We are proud to offer this lovely example of a very popular cruising yacht, the Beneteau Oceanis 323 with a lifting keel. This model is 2008, is one owner from new and has been kept in a great condition.
There is very little inside or out that needs attention, a viewing is highly recommended on this lovely yacht!!
In many ways the Beneteau Oceanis 323 set new standards for 32ft cruising yachts when it was first launched in 2004. A combination of higher freeboard, allied to a wide beam that’s carried well aft and a stepped coachroof produced a boat with significantly more volume than earlier designs of this size. At the same time, an efficient deep keel option was offered, which helped to make the boat one that could be expected to take offshore passages in its stride.
One of the most striking aspects of this boat is the headroom in the saloon – it’s only a fraction less than two metres (6ft 6in) – easily among the best in its class and significantly more than most boats of this size. The feeling of space is accentuated by plenty of natural light, from both side windows and large clear overhead panels. The two-cabin layout offers good space for two couples, with large berths, especially in the quarter cabin, and reasonable stowage space. The saloon offers two 1.95m settees that would make decent sea berths if fitted with lee cloths, plus a small aft-facing chart table and navigation station. The aft cabin has a huge rectangular berth that measures 2.05m x 1.90m, although it’s partially under the cockpit. There’s also a useful standing area and stowage in a hanging locker and shelf along the side of the hull. Headroom here is a generous 1.83m. The forecabin, while benefitting from more natural light and ventilation, has a smaller floor area and a triangular berth, although this is 2.1m long and a generous 70cm wide at the foot. The heads compartment is of a decent size and, surprisingly for a boat of this length and era, incorporates a separate shower area. The galley is equipped with all essentials, including a gimballed cooker, fridge and twin sinks, although it would benefit from more fixed worktop space.
ON DECK AND PERFORMANCE
The generous accommodation does not impinge on cockpit space – this is a decent size, with a central table, plus a pivoting wheel and lifting helm seat to give easy access to the walk-through transom and bathing platform. Similarly, wide side decks make going forward at sea a relatively easy affair. The deck layout is as simple as possible, although some gear is of a minimal size and the mainsheet is taken to a clutch by the companionway, well out of reach of the helm. Stowage on deck is primarily in the large cockpit locker to starboard. There’s also a separate self-draining gas locker. Designers Groupe Finot drew a long waterline hull that’s capable of giving decent speeds on reaching courses in a good breeze, although it’s not so quick in light airs. In-mast mainsail furling was offered as an option, although most boats have a slab reefing mainsail with a lazy bag system. A 116 per cent headsail with minimal overlap was supplied as standard. This is a size that’s easy to handle and requires little grinding in after each tack. However, the chainplate locations would allow for a larger genoa to be fitted, providing the tracks for the genoa sheet cars are extended aft.
WHAT IT DOES BEST
This is a design that’s small enough to be very easy to handle and have reasonably contained running costs, while offering surprisingly comfortable and spacious accommodation. For many owners there will be no necessity to consider a larger boat for better accommodation, providing the two-cabin layout suits their needs.
SPECIFICATIONS: BENETEAU OCEANIS 323 REVIEW
LOA: 10.0m Hull length: 9.75m LWL: 8.89m Beam: 3.24m Draught: 1.45m (shoal keel) Draught: 1.8m (deep keel) Light displacement: 3,832kg Mainsail area: 28.3sq m Headsail area: 22.4sq m Spinnaker area: 68sq m Typical engine: 20hp Yanmar diesel Fuel tankage: 75 litres Water tankage: 160 litres
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Hampshire, Hampshire PO11 0NH