Oceanis Clipper 523

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2005


 

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Beneteau will be introducing the Océanis Clipper 523 this fall to replace the Beneteau 50. Designer Groupe Finot kept an eye to luxury and comfort as well as reliability and cruising range when designing this newest generation in Beneteau's line of performance cruisers. And with 16 feet of beam, she is certainly conducive to sumptuous living. A dodger protects the generous cockpit with the dual helming stations aft set slightly apart from the main cockpit. The broad, uncluttered deck offers plenty of space to appreciate the sailing away from the main action aft. Below, two- and three-cabin layouts are available in addition to an optional crew cabin forward, accessible from deck.

The hull is constructed of solid hand-laid fiberglass and is attached to the balsa-cored deck by a polyurethane bond. An electric winch for the genoa furling system and a bow thruster are standard equipment, and the 100-horsepower Yanmar engine is controlled from the starboard helming station. The fractional rig carries a 130-percent genoa and has a SA/D of 22 and a Length/Beam of 3.0 for fine sailing off the wind. The Océanis Clipper 523 promises luxurious cruising and plenty of room to relax with family or friends.

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