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The Oceanis Yacht 62 has been designed for an owner who loves to sail in comfort, entertain friends on day-boat outings, and cruise far and wide with plenty of creature comforts with as many as three couples aboard. She is also intended to be sailed short-handed, and that includes when there is a boat load of landlubbers aboard. Her tall mast and asymmetrical spinnaker can give her good light-air performance.
In her light configuration, the Oceanis Yacht 62 displaces 57,542 lbs. (26,108 kg) and draws 9'9" (2.98 m) with her deep cast iron keel, or 7’10” (2.38 m) with her shallow-draft optional keel. Her displacement with the deep keel is 57,542 lbs. (26,108 kg.) and 59,525 lbs. (27,007 kg) with the relatively shallow keel.
Her beam, carried well aft, is 17’6” (5.33 m). This prodigious beam makes her roomy below and gives her quite a bit of form stability.
The Oceanis Yacht 62 is nearly as easy to sail short-handed as a smaller boat, and Beneteau has accomplished this feat by means of nine important details:
1. Running rigging lead back to each helm station in the stern where the captain can trim it.
2. Powered self-tailing winches for sheets, halyards, and other lines.
3. Roller furling headsail and mainsail, which eliminates mainsail dousing hassle, and allows both sail to be shortened easily.
4. An easy-to-use B&G autopilot with clear, concise operations display.
5. Navigation screens at each helm mean that the helmsman does not need a navigator, nor is there any need to pop down below to check out the chartplotter.
6. Large tail bags keeping the tails of running rigging organized and clear from the cockpit deck.
7. Increased mechanical advantage from the mainsheet block and tackle secured to the rigid arch or optional hardtop over the companionway, all of which is over the head of the crew. The boom is above the crew so an accidental jibe will not hit them.
8. A power windlass for the anchor with chain counter.
9. A tender garage with hydraulically retractable launching ramp.
Short-Handed or Single-Handed Sailing
A vital ingredient for successful short-handed sailing, especially as the size of the sails increase, is a logical and ergonomic layout of winches, running rigging, jammers, autopilot, and line handling bags. The Oceanis Yacht 62 provides a compact, easy to reach layout close by to each helm station.
The main running rigging -- halyards, topping lift, boom vang, and mainsheet -- are all led aft from the mast in hidden runs through the cabin top, keeping the deck clear. Just ahead of each helm station is a bank of jammers through which each line runs, and a powered self-tailing winch -- all within arm’s reach of the helm.
Slightly outboard of each helm station is a larger powered primary self-tailing winch for the 106% genoa and 3,230 sq. ft. (300 sq. m) asymmetrical spinnaker.
A pair of helm stations and seats port and starboard, each complete with 43” (109.2 cm) diameter carbon-fiber Carbonnautica steering wheels, redundant engine and sail controls, and an instrument pod complete with B&G multifunction display and autopilot control, are a real plus for a yacht with this beam, and with the added advantage of twin rudders as well. When docking the Oceanis Yacht 62, the captain has the benefit of excellent sightlines along the side of the boat near the dock. Coupled with the 170-hp Yanmar diesel engine, the bow thruster, and retractable stern thruster makes handling this yacht in close quarters a cinch.
Extra Crew. Push the “Auto” button on the autopilot, reach just forward of the helm for halyards and the mainsheet controls or just aft for the jib sheet, and one person can access, ease, or trim all the key trim ingredients for the boat. Because of this layout and with the autopilot engaged, the Oceanis Yacht 62 becomes a boat that is probably as easy to single-hand as any on the market, no matter what the size.
The benefits of a windward helm station, where one can easily see the sails and the waters ahead of the boat, make sailing this yacht fun, responsive, and safe. With the large bench seat spanning the deck between the wheels, there is plenty of room for a couple -- and the kids -- to enjoy sailing together at the helm.
The 3-spreader mast carries an in-mast furling mainsail at 786 sq. ft. (73 sq. m) and a 893 sq. ft. (83 sq. m) 106% roller-furling genoa. The optional asymmetrical spinnaker adds 3,230 sq. ft. (300 sq. m) of off-the-wind sail area and performance.
The mast is stayed with three sweptback spreaders connected to upper shrouds affixed to chain plates on the yacht’s gunwales. Having the chain plates all the way outboard provides the maximum structural support and strength for the 90’ (27 m) rig. The single backstay from the top of the mast is attached to a ‘fish plate’ well above deck that splits the backstay into two legs that attach outboard on the port and starboard quarters.
The advantage of this arrangement, in addition to stabilizing the mast, is that it leaves the centerline at the transom unencumbered for ease of access to the companionways that lead down to the transom.
A 170-hp Yanmar diesel engine and tankage carrying 264 gallons (1,000 L) of fuel provide power for docking and close-quarters maneuvering. She holds 280 gallons (1,060 L) of fresh water.
