Two displacing new models, with huge spaces and ocean cruising capabilities: meet the new Beneteau Project E 1 and Project E 2.
Boot Düsseldorf sees another revelation for the French manufacturer Beneteau, as on Saturday they disclosed the BoatingOS system and Sunday they unveiled two completely new yachts, belonging to a new range, named Beneteau Project E.
At the moment they are just scale models, but the first of the two (Project E 1) should be launched at Boot in 2021. According to Luca Brancaleon, General Director of Beneteau, they come from the requests of the boatyard’s customers, who wanted to have larger boats and a new cruising experience.
From Swift Trawler to Monte Carlo
Both are the result of a cooperation between Beneteau, Massimo Gino (Nauta Design) and Amedeo Migali (MICAD), and carry over much of the expertise of the renown Swift Trawler range of practical and spacious boats with a considerable cruising range. The Group has picked the Monfalcone, Italy premises for building the yachts. They already manufacture Monte Carlo Yachts there, so the expertise is the right one.
Project E 1 and E 2 have a distinctive displacement hull, developed by MICAD with the aim of improving their cruising range and efficiency. On board, satin wax finished wood, leather and fabrics make for an elegant interior and exterior, designed by the experts at Nauta Design.
One of the advantages of both models (although it’s a sentence we read in almost every press release) is the space available inside, with volumes similar to much bigger yachts.
The first model (Project E 1) is 18.95 meters long (62ft) and has a beam of over 5 (16ft 5in). Designed for six to eight people on board (plus crew, in an optional cabin), the boat features one of the biggest flybridges on the market. Inside, the galley can be completely enclosed, while the VIP guest cabin to bow should sport an above-the-average headroom. Comfortable and seaworthy, with a cruising range of 900 nautical miles and a central raised helm station, Beneteau Prject E 1 is ideal for slow cruises, when relax is the first need.
The second model, Project E 2, is 22.28 meters long (73ft 1in) and is designed for eight passengers and four crew. In this case, according to Beneteau, the space inside should be similar to an 85-ft boat. Much attention has been paid to the flow of movement on board, to make crew circulation easier. The raised pilothouse amidships, is positioned between the main deck and the flybridge, with access via a dedicated stairway.
The last information that we got from Beneteau is about the last letter of the name, that E. It stands for Exceptional cruises, long-distance blue water Expeditions, and unforgettable Experiences, in Extra-voluminous spaces. See you next year in Düsseldorf for the real thing.