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The Oceanis 523 presented at the Cannes boat show offers all the advantages of the combined experience of Bénéteau and the Finot Group, both for racing and cruising. Built from GRP, this boat combines performance and comfort with extremely sophisticated lines, designed by architects Jean Berret and Olivier Racoupeau.
The large midship beam allows for ease of movement around the deck and on the coach roof. Most manoeuvres can be performed form the safety of the cockpit, thanks to the many turning blocks. The double helm is located just forward of the aft deck, where the life raft is stowed. Buyers can choose between two keel sizes: 1.80 m or 2.30 m for better performance close to the wind. Also, the boat’s relatively low centre of gravity makes it even easier to manoeuvre.
The width of the boat and the two-level coach roof make for a spacious, comfortable saloon, with plenty of portholes for maximum daylight and air, reminiscent of the panoramic effect on a catamaran. After this 3-cabin version, the 4 and 5-cabin versions will be available, with one cabin in the bow only accessible via the forward deck. The interior is fitted with wooden floors, moulded wood furniture and solid wood finishings.
The standard Oceanis model comes equipped with many useful features, such as a bow thruster. With its finishings and ergonomics, the Bénéteau 523 standard model is fully equipped and ready to sail.
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