Larger sails do require more energy with which to control them. By utilizing roller furling mainsail, headsail, an available self-tacking jib, and an asymmetrical spinnaker, three-block mechanical advantage on the mainsail, and powered winches for all sail evolutions, the Oceanis Yacht 62’s sail plan is relatively easy to control.
Sunbathing Anyone? The Oceanis Yacht 62 provides seven generous lounging areas on deck due to its clean and uncluttered layout, flush deck hatches, and level cushion areas. On the foredeck, large cushions are fitted to the cabin top forward of the mast.
The cabin top on either side of the companionway is fitted for another set of sunbathing cushions. This area also doubles as a comfortable reclining area under a dodger when the weather is inclement.
The two bench seats in the cockpit are 8’1” (2.47 m) long and provide comfortable lounging whether at anchor or sailing. With the hydraulic lift tables lowered and filler cushions added, these lounge areas are 3’3” (0.99 m) wide. Across the transom abaft the helm stations, a seventh padded sunning area provides a sheltered area, free from wind and spray.
When on deck, the boat's cockpit is the primary venue. Beneteau has evolved the cockpit design on the Oceanis Yacht 62 to ensure that it is large and comfortable and at the same time functional and efficient.
The thrill of sailing is easy to share with a large group, thanks to an expansive cockpit with port and starboard cockpit settees that transform into lounges, with high-low tables. We particularly like the separate port and starboard tables that allow for a wide centerline passageway from the companionway all the way aft without jostling guests on board or needing to climb up on the side decks to pass by the party.
Our test boat had a hardtop, which shaded the cockpit and was cleanly integrated into the arch. It had an optional fixed canvas awning forward to which a dodger could easily be attached to further shelter the cockpit.
The hardtop has a fabric sunroof that opened at the touch of a button, and also had a pair of skylights over the helm stations that were positioned to allow the helmsman to observe the rig and sail trim at either helm station.
On the port helm console, Beneteau has added a refrigerated beverage box to complement the grill, sink, and bar on the hydraulically lifting console. Line stowage on either side, near the running-rigging jammers, provides sufficient stowage to keep the lines tidy and clear of the cockpit sole.
The transom lowers on hydraulic rams to create a very large ‘teak beach’ -- a perfect swim platform. When Med-moored, the transom door opens to create a step-aboard deck. From here, port and starboard stairs grant access to the cockpit. We really like how easy it is to step onto the boat and confidently into the cockpit.
A Boat Within a Boat
The hydraulic transom further lowers to launch the 9’6” (2.90 m) Williams jet tender that comes with the Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62. Fully lowered, the transom angles downward to become a launch ramp for the dinghy, so the boat can be rolled out and down into the water. An electric winch at the forward end of the garage retrieves the dinghy to stow it neatly out of the way.
At the bow, the Oceanis Yacht 62 has a solid stainless steel bowsprit that holds the plow anchor (that comes in part of the Blue Water Pack of options), as well as the tack fitting for the asymmetrical spinnaker. A robust stainless dolphin striker is integral with the stem fitting and provides the necessary structural support to fly the 3,230 sq. ft. (300 sq. m) asymmetrical spinnaker in as much breeze as one would like.
Just abaft the bowsprit is the headstay for the standard roller-furling jib. The electric windlass is just aft on deck with a healthy chain/anchor rode well forward of the watertight collision bulkhead.
Crew. The crew’s quarters hatch measures 24” (60.96 cm) square. All of the hatches in the deck of the Oceanis Yacht 62 are flush, so there are no projections to catch one’s foot or snag a sheet. The flush deck arrangement also makes it very comfortable for sun bathing everywhere on deck.
The crew’s quarters have a 6’3” (1.9 m) overhead and double very nicely for sail storage (though the crew’s quarters fit out is an option), fender and dock line storage, and extra provisions and spare parts for an extended cruise. The space is accessed by a vertical ladder and features a 72” long (182.9 cm) berth, a pull-out shower, a sink, a head, and sufficient stowage.
Further aft there are two more opening hatches forward of the mast and large skylights just abaft the mast. With large windows and opening hatches in the cabin topsides, plus very large windows in the topsides, we found that there was a tremendous amount of light that flooded the interior and made the yacht open and airy. All of the hatches have screens and blackout covers to darken the interior spaces when desired.
The Oceanis Yacht 62 offers two layout versions: the first with three en suite staterooms; the second with the same three staterooms plus a smaller bunkroom in place of the third head. We would suggest that the three-stateroom, three-head layout is better for three couples, whereas the second layout might be better for a single, larger family with small children. Crew’s quarters with a berth and head in the bow come in both layouts.
Descending the companionway into the main saloon one can immediately see the abundant natural light, the open and airy layout and the comfort offered by the saloon. The interior joinery work is Alpi with a Brushed Oak or Walnut finish, the same composite material that Beneteau uses in all of its boats for durability in the marine environment, and Milano oak floors.
