodation below decks.
The Oceanis 300 is fast and fun to sail and should satisfy the requirements of more exacting blue water sailors. It builds on Beneteau’s previous successes, in that it shares the same hull as the Figaro I and First 31.7, and the same cockpit as the First 310, but with improvements in both rigging and handling. The roller furling main and headsail on the Oceanis 300 make for quick and easy rigging and the boat handles well even in tough weather conditions. There are two versions of the Oceanis 300 – the fin-keel and the lift-keel, twin rudder version – and although the Clipper has proved the more popular of the two, both boats are stable and easy to sail.
The airy interior of the Oceanis 300 has been nicely thought out with an abundance of opening ports offering good natural lighting and ventilation. The well equipped, L-shaped galley is located at the bottom of the companionway for easy access to the cockpit and the saloon table is large enough for the crew to enjoy a meal together. The aft head with shower is cleverly designed as a one-piece fibreglass moulding to make clean up easy. However despite the practical aspects, the yacht has the same luxury feel as the other Beneteau Clippers, and the 2 cabins are finished in high quality cherry wood with generous storage.
The Oceanis 300 is a well-mannered and capable ocean yacht that has earned its place as a modern classic in the Beneteau Oceanis range.