The Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 is a large and comfortable cruising yacht that was designed by Berret-Racoupeau for the charter market. The Cyclades 50.5 has a spacious and modern interior with five cabins and a separate skipper's cabin, making it ideal for family or group vacations.

A Beneteau Cyclades 50-5 at anchorA Beneteau Cyclades 50.5

Published Specification for the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5

Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 51'4" (15.7m)

Waterline Length: 43'3" (13.2m)

Beam: 16'1" (4.9m)

Draft: 6'7" (2.0m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 27,954lb (12,680kg)

Designer: Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design

Builder: Beneteau (France)

Year First Built: 2008

Year Last Built: 2010

Published Design Ratios for the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 18.6

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 31.2

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 154

4. Comfort Ratio: 23.4

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.1

A Few FAQs about the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5...

Based on the published design ratios for the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5, how is the boat likely to perform under sail?

Based on these ratios, the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 is likely to perform well under sail, as it has a relatively high sail area to displacement ratio, indicating good speed potential, a moderate ballast to displacement ratio, indicating adequate stiffness and power, a low displacement to length ratio, indicating lightness and agility, and a low comfort ratio, indicating a better suitability for coastal rather than ocean cruising.

Is the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

The Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 is no longer in production. Production ended in 2010 after two years of manufacturing. The exact number of these sailboats built is not known, but it is estimated to be around 100 units.

What, if any, alternative versions of the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 were built and what are the differences between them?

The only alternative version of the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 that was built is the Cyclades 50.4, which has a slightly different interior layout with four double cabins and one twin cabin instead of five double cabins. The Cyclades 50.4 was also mostly sold to the charter trade.

How many people can sleep on board a Beneteau Cyclades 50.5?

A Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 can sleep up to 11 people on board, including the skipper. It has five cabins with double beds and one skipper's cabin with a single berth.

How did the sailing press review the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5?

The sailing press reviewed the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 as a spacious and comfortable yacht that offers good value for money for charterers or owners who want a large boat for cruising or entertaining guests. Some of the positive aspects of the boat that were highlighted by reviewers were its roomy cockpit, its bright and airy saloon, its well-equipped galley, its ample storage space, its easy handling and its good sailing performance in moderate winds.

Some of the negative aspects of the boat that were pointed out by reviewers were its lack of character and charm, its low-quality finishings and fittings, its poor ventilation in some cabins, its limited headroom in some areas, its heavy steering and its poor sailing performance in light or strong winds.

What do owners of the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 have to say about their boats?

Owners of the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 have mixed opinions about their boats. Some owners are happy with their boats and praise their spaciousness, comfort, practicality, reliability and affordability. Other owners are unhappy with their boats and complain about their lack of quality, durability, performance and resale value. 

What is the history of the builders of the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 and is the company still in business?

The builders of the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 are Beneteau, a French company that was founded in 1884 by Benjamin Beneteau. Beneteau started as a small family business that built fishing boats and later expanded to produce sailing yachts and motorboats. Beneteau is now one of the largest and most successful boat manufacturers in the world, with over 80 models in its range and more than 100,000 boats sold worldwide. The company is still in business and continues to innovate and diversify its products and markets.

How does the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 compare to other similar sailboats in its class?

The Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 compares favourably to other similar sailboats in its class in terms of size, space, comfort and value for money, but unfavourably in terms of quality, performance and resale value. Some of the sailboats that are comparable to the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 are:

  • The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49i, which has a similar layout, design and price, but offers better quality, performance and resale value.
  • The Bavaria Cruiser 51, which has a larger layout, design and price, but offers better quality, performance and resale value.
  • The Dufour Grand Large 520, which has a smaller layout, design and price, but offers better quality, performance and resale value.

What other sailboats have been created by the designer of the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5?

The designer of the Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 is Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design, a French naval architecture firm that was founded in 1968 by Michel Berret and Philippe Racoupeau. Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design has created many other sailboats for various brands such as Wauquiez, Fountaine Pajot, Allures Yachting and Outremer Yachting. Some of their most notable sailboats are:

  • The Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 55, which is a luxury cruising yacht that combines elegance, comfort and performance.
  • The Fountaine Pajot Saba 50, which is a spacious and stylish catamaran that offers great livability and performance.
  • The Allures 45.9, which is a versatile and robust bluewater cruiser that features an aluminium hull and a composite deck.

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

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