The galley extends the full length of the main saloon along the starboard side. Along with the large sink forward, the three-burner stove/oven, an undercounter refrigerator that loads from the top and the front, and the freezer, there is ample flat working surface in the galley for food preparation. Above and below the countertops, forward in dedicated lockers and below the gas-assist-strut-supported hatches in the deck, there is abundant stowage for a long passage to one’s favorite cruising ground.
The master stateroom forward offers a generous amount of real living space: plenty of room to move about the cabin without bumping into things, large hanging lockers and drawers, bookshelves and reading lamps, and a number of other smart treatments to make an overnight or an extended cruise a real joy. The berth measures 68” (172.7 cm) by 80” (203.2 cm) so it technically falls between a king- and queen-size. The berth has 3’10½” (1.18 m) of headroom above it, and it has a step to either side. Headroom is not an issue.
The master head features a separate shower enclosed by a bifold acrylic door with a euro-style wand shower and a bench. The overhead in the head compartment is 7’1” (2.159 m) for an airy feel augmented by the natural light from a hullside window above the sink.
Two large aft cabins offer queen-size berths, hanging lockers, drawers, bookshelves, built-in reading lights, and lots of natural light. Each stateroom has a 6’3½” (1.92 m) overhead and opens into a private head, so guests have full privacy. The port stateroom has its private head access through a door that enters through the shower. There’s also a door to the passageway, as this head also serves as the dayhead. In the four-stateroom layout, the three guest staterooms all share the portside head.
The engine and generator are reached through a hatch under the companionway steps that raises easily on gas-assist struts positioned to give good access.
There are Also Hatches in the Aft Staterooms. These hatches can be removed from the frame and be placed out of the way if routine checks turn into larger projects. The port stateroom has an 18” by 34” (45.72 cm by 86.36 cm) hatch to the engine and a 24” by 34” (60.96 cm by 86.36 cm) hatch to the genset. The starboard stateroom has a 25” by 34” (63.5 cm by 86.36 cm) to the other side of the units.
The Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62 has a LOA of 62’10” (19.16 m) and a beam of 17’6” (5.33 m). With a light displacement of 57,542 lb. (26,101 kg), a half tank of fuel, and eight people on board, she had an estimated test weight of 59,864 lbs. (27,154 kg).
We had light, variable winds for most of our test, and our boat was rigged with the in-mast furling 786 sq. ft. (73 sq. m) mainsail and a 646 sq. ft. (60 sq. m) self-tacking jib. She sailed easily, tacked without reluctance and stood upright in the light 7 knots whisper of a breeze that we had to work with. With her high 9/10ths rig, she was made for days like this and we sailed along quietly, enjoying the day.
With her twin spade rudders providing plenty of surface area, she was responsive to the helm, even in light air. And with her easy-to-manage sail plan and color-coded sheets and halyards, she was simple to tack and gybe. With this deck layout and cockpit, we would look forward to long cruising legs or a delivery down the coast. She’s got plenty of room for a crew and their gear, handholds abound to make it easy to get around, and her roomy cockpit means everyone can be together without getting in the way of the watchstanders sailing the boat, but are readily available if help is needed.
Using the 170-hp Yanmar diesel to motor out of the marina, we recorded speeds of 4.5 knots at 2000 rpm with sound levels 67 dBA. At wide open throttle of 3680 rpm, we recorded 9 knots with sound levels of 77 dBA. Sound levels at each rpm level were the same in the saloon.
Options to Consider
• Four-stateroom, two-head layout
• Crew’s quarters
• Upgraded saloon table with electric pedestals
• Additional drawer-style refrigerator
• Wine chiller
• Central vacuum
• Electronic safe in master stateroom
• Watermaker (26 gph)
• Chilled water air-conditioning (48,000 BTU)
• Multimedia network
• Carbon mast
• In-boom furling
• Hydraulic boom vang (compatible with standard aluminum mast)
• Hydraulic backstay (not compatible with in-mast furling)
• Self-tacking jib
• Genoa sheet tracks adjustable from the cockpit
• LED spreader lighting
• Electric genoa furling
• Short ballast
• Stern thruster
• Telescopic passerelle
• Williams Jet Tender 285
• Aft al fresco galley with electric grill and sink
• Hardtop with canvas sunroof
• Bimini for cockpit
• Enclosure for cockpit area
7 year structural on hull and deck and 3 year for parts and labor.
The Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62 will make an excellent summer cruiser or three-seas adventurer with her hardtop and buttoned-up cruising canvas. She is a world-class vessel intended for sailing owners all over the world.
The only cautionary aspect of the boat we see, is her 9’9” (2.98 m) deep keel and 7’10” (2.38 m) shallow keel which will make places like the Abacos and other places in the Bahamas problematical. Beneteau’s U.S. home port is Annapolis, and the waters of the Chesapeake Bay up the rivers are also something to be wary of, but the Oceanis Yacht 62 sails in and out of numerous ports there without trouble. In any case, that is what GPS and chartplotters are for. With the new technology, there is rarely an excuse for running aground.
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